Negotiation: Why “No” might be better than “Yes”

What if your job is to negotiate against the world’s most dangerous people on a day-to-day basis? And your negotiation skills decides whether people or die.  I think negotiation is important too (our salary is largely depended on how well we negotiate) but not that important… The Art Of Negotiation Negotiation is about quickly establishing relationships and […]

When bonds are dangerous: A history of products from banks

Banks in Singapore are known to be safe and relatively conservative institutions. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t sold products to unsuspecting people. People who shouldn’t be any where near the sophisticated instruments. Products appealing to the Asian investor Let’s take a look the average Asian investor, what are they concerned with? Most “investors” in […]

Woman 85 sues slimming centre over 400k treatment: An analysis of sinister sales tactics

So how did an 85 year old lady end up paying $400,000 for slimming sessions that don’t work?   I read with interest about this diabetic 82-year-old lady who went to London Weight Management after seeing its TV commercial touting a weight-loss trial session for $18. She wanted to lose weight for health reasons. So […]

How to buy low and sell high

Most of us go through these stages in our lives. Life stages In our 20s, we think we’re freaking invincible and we can do no wrong. We know better than everyone else; everybody that has every loss money in stocks do not have the same unique insight we do. So we start picking stocks. We […]

Land your dream job : How to impress over coffee

  Networking is important. There’s no doubt knowing the right people can put you head and shoulders above everyone else. This is especially true as you progress in your career. The higher up you go, the more your jobs will come through your personal network. Your personal skills will outweigh your technical skills. Everybody seems […]

How to network to your dream job

People who are employees often act like they’re rice. Rice is a commodity. It doesn’t really matter which brand of rice you get (except for Basmati rice, man, that is the real deal). They’re all the same to you. It’s plain and boring. You could swap our one type of rice for another and nobody would be […]

3 lies we tell ourselves about networking

“It’s not WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know.” This phrase is bandied about quite a bit. Usually by people who feel stuck in their jobs, can’t see a way out of it and start complaining about how the government should do something about foreign talents. But you know what? They’re right! Your relationships will […]

4 principles of persuasion you should use today

One thing I’ve noticed in the workplace: people who can get others to buy into their vision are at the top of the food chain. We’re all in the business of influence and persuasion. Whether it’s an idea or a product, you won’t get far unless others buy into it. Persuasion vs Manipulation I want […]

3 reasons I lost a lot of money and how I overcame them

This is a story on my investment in a company that build ships for the oil industry called Vard in 2013. I’ve lost over S$10,000 because the stock has collapsed 85%. Yet, I’m still holding on even though I know I’m being stupid. We love to believe we’re all special snowflakes that are individual and […]

Why the Holland Village robbery doesn’t make financial sense

Wow… so huge news. Someone successfully robbed a bank in Singapore and there’s going to be a manhunt. A manhunt as in a hunt for a criminal. This is really rare in Singapore. I mean, this is so rare that the first image for manhunt Singapore on Google returns me this: Lots of people are […]