Shoot for the Stars

mspears_shootingstar Excuse the starry puns and graphics, but when your parents name you ‘Stella’, it seems almost a crime not to maximise its punny potential. (You should also be warned that I have a weakness for alliteration and I’m embarrassingly corny.)

Hello world, my name is Stella Thng and welcome to Stellar Communications Consultancy. To find out more about me — and admire a flattering profile photo (full disclosure: it’s an old photo) — click here.

Here are three quick facts you should know about me:

1. I eat for a living. I’m a food critic for 8 Days magazine. I have a legitimate reason why my diet plans fail — “it’s against my professionalism!”

2. I talk for a living. I’m an associate lecturer at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic, teaching modules like Editorial and Feature Writing, Effective Communications, Writing for the Web, and Critical Thinking and Communications. (Question: Is it possible to teach critical thinking? Thank God, yes, because sadly, it’s sorely missing in many of our youngsters. But that’s fodder for another post.)

3. I’m good at “getting you” and making things simple for you. It must be a gift of some sort, or my 20-something years of training as a journalist. I’m a good listener and I have a knack for quickly getting to the point of what people are trying to express.

My superhero power has come in handy when a longwinded celebrity drones on and on and I need to gently nudge some quotable quotes out of him. Or to break down complex communication concepts for my poly students. Or to help companies develop a strong, effective message to sell their product or service. Or to assure a frazzled CEO that giving a presentation to a room of jaded journalists isn’t THAT scary, especially since I’ve written you a great speech packed with Ethos, Logos and Pathos appeal. (Effective Communications 101). Yes, journalists are scary but we’re human too. Share a cute story and we’ll crack a smile. (If all else fails, throw in a cat video.)

So that’s it, my virgin post. Good talking to you.

For more insights on how you can rule the world simply by being a good communicator (reference: Barack Obama, the late Steve Jobs, Ellen DeGeneres) and the occasional dirt on celebs I’ve crossed words with (Hello Justin Timberlake!), stay tuned.

Tip: ‘Likes’ and ‘Shares’ will loosen my tongue, so spread the word and share the love.

Stella

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