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Monday, June 26, 2017

The Pochologist Inspires the Youth of Pola, Oriental Mindoro

The municipality of Pola, Oriental Mindoro, headed by Mayor Leandro Panganiban Jr. and Vice Mayor Jennifer Cruz, organized the Pola Kabataan Day on June 23rd. Over 60 high school students from different schools gathered at the plaza to listen to the invited inspirational speakers – Ms. International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago, Ms. Supranational 2012 3rd Runner-Up Elaine Kay Moll, and Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales.

Filipino motivational speaker joins Pola Kabataan Day

The event was opened with Vice Mayor Cruz welcoming the audience, made up of the students and their parents. She explained the objectives of the event, and how they believe in the capacity of the youth of Pola. She made her talk interactive by engaging the audience with questions and witty remarks. She then transitioned into showing a short video that told her inspiring story of overcoming poverty, to becoming a celebrity and now a public servant.

After the Vice Mayor’s talk, Bea and Elaine came onstage to individually share their journey in the respective beauty pageants they have joined. They inspired the audience by talking about how they began the journey with a simple dream, and the struggles they encountered in terms of embracing their beauty inside and out. They also shared their experiences in Binibining Pilipinas, up to the international stages they have conquered. Both ladies inspired the participants to reach for their dreams, and to believe in their capacity to succeed despite their current circumstances.

Filipino motivational speaker inspires the youth of Pola

Pocholo was the last speaker for the event. He started by introducing what he does as a youth advocate, a Filipino motivational speaker, and a voice artist. He shared how he started with his dreams as a young boy growing up in the province of Bataan, and how he has discovered his passion to serve his fellow youth. Pocholo also talked about his idol Dr. Jose Rizal, and encourage the audience to emulate his values and principles as the “first Filipino.”

Pocholo then exemplified his heart for youth empowerment when he called onstage one of his proteges in voice acting, Kelvin Lumibao. Kelvin is Pocholo’s scholar in his voice acting school, and the head anchor of Brigada Kabataan, one of the radio shows that Pocholo has produced under Voice of the Youth Network. Kelvin amazed the audience with his voice acting prowess, by doing voice impressions of over 50 character voices! He also inspired the audience to believe in their dreams and in their talents.

Filipino motivational speaker with Vice Mayor Jennifer Cruz, Bea Rose Santiago and Elaine Moll

The Kabataan Day was capped off with some closing remarks from Mayor Panganiban, who showed gratitude to the young people of Pola.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Pochology Academy Conducts Voice Acting Workshop in Sykes Makati

On June 16, a half-day voice acting workshop was conducted at the Sykes Asia office in Makati. The workshop was organized by Artist Anonymous as part of the Sykes Choices program. Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales led his team of trainers to teach the basics of voice acting to Sykes employees.

Filipino motivational speaker talks about the power of the voice

The workshop kicked off with the Voice Care Queen Ada Cuaresma, as she introduced the art of voice acting to the class. She gave them a glimpse of the industry, the various media where voice artists are needed, and the basic requirements needed to start a voice acting career. She then led the class through a series of vocal exercises, from warm up exercises to those that would improve the quality of one’s voice. She also gave them breathing and relaxation exercises, as those are also essential in increasing vocal power.

Voice Care Queen Ada Cuaresma walks participants through some vocal exercises

After those exercises, Ada called the next speaker, Kelvin Lumibao, who discussed the “VoiceMaster’s Formula in Creating Character Voices.” Kelvin is also one of Pocholo’s proteges and a scholar of his voice acting school. Kelvin started by sharing his experiences in voice acting, and even impressed the audience with an ensemble of character voices that he can do – from cartoon characters to famous personalities. He then discussed the different vocal elements that anyone can mix and match to create character voices, the way he did. This formula is also being taught by the VoiceMaster in his workshops, and is included in his second book, “Gusto Kong Maging Voice Talent.”

Kelvin Lumibao talks about the VoiceMasters formula for creating character voices

Then came the participants’ turn to experience voice acting. Ada came back onstage to transition the workshop to the subject of dubbing. She taught the audience how to write and translate scripts for dubbing, including proper format and labeling. The class was then divided into groups, and were assigned excerpts from movies and cartoons for them to translate and then dub in front of the class.

After the fun dubbing activity, Ada introduced the VoiceMaster, who closed the workshop with powerful and inspirational words. The VoiceMaster shared his vision for the voice acting industry in the Philippines, and his inspiring story of how he mastered the craft and built his voice acting school. He inspired the participants to develop an appreciation for the power of their voice, and encouraged to go beyond their current line of work to utilize it.

Participants learn how to translate scripts for dubbing

Artist Anonymous is one of the duly-organized clubs in Sykes Asia, where creative enthusiasts get to meet like-minded individuals to express and develop their artistic side.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Pochology Academy Conducts Sales and Public Speaking Training for Multibiz International Corporation

On June 7, Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales led his training team to conduct the Public Speaking and Effective Sales Presentation workshop for Multibiz International Corporation. Ten participants attended the whole-day workshop, which was held at the Moderno restaurant in Tagaytay City.

Filipino motivational speaker opens the training with focus group discussion

The workshop started with a focus group discussion, led by Pocholo. He set the mood and the expectations of what the participants were to learn for the rest of the day. He also talked about his school, Pochology Academy, and shared the organization’s mission of inspiring greatness and excellence in every Filipino.

Pocholo then gave the floor to the participants, and asked them to share their challenges and what they would like to learn about public speaking and selling. One by one, the participants talked about what they feel they need to improve in order to confidently sell the products of their company. They brought up their fears in public speaking, and how they would want their voice to improve in order to deliver their sales presentation better.

Voice Care Queen conducts workshop on public speaking

After the focus group discussion, Pocholo called the next trainer, Ada Cuaresma, to begin the workshop proper. Dubbed as the “Voice Care Queen,” Ada is one of Pocholo’s students whom he trained to become a motivational speaker. She handled the public speaking section of the workshop, to share what she has also learned from the most sought-after Filipino motivational speaker.

After a quick icebreaker to energize the class, Ada started with an activity, where the participants did a 1-minute product presentation to evaluate the pre-workshop performance of the class. This activity was followed by a short lunch break. After lunch, Voiceworx scholar and VOTY broadcaster Kelvin Lumibao energized the crowd by doing several voice impersonations that he does as a voice artist.

Voiceworx scholar Kelvin Lumibao entertains the class with voice impressions

Ada came back onstage and resumed the lesson with managing public speaking anxiety. Ada explained the reasons why public speaking is the number 1 fear, and equipped the class with tools to overcome that fear. She also shared the different elements that the participants can use to make their presentations more engaging and relevant to their audience, and ended with a structure that they can use to give their presentations a better flow.

The last part of the workshop was handled by Microphone Club member Mike Acuna, who focused on selling tips and strategies. He supplemented the public speaking training with tools to help the participants present their products better to their clients. From proper selling mindset to effective selling vocabulary, Mike provided a clear roadmap for the participants, and opened their mind to a new approach on effective selling.

Sales Presentation Simulation

The whole-day workshop prepared the participants for the sales presentation simulation the following day. They were asked to prepare a 10-15 minute presentation with product demonstration, which they presented in front of a panel and the class. The panel consisted of the Pochology Academy Trainers, TAG Media Founder Engr. Grace Bondad-Nicolas, and Multibiz Founder Christian Leynes.
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Pochologist Motivates Employees in their Monthly Pulong-Pulong

Every first Monday of the month, the employees of the Alcantara Group of Companies gather to keep abreast of updates, to touchbase across the team, and to also learn a thing or two on how they can become better in their line of work. On June 5th, Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was invited as the guest speaker to empower the employees about having passion in their work.

Filipino motivational speaker motivates employees of Alcantara Group of Companies

After an icebreaker, Pocholo shared about his journey to discovering his passion for voice acting at a very young age, growing up in the province of Mariveles, Bataan. He then talked about how he started to pursue that passion at age 16 in DZMM, as well as the challenges and obstacles he met along the way. Pocholo also shared how he built his company and his voice acting school, fueled not only by his passion for the craft, but also for opening the doors of the industry to those who aspire to become part of it.

Pocholo used his story as an example of how important passion is in carrying out one’s work. He spoke about passion as the fire that makes a person look forward to waking up and going to work everyday, the fuel that helps a person push forth in times of adversity. And yes, Pocholo wowed the audience by doing an ensemble of voice impressions – from cartoon characters to famous personalities and celebrities.

Filipino motivational speaker talks about 8 to be GREAT

Pocholo also spoke about one of his favorite people, National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, and set him as an example of a man of passion. Pocholo talked a little bit about the history of Rizal, and how he was able to write novels, meet people and travel the world despite his lack of technology and freedom. The mini-history class became a challenge to the audience to discover their own greatness and become the best version of themselves.

Pocholo then transitioned to his main topic, “8 to be Great”. He shared to the audience the 8 qualities that make a person great – including passion, purpose and gratitude. Towards the end, Pocholo encouraged the employees to aim not just to be happy but to be great.

Filipino motivational speaker with the employees of Alcantara Group of Companies

Alcantara Group of Companies spans across a wide range of industries, including power generation, agribusiness, forestry, transportation, real estate and construction.
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Pochologist Shares his Business Failures in Impact Hub’s Fuck Up Night

On May 31, Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was invited as one of the speakers in Impact Hub’s “Fuck Up Nights Volume 5.” The event started out as a normal gathering and networking event, which turned into an event where people can learn and be inspired by the failures of now-successful entrepreneurs. Each speaker was given 15 minutes to share their “fuck-up story,” which was followed by a 5-minute question and answer session.

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The VoiceMaster shares his business failures and lessons

Pocholo came onstage as the first speaker. He began by introducing what he does as a voice artist, and even impressed the audience with a “sample” of the character voices he has dubbed. Pocholo then went on to share his first-hand experience of the monopoly and politics that surrounded the voice acting industry. He recalled his first dubbing experience, where he was told by a veteran that he is no good and that he will not make it in the industry.

Pocholo transitioned into telling his “fuck up” story, where he invested a huge amount of money to build his own recording studio, with little experience in handling a business. He bought a large office space which he turned into a studio complete with state-of-the-art equipment. The business closed in just half a year because in that short moment, Pocholo lost hold of his vision to make the Philippines the center of voiceover excellence in Asia.

Pocholo then told of how he bounced back in 2005, and built his second company as well as the first voice acting school in the country. Even though he started out small and in a more shaky ground, it was then that he let his passion for voice acting take over, and his business turned out more successful than expected.

The VoiceMaster Speaks at Impact Hub's Fuck Up Night

In closing, Pocholo shared the number one lesson he learned in his experience: STICK TO YOUR WHY. Ultimately, it’s his passion that fuels him to work on his business, and to keep giving opportunities to those who aspire to become voice artists like Pocholo. Because of Pocholo’s school, what was once an elusive and closed-door industry became open to those who wish to become part of it.

Impact Hub is one of the country’s leading innovation labs and startup incubator, with its headquarters at the Picadilly Star in Taguig City.
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