The First Six Learnings: Agency transitions

This is me trying to revive and return to my oft-neglected blog. Enough with the string-laden Facebook status messages and depending on hashtags (#happify), it’s time to get back into writing and put a little order on the thoughts rummaging in my head – a thousand words per nano-second.

May the grammar nazi be kind to me.

There are so much adjustments and challenges a person encounters when you work full-time, more so, once you’re part of the production and project management team.  Eight-hours a day extending to twelve hours our fourteen can be exhausting.  So much has happened over the last few months since I got back in Manila from the short yet adventure-filled life in Myanmar (you may find my blog HERE), How I wish I was able to post a little bit more than what I started but I guess, it’s never too late to share stories and get it off my head to archive.

Life in Myanmar was character-molding and definitely slower than slow even though they’re trying to be up-speed from the backwards practices to catch up on the modern western world.

Being back in Manila has given me the front seat and the wheel to drive faster than Screen shot 2015-04-10 at 5.23.43 PM60kms/hr. I can’t deny I have missed it by a percentage but sometimes, It’s good to slow down and take it easy.  As of time being, I have transferred to five (5) desks in eight (8) months from where I am presently employed. I have been managed by three (3) separate departments before they conjoined all project management departments together and have lingered moving to a new department where my strength in business development, tapping partnerships and building a network of connections would be highlighted. It’s been 8 months, about 8-10 accounts executed and monitored. Sounds a lot? Not even.

Tons of learning curves, growth pains, adjustments and realizations. Leadership and management skills were definitely honed, sharpened and microscopically well attended.It was busy, crazy, awesome, stressful, and (in between the madness) fun. What have I learned so far?

The First Six:

1. Over-communicate. 

Communication is the key – regardless what industry you’re in. Think of it as a relationship.  teamwork is your marriage.

When I started in the agency, the first contribution I have instilled was to make use of a much efficient app called Telegram. I am a sucker for immediate update of things, every movement and status. If you’re in a huge organization, having to update everyone on a fine print where you can scroll down and up would help on aligning and reminding you on what has and what is yet to transpire from the account. In this world where messengers are abundant, pick one that can send, upload and download files, archive chats, and would also secure conversations.

2.  Respect schedules and alignments

It’s crucial that your team would know where you are and what you’re doing on certain times. This would make everyone just check on how their day is like, what their focus is and when work sessions are. It gives everyone the sense of time, urgency and work flow.  Let your team know if you’re working from home and what you’re working on.

3.  Client Briefs

You may have known the brand by heart and your campaign but often times because of wanting to do so much things, we do get out of focus and tend to forget what is really written in fine print in terms of deliverables and what the vision-mission of the brand. Client briefs are golden, it’s useful on keeping your campaign focused, organized and a reminder on what your Key Performance Indicators are.

4.  Audit reports

Ugh. You may hate the numbers but this will save you from clientele and agency expectations. It’s important you get to have the contract work side by side with your audit report, quantify and justify what has been done. This is a great indicator if you’ve over performed or under performed, if there are service credits that can still be used or you’ve given much more than what was asked for – this, in turn, we call as delight or sweeteners to please your client.

5. Manage Expectations

When dealing with a client, because they’re the client, they have the “customers are always right” in-mind; you’d have to protect yourself and the agency by managing expectations and having it all written in an agreement or a trace that states what their thoughts are and always inform them on consequences should they be late in terms of submitting necessary information or requirements.

6. ASAP – Everything is ASAP, not just one.

RUSH doesn’t mean you’d have to do less, it just means you’ve got to prioritize something up however it’s best to say that once you rush one, the entire team would need to rush the entire deliverables, too. Delays are definitely not negotiable. If things are to be done in a lightning speed, everyone should know that quality may also suffer not for just one but may also be for the rest of the following.

What have you learned so far?

Shades of red and Ivy League Dreams: Admitted!

I haven’t blogged in ages. Forgive my rusty self.

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions and it was of great relief I stayed in the city for a quiet Holy Week break. From what supposed to be an out-of-town trip with my girl friends;  I opted to take a two (2) half-day retreats on solo to rejuvenate, clear my head and my emotions diluted; thanks to two (2) influential people I have ever met in my life who gifted me the opportunity, I was enlightened, blessed, guided and reminded of God’s love, God’s perfect timing and kindness in my heart to let go of those of which that hurt you, including comfort zones that has become painful to breathe in and out with.

Before you give me that stare – I am by all means not a spiritual being nor have been all out there preaching. I was going through that “I don’t need a job, I need a career” struggle or probably the “Holy smokes, I’m 30. What now?”

In the last two weeks, it was a drama fest filled with tears and confusion but, again, through God’s perfect timing  – I have been guided towards the direction I should follow.

Just when I was about to doubt myself, he opened the doors and blessed me with an opportunity I thought was gone forever.

7-8 years ago, fresh from college, I was given a scholarship grant from an Ivy League University, from the  “Harvard of the Hospitality Industry.” 7-8 years after, on the eve of April fools,  my scholarship from Cornell University of Ithaca, New York was reactivated. Boy, it was the best ‘April fools’ news I’ve ever had. However, there was a condition – I had to decide within the month or they’ll have it forfeited. Who am I to say no to such opportunity?

I AM READY. In a heartbeat, without a doubt, I’m taking it.

Looks like, this gives me the right to start with the Cornell University jargon and call myself as a “Hotelie.” It’s been a week since they broke the news. I am undoubtedly still elated. Life just gave me the assurance that everything is possible. Who would’ve thought my 23-year-old self who celebrated her Birthday in Manhattan reached an extension of bliss, years after.

lp_logo_cornellEverything and ANYTHING is possible. Gah, I’m so excited. I have been researching, reading and stalking fellow Hotelie’s blogs.  Dreams do come true, they do.

From the retreat to a bright lit news – I will be taking Hospitality Management: Focus on Marketing and Revenue Management. Onto the next steps, I will get myself back to the industry I sheered myself from but will be applying insightful, valuable and enriched lessons from the different industries I’ve explored and been with. 

Can’t hardly wait!

How to be Productive

When you’re working for an advertising agency or probably an industry where creatives are highly probably – you can’t help but depend on INFOGRAPHICS.

Productivity Infographic

Productivity Infographic

At this point, I’m learning on the art of ‘Not responding to everything’ and to set the messengers on mute not up until there are urgent annoucements that needs to be responded to for clearances.

Feed the Curiosity: On Bitcoins and then Some.


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Quasi-knowledgeable and naive of what Bitcoins are and the Blockchain; curiosity caught me in this industry.

When the husband of my former boss (and my first marketing mentor) asked me if I know of anything to do with Bitcoins, naturally, I had to google it within a few seconds in order to get back to him. (I bet you’re as guilty as I am for researching through something you know nothing of instantaneously on Google)

To be honest, it took me awhile to understand what this cryptocurrency is. We had lengthy conversations on mobile, had ‘bar’ dates and chats on Facebook before I finally jumped in. I can’t say I’m well in-depth knowledgeable of this digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security wherein peer-to-peer exchange through technology operate with no central authority or banks is all about — I eventually fell for it and got my ‘hidden’ tech side slowly accept that this is where the future is heading.

Yes, there are still tons for me to understand.

For starters, let me walk you through what I have understood and learned:

What is Bitcoin? Just like what you think of paper money, it’s the same as what Bitcoins are. It has a unit of account, medium of exchange and store of value. The only difference from cash is the visibility of an actual paper trail. However, in comparison to paper trail — transparency is more viable as it connects through peer-to-peer exchange via internet interface portal.

Just like how you invest on Foreign Exchange. You can store wealth. If you’ve been storing a block of Gold, it’s the same thing principle. You may have the block of Gold, but you just can’t use it (to almost anything anymore) to pay for goods however with Bitcoin; in time, as the market is vastly growing in the world — you may, you would, you could.

How do you get Bitcoins? Start from downloading your own Bitcoin Wallet on your ios or Android (Personally, I’m using Blockchain on Android). You can get bitcoins by accepting them as a payment for goods and services or by buying them from a friend or someone near you. There are trustworthy sites who render services for you to exchange your current currency to Bitcoins, such as BuyBitcoins.com or get to read more through Bitcoins.org on how to get you started.

Where do you get to spend it? Locally in Manila, Philippines, I get to spend my Bitcoin through Bitmarket.PH’s listing or shop through online shopping sites who already accept Bitcoin as payment option such as Ebay.com

How will you be able to have your Bitcoin exchanged into your local currency? It’s non-debatable that Cash is king. If you’re a merchant, the local listing from Bitmarket.PH would have your Bitcoins exchanged into your currency without any charges by having it deposited to your desired bank account (e.i PHP 1.00 to Php 1.00) . Of course, you have an option to keep your Bitcoins on your wallet for your own personal (or business) transactions.

There are no middle-man charges. Remember, it’s a peer-to-peer transaction. Straightforward.

Read more about my Bitcoin learning on this blog.

 

 

 

 

Universal Sports Network Presents Boston Marathon “Run as One” Series March 10 – April 21

Universal Sports Network, the exclusive national television and digital media home of the Boston Marathon, announced today the launch of the “Run as One” series. The 15-episode, short-form video series will air run of schedule and be made available online at universalsports.com beginning today, March 10, and continue through the live coverage of the 118th Boston Marathon, which begins at 8:30 a.m. ET on Monday, April 21, 2014.

In honor of the perseverance and triumph of the human spirit, the “Run as One” series tells the personal stories of those directly affected by the tragic events of the 2013 Boston bombings. As told by survivors, first responders, medical personnel and race officials, these moving first-hand accounts demonstrate strength of character and a resilient will to move forward.

Among those profiled in the series are survivors Nicole and Mike Gross (Charlotte, NC), Marc Fucarile (Stoneham, MA) and Heather Abbott (Newport, RI); Boston Marathon race director David McGillivray; world famous father and son team Dick and Rick Hoyt; former New England Patriot and cancer survivor Joe Andruzzi; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, former City of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino; and Dr. David R. King who finished running the marathon just before the bombings occurred and then immediately began performing surgery on the injured at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Our efforts to examine the impact of the 2013 Boston tragedy involve telling personal and emotional stories of both sorrow and triumph,” said Universal Sports Network Senior V.P. of Content Robert James. “We needed to uncover the heartbeat of the city, and chose local Boston production company Moody Street TV to help capture the essence of the race, and its meaning to runners and non runners alike. Through Universal Sports’ Boston Marathon “Run as One” series, we showcase the perseverance and resilience of the survivors and City of Boston as a whole, while looking forward in a positive light with all eyes toward the 2014 race.”

In addition, Universal Sports is working with all of its distribution partners to provide their customers with free previews in order to access event coverage for the week leading up to and the day of the Boston Marathon. Affiliates offering free preview windows during the month of April include Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber, satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country.

“We are appreciative of how all of our distributors have enthusiastically stepped up with national marketing, promotion and free preview campaigns to help support this significant event in helping to make the 2014 Boston Marathon even greater,” said Anne E. Droste head of distribution for Universal Sports.

 
To find where Universal Sports is available, please visit our channel finder at universalsports.com

ARTE PINAY: FREE Financial Workshop

We’re back to teaching our fellow artists, writers, and musicians on how to take care of their earnings from gigs and bookings and how to make them grow to achieve their future financial goals.

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 This time around, our lady volunteers from Angat Pilipinas Coalition for Financial Literacy who are artists themselves in their own rights, will be sharing with us their knowledge and experience in managing their  finances and investing them in various financial instruments.

The FREE workshop will take place on March 2, 2014, Sunday, at 2PM at the UCC Cafe Burgos Circle near Cantinetta/Johnny Rockets, Forbes Town Center, Taguig City.
The workshop will feature Kuripot Pinay (Rhea Mocorro) and her 52-Week Money-Saving Challenge, Mercedes “Des” Feliciano of Des Illustrations (Shell national arts competition champion) will share her investing journey in the stock marketstock marketstock market as an artist, and blogger/finance advocate Krissy Domingo (moneylifeblood) will discuss about investing in pooled funds (mutual funds/UITF’s).

The workshop will be hosted by yours truly, fitness finance blogger Kassy Pajarillo and mommy investor Carmi Irene Revilla-Cristobal.

REGISTER:

Text your complete name, email address, and mobile number to +63 917 5540014 or email mktpajarillo@gmail.com. The workshop is FREE but you have to grab your own cup of coffee to join the workshop. Register now and invite your friends to come!

 Be financial literate! No artist nor any of us should starve! :)

For FREE Financial Analysis, you may book your appointment through mktpajarillo@gmail.com or send-in a message to the number stated above.

See you!

Saving Habit

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Do you remember saving your allowance in your piggy bank? Imagine feeding that coin box Php 28/day in 365 days would surprise you with Php 10,000? What a feat!

Here are few ways on how you can save:

1. Separate accounts
– Automatic transfers per payroll would do best. Have an account that you’ll consider like a utility bill and let it grow by itself. You may open a Direct Deposit or a UITF for higher returns.

2. Practice the Classic
– A coin box or any piggy bank would do the trick. Don’t take those coins for granted.  Try saving all those Php 5 or Php 10 coins every each time you receive one and make sure you feed your piggy bank just like how you feed your pet everyday.

3. Variable Life Insurance
– A savings booster that will make you commit, make time work for you. A plan which will give you living and death benefits including hospital allowance allocation for those emergency confinement needs.

Fulfill your financial goals.  Keep yourself motivated!

Financial Road Map Analysis is FREE. You may drop me an email and I’d be glad to help.