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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Courage and tolerance

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority.

The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.

-- Ralph W. Sockman (1889-1970)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Let them have their way

One way to cooperate with people who are expressing negative attitudes is to let them win,

to let them have their way.

It's easy.

When they have won,

you can continue going in your own positive direction without becoming involved in their point of view at all.

-- John-Roger

Thursday, January 29, 2009

As it is

As within, so without.

You cannot think one thing and produce another.

-- Emmet Fox

Friday, January 23, 2009

Plunkett's Top Global Business Trends

"Plunkett's Top Global Business Trends" by Jack Plunkett

Presented by the Asian Chapter of the Special Libraries Association(SLA); Special Libraries Section, Library Association of Singapore; and the Li Ka Shing Library of the Singapore Management University

Venue: Reading Room, 5th Floor Li Ka Shing Library, SMU

Date & Time: 23 Jan, 4pm to 5.30pm

Evolving technologies and globalization are rapidly changing most sectors, in this session, Jack Plunkett, CEO of PlunkettResearch, Ltd., analyses the following top 10 global business trends:

1. LOHAS (Lifestyles Of Health And Sustainability) create opportunities for new products & services

2. Aging populations approach retirement, need services

3. Growth of ethnic markets in North America, Europe, Mid East

4. Health care costs soar, demand increases

5. Energy costs move to the forefront, conservation/renewables

6. Offshoring and globalization create challenges and opportunities

7. The "Third screen" surges -- 3 billion cell phones

8. The convergence age is now -- an affluent mass market uses broadband

9. Massive financial restructing -- shifting of risks

10. What's next? Clound computing, nanotech, miniaturization.

Source of information:

2009 Plunkett's Top 10 Trends, Presentation at Singapore Management University

He also shares his view on how to prepare for these top emerging trends that are changing the worlds of business, finance, health care, education and investment.

By understanding their impact on business and consumer markets, you will see the synergies among these trends and may gather and understand market research, business information and competitive intelligence in a different light.

I find the dynamic session allows me to gain some insights into vital trends in information world and put some insights into use right away.

About Plunkett Research, Ltd. and Jack W. Plunkett

Jack W. Plunkett is CEO & Publisher of Plunkett Research, Ltd., a Houston-based provider of award-winning market research and industry information in printed and electronic formats since 1985.

The Plunkett Research team focuses on industry trends and statistics analysis, and produces over 18,000 pages of proprietary market research each year.

Jack Plunkett is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including Plunkett’s Retail Industry Almanac, Plunkett’s Entertainment & Media Industry Almanac, Plunkett’s Advertising & Branding Industry Almanac, and Plunkett’s E-Commerce & Internet Business Almanac.

A life-long entrepreneur, he has been recognized as a finalist in the "Entrepreneur of the Year" competition sponsored by Ernst & Young.

Plunkett Research, Ltd., established in 1985, is a provider of business and industry information to the corporate, library, academic and government markets.

Plunkett Research provides market research and competitive intelligence on a custom project basis, in online and reference book formats, and on CD-ROM.

For more informationon about Jack Plunkett and Plunkett Research, Ltd., please visit

If you miss the session, just read the following ppt to pick up some important points:

2009 Plunkett's Top 10 Trends, Presentation at Singapore Management University

Professional Development Scheme (PDS) Points

LAS Professional Development Scheme points: 46

(Only applicable to librarians who are participants of the scheme)

Notes: Eligible for PDS PointsEach of these activities attract 46 points under the Industry Knowledge Development (ID) category."Participate in library related talks, forums, discussion sessions and business meetings (e.g. AGM, Council & Committee meetings) organized by LAS or other libraries (provided they are open to LAS members or other librarians)"

(Only applicable to librarians who are participants of the scheme)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Help others to help themselves

The highest service we can perform for others is to help them to help themselves.

-- Horace Mann

That may explain why I take the path of being a trainer, lecturer, and librarian in my life journey.

Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Submitting Your Work and Getting a Literary Agent

Submitting Your Work and Getting a Literary Agent
Organized by the National Book Development Council of Singapore

Speaker: Ms Kelly Sonnack

Date: 13 January 2009
Time: 3.30pm to 5.30pm
Venue: Possibility Room, Level 5, National Library Building

I attended the session and find out what one can do to make oneself “irresistible” to the literary agents (or publishers) and what literary agents look for in query letters and book proposals, and what are the clues that attract their interest.

Thanks Ms Kelly Sonnack for giving such a good and informative talk and NBDCS for organizing the talk and open it to public free of charge!

Friday, January 02, 2009

證嚴法師的靜思語 001-010


001 心美.看什麼都順眼

002 福.來自一顆懂得布施的心

003 講話要溫和輕柔..態度要謙誠親切

004 孝順要及時.行善也要及時

005 站在半路.比走到目標.更辛苦

006 多原諒別人.多得福.把量放大.福氣大

007 心中有愛.才會人見人愛

008 幸福不在得到多.而在計較少

009 把握當下.就是用心

010 待人退一步.愛人寬一步.在人生道中就會活得很快樂