Stage fright: What to do if you can't think quick on your feet
The ability to respond quickly to questions from conference moderators, delegates, and journalists is certainly an asset. But most people are either flummoxed by a difficult question, or they shoot from the hip. Whatever your starting point, you can deal with the situation, as Mark explains in this post.
Awfully Chocolate's Lyn Lee, SAP's Eileen Chua and Scentses' Sadira Yeong among winners of Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2021
The founder of Awfully Chocolate wins our award for best online interview in Singapore, while the CEO of perfume subscription service Scentses And Co wins the award in Malaysia. Female founders clinched the top prizes in our awards, and female winners outnumber the male winners for the first time since our awards started in 2018.
Baby-faced Sadira Yeong gives a mature account of herself
By Sadira Yeong's own admission, she looks young and sounds young. But she proves that how you look and how you sound are no barriers to fielding an interview well, which is why we have nominated her for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2021.
Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards now accepting nominations of Singaporean and Malaysian business leaders who are great orators and media performers
Nominations are now open for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards, which recognise Singaporean and Malaysian business leaders for excellent traditional- and new media skills.
Tony Fernandes strikes the right balance in addressing AirAsia's refund issues
The aviation industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, and as airlines are now gradually starting to launch more flights between countries, some of them are still struggling with problems arising from the lockdown. AirAsia still owes some of its customers money. And it is always difficult to talk about money. But Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia Group, is sincere and convincing in broaching the topic
Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards reveals judges from three professional communications organisations
Hong Bao Media has received the support of a bumper panel of nine expert judges for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards, which recognise Singaporean and Malaysian business leaders for excellent traditional- and new media skills. Now into their fourth year, the Awards aim to celebrate great homegrown orators and media performers, and encourage other local business leaders to follow their example.
How to overcome three problems unique to hybrid events
Hybrid events are not just a matter of throwing together all the aspects of physical and virtual events into one. As a presenter, here are three critical learnings you must get your head around.
Winners of Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2020 announced
A union chief, a watch collector, a data scientist and a durian candy maker among winners of Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2020 CEOs of NTUC Fairprice, Carousell, Japfa Ltd and Lifeline Medical win Singapore Awards Data scientist and CEO of Sunshine Kingdom win Awards in Malaysia Awards supported by Asia Pacific Association of Communications Directors
How to apply the principles of TV news presentation to make video conferences engaging and productive
It’s time to get serious about how you appear in video conferences and live webcasts. They’re here to stay, even after COVID-related lockdowns end – yet I’m still hearing them described as boring, disengaged, ineffective and waste of time. Phrases like “screen fatigue”, “technical difficulties” and “you’re on mute” have entered our global consciousness. So, we've done something about it.
Dr Lau Cher Han breaks through the complexity of data in BFM interview
Data has been described as the new oil, yet in trying to explain it on camera you run the risk of either boring or confusing your audience. Thankfully viewers can turn to Dr Lau Cher Han, who uses analogies to break down the complexity so well that we are nominating him for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2020.
Ema Shazneen's interview style is as authentic as her Kelantanese dishes
Ema Shazneen is not just a businesswoman who sells authentic Kelantanese food from home. Her authentic interview style on BFM took us on a journey to meet women entrepreneurs typical of the state worthy of a nomination for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2020.
Bryan Chin puts best foot forward in sneaker preview
Bryan Chin is so relaxed on camera you would think you are speaking to a friend instead of an interviewee. This is why we have nominated him for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2020. Some business leaders could follow in his footsteps. Okay, maybe not barefoot, but at least not so straight-laced.
Damian Lee of Sunnyhills is exemplary for smooth storytelling
Damian Lee of Sunnyhills impressed us with the calm and effortless way he tells his stories during an interview with The Royal Singapore. We like that his stories are interesting and humorous, but they are also on point with his brand’s message.
Sunshine Kingdom CEO gives colourful interview in a meaningfully bright shirt
Wearing a bright shirt on camera is not usually a good idea - unless you're CEO of Sunshine Kingdom, and it's done with purpose. Aesos Lai looked the part in a T-shirt with the image of a durian, as he talks about his Malaysian brand of durian products in a media interview. Even more importantly, he uses good interview techniques, as we discuss in this story.
APACD joins HBM in Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2020
Hong Bao Media (HBM) is thrilled to announce that the Asia Pacific Association of Communications Directors (APACD) is supporting the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards this year.
Virtual AGMs in a pandemic – What companies on both sides of the Causeway must know
Publicly-listed companies on both sides of the Causeway have had to deal with social distancing rules which effectively ruled out shareholders attending their Annual General Meetings – but the authorities have taken very different approaches to communicating this to companies.
TEDxTalk provides infinite opportunity for John-Son Oei
John-Son Oei's confidence, good body posture and maintaining eye contact with his audience makes him worthy for the Best Conference Presentation category of the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2018 this week.
Eqhwan Mokhzanee keeps his cool despite being grilled
Eqhwan Mokhzanee, CEO of AmBank Islamic had a lot to say when he was on The Breakfast Grille, BFM 89.9 with host Melisa Idris. In his broadcast interview, Eqhwan discussed his perspective on Islamic Finance (IF) and what it takes for Malaysia to remain competitive.
Martin Khor: Keep calm and smile during doorstop interviews
Martin Khor was doorstopped by reporters after meeting Malaysia's Council of Eminent Persons (CEP). But the Director of Penang-based non-profit research and advocacy organisation Third World Network set the pace for other local business leaders in dealing calmly with such high-pressure situations.