“How fortunate it is to find ourselves in the learning process and affirm that in every step of the way, we have never ceased to grow.”
- Sheila Viesca, TalkShop

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Selfie, Not Self-Fear

In recent years, campaigns by brands for women have been focused on the empowerment of women by building up their self-confidence.

Always feminine hygiene products introduced a new meaning to like a girl. The phrase is intended as an insult, and usually spoken by boys to challenge other boys: You throw like a girlor You fight like a girl,they chant mockingly. Girls are also made to believe that doing something like a girl is a negative thing, and it causes them to lose confidence in how great they can actually be.


What Always did was to turn like a girlinto something amazing. This is how they did it:

Dove is another brand that is associated strongly with addressing confidence issues. The beauty bar talks to women who struggle to be confident in their own skina common issue among women all over the word.

The first campaign, Real Beauty Sketches, demonstrates how hard women are on themselves about the way they look. They obsess on their flaws and overlook what makes them beautiful.


The follow-up campaign, Choose Beautiful, encourages women to see themselves in a better light, through the encouragement of other women.

These are just a few among many other campaigns that brands worldwide have been pushing in order to help women believe in themselves.

What brings about such low self-esteem in the first place? Why are we so quick to judge one another? Why is it necessary to bring ourselves, and in the process, others down?

The short answer is this: insecurity.

When we are insecure about ourselves, we judge others the same way we judge ourselves. We pick apart how they look or behave, how they dress or speak, how they think, and what they believe. We also ridicule the ones who do exude self-confidence, and see them as vain, conceited, or delusional.

What we have to realize is this: there is no competition when it comes to greatness. Possessing talent is not something that is limited to only a certain number of people. Being successful is a personal measure and not a comparison to someone else and his or her own achievements.

When insecurity gets the better of us, it hinders us from focusing on our own development and the opportunities or blessings we are given. It prevents us from recognizing the good in others because we cannot see the good in ourselves. It scares us from seeing how good we truly are.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Let Loose at a Christmas Party?



Some people think the jovial mood of the Christmas party warrants the booze and ruckus. They regret their behavior the next day, while nursing a hangover.

It is best to keep everything in moderation. Remember to bring your professional image with you. Be merry, but stay sober throughout. Here are some tips to enjoy the fun, while keeping one’s dignity intact:

1. Eat and drink in moderation.

2. Have a light snack before leaving for the party, so you pace your meal and drink intake.

3. Stay decent as you socialize with people from other departments.

4. Maintain professional decorum as you chat briefly with the top brass.

5. Buddy a colleague or friend and agree to check on each other during the party.


“It is not true that drink alters a man's character. It may reveal it more fully.
-Tom Jones


TalkShop, the leading ISO-certified training facility accredited with the Civil Service Commissionoffers social graces to train professionals and students to be at their best in any situation.


www.talkshop.ph (632) 8945588| Social Graces & Dining Etiquette, Personality Development, Image Enhancement

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Confidence or Competence?



Which is more essential to success – to feel confident or be competent? Surveys show that most companies’top brass choose the former as competence goes to waste, if a person is not aware of his strengths in the first place. In the workplace, one must muster confidence and presence that comes with self-esteem. Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO explains, “Professionals must learn to celebrate signature strengths and keep working on developing self-assurance, with every success earned, big or small.”

She offers these simple tips for boosting confidence:

1. Reflect on your strengths. Work on enhancing your forte, skills, and qualities.

2. Use positive body language. Stand tall. Make eye contact. Smile. Avoid tilting head that signals submission.

3. Adjust your focus. Instead of worrying how others see you, express interest in others. Engage and support others. Work on giving rather than getting.

4. Own your strengths. Appreciate your uniqueness and be kind to yourself.

5. Boost your vocabulary. Dump shopworn words like “ok,” ”nice,” and “awesome” that do not mean anything. Do away with fillers like “you know,” “I mean,” “like,” “actually,” “basically.” Practice thinking before talking to ponder on your succeeding lines.

“Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.” - Coco Chanel

TalkShop, the leading ISO-certified training facility that is accredited with the Civil Service Commission helps professionals value their strengths as theyharness the right tone and body language that project self-confidence.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

TalkShop Leads the Way


TalkShop is the best English communication school in the Philippines. It is the leading consultancy and training institute for personal effectiveness, corporate protocol, and management communication.

The country’s pioneer in Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), TalkShop is a developer of Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) and is accredited by the International English Education Research Association and Civil Service Commission. It also received itsISO certification in 2012.

TalkShop’s client roster includes private organizations, government groups, multinational corporations, and individuals who seek personal growth. It was founded by Sheila Viesca in 2000.