Public Speaking Coach, NLP Practitioner & HRDF Trainer
"If I could give YOU only one gift, let it be ENTHUSIASM" modified and inspired by Bruce Barton
Hi, my name is Kian Tan, co-founder of AKidzAcademy, where we help professionals, managers, consultants and business owners communicate with confidence and clarity so that they can achieve their business and personal goals faster.
I'm a father and husband first, then an educator, entrepreneur, investor and finally, accountant by profession.
Growing up in a moderate Asian family, I went through our own version of challenges and tough times in the area of family dynamics and financial aspects. When my father passed away, we were struggled to pay off the medical bills.
I am deeply humbled by the experiences. If anything, it has taught me that everyday we can choose to be positive, choose a different path and create a pattern of excellence.
I chose self-education, and working hard towards my dream. Just like any graduates, when I first started working, I gave all I have working for a multinational company audit firm. In 2004, I was the only Malaysian selected to participate in the firm Global Development Exchange Program, where I was seconded to work in San Francisco, California for 18 months together with 100 high-performers from all over the world, recognising an outstanding work performance.
I stayed on working in the US for the next 5 years. It was indeed an amazing experience!
With the little money I have saved up using a simple formula of "Spend less than you earn, and invest the difference" inspired by the book "The Richest Man In Babylon" by George S. Clayson, I started my own retail business with the help of my cousin brother. In a short span of 13 months, we expanded our business from one outlet in a small town to five retail outlets. The business is now running on auto-pilot, which allow me the freedom to run my own education business.
I'm a member of Toastmasters, and in 2018 I was bestowed the Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) award recognising highest level of communication and leadership skills. I learn about public speaking the hard way..... I make many mistakes on stage, and failed countless times embarrassing myself. But one speech leads to another, and another, and many "another"....... I finally had a breakthrough.
You know what a "breakthrough" is like? When one participant came up to me, a week after attended my workshop, and say "Kian, it works".
Public speaking is not a rocket science. I know it [the strategy, structure and tactics] works because I have worked on it. It's now a proven step-by-step system, that anyone can use it to conquer their fear of public speaking, and deliver an impressive presentation so that they can achieve whatever they want to with the skill.
After all, public speaking skill is an investment that will bear dividends for many years to come.
As Warren Buffett once says....."Public Speaking is the ONE skill that will raise your value by 50 percent". I second that.
My dream is to serve human race with integrity and education, so to empower growth and inspire 10 million lives. Check out what we have for you here and I wish you nothing but success in everything you do, and I look forward to hearing your success stories.