Food hacks - How to cook sticky rice

As you guys probably know, I am a foodie and I am a fan of sticky rice. If you have a desire to make it in your own kitchen but don't have the proper tools such as a traditional bamboo basket or stackable steamer, there are several other methods that work just as well. I found this amazing food hack article on alternative methods of cooking sticky rice, I'm sure you'll be "sticking" to them for a while.
 

Social Media genius Gary Vaynerchuck talk on Storytelling

In a world with Vine, Snapchat, and Twitter, how can creatives capture attention to make their voices heard?

In this  Gary Vaynerchuk breaks down how our work can cut through our current "A.D.D. Culture" — one where we binge-watch entire television seasons in one sitting and prefer texting to phone calls.

About Gary Vaynerchuk
Already considered a quintessential maven of modern-day marketing, Gary Vaynerchuk is the founder of VaynerMedia and is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author as well as a self-trained wine and social media expert.

How Monster Worldwide grew its share of voice with social media listening

Monster used to be the go to job sites (at least for me) but somehow have lost its status as the Go To Job Site with the newer and popular job sites. It was very smart of them to invest and leverage on social media to grow their share of voice and hopefully share of market.

Monster uses both Brandwatch Analytics and Hootsuite to help build the brand and develop lasting relationships with job seekers.

Hootsuite acts as a hub for all listening and engagement on behalf of the Monster brand. As a first step, they set up dozens of keyword, @mention and hashtag search streams to listen for various job- and employer-search signals. 

Here's the full case studies by BrandWatch. If you can't access it, drop me an email. I have a downloaded copy where I can email to you. 

 

 

Five time saving social media scheduling tools

Do you find it difficult to manage all your social media posts every day? 
Here are 5 time saving social media scheduling/automation tools that I swear by that will help save you time if you are managing your own social media:

 

  1. Hootsuite - I love to use hootsuite as a social listening, moderation and engagement platform. 
  2. IFTTT - Love IFTTT to automate actionable stuff
  3. Buffer - quick and easy content curation platform. they have recently partner up with Pinterest too which means you can automate Pinterest pinning. 
  4. Viralwoot - amazing tool to use for Pinterest
  5. Mav Social - another newish automation tool. provides free stock images and intergrate to chinese social media such as weibo.

Hiring RIGHT vs BEST talent.What is RIGHT Talent?

My favourite client Sharon and Roy from Stars Consulting International has been invited to speak in a leading Talent Management conference in Sydney, Australia. We wanted the presentation to be more interactive and from the voice/pov of the community around the world, so we decided to get a little help from our community.  The feedback has been amazing, here are some of the replies we got! We love our community! We will also be posting the presentation deck soon!

 

7 things you didn't know about the next generation workforce of Hong Kong

I worked with a leading aviation organisation in Hong Kong to get insights into what the next generation workforce are looking for. I also did some some research on graduates and their  perceptions on careers! What an exciting week!

Here's a quick summary of 7 things I have observed from my conversations with the engineering/IT graduates in Hong Kong. Opinion are my own. :-)

  1. They look for a company that shares the same values with them. 
  2. They value learning experience and job satisfaction over title
  3. They crave (immediate) recognition
  4. They look for a great working environment and working culture
  5. They are achievement and goal orientated
  6. They want to be part of a community
  7. They like to get their hands dirty

Does any of this come as a surprise to anyone? Let me know what you think!

Checklist for a Graduate Talk

When I was working on the research project for a large aviation organisation in Hong Kong, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak to some of the faculty heads and careers centre staff in one of the top 3 universities in Hong Kong. We spoke about what organisation could do to better to attract the younger generation in Hong Kong.  One of the topics that came up was of course all the popular graduate recruitment talks in campuses and what makes a good one.  

Below is a checklist of what I have gathered from my conversations.  I believe this list would be relevant to anyone that is looking to do a presentation to a large group of people. 

1. Keep it short

Usually, the careers centre at most Hong Kong universities would allocate one hour for a recruitment career talk. Having said that, the worst you can do is to aim to maximize the whole time allocated, as most people's mind (not to mention the younger students) will start to wonder and drift off after 10 to 15 minutes. We are, after all, at the age of information overload. I would say, a good time to aim for is probably under 20 minutes. 

2. Save more time and (people) for Q&A

If you do not already know when it comes to Q&A sessions in Asia, it is common than not that there aren't any questions being raised, or that you will not see anyone putting their hands up. Instead, they would prefer to approach and have a conversation with the presenter individually. With this in mind, it could be worth having more of your staff there to attend to the individual Q&A sessions

3.Make it interactive

make it fun. throw in a game or a test or try a interactive voting system or a game.

4. Forget about the corporate Bulls%#t

or the brochures and corporate website.  Make it personal. Share an interesting story or experience, and not one from your corporate website.

5. Leverage on alumni

This is relatively obvious. if you have an employee who is a graduate of that particular universities. let him present or involve him the graduate careers talk. Big brother relationship counts with the students!

6. leverage on the younger staff

Students tend to relate better with people closer to their age group. If you have younger staff, again, involve them and get them to do the presentation if possible.

Always bear in mind, the objective of running a graduate careers talk in the universities is to excite the students about your organization! 

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