Meeting Malaysian Swimming superstar & Olympian Jeffrey Ong

When we posted this photo on our Facebook page recently, it got so many views and comments! 

I am sure it has something to do with the fact that it’s a photo of Nic and me with Malaysian swimmer and Olympian Jeffrey Ong. There’s star power in having a famous person in the same photo with you!

And if you don’t know who Jeffrey Ong is, then you must be in your early 20s or 30s. You were still a toddler when he was competing in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. He was also the first Malaysian male swimmer to win a medal at the Asian Games – a silver in the 1,500m freestyle in Beijing in 1990.

We had coffee with him when he came to Penang recently all because of a good friend of ours from New Zealand named Olie. While Olie wasn’t even physically there with us in this cafe, she was the connector that brought us together. 

That’s the power of networking.

I met Olie in Hawaii last July when we were both in the Changing Faces programme for women entrepreneurs. We met up in Penang last December when she flew up from KL to see me (after she was done participating in the week-long hush-hush KL convening of the Obama Foundation Fellowship Programme and it’s where she met Jeffrey who was one of the programme facilitators). After all, she had never been to Penang and Jeffrey (who is a Penangite through and through) encouraged her to pop by Penang even if it was for a day and a half!

So through Olie, a New Zealander, we met Jeffrey Ong whom I had watched and cheered on TV when I was a teen. I told Jeffrey it was quite surreal, having coffee with him and trying not to overdo the fan-girl moment. In his affable and down-to-earth way, he just laughed.

Anyway, the long and short of this is that you have to network and be open to meeting all sorts of intriguing people if you are in business.

And you have to also post some really personal photos of yourself in your FB Business pages

These days, it’s you that people want to do business with. It’s not some cold, unknown person with a name. People want to see who you are and who you know. Kind of crazy but that’s the Instagrammy world we live in. 

You either roll with it or get rolled over. 

Speaking of rolling over, we hope your business isn’t too badly affected by the dreaded coronavirus.

Retail businesses are suffering though but if you had an online business (think e-commerce), you still have a lifeline. It is when your entire business is in physical retail, well, that really sucks! 

So if you’re thinking of doing some e-commerce this year as a buffer to the crazy outbreaks and more, send us an email. 

We’d be happy to help. 

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