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Vivek Iyyani, Director of YOU! Training & Development

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Vivek Iyyani is helping people ‘unleash’ their inner ‘champion’ through his training and development programs.

What’s your story?
My Name is Vivek Iyyani, and I run my company YOU! Training & Development. I have been working in the events and training industry for the past decade, specialising in training programs for personal and people development. I have been working with schools and corporates to run these programs. One of the key challenges people face is the phenomenon known as Akrasia – where they set big goals and kick off with a lot of willpower and motivation but fail to finish what they set out to do because they lost their drive over time. The programs we design cater to this specific challenge and is based on my upcoming book, ‘Unleash the Champion in You!’

What excites you most about your industry?
What excites me the most about my industry is that I have the opportunity to work with different people from different walks of life, get to understand the challenges they face and help them overcome these challenges in a systematic and step by step manner. The joy of helping others overcome their challenges by teaching and providing them the specific Mindset, Skillset and Toolset gives me a sense of satisfaction I’ve not experienced elsewhere.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born in India and my family shifted to Singapore when I was two in 1990. My father made a decision to migrate to Singapore when I was just two years old for a better life for all of us. Ever since, I have been based in Singapore

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Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
My favourite city in Asia has to be Singapore because of the tremendous support that the government gives business owners here through the various grants and support system. I also feel that Singapore has a strong economy and is able to support businesses here very well.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
One of the best advice I have received is to apply the Pareto Principle (80/20 rule) and focus on the 20% input that gives the 80% output. Focusing on everything and anything is counter productive. Hence, it is better to focus on a niche and concentrate my full efforts on the 20% and reap the 80% rewards. This principle can be applied in most areas of life and has definitely benefitted me well.

Who inspires you?
I am inspired by mentor Mr. Kesavan Sathyamoorthy, Founder of Diamond Glass Enterprise, who managed to beat all odds and become successful in his industry and then do his part to give back to society by encouraging Entrepreneur Mentorship through the Red Pill Program via the Singapore Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (SICCI)

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
I recently learnt and realised about how the internet can become a portal to serve clients on an international level rather than keeping our sights on becoming the best locally or regionally. Having seen it happen in my industry has opened my mind to the endless possibilities that I can bring my business to. Going digital is the way forward!

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
If I had my time again, I would have engaged a life coach and mentor when I first started my business because I would have shaved off so much time and money from learning from the experienced mentor and it would have helped me reach the various goals so much faster. A mentor who has been there and done that will help anyone in their business tremendously.

How do you unwind?
I unwind by taking mini holiday trips outside of Singapore either alone or with friends. The change of environment invigorates me and I often am able to recharge well. I enjoy the thrill of discovering new places and I usually find that such trips enable me to get a better perspective of things related to my work or personal life.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
One of my favourite Asian destination for relaxation is Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. I enjoy the cool weather and fresh air there. Plus they have good tea there.

Everyone in business should read this book:
I am highly inspired by 2 key people: Tim Ferriss and Daniel Priestley.
This is because of the books they have written, namely ‘The 4 Hour Workweek’ by Tim Ferriss and ‘Become a Key Person of Influence’ by Daniel Priestley has impacted the way I perceived life and brought about a considerable amount of change in the way I operated both in personal and business matters. I am inspired by the paradigm shift they have brought about in the way we think and aspire to do the same on my own one day.

Shameless plug for your business:
YOU! Training & Development focuses on Personal Development and People Development. We run our CHAMP program that focuses on the five key aspects of Clarity, Habit, Action, Motivation and Productivity.
We help our clients in each of these categories, starting with Clarity. Most of our clients that approach us are visibly confused about what they really want with themselves and are unable to identify why they are not able to achieve the goals they set out to do. We
What we do best is to sit down with our clients, help them attain the clarity they need and map out their action plan. We do this by teaching them concepts on Habit, Motivation and Productivity. We strongly believe that your ‘environment drives performance’ and we complement what we teach by providing an environment that drives performance.
We run our programs for schools and corporate teams looking to increase their performance and provide individual coaching to entrepreneurs who need clarity and need to maximise their productivity.

How can people connect with you?
I can be reached at via 3 methods.
My email [email protected]
My blog is www.vivek-iyyani.com
I am also reachable via company’s website www.youtraining.sg

This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:

CallumConnectsCallum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries. He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence. A 40 week training program for business owners and executives.

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Agnes Yee, Legal & Compliance Recruiter of Space Executive

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Agnes Yee started Space Executive in Singapore, which is a hub for businesses in some of the world’s fastest growing economies.

What’s your story?
After graduation, I joined a design media company as a Business Development Executive, during the era when ‘reading a magazine online’ was unheard of. I believe that laid the foundation for being unfazed by rejections.

I fell into recruitment pre-GFC and rode the highs and lows in the early years. A decade later, I decided to set up my own recruitment company, partly because I could. I’m acutely aware of the face that being an Asian female in Singapore is sometimes a privilege, and that many women in the world are living a very different existence.
Thereafter, we joined Space Executive as part of a merger. I am currently the Partner of Space Executive, a recruitment company focused specialist disciplines, including Legal, Finance, Digital, Sales and Marketing and Change. We also run Space Ventures, a venture capital business, which invests in seed and pre-series A businesses.

What excites you most about your industry?
On a daily basis, we’re influencing how one spends a third of their day. It is interesting how the Internet has transformed the industry, and I’m excited to see how we can harness technology to bring us to the next phase of this business.

The VC is an extension of applying our skills and experience in reading people. We very much invest in the people as much as the idea. Being a native Singaporean, it’s been exhilarating watching Southeast Asia becoming a hotbed of ideas; and young entrepreneurs simply daring to dream.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I’m a born and bred Singaporean. I love that I speak both English and Mandarin, grew up playing with Indian friends and eating Malay food.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore for the low barriers of entry to set up a business, but has to be China (and Hong Kong) for their hunger and constant innovation.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
青春不要留白 which translates to ‘Don’t waste your youth.’

Who inspires you?
Anyone who has gone against the grain.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
It wasn’t recent but reading the article on https://waitbutwhy.com/2015/12/the-tail-end.html never fails to blow my mind how little time we have left. Charting our lives in weeks, and realising I only have enough time left to enjoy 60 Christmas turkeys, read 300 books (all if I’m lucky); and mostly, I’m left with the last 5% of the time that I spend in-person with my parents.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I’m cognisant that every decision I made in life has brought me to where I am today, and I wouldn’t change one thing. But I’d really like to have had more time to travel.

How do you unwind?
Exercise and wine.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Trekking any mountain in Asia. It brings us back to the most basic. To overcome elements of nature and our own mind.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Start with Why, Simon Sinek

Shameless plug for your business:
Space Executive started in Singapore, a hub for businesses in some of the world’s fastest growing economies. We assist organisations in accessing a targeted and specialised, and often times transient talent pool.

Out of Singapore, we have recruited across 14 countries; and have embarked on our global expansion plans with offices in Hong Kong and London this year, and US, Japan and Europe in the following years.

Space Ventures provides funding, management and financial guidance to young businesses with original ideas. We have invested in peer to peer lending platforms, credit scoring, social media education, and other start-ups spanning diverse industries. We are always interested in hearing more about new ideas.

How can people connect with you?
https://www.linkedin.com/in/agnesyee/

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

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Chrystie Dao-Szabo, Founder of iPayMy

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Chrystie Dao-Szabo founded iPaymy for Business – a secure and easy to use
platform enabling SMEs to pay rent, salaries, invoices, and even corporate tax using the credit cards they already have in their wallet today.

What’s your story?
I’m Chrystie Dao-Szabo, and I’ve worked as an international banker for over 22 years. During that time, I travelled through Asia, Australia and Europe, and everywhere I saw how my clients struggled with managing their finances and keeping cash around.

I wanted to use my experience to help them, but I also knew the solution they needed didn’t exist yet. This pushed me to give up on my secure career, and instead look into the innovative world of FinTech for an answer.

This is how I founded iPaymy – at its launch, a platform to help consumers pay their monthly expenses using their credit cards. We’ve grown a lot since, and today, iPaymy for Business is a platform that allows business owners to use their credit cards to pay for rent, salaries, invoices and taxes, freeing up their cash for business-critical operations.

What excites you most about your industry?
What excites me most about FinTech is it’s culture of constant disruption, thanks to cool and innovative products and services coming out every day.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born in Vietnam, grew up in Australia and worked in Asia, Europe and Australia. Being raised by traditional Vietnamese parents meant that deep down I was still an Asian at heart, so I have a strong connection with the region.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore of course. It’s easy to do business, English is the main language, and the infrastructures like public transportation are great. Also, the government supports local innovation in multiple ways, like giving grants for SMEs and FinTechs.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Keep giving, and one day you will receive.

Who inspires you?
My parents. My father had a successful business in Vietnam just before the fall of Saigon in 1975. After the war, my father was sent to a re-education camp for three years, which meant my mum had to bring up two young kids – a 3-year-old, me and my 4-year old brother on her own.

In 1980, we all fled Vietnam on a boat and arrived in Sydney, Australia via refugee camps in Indonesia and Singapore. There, my parents had to start over with nothing to their names and only AUD 50 given to them by the Australian government.
They went on to build several businesses in Australia!

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
The number of young and smart people who have carved out successful careers by founding their own startups (or joining really cool ones). When I was starting out my career, doing any of these was not a viable option; it was either working for an accounting firm, an insurance company or a bank.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
If I were starting out my career now, I would choose the path of joining a startup as you get to learn so much about running a business and how to assemble a winning team.

How do you unwind?
I like travelling to a beach or a resort destination and just relaxing by the pool or beach. I also like to unwind after work with a glass of champagne or wine, and a bowl of truffle fries.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Thailand. I love the people and the spicy Thai food.

Everyone in business should read this book:
The E-Myth. It’s a book series that dismantles common myths about entrepreneurship in different industries.

Shameless plug for your business:
With iPaymy for Business, SMEs can pay rent, salaries, invoices, and even corporate tax using the credit cards they already have in their wallet today. SMEs love iPaymy because it works like a credit card, but pays like cash.

iPaymy’s secure and easy to use platform reliably delivers payments to vendors while freeing up cash and providing access to interest free credit. Forget the delays and aggravations that come with traditional SME financing options. Schedule recurring payments, manage invoices, set payment reminders, and monitor payment status all from one dashboard.

It’s never been easier for SMEs to meet monthly payment obligations while keeping cash available to fuel growth, bridge receivable gaps, and make immediate investment in the supplies, services, and expertise needed to drive a growing business forward.

How can people connect with you?
You can find me on LinkedIn or contact me by email.
My LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrystiedaoszabo/
My email: [email protected]

Twitter handle?
https://twitter.com/ceedeees

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

Connect with Callum here:
twitter.com/laingcallum
linkedin.com/in/callumlaing
Download free copies of his books here: www.callumlaing.com

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