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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.

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 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.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Pochologist Inspires Marketing Management Students of Rizal Technological University

Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales spoke last March 9 at “ELEVATE: Marketers Explore the Digital World,” an event organized by the Marketing Management students of Rizal Technological University in Mandaluyong City. Over 100 participants attended the seminar for a whole-day event of fun and learning about marketing in the age of the internet and social media.

Filipino motivational speaker in ELEVATE - Marketers Explore the Digital World

Pocholo’s talk started at a high energy, as he began with an icebreaker and humorous stories. He introduced his presentation about Personal Branding by telling the story of how he built his brand as the VoiceMaster. He shared his humble beginnings in the voice acting industry, and also the challenges he met while he was starting out. He also talked about his journey to creating the first and only voice acting school in the country, to open the doors of the voice acting industry to those who have the passion and commitment to learn the craft.

Filipino motivational speaker speaks about personal branding

Pocholo also spent a large part of his presentation to speak about national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, whom he considers as “one of the greatest branding experts.” Pocholo told the audience that Rizal was the first who coined the term “Filipino,” thus setting the standards for excellence and greatness in the country. He shared a lot of trivia about Rizal – his writings, his travels, and even the foods he ate – and challenged the students to utilize their resources in order to discover their own greatness.

Pocholo then transitioned to his talk on Personal Branding. He shared how he has not only branded himself in the field of voice acting, but also in his advocacy and his career as a Filipino motivational speaker. He told the students that branding is not just about “creating” a name, but more importantly, embodying what the brand stands for. For Pocholo, branding is all about discovering one’s passion and purpose, and dedicating the rest of your life to it.

Filipino motivational speaker inspires Marketing Management students of Rizal Technological University

During the last part of his talk, Pocholo spoke about legacy, and encouraged the audience to “do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Pochologist Inspires Job Seekers at the Manila Bulletin Job Fair

Hundreds of job seekers flocked the Skydome of SM North EDSA for Manila Bulletin Classifieds Job Fair 2017, held on March 7-8. Companies in various industries such as BPO, real estate, food and apparel were featured in the job fair to select and hire their next employees. A free seminar was also conducted in the stage area, where Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was one of the speakers.

Pocholo was the first speaker on the first day of the job fair. He started by introducing his work, and shared a little bit about the voice acting industry where he started at the young age of 16. Pocholo showed a video about his company, Creativoices Productions, and told the audience the story of how he opened the first and only voice acting school in the country.

Pocholo also went on to share the challenges he met when he was starting out in his profession. He talked about the several times he was rejected in auditions, the frustrations he encountered with veteran voice artists who seem to have monopolized the industry, and even those who have discouraged him from becoming a voice artist. Pocholo said that those challenges propelled him to move forward, to the point that it became his life mission to help others reach for their dreams – which is why he became a youth advocate and also a sought-after Filipino motivational speaker.

Pocholo’s inspiring story became his transition to talk about the lesson he wanted to impart to the job seekers – and that is to have PASSION in their chosen work. He challenged the audience to find work that would enable them to express their passion and talent, and not just to find the job that is available, in-demand or will pay well. “I don’t know any of you here, but I know that each one of you has greatness inside,” were the empowering words of the VoiceMaster. So he encouraged the audience to dedicate their life to the kind of work that will let their greatness shine.

Pocholo then talked about “8 to be great,” or the 8 qualities that make a person great. He told the audience that passion, purpose, sharing, faith, opportunity, among many others all contribute to discovering one’s potential and greatness.

Pocholo ended his talk with the reality check that life has an end, which is why it is crucial for everyone to maximize their present in order to fulfill their life purpose, and leave a legacy behind.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Pochologist Empowers Young Taclobanons at the 1st Youth Entrepreneurship Summit

Over 500 students from various schools all over Leyte filled the gymnasium of Eastern Visayas State University in Tacloban for its 1st Youth Entrepreneurship Summit. Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was invited as one of the speakers to this event held last March 3. With the theme “Drive and Ambition: Edgewise Virtues of Entrepreneurs to Nation Transformation,” the summit was organized to equip the students with the tools to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

As an advocate for youth entrepreneurship, Pocholo shared his experience about starting out as a young entrepreneur in building his company, Creativoices Productions. Recognizing the fact that building a business – especially at a young age – can be risky, challenging and difficult. This is why Pocholo rallies that people should build what he calls “passion-driven business”. With his love for the art of voice acting, Pocholo is the perfect example who created a business out of passion, and not just something that’s lucrative or in-demand. For Pocholo, passion is the fuel that would keep you waking up in the morning to work on your business, knowing that it’s something that you love.

Pocholo also talked about his passion for empowering the youth, which led him to become a youth advocate and then eventually a sought-after motivational speaker in the Philippines. As a Go Negosyo Awardee and Angelpreneur, Pocholo founded Negosyo Kabataan, in which he also established the Youth Entrepreneurship Academy. He posed the challenge to the audience to look at entrepreneurship as a venue to be able to contribute to positive social change, and not just as a means to become rich.

Pocholo also spoke about Dr. Jose Rizal, and how he sees the national hero as the epitome of Filipino greatness and excellence. With his vast knowledge about Rizal’s history, Pocholo encouraged the audience to raise their standards and aim for greatness the way that Rizal did. He also emphasized that the youth should not only be the “hope of the future,” but more importantly, the realization of the present.

In the end, Pocholo left the audience with his Pochology (Pocholo’s words of wisdom): “Availability is the best ability.” He told the participants that he himself grabbed the opportunities that come his way, and that made all his achievements possible, both in his business and his advocacy. He encouraged the students to become an inspiration to their fellow youth by pursuing their heart’s desire and creating a business that will ultimately serve and make an impact.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Pochologist Inspires Student Leaders of Naga

Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales spoke at the Regional Leadership Congress 2017 held on February 26 at the Camarines Sur National High School in Naga City. With the theme “Young Minds in Motion: Leadership by Service – Act. Plan. Dream. Believe,” the event creates a platform for the 100 student leader participants to realize their capacity to support Philippines 2030 on youth development.

Pocholo was the first speaker of the event. In his talk entitled “The Future Filipino: Be an Inspiration,” Pocholo talked about how today’s youth can be an inspiration to their fellow youth. He started by sharing his own story of how at a young age, he discovered his passion and talent in voice acting, which became his starting point of building his brand as the VoiceMaster. Pocholo also talked about how he became a youth advocate, and how he eventually became a Filipino motivational speaker with his desire to inspire and empower the people around him.

Pocholo talked about his journey as a youth advocate. He talked about the orgnization he founded, Voice of the Youth Network, and how he has empowered his fellow youth by giving them a voice on issues that affect them. Pocholo also talked about how he looks up to national hero Dr. Jose Rizal as the epitome of Filipino greatness and excellence. He shared a lot of stories about Rizal – his travels, his books, the love of his life – and challenged the audience to put themselves in high standards in living their life.

Pocholo also talked about his career as a voice artist. He showed the audience the projects he has been involved in – commercials, anime, video games – and even amazed the audience by performing a live one-man radio drama of his childhood favorite, Gabi ng Lagim. He also made the crowd go wild by doing his voice impressions of famous cartoon characters and celebrities.

On a serious note, Pocholo then shared what he calls “8 to be Great” – which are the 8 things that a person must have in order to become great. He talked about passion, faith, purpose, and opportunity, among many others, that would propel a person to his/her greatness. He then encouraged the audience to pay it forward by sharing this learning to their fellow youth.

Pocholo also shared the stage with fellow Filipino motivational speaker and a good friend, Lloyd Luna.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Pochologist Inspires Business Management Students in Legazpi, Albay

Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was the main resource speaker of “STRATA IX: Building Global Competence: The Progress of the New Millennium”. The whole-day event was organized by the College of Business Management and Accountancy - Student Council of Aquinas University of Legazpi in Albay. Over 400 Business students from various colleges and universities attended the event to learn about business and global competitiveness.

Pocholo started his presentation by energizing the audience with an icebreaker. He then shared the story of how he has developed himself into what he calls a “global citizen” – starting young as a professional voice artist, radio broadcaster, and eventually into being a highly sought-after Filipino motivational speaker. He talked about the challenges and obstacles he met along the way, and how he overcame those to become the person he is today.

Pocholo also spoke about Dr. Jose Rizal, whom he considers to be the epitome of the greatness and excellence of a Filipino. He told the story of Rizal’s travels, his books, his childhood, and his challenges that ignited his own inner revolution for freedom. Pocholo challenged the students to embody the ideals and principles of Rizal, and to use the resources they have right now to become great people.

Pocholo also talked about his journey in the voice acting industry, as well as his company, Creativoices Productions. He talked about his vision of making the Philippines as the center of voiceover excellence in Asia, and how this vision led him to establish the first and only voice acting school in the Philippines. Pocholo also left the audience in awe as he showcased his voice acting talent, with his voice impressions of famous cartoon characters and celebrities. Pocholo’s accomplishments in the voice acting industry has also spilled over his career as a Filipino motivational speaker, as his story served as the perfect example to build a “passion-driven business.”

Pocholo’s main topic was about the future of entrepreneurship, where he highlighted the importance of building a business based on passion, and not just a business that will make profit. He encouraged the students to identify what they are passionate about and discover their life purpose, and then come up with an idea to turn that into a business. Pocholo’s main premise is that one should become an entrepreneur with the intention of serving and leaving a legacy behind, instead of just making money.

In the end, Pocholo left a powerful message to his audience by challenging the students to act on their passion right now, with whatever resources they have. He encouraged them to maximize their youth, and to “do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Pochologist Inspires the Youth of Batangas City Towards Greatness and Excellence

The Bachelor of Elementary Education students of St. Bridget College, Batangas City conducted a seminar entitled “Inspiring Greatness and Excellence in Every Filipino Youth” on February 20, 2017. Around 500 students from various universities and colleges in Batangas City filled the school auditorium for an afternoon of fun, learning and inspiration.

Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales – also known as the “Pochologist” – was invited as the resource speaker for the seminar. Pocholo came onstage after some introduction and opening remarks. He started his talk with an icebreaker to set his audience off at a high energy. He told the story of his 20-year journey in the voice acting industry. He shared how he won a competition on radio when he was 16 years old, and how this win jumpstarted his career as a voice artist. He also shared to the students the struggles and challenges he met along the way, and how he used those to fuel his personal life mission to make other people better and happy with his talents and skills.

Pocholo talked about Dr. Jose Rizal, whom he considers to be the epitome of Filipino greatness and excellence. He took the students down memory lane as he shared interesting tidbits about the life of Rizal. He encouraged the audience to learn more about our national hero, and learn to imbibe his standards of excellence.

Pocholo then gave the audience a sneak peak of his voice acting career. He got the crowd roaring wild as he did voice impression upon voice impression – of cartoon characters, commercials, and famous personalities. He also performed an excerpt of his favorite childhood radio drama, Gabi ng Lagim, and did the voices of all the characters.

Pocholo then transitioned into inspiring the audience, to take the time to discover their passion and purpose. He challenged them to move beyond the goal of making money, and instead pursue things for the purpose of meaning. “Don’t just aim to be happy. Aim to be GREAT,” Pocholo said, as he shared what he calls “8 to be Great.” He talked about the 8 things that make people great, and how the students can unlock the greatness that is within them.

Towards the end, Pocholo challenged the students to commit to a lifelong quest to discover their purpose and dedicate their life to making other people better and happy.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Voice of the Youth Network Rocks Marinduque State College in their Youth Empowerment Summit

About 200 students filled the covered court of Marinduque State College for a Youth Empowerment Summit held last February 16. The audience were a mix of Communication and English majors in MSC’s School of Arts and Sciences, as well as some Senior High students. The summit’s goal is to hone the youth to become involved and empowered in creating positive social change.

The whole-day event was graced with the presence of Voice of the Youth Network – the volunteer youth media organization that informs, inspires, involves and empowers the Filipino youth through radio broadcasting and ICT. There were a total of 4 speakers during the event, led by its founder, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales.

After the opening ceremony, the VoiceMaster came onstage with his energizing, entertaining, and inspiring talk. He started off with an icebreaker, and went on to tell the story of how he became a youth advocate at the young age of 16. He talked about the challenges that he faced as a young professional voice artist, and his defeat in the Sangguniang Kabataan election, that led him to establish VOTY. Pocholo wanted to give young people a voice on issues that affect them, and to give them an opportunity to inspire and empower their fellow youth.

The VoiceMaster then entertained the audience with a series of hugot lines, and his voice impersonation of famous characters and celebrities, dead and alive! He also did the voices of the cartoon and telenovela characters he has voiced, including Cyborg Kuro-Chan and San Cai’s father in Meteor Garden. After which, the VoiceMaster went on with his inspiring message, as he challenged the young people to discover their purpose and live a life of greatness and excellence. He ended his talk with a powerful message to “claim” one’s desire, as he gave away a copy of his book, “Gusto Kong Maging Voice Talent,” to one of the participants.

The afternoon session was also filled with fun and inspiration as 3 more VOTY members took the stage with their own motivational talks. First up was VOTY’s Head Secretariat, Ada Cuaresma. In her talk, Ada shared how she gave up her quest for money after spending over a decade in the corporate world, to pursue her calling to become a motivational speaker. She emphasized what the VoiceMaster has shared earlier about finding one’s passion, and gave the participants more time to reflect on the questions that would lead them to discover their purpose. Ada also talked about nurturing one’s relationships, on how trust is very important in order to build personal and professional relationships. Lastly, she talked about developing one’s abilities in order to succeed in pursuing their passion.

Kelvin Lomibao was the next speaker. Kelvin is a voice artist, motivational speaker, and the host of Voice of the Youth Radio, VOTY’s flagship radio program. He talked about how to have a positive mindset, and gave the students tips on how to develop one. Kelvin talked about gratitude, and “positive mental foods” to help the students raise their consciousness and have a positive perception in their life. Kelvin got the crowd going wild as he did his own repertoire of voice impressions of more than 20 characters. He also shared the stage with fellow VOTY broadcaster and voice artist, Jomel Wequiz, who shared his own experience as a VOTY member, and impressed the crowd with his talent as a “human echo.”

The Youth Empowerment Summit ended with a putong for the guest speakers, Marinduque’s traditional song and dance for welcoming visitors to their hometown.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Pochologist Speaks about Passion-Driven Business in Baler, Aurora

Over 500 Business students filled the Sentro Baler covered court for the 6th Business Students’ Summit. It was organized by the Business Administration Department of Mount Carmel College of Baler, Aurora, with the theme “Divergent Leadership Toward Convergence.” The summit was held to continuously improve the quality of business education in the province to prepare the youth for the competitive global business landscape.

Mr. Pochology, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales, was invited to close off the event with a motivational talk. Pocholo shared his experience and expertise in starting out as a young entrepreneur who built a business based on his passion for and gift of VOICE. At the young age of 16, he started his professional voice acting career, and went on to establish the first and only voice acting school in the country, the Philippine Center for Voice Acting, nine years after.

In his talk, Pocholo shared how he started his entrepreneurial journey, including the challenges and obstacles that he had to overcome in order for his business to survive past the proverbial “10-year mark” of a business. This became his transition to talk about having PASSION in building a business, which for him became his primary fuel to keep his business thriving. Pocholo challenged the students to shift their mindset about getting into business, from earning a living to giving value.

“Many people ask the wrong question when they think about starting a business,” was the bold statement of the VoiceMaster. He said that instead of asking which business will earn money, one should ask which business will enable a person to use his talents and skills to SERVE others. This is exactly how he revolutionized the voice acting business with his school. Instead of setting up his voiceover company to make more money from projects, he set it up to give opportunities to aspiring voice artists to get into the industry.

Pocholo also engaged the students in an activity to help them uncover their passions and talents that could spark their very first business idea. He gave them a formula on how they can narrow down their interests to those that they see themselves doing for the long-term, instead of just getting into what’s trending in the internet and social media.

Towards the end of his talk, Pocholo also encouraged the participants to take action, as none of what they have learned in the seminar will work unless they actually apply them.

As an entrepreneur, Pocholo was awarded as one of Go Negosyo’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs in 2009, and has since then has become one of their “Angelpreneurs.” He is also one of the country’s primary advocate of Youth Entrepreneurship, as he has founded the Youth Entrepreneurship Academy, to provide training and mentoring programs for aspiring young entrepreneurs.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The VoiceMaster Inspires Young Rotarians in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award

The Rotaract Club of Taal-Lemery hosted the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards held on January 27-29 at the Little Bridge Resort in Taal, Batangas. Over 200 delegates spent 3 days of fun and experiential learning about transformational leadership through games and motivational talks. The participants came from various Rotaract Club chapters, including some foreign delegates from Canada, France and Switzerland.

Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was invited for a motivational talk to cap off the last day of the camp. The VoiceMaster started his hour-long talk with high energy, as he brought the audience to laughter with his repertoire of character voices and hugot lines. He also talked about his journey as a voice artist, radio broadcaster, youth advocate, and motivational speaker, and how he has used the gift of his voice to inspire, motivate and empower those around him.

The VoiceMaster also talked about Dr. Jose Rizal, whom he considers to be the epitome of Filipino greatness and excellence. He challenged the audience bring out their greatness through their skills and talents, especially now that their generation have better tools and technology compared to Rizal! He also gave the participants an assignment to reflect on 3 simple but life-changing questions: 1) Where have you been, 2) Why are you here, and 3) Where are you going?

With those three questions, the VoiceMaster then transitioned to talk about leadership. He quoted his favorite definition of leadership, the kind that is anchored on passion and integrity. For him, leading others is not possible without first leading one’s self, so it’s important that the leader knows of his true intention and desire to lead others towards greatness and success. The VoiceMaster talked about the importance of discovering one’s life purpose, and how doing so will enable them to be a source of inspiration and motivation to their fellow youth. He shared his own experiences on how he has succeeded in leading others because he was true to his own personal mission to make other people better and happy using his skills and talents.

At the end of his talk, he inspired the participants to pursue their dreams by giving a copy of his book, “Gusto Kong Maging Voice Talent” to a member of the audience, who shared his dream of becoming a voice artist and a broadcaster someday.

The day ended with the awarding ceremony for the games and group activities.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The VoiceMaster Inspires Broadcasting Students at the PUP Radio Conference 2017

The Young Communicators Guild – the official radio organization of Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Communication – organized the PUP Radio Conference 2017 on January 27. With the theme “IGNITE ME: The Art of Radio Broadcasting in the Social Media Era,” the conference featured speakers who are exemplary contributors to the radio broadcasting arena. Over 200 Broadcasting students from PUP and nearby universities participated in the event, which was held at the PUP COC Theater.

Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was one of the speakers during the event. As the pioneer of Youth Media in the country, Pocholo shared how radio broadcasting opened the doors for him to become who he is today – the most recognized voice artist, internationally-awarded youth advocate, and a highly sought-after motivational speaker, especially for young people. He recalled how he won DZMM’s radio drama and singing contest back in 1996, which earned him a slot on AM radio as a radio drama talent, scriptwriter, anchor and one of the directors. Pocholo talked about his frustrations and challenges in the beginning, and how those challenges led him his personal life mission to be the one to open the doors for talented young people to express their passion and talent.

Pocholo then introduced his advocacy organization Voice of the Youth Network (VOTY), a volunteer youth organization that gives the Filipino youth a voice on issues that affect them through radio broadcasting and ICT. With its mission to inform, inspire, involve and empower young people, VOTY has produced over 20 radio programs all over the Philippines, including its provincial chapters such as Sorsogon, General Santos, Lanao, and Bataan. Through their radio programs and online platforms, VOTY has become a venue for thousands of young people to do their part in contributing to positive social change.

Pocholo emphasized the importance of giving people the venue and the opportunity to share their skills and become an inspiration to their fellow youth. This is why aside from sharing his airtime to aspiring broadcasters in his shows, he also shared the stage with them. He called onstage three of his anchors – DJ Kelvin, DJ Denn and DJ Jomel – who inspired the students to volunteer their time and effort to pursue their dreams of broadcasting. They took turns sharing how joining VOTY has allowed them not only to be heard, but to also enhance their skills and confidence in communication. And, as the VoiceMaster would have done, they also did their own ‘sample’ of character voices they can imitate.

At the end of his talk, Pocholo gave away a copy of his book, “Gusto Kong Maging Voice Talent” to the person in the audience who courageously went onstage to “get it.” This gesture led to a powerful close for the VoiceMaster, as he challenged them to go out and CLAIM what the believe life has reserved for them.

The PUP Radio Conference also featured other radio personalities including Zhander Cayabyab of DZMM, Tere Gonzales of Radyo Inquirer, and John Gemperle or more popularly known as Papa Jack.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The VoiceMaster Trains Pharmaceutical Students on Public Speaking

On January 25, the University of the Philippines Pharmaceutical Association (UPPHA) of the University of the Philippines Manila held its first ever public speaking seminar entitled “Beyond Say”. This half-day seminar focused on developing the communication skills of Pharmacy students through public speaking and social media. It was held at the auditorium of the College of Pharmacy, and was attended by around 50 students, particularly those who are graduating from the course.

Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was invited to do the public speaking workshop. The participants were in for a treat as the VoiceMaster did not only teach the basics of public speaking, but also demonstrated it during his own presentation.

Pocholo started with an introduction of the VoiceMaster – who he is, and how he uses the power of his voice to convey powerful and meaningful messages through public speaking. He told the story of his journey as a voice artist, a broadcaster, and a youth advocate, and how his experiences made him discover his calling as a motivational speaker. Of course, he didn’t disappoint as he showcased his repertoire of character voices – from famous cartoon characters to famous celebrities.

The VoiceMaster also motivated the students as he talked about passion, greatness and excellence. He talked about the National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, and how he was accomplished noteworthy things despite the lack of resources and technology. He challenged the audience to do the same thing and become an inspiration to their fellow youth.

The last part of his talk was a mini-workshop on public speaking. But instead of the conventional tips and techniques on public speaking, the VoiceMaster dove straight into the heart of public speaking. He enlightened the audience about why people fear and struggle with public speaking. Through some activities, he taught the audience how to practice spontaneity, which he considers to be the number one skill needed in public speaking. Lastly, he gave 4 strategies to engage the audience during a speech: stories, humor, involvement and pause.

Towards the end, the VoiceMaster encouraged the participants to see public speaking as a venue where they could inspire and contribute towards positive social change.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The VoiceMaster Inspires his Young Kababayans at the Third Mariveles Youth Congress

The Third Mariveles Youth Congress happened on January 20-21 at the Bataan Convention Center in Mariveles, Bataan. MYC is the gathering of youth leaders and to ensure compliance with the vision of the Province of Bataan and the Municipality of Mariveles. Hundreds of youth leaders and youth-serving organizations attended the event to learn and pitch in on the 4 thematic areas of the congress: health, employment, education and youth participation.

Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales graced the event as one of the speakers, where he talked about the role of the youth in nation building. As a proud native of Mariveles, Pocholo inspired the audience by sharing his own personal journey – from discovering his talent as a young boy growing up in the province, to traveling all over the country to inspire, motivate and empower his fellow Filipinos. He talked about how he got his break in the voice acting industry, which was powered by the simple dream of hearing his voice on the radio greeting his mother on air. He then went on to share how that simple dream propelled him to bigger and greater heights in the voice acting industry, until he became the most recognized and respected voice artist in the country.  Of course, the audience were not left empty-handed as the VoiceMaster entertained them with his ensemble of character voices.

Pocholo also spoke about his work as the Filipino Futurist. He talked about technology and how it has greatly influenced the way people live and function everyday, especially the youth, the so-called ‘millennials’. Having been working with young people for 20 years, Pocholo has recognized the youth’s behavior, lifestyle and mindset, and has adapted to an effective way to communicate with them. He encouraged the parents and the teachers in the audience to have a more open mind when it comes to leading today’s youth, in order for them to reach their full potential.

Pocholo talked about the beginnings of his 20-year experience as an internationally-awarded youth advocate. He shared to and encouraged the audience to join local and international youth programs, in order to expand their mind and their network, and so that they can contribute to positive social change. He challenged the youth to live a life of passion and purpose, and to not succumb to the idea of studying in order to graduate and get a good job. “Being a youth is a gift that one day will be taken away from you,” were the wise words of the VoiceMaster. So he encouraged the participants to believe in their dreams and act on it immediately.

Pocholo’s talk in MYC is one of his most memorable, as it is his first speaking engagement where his entire family – his parents and his sister – were present to watch.

Also included in the speaker lineup were Senator Bam Aquino, Perci Cendana, Mayor Ace Jello Concepcion, and Congressman Joet Garcia. MYC was spearheaded by the Municipal Government of Mariveles to promote a unified approach to the formulation of Local Youth Development Plan (LYDP) for the municipality.

Monday, December 12, 2016

The VoiceMaster Speaks at the First Youth Print Media Congress

The United Print Media Group and Creativilla organized the first-ever Youth Print Media Congress, on December 10 at the Manila Bulletin Convention Hall in Intramuros. Around 200 students from various colleges and universities attended the event, which was aimed to encourage the appreciation of reading and writing among the youth, albeit the proliferation of touchscreen and voice-activated devices.

Noteworthy speakers from various sectors – government, PR and marketing, technology and media – were invited to share their experiences on the importance of print media in the age of digital technology.

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Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was one of the speakers in the event, who spoke about “The Voice of Reading.” In his short but sweet presentation, the VoiceMaster introduced the industry of voice acting to the audience. He shared the story of how he got started with voice acting, including the challenges he met that led him to build his company and the first and only voice acting school in the country. He encouraged the audience to discover their passion, and to use it as a fuel to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their life purpose.

The VoiceMaster also talked about the art of storytelling, and encouraged the audience to read and expose themselves more to the stories of the greatest men and women of history. He emphasized the importance of voice in bringing stories to life, and even demonstrated it by doing a quick one-man live radio drama performance! In the end, the VoiceMaster left the audience with a message of inspiration and motivation – to make sure that they live their life to become a story worth telling.

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In the last few minutes of his presentation, the VoiceMaster called onstage his son, Patrick Gabriel Gonzales. Dubbed as the country’s youngest broadcaster and motivational speaker, Patrick amazed the audience with a quick yet powerful speech on how they should believe in their capacity to succeed, as long as they dedicate their lives to their passion.

The United Print Media Group (UPMG) is the premier association of major publications in the Philippines, including major newspapers, tabloids and magazines.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Philippine Association of Public Speakers: The Future of Filipino Motivational Speaking

December 1 marks a milestone in the public speaking arena in the Philippines, with the ceremonial signing of the Philippine Association of Public Speakers (PAPS). PAPS is the first and only organization in the country that aims to standardize the quality and professionalism of public speakers through training, certification, and best-practice sharing.


The ceremonial signing was held at the Manila Bulletin headquarters in Intramuros, Manila. Eight of the founding members of PAPS participated in the signing – Pambansang Inspirasyon Lloyd Luna, AIB Training’s Chief Awesome Officer Al Ian Barcelona, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales, SM Retail Creative Director Cleo Serevilla, TAG Media and Public Relations Founder Grace Bondad-Nicolas, 2002 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Karen Ostrea, Professor and Author Carlo “Pido” Aguilar Jr., and Manila Bulletin Head of External Affairs Barbie Atienza.


The evening began with a fun-filled dinner, where they took turns sharing their story and how they ventured into public speaking. It was evident that each person has his or her own story of frustration, defeat and challenges which they have overcome to get to where they are today.  For instance, Barbie shared how he has survived a late-stage cancer, and is now inspiring others with his story of courage and persistance. Karen shared how she went from being a college kick-out to Bb. Pilipinas-Universe, and to now as an owner of a Personality Development school. Pocholo told of how he has been rejected and passed on for roles as a young voice artist by the veterans, and how those negative experiences fuelled his desire to open the doors of the industry to all aspiring voice artists, which led him to open the first and only voice acting school in the country, the Philippine Center for Voice Acting.


The ceremonial signing happened after the sumptuous dinner, which signified the official launch of PAPS. Planning for its future initiatives and programs will be scheduled in the coming weeks.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The VoiceMaster Motivates Graduating Students at CEU Makati’s Job Hunting Seminar

More than 500 graduating students gathered at the Activity Center of Centro Escolar University, Makati for their annual Job Hunting Seminar, on October 25, 2016. With the theme, “Branding on Campus: Maximizing Career Opportunities,” the seminar aims to help graduating students gain a competitive advantage as they go out to pursue their respective careers after graduation.


The first half of the seminar featured two of the country’s most sought-after motivational speakers of this generation – Pambansang Inspirasyon Lloyd Luna, and Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales.

After an intermission number, the VoiceMaster came onstage to talk about “Personal Branding for Students.” He began his talk with an introduction of what he is doing – as a voice artist, youth advocate, storyteller and a motivational speaker. The VoiceMaster entertained the crowd with his repertoire of character voices, hugot lines and humorous banters.


The VoiceMaster then transitioned to the meat of his talk – about finding one’s purpose in order to establish their brand. He emphasized how important it is to discover one’s passion and purpose, in order for them to do work that is meaningful and not just do work to earn money. He reminded the young people that they are not “young” forever, and that it’s never too late or too early to pursue what they would like to become. The VoiceMaster also told the story of how he, at the young age of 16, discovered his passion for voice acting, which later on became the catapult to establish his brand as the VoiceMaster.

The VoiceMaster also shared his “8 to be GREAT” – or the 8 qualities of people of greatness. He explained that one’s success in his/her chosen career or profession does not rely on how you write your resume, or how you dress up or answer questions during an interview. Rather, being great has to do with building character, so that they don’t just ace their job application, but their career as well.


The VoiceMaster closed his talk with his Pochology: Availability is the best ability. He challenged the students to be open to opportunities for them to express their passion and skills.


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