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Sunday, September 17, 2017

The First Voice Acting Book in the Philippines Launches at the 37th Manila International Book Fair

In the book fair, I will be releasing my second book entitled “Gusto Kong Maging Voice Talent.” I am thrilled and honored to have written the country’s first-ever voice acting book, the way I have built the country’s first-ever voice acting school in 2005, the Philippine Center for Voice Acting.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Pochologist Inspires Grade 9 and 10 Students on EnvironmentStewardship

The Youth for Environment in School Organization (YES-O) in coordination with the Manila Youth Leaders for the Environment (MYLE) of the Division of Manila conducted its Annual Leadership Training last September 9 at the Araullo High School in Ermita, Manila. The theme of this year’s training is “Empowering the Youth Towards Environmental Stewardship.” The training featured speakers who are advocates not only of the environment, but also of youth empowerment, such as Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo "The VoiceMaster" Gonzales.

Filipino motivational speaker speaks at the YES O and MYLE Annual Leadership Training


Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Pochologist Inspires Business Students in ACLADEB’s 3rd Business Summit

The Asian+ Council of Leaders, Administrators, Deans and Educators in Business (ACLADEB) held its 3rd Business Summit on September 8, 2017. Over 300 Business students from different colleges and universities filled the Palma Hall of Universidad de Manila to learn about global trends in Business and Education from the invited speakers, including Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales.

Filipino motivational speaker talks about entrepreneurial mindset to Business students and educators

Pocholo was the last speaker of the Summit, who spoke about the Entrepreneurial Mindset. He began his presentation by sharing the story about his own entrepreneurial journey – from being a freelance voice artist at the young age of 16 to building his own recording studio a decade after. Pocholo shared the challenges he had to overcome in the industry, such as the politics and monopoly among the veteran voice artists. He told the story of how he was rejected as a new talent, which motivate him to open his voice acting school to pave the way for aspiring voice artists.

Filipino motivational speaker speaks at the ACLADEB 3rd Business Summit

Pocholo’s story was his transition to his main topic, how to develop one’s entrepreneurial mindset. He shared the qualities and way of thinking that puts one in great advantage to becoming an entrepreneur. He talked about setting goals, planning and finding a mentor as some of the things that help a person thrive in building a business. Pocholo talked about passion in great length. He said that it was his passion for the art of voice acting that propelled him to not only build his business, but to also persist and stick to his vision.

Pocholo encouraged the participants to get into business for the right reason – to serve and provide solutions instead of just simply earning money. Pocholo’s story is an example of how building a business with passion and purpose is the best way to become an entrepreneur. He also suggested that in order to succeed in business, an entrepreneur should continually develop their skills in order to stay relevant and valuable.

Filipino motivational speaker shares the stage with his scholar Kelvin

Pocholo also highlighted the importance of mentorship for entrepreneurs, which is the reason why he founded the Youth Entrepreneurship Academy, an advocacy organization that provides training and mentoring for aspiring young entrepreneurs. He explained that entrepreneurship is all about helping other people, which is why successful entrepreneurs also look forward to providing guidance and being mentors to aspiring and budding entrepreneurs. Pocholo also shared how he has helped hundreds of aspiring voice artists through his school, and also through the opportunities he provide for them to practice the craft. He also shared the stage with one of them – Kelvin Lumibao, one of his scholars – who amazed the audience by doing a repertoire of character voices.

In the end, Pocholo motivated the participants to utilize entrepreneurship as a way to fulfill their calling in life.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The VoiceMaster Inspires MSME’s in Legazpi, Albay

The Mentor Me Program, a joint project of the Department of Trade and Industry and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (Go Negosyo), conducted a free seminar for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s) last August 23. Held at the Casablanca Hotel and Convention Center, the seminar is part of the first phase of the program, where MSME’s are taught to develop good business sense. The seminar features talks from Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs and Mentor Me mentors, such as Filipino motivational speaker, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales.

filipino motivational speaker talks about passion driven business

The seminar started early in the morning with a welcome message from DTI Bicol Regional Director Engr. Jocelyn LB Blanco. Usec. Zenaida Maglaya from DTI Regional Operations Group also sent her message to the seminar participants. Albay Board Member Alan Ranola also graced the event with his presence to give some words of inspiration on behalf of Albay Governor, Hon. Al Francis Bichara. Go Negosyo was represented by Programs Development Associate Miracle Lansang, who shed light on the Kapatid Mentor Me program. The opening ceremony was immediately followed by the first training session, which was presented by the VoiceMaster.

In his talk “Entrepreneurial Mindset of a Successful Entrepreneur,” Pocholo talks about how to think like an entrepreneur. He reminded the audience that a mindset that’s focused on success is what will bring about success. He began his presentation by introducing himself and his company, Creativoices Productions. He shared the story of how he started out as a freelance voice artist at the young age of 16, until he built his own voiceover services company at the age 26. Pocholo shared his struggles in starting and sustaining a business, and how his passion and purpose helped him overcome the challenges he encountered, especially when most people think he won’t be able to succeed in the business. He also shared that in the end, it was his love for his craft as well as the desire to pay it forward that made him and his business a success today.

Open forum with Mentor Me speakers

Pocholo’s story was a transition to his main topic, the mindset of a successful entrepreneur. Pocholo shared the qualities shared by successful entrepeneurs – things like having a vision, setting goals, expanding their knowledge, just to name a few. He also encouraged and challenged the MSME’s to look at business as a way of giving back to the society, instead of simply a vehicle to make money.

In the afternoon session, the second presentation was done by Arlene Padua-Martinez, another mentor from Go Negosyo. She did a session about marketing one’s business especially in the age of internet and social media. Her presentation was followed by an inspirational forum where successful local MSME’s were asked to share their success stories to the audience. The forum was moderated by Mr. Butch Castro of DTI Albay. The seminar ended with some closing remarks by DTI Albay's Provincial Director, Mr. Rodrigo M. Aguilar.

Overall, the participants of the seminar left with a fresh perspective and brand new inspiration to build and grow their business.

filipino motivational speaker with participants and DTI officials

Mentor Me Program is an initiative under DTI and Go Negosyo’s Kapatid, Angat Lahat program that aims to help MSME’s scale up their business through weekly coaching and mentoring on the different functional areas of entrepreneurship.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Pochologist Talks about Marketing for the Global Citizen at PJMA’s Juan Big Idea in Isabela

On August 20, the Philippine Junior Marketing Association (PJMA) conducted the first installment of Juan Big Idea, its annual marketing convention which serves as the organization’s platform to reach marketing students all over the country. With this year’s theme “Ang Paglipad ng Marketistang Pilipino,” the Luzon edition was held at the F.L. Dy Coliseum in Cauayan, Isabela, and was attended by over 1,000 students from all over the region. The event featured talks centered around the theme of marketing, including Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales.

The VoiceMaster Speaks at Juan Big Idea in Isabela

Pocholo’s talk was about “Marketing for the Global Citizen,” where he shared his journey about starting as a freelance voice artist to becoming the most recognized Filipino voice artist even in the international scene. He talked about his childhood dream of hearing his voice on the radio greeting his mother, and how it led to his vision of making the Philippines the center of voiceover excellence in Asia. Pocholo also talked about his company and his voice acting school, and even amazed the audience with an ensemble of voice characters.

Filipino motivational speaker talks about marketing for the global citizen

Pocholo then transitioned his talk on marketing, and how one can establish his/her brand to compete on a global scale. He touched on a bit about global brands such as Google, Facebook and even 7-11, and how these brands have gained top-of-mind awareness despite not having extensive ad campaigns. Pocholo said that being a global brand – be it a person or a company – all boils down to the experience that they provide, in order to give people something to talk about.

Pocholo’s talk did not only focus on the technical aspect of marketing. He also inspired the students by challenging them to discover their purpose, and to do things with passion and commitment. He shared to them how his success as the VoiceMaster was not purely about what he has done with his skill, but more importantly his passion and zeal to make the Philippines the center of voiceover excellence in Asia. He also shared the qualities that make a successful entrepreneur and marketer.

Filipino motivational speakers with Juan Big Idea organizers

The Philippine Junior Marketing Association (PJMA) is the official youth affiliate of the Philippine Marketing Association (PMA) and is the national alliance amongst the local Junior Marketing Association (JMA) organizations from different colleges and universities across the country.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Pochologist Speaks about Passion-Driven Enterprises for YES Philippines

On August 17, 2017, the Young Entrepreneurs Society Philippines or YES Philippines, in partnership with EntrepRadio and Pen Brothers, organized a seminar entitled “Passion-Driven Enterprises”. This 3-hour seminar was aimed towards a mindset shift from going into business being motivated by money to going into business being motivated by passion and purpose. The seminar featured none other than Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo "The VoiceMaster" Gonzales – the most recognized Filipino voice artist, veteran radio broadcaster, internationally-awarded youth advocate, author, and a highly sought-after voice director, trainer and motivational speaker. Pocholo is also a Go Negosyo awardee and Angelpreneur, and the founder of Youth Entrepreneurship Academy of the Philippines (YEAP).

EntrepRadio Anchor Dennis Sajo talks about Youth Entrepreneurship Academy of the Philippines

The seminar opened with EntrepRadio’s main anchor and YEAP Executive Director Dennis Sajo, who introduced their advocacy in igniting the entrepreneurial spirit of the youth. He also shared his own experience on how his own passion for speaking and motivating people has led him to cross paths with the VoiceMaster, and how he grabbed the opportunity to host the show and head YEAP when the opportunity was opened to him. Dennis then introduced and called on the VoiceMaster onstage, whom he referred to as his mentor and brother.

Filipino motivational speaker inspires the youth to build business with passion and purpose

Pocholo started his talk by energizing the crowd and getting acquainted with them. He shared the story of his entrepreneurial journey, from the time he started working as a freelance voice artist until he opened his first recording studio, Univoicesal Productions. He told the participants how his first business venture failed, costing him 2 million pesos worth of investment after 6 months. Learning from his mistakes, he attempted to start a smaller recording studio in 2005, which is now what is known as Creativoices Productions.

After entertaining and mesmerizing the audience with his voice acting talent by doing a repertoire of character voices, Pocholo then shared that PASSION and PURPOSE are the 2 key ingredients not only in building a successful business, but also in being able to persist amidst trials and challenges. “Just do what you love and the money will follow,” was the wise advice of the VoiceMaster. He also said that knowing why you are doing your business in the first place guides the entrepreneur as he builds and grows his enterprise.

Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo Gonzales talks about passion driven enterprises

Pocholo then led the group through a quick workshop on how they can identify their passion that can be turned into a business. He asked them to list 5 things that they are interested in, then choose 3 that they feel they are passionate about. He defined passion as something that someone would be willing to do everyday even if they are not getting paid to do it. He then shared different methods on how those passions can be made into a business – creating a product or service, creating a digital product or even teaching the skill to other people.

The seminar ended with Pocholo inviting the participants to volunteer and become part of EntrepRadio and YEAP, which he founded for young aspiring entrepreneurs.

with workshop participants

EntrepRadio is a weekly radio program for young entrepreneurs, airing every Sunday from 9 to 10am, at DZRJ 810AM, with live streaming at 8 Trimedia Facebook and Youtube channel. Youth Entrepreneurship Academy of the Philippines is a training and mentoring program for young aspiring entrepreneurs, created to support Senator Bam Aquino’s Youth Entrepreneurship Act or R.A. 10679.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Voice of the Youth Celebrates International Youth Day with Kabataan Night 2017

On August 12, 2017, Voice of the Youth Network (VOTY) celebrated International Youth Day with Kabataan Night 2017. The event was held at the D’Cup Coffee Republic in Mandaluyong City. The event was organized by VOTY under the supervision of its founder, Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo "The VoiceMaster" Gonzales.

Al Ian Barcelona inspires the youth during Kabataan Night 2017

The event was divided into two main segments. In the afternoon was Youthalks, a series of empowerment talks and forum. Three speakers took the stage to inspire the young participants – Dr. Edwin Monares of SAVE ME Movement, Dr. Rey Samson of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa and an anchor of Voice of the Teachers, and Coach Adette Purto, co-founder of D’Cup Coffee Republic.

Lloyd Luna presenting Present-Day Rizal Award to the VoiceMaster

The talks were followed by a series of youth forums, each discussing a specific topic. Each forum was facilitated by anchors of some of the radio shows produced by the VoiceMaster. The School of Life forum was hosted by anchors Bernz Caasi and Vic Asuncion, with panelists John Leo Algo and John Leonard Chan. It was followed by the Call Center Radio forum with JM Jasmin and MA Buendia, hosts of the radio show. Up next was The Author’s Voice forum, hosted by the anchors Sha Nacino and Bryson Bonsol, with Steffi Villa as their guest. The last forum was the EntrepRadio forum, hosted by main anchor Dennis Sajo, with guest panelist Jason Domantay.

Evening came, and Youthalks was followed by the Kabataan Night proper, which featured a series of performances, games and an open mic. Several groups and solo performers from Artist League Manila entertained the crowd, followed by more musical performances and spoken-word poetry from artists featured in VOTY’s radio programs. The night was also filled with inspiration and empowerment as youth advocate and Filipino motivational speaker Al Ian Barcelona gave a short but powerful speech.

VOTY Kabataan Night 2017

Kabataan Night 2017 was capped off with the closing remarks from Pambansang Inspirasyon Lloyd Luna, who inspired the young audience to go after what they are passionate about. He then called on the VoiceMaster and presented the “Present-Day Rizal Award” in recognition of Pocholo’s dedication to serving the Filipino youth.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Pochologist Speaks at DTI’s Mentor Me Seminar in Marinduque

On August 10, 2017, over 100 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSME’s) attended the free Negosyo Seminar under the Mentor Me Program, a joint project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, more popularly known as Go Negosyo. The seminar was held at the Marinduque State College in Boac, Marinduque, and was part of the first phase of the program, which focused on developing good business sense among MSME’s. Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was invited as a resource speaker on Entrepreneurial Mindset and Values Formation.

Filipino motivational speaker speaks at the DTI Mentor Me program in Marinduque

After the introduction and welcome remarks, Pocholo came onstage and energized the crowd. He shared his own entrepreneurial journey on how he built his voiceover studio and voice acting school, armed with nothing but a 10,000-peso capital and his passion for his craft. He also shared his vision of making the Philippines the center of voiceover excellence in Asia, and how he is gradually making that vision a reality by establishing a school to produce quality and passionate voice artists. Pocholo’s story was also backed by his talent, as he amazed the audience with his repertoire of character voices.

DTI Go Negosyo Kapatid Mentor Me Program in Marinduque

His story as an entrepreneur was a great transition to the topic about entrepreneurial mindset. Pocholo started on this topic by redefining what it means to be a successful entrepreneur. He challenged the idea that building a business is all about making profit, and encouraged the participants to build their business with passion and purpose. He also touched on the crucial values of an entrepreneur – setting goals and plans, creating success habits, and developing an eye for opportunity.

In line with having the right mindset for getting into business, Pocholo also talked about the three-pronged approach to deciding on a business. According to him, an entrepreneur should build a business that 1) he is passionate about, 2) solves a problem, and 3) live longer than you (the value of legacy).

With DTI Go Negosyo and Fellow Go Negosyo Mentor Henry Tenedero

Pocholo’s talk was followed by a training on Marketing, by fellow Go Negosyo Angelpreneur and motivational speaker Henry Tenedero. Go Negosyo was also represented by Senior Programs Development Officer Jeah La Guardia.

Mentor Me Program is an initiative under DTI and Go Negosyo's Kapatid, Angat Lahat program that aims to help MSME’s scale up their business through weekly coaching and mentoring on the different functional areas of entrepreneurship.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Professional Speakers Unite at Keynote 2017: First Professional Speakers Conference

On July 26, 2017, the Philippine Association of Professional Speakers, Inc. (PAPS) organized the first-ever conference for professional speakers entitled “Keynote 2017”. Around 100 aspiring and existing professional speakers filled the Jesus V. Del Rosario conference hall of the AIM Conference Center in Makati City to witness this milestone in the field of public speaking.

Induction of PAPS Board of Directors with keynote speaker Jonathan Low

The whole-day event started with an inspiring keynote by Jonathan Low, past President of Global Speakers Federation and Malaysian Association of Professional Speakers. In his keynote, Jonathan shared his experience of having a sense of community within the speaking profession in his country, and also shared some valuable insights on how a professional speaker can uphold himself to the highest standard. He also highlighted authenticity as one of the qualities that a professional speaker should possess, in order to become successful in his career. Jonathan also led the induction and oath-taking of the PAPS Board of Directors right after his speech.

Two panel discussions followed shortly after the oath-taking. The first panel discussion was geared towards aspiring professional speakers, on how they can jumpstart their profession. The panel was composed of Karen Agustin-Ostrea, 2002 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and Managing Director of Global Image Management, Inc.; Bryson Bonsol, Laughter Yoga Leader and owner of Be Blest; and Ricky de Vera, a business mentor, consultant, trainor and motivational speaker. The panel was moderated by Pambansang Inspirasyon and PAPS Founding President Lloyd Luna. The panelists shared how they started their career in the public speaking arena, as well as the challenges they had to overcome in order to make a name for themselves as speakers.

The second panel discussion was about benchmarking the profession, where they discussed current industry best practices, as well as how a Filipino motivational speaker can conquer the international stage. The panel was moderated by PAPS Chairman of the Board Carlos “Pido” Aguilar. Among the panelists were Dr. Joyce Dy, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of Lyceum of the Philippines University; NPI Communications Consulting Inc. CEO Archie Inlong, and Lhoree Valerio, a Certified Hospitality Educator at De La Salle College of St. Benilde.

PAPS founding members with keynote speaker Ms Karen Davila

After lunch, the participants were treated to another inspiring keynote by ABS CBN and ANC Host, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Ms. Karen Davila. Karen acknowledged and lauded the participants, recognizing that being a motivational speaker is a noble calling that they should be proud of undertaking. She gave the audience her perspective of the qualities that make a great professional speaker. She emphasized being authentic, having a great story, and keeping an open mind. A quick open forum was conducted where Karen answered questions from the audience.

Two more panel discussions happened in the afternoon session. The first panel was about mentoring for professional speakers, which was moderated by Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Assistant Vice President and PAPS founding member Jesse Rebustillo. The panel was composed of Salt and Light Founder Boris Joaquin; Southeast Asia Speakers and Trainers Bureau Founder Dina Loomis; author, TV host and actor, and motivational speaker Michael Angelo Lobrin; and Voice Director, author, youth advocate and PAPS founding member, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales.

Pocholo Gonzales talks about mentoring young and aspiring speakers

The last panel discussion was about building the community of professional speakers, where they discussed the value of camaraderie and synergy among speakers, and reaching consensus on the standards and norms of the industry. The panel was composed of Manila Bulletin Head of External Affairs Barbie Atienza; author and founder of Project CourageZone JC Libiran; DLSU educator and Kairos recollection master No-el Salvacion; and PAPS CEO Michelle Lim. The panel was moderated by AIB Training’s Chief Awesome Officer, Al Ian Barcelona.

Keynote 2017 closed with the singing of the PAPS hymn.

Here are the highlights of the event.

Philippine Association of Professional Speakers is a network of existing and aspiring professional speakers whose mission is to uphold the holistic development of professional speakers in the country.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Pochologist Motivates Aspiring Infopreneurs to Ignite their Dreams

On July 22, about a hundred participants filled the D’Cup Coffee Republic in Mandaluyong City to attend the event “Ignite Your Dreams.” This whole-day event was organized by Pinoy Save and Invest, and featured business and finance coaches to teach the participants how to start their path towards financial freedom. The event also gave them an inspirational boost from Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales.

Filipino motivational speaker inspires participants of Ignite your Dreams

The first speaker of the event was Allan Mantaring, founder of Pinoy Save and Invest. He shared his humble beginnings as a young man who started with nothing but his dream to become successful. His perseverance and determination to succeed fuelled him to become the author, speaker and infopreneur that he is today.

Allan was followed by fellow coaches who also shared their experience and expertise in the topic of business and finance – lifestyle coach RD Cedro, financial coach Jet Semilla and business coach Elmar Nabisa. While each have their own businesses, they all inspired the audience with the shared message of believing in the power of their dreams.

Filipino motivational speaker with Pinoy Save and Invest founder Allan Mantaring

The last speaker for the day was Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales. In a short talk, Pocholo also shared his own journey towards building a business around what he calls the most powerful human instrument – the VOICE. He told the story of how his simple dream of hearing his voice on the radio greeting his nanay on air turned into something bigger than what he could have ever hoped for himself, which is to become the country’s most recognized Filipino voice artist. Pocholo livened up the crowd by giving a sample of the several character voices he can make. In the end, he shifted the mind of the participants from being motivated to get into business for the purpose of making money, to getting into business to find meaning and purpose in life.

Pinoy Save and Invest is an online platform that is dedicated to inspiring and empowering Filipinos all over the world on the importance of saving, investing and even retiring with good finances.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Entrep Radio Signs Memorandum of Agreement with Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc.

On July 1st, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between two game changers in the world of Filipino business – Entrep Radio, the latest youth entrepreneurship radio program in the country, and the Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. or AFFI, an organization committed to supporting franchisers in the Philippines. The momentous MOA-signing was held at the 8 Trimedia office in Quezon City, where Entrep Radio airs every Sunday.

Filipino motivational speaker with AFFI

The MOA was signed by Entrep Radio Producer and Negosyo Kabataan Founder, Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales, and AFFI President and Aquasuisse Perfume Bar owner John Chung.

Entrep Radio is a radio program under Negosyo Kabataan, an organization that provides training and mentoring to aspiring young Filipino entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur and internationally-awarded youth advocate, Pocholo created Negosyo Kabataan as a venue for the youth to ignite their entrepreneurial spirit, and build what he calls a “passion-driven business.” Entrep Radio is a one-hour radio program that talks about various topics such as social enterprises, startup businesses, and everything else that a young entrepreneur needs to know. It airs every Sunday from 9-10am at DZRJ 810AM and 8 Trimedia.

MOA Signing between Negosyo Kabataan and AFFI

The Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. is the country’s prime trade organization whose mission is to promote responsible MSME’s through franchising. Since 1997, it has united much of the franchising industry in the Philippines through training, networking opportunities and technical assistance.

The partnership presents Entrep Radio as AFFI’s official media partner, to help promote its programs, advocacies and services. Also present in the MOA Signing were AFFI’s Director for Education, Mr. Eric Caeg, and Entrep Radio’s main anchor, Dennis Sajo.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Pochologist Talks about Public Speaking for Sales and PR Professionals

On June 29, TAG Media and Public Relations organized a workshop on blogging, branding, SEO and public speaking, held at the Misono Teppanyaki restaurant in Makati City. Around 50 participants attended the event to learn about the topics from the industry experts, including TAG Media founder, Engr. Grace Bondad-Nicolas, and Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales.

Filipino motivational speaker talks about public speaking

The event started with a networking activity, where the participants were given time to go around and chat with each other. As some participants have come from provinces near and far, the networking was a good opportunity to establish potential partnerships and future deals.

After the networking activity, Engr. Grace was the first speaker in the four-hour event, where she talked about the importance of blogging and the use of social media in PR. She shared her own experience as a marketing and blogging expert, and also shared tips on how to write a good press release in as little as 5 minutes! She gave the participants a few minutes to write their own article, using the technique and structure she has shared.

The next speaker was Robert Rillorta of Tree Top Adventure Baguio. Robert talked about search engine optimization. He explained the benefits of SEO to any business, and how they can leverage the power of social media to engage with their audience. He also touched on some of the metrics that gauge the effectiveness of one’s SEO efforts. Robert was followed by Jackie Dilag, Marketing and Sales Head of Tree Top Adventure in Subic. Jackie’s presentation was about branding, both for businesses and individuals. Jackie spoke of brands that have dominated their respective brand categories, and also shared some tools and tips on how to estabish one’s brand.

Digital Marketing Branding and Public Speaking

The last speaker for the event was the VoiceMaster, who discussed the art of public speaking. Pocholo started his presentation with an introduction of who he is and what he does, and how he journeyed into the public speaking arena. He also gave the audience a glimpse of his career as a voice artist, and impressed the audience with his reportoire of character voices.

Pocholo then transitioned to his topic, and gave an explanation as to why public speaking has become the number 1 fear in the world. He also talked about spontaneity, and how this quality can be the key to overcoming a person’s fear of public speaking. Pocholo also reminded the participants to always speak FOR the audience instead of TO the audience. He also emphasized the use of humor, stories and pauses to make one’s presentation powerful, engaging and memorable.

The workshop was organized TAG Media and Public Relations in partnership with Elabram Systems, Multibiz International Corp., Tree Top Adventure and Zoomanity Group.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pochology Academy Conducts In-Service Training at St. James Academy Malabon

On May 30, 2017, Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales conducted an In-Service Training for the non-teaching staff of St. James Academy in Malabon. Around 50 school employees from different departments attended the half-day training which was held in the school library.

Filipino motivational speaker conducts In Service Training for St James Academy

With the theme, “Change your Mind, Change your Life,” the training focused on shifting the mindset of the participants to approach life and work on a more positive light. Pocholo started by sharing his journey of being a voice artist, youth advocate and motivational speaker, as well as the challenges he had to overcome to become the person he is today. He spoke about his career as a voice artist and how he built his own company, and used his story as an example of how being passionate about one’s work will fuel them towards success.

Pocholo also talked about national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, whom he considers to be the epitome of greatness and excellence of Filipinos. He challenged the participants to discover their own greatness and their purpose just like our national hero. Pocholo also gave the audience several reflective questions to help them identify their purpose.

After a snack break, Voice Care Queen Ada Cuaresma took the stage to conduct the second half of the training. In line with the theme, Ada talked about dealing with people in the workplace. She led the participants through a series of activities that would help them improve their communication skills, and how they manage conflict with their colleagues. She also taught the participants to shift their mindset towards confronting people who disappoint or break expectations in the workplace.

St James Academy Malabon Non teaching staff

In the end, Pocholo came back onstage to leave one last powerful inspirational bit to the audience. “Availability is your best ability.” Pocholo reminded the audience that the present is the only moment they have control over, so that they can maximize their time and live to be the best version of themselves.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Pochology Academy Conducts Communications Training for PSMBFI

The Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund Inc., held its mid-year sales review last May 19, 2017. Over 90 PSMBFI Regional Directors from all over the Philippines gathered at the Greenhills Elan Hotel in San Juan for a whole day event of business planning and strategizing. The event was capped off with a seminar on effective communication, facilitated by Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales.

Filipino motivational speaker teaches PSMBFI Regional Directors on Effective Communication

In the seminar entitled “Effective Communication for Leaders,” Pocholo started on an inspirational note by sharing his story. He shared how he got into voice acting, radio broadcasting, motivational speaking – and how he has developed the passion to teach other people to appreciate and care for their voice. Pocholo also discussed a little bit about the voice acting industry, and how it has evolved from when he started more than two decades ago. And yes, he also amazed the audience with his repertoire of voice character impressions!

Pocholo then proceeded to the main topic on effective communication, with a focus on the voice. He sent the powerful message that the voice is the most powerful human instrument, as it has the power to start a war or express the greatest love. He then talked about 4 important qualities of an effective communication, which he summed up in an acronym of the Filipino word LAHI – love, authenticity, honesty and integrity. “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” were the wise words of the VoiceMaster. He said that in order for people to want to communicate with you, they should feel that your intentions are pure and clean.

Pocholo also discussed the different elements of the voice such as pitch, volume, prosody, and timbre, and how these elements affect the quality and the meaning that one’s message is trying to convey. He then ended his presentation by reminding the participants that at the end of the day, it’s not WHAT you say, but HOW you say it.

Pocholo then called onstage one of his trainers in Pochology Academy, Ada Cuaresma. Dubbed as the “Voice Care Queen,” Ada is the Executive Director of Voice Care Philippines, and has worked with the VoiceMaster to conduct workshops all over the country. Ada was a student of the VoiceMaster in his voice acting school.

PSMBFI participants in an activity on effective communication

Ada assisted in facilitating a mini-workshop on effective communication. Using the acronym “C.L.E.A.R.,” she discussed the 5 elements that make an effective communication – clarity, listening, energy, authenticity and rapport. Ada led the participants through a series of exercises in order for them to experientially learn how to communicate as effective leaders and public speakers.

Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund Inc. (PSMBFI) is a non-stock, non-profit mutual benefit fund organization whose mission is to provide insurance protection to public safety practitioners, both uniformed and civilian.

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