Answering the question; “Is it really possible to marry what you are good at and make a livelihood out of it?” This is what drives Zeoane in her business endeavours.
What’s your story?
I wasn’t able to stay long in my previous organisations. It was suffocating! I knew this wasn’t what I wanted and I could not see myself doing what I did for a lifetime. It just didn’t make any sense with the late nights, hectic schedule and poor health as a result of it.
I took a leap of faith and plucked up the courage to leave the corporate world in 2011, saying goodbye to my stable paycheck.
I began my adventure in search of what I can do with my voice. Back in school I was often laughed at due to my poor command of English. I went to many self-improvement courses and communication courses to improve my speaking ability. I worked hard and improved tremendously.
Is it really possible to marry what you are good at and make a livelihood out of it? I stumbled upon a hosting course with celebrity coach Mr Ckay Lim. With his guidance and generous sharings, I began my journey as an effectively bilingual professional emcee in English and Mandarin in 2011.
For once, I discovered and pursued my passion. That was one of the best decisions I made for myself.
What excites you most about your industry?
I was inspired by different emcees who have the ability to control and manage the audience through different gigs. I realised that different types of gigs enabled me to discover different sides of me from funky to sophisticated levels. It certainly gave me a range to work with.
At times, it also showed me where I lacked experience and could improve upon. I love the variety of gigs that we get to participate in and be part of another organisation’s celebration.
What’s your connection to Asia?
I’m blessed with the ability to connect with people from different walks of lives and different cultures as well. I’m a people connector to bridge the distance of people and organisations.
Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Definitely Singapore. My mentors are generous with their knowledge and skillsets to help you succeed. My clients are appreciative and willing to invest in me. This is the place where clients become friends because of the trust we built overtime.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
The higher you climb, the lower you bow! – Be humble
Who inspires you?
Professsor Zhang Bu Sheng – he taught me how to get connected with myself and nature through meditation. With inner peace, you can do anything. This can be applied to my hosting which will benefit my audience.
What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
How big your capacity to hold your audience’s space, depends on how big your heart is.
If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Embrace failures. We live in a society where failures are not really tolerated. Persist on learning from successful mentors who are your role models and walk the talk too. Get out of your comfort zone. Failure is the mother of success.
How do you unwind?
Meditation. It is important to connect to self and with nature, so that you can stay in balance and in peace. It is like taking a pit-stop.
Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Taiwan. I am able to do my meditation in nature such as the forests and mountains. There is a wide variety of vegetarian food.
Everyone in business should read this book:
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
It reminds us to live in the moment, in the now. We have thousands of thoughts running in our mind each day, worrying about the past, present and future. When we live in the now, that is where we can perform at our optimum. When we learn to let go of the worries and anxiety and we learn to go with the flow, our clients can feel and prefer to work with us as a more relaxed person.
Shameless plug for your business:
Zeoane is a versatile talent, well-known for her bubbly and fun energy in her hosting shows. Her energy brings joy to her audience and crew.
She had rave reviews and testimonials of her dinner and dance parties, seminars and community shows. She has been featured on Singapore national TV channels like Channel 5, Channel 8, Channel U, Toggle TV and Starhub.
More information can be found here: www.zeoanegoh.com
This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:
Callum 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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