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First Get-Together at Virlanie Foundation

What happens next after being a JRP graduate?

Aside from putting to good use their knowledge and skills, they also get the chance to make a difference in the lives of others as they become part of John Robert Powers (JRP) Alumni community.

For its first get-together dubbed as “The Red Mark Project,” the JRP Alumni Community partnered with Virlanie Foundation for a day of fun and learning last September 22 at the Marco Polo Care Center (MPCC). MPCC is one of Virlanie Foundation’s homes for babies and young children.

A JRP Alumni Community volunteer talked to the children about proper etiquette.

A JRP Alumni Community volunteer talked to the children about proper etiquette.

Children at the Marco Polo Care Center enjoyed playing and interacting with their ates and kuyas for the day.

Children at the Marco Polo Care Center enjoyed playing and interacting with their ates and kuyas for the day.

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Not only did the children beneficiaries enjoy their meal, they also received lessons on proper table manners.

Volunteers – composed of JRP 2018 graduates and JRP staff and facilitators – enjoyed playing games with the children of MPCC. The youngsters also engaged in interactive learning sessions on how to carry themselves with confidence, as well as the basic rules of proper etiquette.

At the same event, Virlanie Foundation and JRP marked the beginning of their long-term partnership with a ceremonial contract signing. Catch a glimpse of The Red Mark Project’s highlights here.

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The JRP Alumni Community and Virlanie Foundation held a contract signing to seal their long-term partnership.

Virlanie Foundation, through its various support programs, cares for children in need of special protection– those who are among the poor, abandoned, abused, exploited, neglected, and orphaned.

The children were grateful to receive school supplies and hygiene products from the JRP Alumni Community volunteers.

The children were grateful to receive school supplies and hygiene products from the JRP Alumni Community volunteers.

The Red Mark Project is the first-ever outreach event of the John Robert Powers Alumni Community. This serves as an avenue for JRP alumni to apply their skills, values, and competencies to make an impact on society. Its purpose is to leave a Powers mark, one community at a time.

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The day wouldn’t be complete without a group photo of JRP’s 2018 graduates together with JRP staff and facilitators who all took pride in their accomplishments that day.

You, too, can join this journey! Sign up here to join the JRP Alumni Community and receive the latest news about upcoming events, and get exclusive perks from John Robert Powers.

 

 

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5 Game-Changing Ways of Millennials in the Workplace

If you were born between the years 1981 to 1996, then you are considered a millennial—and you are part of a powerful generation. In the Philippines, about 1/3 of the country’s total population is composed of millennials, which means more and more of you are entering the workplace. By 2025, it is estimated that millennials will make up almost 75 percent of the global workforce.

You may be young but your unique experiences and insights can transform the organizations and communities you are a part of. Here are just a few ways you can be a game changer in today’s work environment.

1. You can introduce new modes of communication.

Millennials are tech-savvy and can easily adapt to new technologies. While many companies still use e-mail as the primary communication tool, there are a multitude of other options out there that allow users to conduct live chats, collaborate on projects, and more. Armed with your digital know-how, you can introduce some of these helpful tools in your workplace.

2. You can propose flexible working hours.

According to a study conducted by Bentley University, 77 percent of millennials surveyed say that flexible work hours would make the workplace more productive. Millennials are comfortable with multi-tasking and using technology to work faster. Prove to your boss that you can meet your deadlines and get things done well, no matter where you are.

3. You can push for a culture of innovation and collaboration.

Millennials are used to working in teams. You like speaking your mind and hate doing things just because your boss said so. When you’re part of a team, encourage everyone to participate and share their ideas. This culture of collaboration can lead to bigger breakthroughs, inspire innovation, and strengthen the bond between you and your colleagues.

4. You can create an environment of openness and acceptance.

The age of the Internet, coupled with recent world events, has exposed millennials to a variety of cultures, religions, and ethnicities. This makes you a global citizen—you are aware of how diverse the world is and you are open to hearing different world views. You genuinely want to create a positive impact and this translates to the workplace as well. You see the problems that exist and you are willing to be a part of the solution.

5. You can show others your passion for learning.

You’ve probably heard millennials described as lazy and entitled, but that may be because you feel like your skills are not fully utilized. According to the 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey, more than six in ten millennials (63 percent) say their “leadership skills are not being fully developed.” You know you have a lot to learn, yet you are not being taught the right skills. If you feel this way at your current job, don’t be afraid to take initiative. Sign up for training programs, ask questions about projects you’re interested in, talk to your boss about your concerns, and show your colleagues that you are ready and willing to learn more.

Learning doesn’t stop in school or at work. Take charge of your own growth and development by enrolling in John Robert Powers’ personality development program, where you’ll learn how to communicate effectively, enhance your image, overcome stage fright, and many more life skills. Visit johnrobertpowers.ph for more information.

 

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5 Ways of Assertive Workers

Whether it’s getting a promotion at work, standing out from your peers, or wanting to be heard at a meeting, here are five ways to be more recognized at the work place.

1. Ask and clarify.

Communication is an undeniable major aspect that affects how things get done at work. There are tasks that need no explanation but there are those that need to be refined. Ask to get more details about the task at hand and clarify those that seem vague. This assures you that you and your manager are on the same page.

Author, blogger, entrepreneur and marketing superstar Seth Godin shares three agreements that can help you and your team or boss check if you have the same perspective for work goals: agreeing on the goals, on reality, and on what success looks like.

2. Come to meetings with actionable ideas.

It’s not enough to have ideas. Make sure these are actionable and measurable. Show your teammates and bosses that you are aren’t just actively participating in your meetings and brainstorming sessions by throwing out ideas, but also by mapping out how you can go from ideation to execution.

3. Know what you are talking about.

When you are trying to make a case at work, preparing well and having all the facts laid out will give you the edge when you are making a pitch, justifying a new acquisition, or trying a completely new process the team or even the company is unfamiliar with. You should know your project, pitch, or product thoroughly and be able to answer questions about it with ease.

4. Use the “Positive No”.

If you haven’t heard or read about this yet, this concept and book, based on William Ury’s Harvard University course for managers and professionals, teaches you how to “say no clearly, respectfully, and effectively to anyone.” Use the information you have so that it will be easier to say no to a process at work that might not be working anymore, an unrealistic deadline, or additional work that you feel will hamper your current load.

5. Be confident.

Not everyone is innately confident—maybe some of you have a naturally quiet demeanor. The danger here is that it can be misconstrued as ineffectiveness or you can be perceived as someone who can be easily swayed.

“Sort of, kind of, maybe, might”—these are the words you should not use when explaining the status of a task or when requesting for something you need at work.

Do you sometimes here yourself say, “We might need this…” or “It’s kind of…?” Catch yourself when you use a questioning or unsure tone and take note of your body language as well. Dr. Nikki Martinez in a Huffington Post article says that “body language [is] 97% of communication. Your body language must be as assertive as your words.” Practice, practice, practice and work on taking your confidence up a notch.

How can you be more confident? Let John Robert Powers help you unleash the best you with its various courses on Personality Development and communication programs like Public Speaking or a Holistic English Learning Program.

Learn more about these on their website or send them an e-mail today. Want to call instead? You may reach the John Robert Powers team at (02) 892 9511 or (02) 927 0465.

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WHAT TO WEAR TO A GO SEE

First of all, what is a go see? A go see is basically an audition for models where you can meet with an agency, a manager, or a designer.

So, when you go to a casting call or a go see, remember that the rule of thumb is to keep your styling to a minimum! What you really should be bringing with you is your natural beauty and talent—these are what they should remember the most about you.

What to Wear to a Go See

The agencies usually send in a list of things that you need to bring and this includes your portfolio. Make sure you research beforehand what the modeling job is for so you can include photos of a similar theme shoot or modeling experience.

When in doubt as to what to wear or how to look, always go for simple styling but make sure to keep your look sleek and neat. Get in touch with John Robert Powers for more modeling tips.

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST GO SEE

So, what exactly is a go see? What normal people would call an interview, in the modelling world, this is called a ‘go- see’. It is your chance to finally showcase your modelling talent and potential to the right people. Casting directors get to see and find out more about you to decide if you are a good fit for a particular job. First impressions matter, so here is a guideline from John Robert Powers of how you can nail your first go see.

Checklist of all the essentials

The agency usually takes time to prepare a list of what you should bring to the go see, so it is up to you to do your part and thoroughly check if you have everything on the list. Sometimes, this may include an extra pair of shoes or a change of clothes – throw it all in a tote bag and you are ready.

To show off your versatility in projecting different looks, you will need to bring your portfolio. If you don’t have one yet, then a recent head shot and full body shot ought to be enough.

You never know when you might need to take notes, but if the chance presents itself you should be ready to show that you are organized. Always bring a notepad and a pen to ensure you are prepared for any surprises.

Be punctual

Believe it or not, punctuality is a must! If you are scheduled for 2pm, be there at 1:45pm. Don’t worry too much about appearing too eager – that sends a better message than being late. Besides, if you arrive on time, you have time to collect yourself and calm your nerves well ahead of time.

Be comfortable and presentable

Heard of the saying: simplicity is best? Keep it simple – skinny jeans, a basic tank top and a pair of black ballerina shoes should do the trick. The casting directors will be able to see your proper height and size without much trouble and as a bonus, you will be comfortable. You might be asked to walk the run-way, so an extra pair of 2 inch heels (or higher if you can handle it) will be necessary.

If you are going to do your make up, keep it simple and neutral; remember, this is a go see, casting directors want to see you in your most natural form and that means you have to try to be as genuine as possible.

Bring the right attitude

We know that your first ever go see can be a little nerve wracking and usually, casting directors fully understand this. Stand tall and take a deep breath to show them that you are confident, versatile and able to work under pressure.

A pleasant individual is someone everybody wants to work with, so remember to smile, be friendly and most importantly, relax and enjoy yourself.