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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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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.

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The Font Choice

The font choices you make are as important as the clothes you decide to wear. For example, no matter how nice the suit a person is wearing, your impression of them could be ruined if they’re wearing dirty, beat-up sneakers. Your typography may only be 10% of your presentation deck, but it’ll have a major impact on how your audience absorbs the information you’re giving them.

1. Try to use safe typefaces.
Just like your favorite everyday shoes, there are some typefaces that will always be safe to use in a presentation. These fonts are always clear, legible and will not distract the audience from the content of your presentation. Try using fonts like Lucida Grande, Helvetica, Georgia or Palatino.

2. Use decisive contrast.
If you need to use multiple typefaces (in order to make certain key words or phrases in your presentation stand out), use fonts that have large, contrasting differences. Note, however, that not all different typefaces will work well together. There are some that look quite nice when they are in tandem. Try figuring out which fonts have similar x-height or stroke weight, or make your life easier by using this site: https://www.canva.com/font-combinations/

3. Avoid using wild typefaces.
Just like your outfit, if everything is too wild, people will just end up staring at you; rather than listening to what you have to say. So, apply that same thought to your presentation deck. If all your fonts are too wild, people will just spend their time looking at the deck, instead of absorbing the content. Use wild fonts as your headers, but not for the entire thing.

As you continue to make your presentation decks, you’ll start to figure out which fonts work best for your audience, and which ones look best with each other. Whichever font you choose, always make sure you remain confident during your presentation.
Learn more at John Robert Powers.

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Make the Good Better

An excellent presentation can be the deciding factor in any type of meeting. Do you have everything you need for your presentation? Great! The fundamental goal in any presentation is for it to change the audience in one way or another so here’s how to make sure that your audience remembers what you’re saying:

1. Follow the right sequence.
One of the first things to remember is that there is this thing called a serial position effect. Essentially, this means that the first thing that is presented in a sequence is best remembered by an audience. A good way to go about your presentation is this: “Tell people what you’re going to tell them, tell them, and tell them what you told them”.

2. Draw connections.
Connections matter when remembering things. You might not remember the entirety of the presentation, but if you can remember parts of it, and are able to connect them to other parts, then you should be good. Making connections among the key points in your talk increases the amount that people will remember from what you present.

3. Make the audience work.
In order to get your audience to really process and absorb the information you’re giving them to memory, they have to put in a bit of effort. If your audience thinks deeply about the points you’ve made in your presentation, they’re more likely to remember what you told them later on. Ask your audience questions. Let them vote on certain alternatives, just get them thinking about the points that you are making.

4. Make it simple.
If you can sum up your presentation in just one sentence, what would that sentence be? Try to include the aspect of your topic that has the biggest impact to your audience. If you’re having a difficult time, ask yourself: “If my audience only remembers one thing from my talk, what should it be?”

Communication coach Dianna Booherhas once said, “If you can’t write your message in one sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.”

Remember to present with confidence and believe in the things you’re saying!
Learn more at John Robert Powers.