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Public Seminar: Critical Thinking – Competency and Action

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Critical Thinking

Join a Critical Thinking: Competency and Action seminar on April 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and learn how to clearly reason through problems and present arguments in logical, compelling ways.

In today’s society, many people experience information overload. We are bombarded with messages to believe various ideas, purchase things, support causes, and lead our lifestyle in a particular way. How do you know what to believe? How do you separate the truth from the myths? The answer lies in critical thinking skills, which have become key for survival in today’s world. This two-day workshop will give you some practical tools and hands-on experience with critical thinking and problem solving.

Participants will define critical and non-critical thinking, identify your critical thinking style(s), including areas of strength and improvement, describe other thinking styles, including left/right brain thinking and whole-brain thinking, work through the critical thinking process to build or analyze arguments, develop and evaluate explanations, improve key critical thinking skills, use analytical thought systems and creative thinking techniques and prepare and present powerful arguments.

This course is encouraged for professionals who want to enhance their thinking processes to achieve better results in business and individuals who desire to develop critical thinking and problem solving as a core competency.

Register for this course here.

Course Outline

  • Understanding critical thinking
  • Where do other types of thinking fit in? (including whole-brain and left and right brain)
  • Pitfalls to reasoned decision making
  • The critical thinking process
  • A critical thinker’s skill set
  • Creating explanations
  • Dealing with assumptions
  • Common sense
  • Critical and creative thought systems
  • Hands-on case studies

The course fee for this seminar is P8,500 and includes instruction by an expert facilitator, small group workshops that provide “active learning” which is known to be the most effective method for adult learners, a specialized student workbook, a free eBook on Thinking Skills: Using Your Brain in the Information Age, a personalized certificate of participation, snacks and lunch, and a complimentary Profiles Critical Thinking, Logic, Comprehension and Perception Assessment (CTA). This assessment provides raw scores and percentile ranking for each of the areas measured.

Areas Covered by Your Free Assessment

  • Evaluative, analytic and inferential reasoning
  • Deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Logical reasoning
  • Reasoning and comprehension

Register online here.

About the Facilitator

Dr. Maria Vida G. Caparas holds a Master’s Degree and Ph.D., Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology. She is an Accredited Trainer of the Philippine Government with invaluable experiences in Organizational Development as a Human Resource, Training and OD practitioner. She authored three books on Psychology/HR Management and was a Trainer Delegate of DFA-Foreign Service Institute in Italy and Singapore in 1999-2000. Dr. Caparas is a recipient of various national awards and also a professor in prestigious universities.


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Public Seminar: Personal Financial Management

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Personal Finance

Learn how to set personal financial goals at a financial management public seminar. These two 4-hr workshops on April 18 and 25 will help participants understand the economic market today and outlook for 2015, have readily available Financial instruments for beginners, and match financial goals with the right financial product. The workshop will last from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.each day.

Course Outline

  • Setting Financial goals
  • Philippine Market Overview and outlook for the rest of 2015
  • Deciding on a Personal Budget
    – Setting up a cash fund
    – determining the cash fund to set aside before they start investing
    – cashflow mangement
  • Cost of money
    – managing debt – credit cards, loans, using loan sharks
    – when is it okay to borrow money?
    – time value of money
  • Easiest financial instruments to understand
    -short term – TD, money market instruments
    -medium term – stock market , IPO’s, mutual funds; fund riders
    -long term – real estate, bonds, commodities, mutual funds, trust funds, capital market instruments
    – advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Obtaining financial freedom
    – making your money work for you as opposed to working for money

The course fee is P3,500 and includes instruction by an expert facilitator, specialized student workbook and course materials, personalized certificate of completion and a free eBook on Strategic Financial Management Part 1 and 2.

About the Facilitator

Ms. Victoria Estacio holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the Ateneo de Manila University. She earned a Certificate of Authority for Insurance Commission, and is a Registered Financial Planner. She has worked in the field of Sales and Marketing and Operations in the following roles: Assistant Vice President of Sales and Marketing Department with Philam Life, Manager, Bancassurance with Grepalife, Senior Sales Manager with Yapster, and Unit Head of Front End Acquisitions with Citibank, N.A. Ms. Estacio is a recipient of various awards including the Philam Life Annual Fast Start award for both Credit and Group Life (an award that has never been given to Group Life), and the “Exceptional Performance Award” from Ciribank N.A. for participation in the credit card launch in Guam, USA. She also conducts personal financial coaching and training, and has received numerous trainings on strategic management, financial planning, and sales.


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3 Steps to Improving Your Business Success

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Businesses are constantly evolving to adapt to industry trends and consumer needs. Continuous improvement is a necessity to stay current with clients and remain the brand of choice for your target audience. Thanks to modern technology and innovative solutions, improving your business is possible with a dedicated investment and a few crucial steps.

Strategize

Have a clear strategy that you revisit periodically

Every company needs to have a clear direction in order to grow and develop with purpose. Ever year, revisit this strategy so your entire company can make decisions that will move towards your goals, together. Below are a few questions to ask yourself about your company’s current strategy.

  • Do we have a written strategy that our leaders can refer to?
  • Do all employees have a vision of the company direction, vision, mission and goals?
  • Has the company direction changed? If so, has the strategy been changed to reflect it?
  • Has a goal process in your strategy become outdated?
  • Do you have a backup plan in case your current strategy falls through?

Invest

Invest in your human capital

A company’s talent is what propels it to business success. Even if you have the best product available, you need to have equally good teams managing, marketing and selling that product (and your company). Your front-end and back-end staff needs to be trained, educated and capable. Make sure they are versed in your product benefits and the company mission in order to relay these important foundations to the customer. Below are a few things to ask yourself about your workforce.

Measure

Measure quantitatively and qualitatively

In order to see how far your company has come and postulate where it is going, you need to measure your successes and failures. To move forward and make the best decisions for your company, you should measure the ROI (return on investment) of your processes. Below are a few questions you can ask yourself about measurement and tracking.

  • Are you using analytics tools to help you measure social media ROI?
  • Do you adjust for improvement upon each measurement?
  • Are you measuring both customer and employee satisfaction and retention?
  • Are you keeping track of the important partnerships you form?
  • Are you setting measurable goals?
  • Are you tracking ROI both quantitatively and qualitatively? ROI isn’t just numbers, it can come in the form of social media mentions, news mentions and customer reviews.
  • Are you reaching your target market and building your brand?
  • Do you understand your strengths and weaknesses better thanks to each measurement?

What other things should a company analyze for business success? Share your thoughts in the comments!


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