Archives For Singapore

Finishing up in Singapore today, I spent my day following up with class attendees, meeting with the class sponsors and stakeholders, and catching up on some work to prepare for my trip to Bangalore.  In addition, I took some time to visit the shopping areas surrounding my hotel in the shopping district.  Singapore has an amazing network of underground tunnels similar to a NYC subway system, but with a much cleaner and modern appeal.  The picture to the left was taken 3 stories underground at a food court featuring all kinds of Asian food choices.

Feedback from class stakeholders included:

1. Presales people are used to putting their focus on a point product.  They become great at demos and evals, but the larger deals are going to require their presence higher in the organization.  The messaging  focus from our class is rare but greatly needed.

2. Account reps will value presales resources more as they demonstrate their effectiveness as consultants – getting up in front of the class the present was a great step toward doing just that, but practice is needed.  People become great presenters when they commit to practice and feedback.

3. Competition is the security space is fierce.  The ability to gain access to decision makers it critical – this class was a great first step to getting there.

4. It’s difficult to take 3 days out of the field, but necessary.  You can cut all day, but if your saw is dull, you won’t make much progress.  It’s better to stop periodically and fine tune things.

Travel Plans:

This evening I’ll be heading to Bangalore for the final leg of my trip this month.  Bangalore is fast becoming a high-tech growth area in our global economy!  it’s a 4 hour flight with a 2 hour time change…and I’m looking forward to great customer service on Singapore Air!  The hardest part of this job is leaving a city and group of people after having established new friends and familiarity with the surroundings.

We spent Saturday sight-seeing with the Lo family.  Starting with a meal in their home, we had local foods, listened to the children perform musical pieces, and planned our afternoon.  From there we visited the shipyards, the water center where they purify water, little India, and the Skywalk – a walkway that runs far above the trees offering great views of the city, ports, and surrounding parks.    The day ended with a trip to the local food court where the Lo’s introduced me to all kinds of authentic local and Chinese foods (and we ate with chop sticks).  Here are a few pictures (Click).

This picture to the left is a view of the Marriott entrance – one of the nicer Marriott locations I’ve visited.

Singapore – Day 6

September 10, 2010 — Leave a comment

It’s a 7 1/2 hour flight on the Airbus 380-800 pictured in yesterday’s post – traveling at 80% of the speed of sound (which is just shy of 800 mph).  As expected, the service was excellent, great food, but not a lot of rest.  Given it’s the weekend I have some downtime to look around and am looking forward to adding photos to my growing Picassa album tomorrow.

The Lo family, a connection my daughter made last year through a home school retreat in the states, hosted me for dinner, treating me to local favorites at a nearby church fellowship in the evening.  It’s not often that I have opportunity to interact with families abroad, so I made the most of it, trying different cuisines from areas surrounding Singapore.  Laksa is a favorite local dish here (pictured to the left).  It’s made with chicken, thick noodles, coconut milk, an egg, local vegetables, and a bunch of seasonings. The small lime on the side of the dish then is squeezed over the noodles just before eating.  I was expecting to be served with chop sticks, but they graciously handed me a fork.  Meeting various families and touring the grounds made this evening exceptional.  I was surprised to learn that their 82 year old pastor and his wife are from the Savannah Georgia area, not far from my home town.  Tomorrow the Lo’s have planned a sight-seeing trip where I hope to capture numerous photos and sample mooncakes (an important part of the Mid-Autumn Festival here in Singapore)!