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THE LEARNING CIRCLE

The PLF Family’s Official eMagazine!

January 2013 Vol. 1 FREE

PLF International COLUMNS TAKE CHARGE! -

MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS -

TO BE DETERMINED -

NISA’ ATTITUDES -

WRESTLING WITH ENGLISH -

LAW OF UNIVERSAL ATTRACTION -

TINGKAH LAKU POSITIF KANAKKANAK -

FAMILYING GREATNESS -

SMART ACTION TOOLS --

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Ridz & Sha

Zuhairi

Suhaili

Nadzrin

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The Circle’s Edge Welcome to the inaugural issue of THE LEARNING CIRCLE, the official eMagazine (eMag for short) of the PLF Family. This bilingual eMag aims to bring the Family closer together and provide a channel for PLFs to share their knowledge with their peers. Every month, four PLFs will be featured for you to know them better. Additionally, 9 columnists will share from their expertise, secrets to transforming into the PLF you want to become. Also, keep up to date with the latest happenings in the PLF Family inside Malaysia and overseas in our news columns. Best of all, as with many things PLF, the eMag is free of charge and is not exclusive to only PLFs. You can share it with your friends, work colleagues or even your clients. Give them the opportunity to learn what you have from the PLF Family. The adventure is just beginning! Join us on this ride!

Featured PLFs of Jan 2013

Contents Zuhairi Mohd Nopiah Suhaili Ikhsan Mohd Nadzrin Wahab Coach Sha & Coach Ridz Monthly Columns

Mohd Nadzrin Wahab Executive Editor

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Take Charge! By MOHD RIZAL HASSAN mrizalh@gmail.com

A Learning Facilitator is a person who constantly encourages their audience to be their best. The question is, what is "the best"? One guideline I would like to share with you to gauge what is "the best" is to simply help your audience be BETTER THAN YOU. You may have been invited, selected, elected, proposed or just shoved forward in front of a group of people. The reason you are now standing in front of an audience is because someone out there believes that you are knowledgeable, experienced, you have something to contribute, to share and to make an impact. They believe that you are all that and maybe more, because if you were anything less, you would never find yourself invited in the first place! Therefore, when your client or audience invites you to speak because they believe you are 'more' than them, then when you THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Better Than You

 “Go beyond What you expect and you’d be surprised by the unexpected. Go for what is expected and you’ll get what you want.”

 Mohd Rizal Hassan, 2012

conduct your program your intention would be to help your audience to be better than you. Imagine that your audience is already 'good', and they invited you to speak because they believe that you are 'better‘. Therefore it would only be logical for you to help them to be 'better than you' and be 'the Best'! And how would you know that you've achieved this level of success with your audience? Remember the saying, “You can see a bad trait about a person only because you possess that same bad trait”? Similarly, you are able to recognize a good quality about a person only because you too have the same good quality within you. The point is, when you do see good qualities emerging from your participants after your program, you have only achieved CONTENTS PAGE


the success of helping your participants to be SAME LIKE YOU. So how do you know you've achieved the success of helping your participants to be better than you? You will know when their actions surprise you. This element of surprise means your participants have taken positive steps and have even achieved success beyond your expectations.

For example, if a participant who used to be broke starts to make money after attending your program, the participant is same like you. If the participant becomes a billionaire faster than you, then the participant is better than you. So, look excitedly forward to your next group of participants and look forward to be pleasantly Surprised.

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That's a sure sign that you have just helped someone to be BETTER THAN YOU. Achieving Mastery as a Learning Facilitator is about getting everybody else to become better than you.

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Mind Your Own Business By THARWAH KASSIM nurtharwah@gmail.com Saya bersetuju dengan ungkapan ‘tangan yang memberi lebih elok daripada tangan yang menerima’. Ini kerana seseorang peniaga boleh ’memilih’ untuk menjadi tangan yang di atas. Saya tidak mengatakan makan gaji itu tidak mempu memberi. Tidak ada salahnya menjadi tenaga kerja dalam sesebuah organisasi milik kerajaan atau swasta. Pendapatan adalah tetap dan tugas dan tanggungjawab yang terpikul adalah jelas. Seringkali segala aktiviti yang berlaku telah boleh dijangka. Lebih-lebih lagi apabila organisasi tersebut telah memiliki ‘Standard of Practice’ (SOP) yang diikuti oleh semua kakitangan mereka. Lebih elok andainya kita menjadi tenaga kerja yang mempunyai visi untuk memiliki perniagaan sendiri di masa depan. Jadi, apakah kekangan apabila kita menjadi pekerja sesebuah organisasi? THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Mengapa saya perlu memiliki perniagaan?

Waktu kerja yang ditentukan dan selalunya tiada kompromi, 9am – 5am dan mungkin kerja lebih masa dalam keadaan ‘paksa rela’. Dalam situasi kecemasan, berbagai ‘redtape’ perlu dipenuhi sebelum dapat keluar dari pejabat untuk menguruskan kecemasan tersebut. Dek kerana terlalu mengikut SOP dan undang-undang yang telah diterap sekian lama, kita menjadi kurang berinovasi dan bermotivasi dalam menjalankan pekerjaan. Kerja-kerja harian boleh menjadi membosankan setelah ‘alah bisa tegal biasa’. Isu amanah dan Ehsan dalam menjalankan tugas seharian mungkin terabai. Sikap ‘kalau aku kerja kuat pun, gaji aku banyak itu juga’ sering berlaku. Maka kerja sambil lewa atau asal boleh sering diketengahkan. Jika kita hendak memberi, kita sering tersekat dengan pendapatan yang tetap.

Pendapatan kita selalunya sudah memiliki ‘tuannya’ seperti untuk membayar ansuran kereta, rumah, talian talipon dan sebagainya. Maka, menderma dan bersedekah adalah perkara akhir yang kita fikirkan dan kalau ada pun, amat kecil nisbahnya. Sedangkan Allah telah sebut di dalam kitabnya tentang betapa besarnya pahala bersedekah ini. Banyak lagi kekangan berhubung dengan berkerja makan gaji ini. Jika hendak dikupas satu persatu, tidak cukup dalam lebaran ringkas ini. Saya suka menyarankan anda untuk memulakan perniagaan. Malah, saya juga menyarankan kakitangan syarikat saya untuk memiliki perniagaan mereka sendiri. Mengapa ya? Allah memberi rezeki kepada hambahambaNya yang bekerja keras kemudian memohon dan bertawakkal kepadaNya. CONTENTS PAGE


Dalam dunia perniagaan, teknik ini amat praktikal. Masa yang fleksibel dan seimbang antara perniagaan dan keluarga. Masa-masa kualiti bersama keluarga bukanlah selepas waktu pejabat atau di hujung minggu sahaja. Berniaga memberi ruang untuk kita tentukan banyak mana masa yang kita hendak peruntukkan untuk berniaga dan juga berkeluarga. Kita berhak menentukan arah tuju perniagaan tersebut. Hendak berjaya cepat atau lambat, hendak ke kiri atau ke kanan, hendak bertindak atau duduk diam. Ini tidak dapat kita lakukan jika kita makan gaji kerana segalanya telah ditentukan oleh majikan. Kita boleh menetapkan SOP bagi perniagaan kita sendiri. Bukan semua 1 + 1 adalah 2. Bukan ada satu jalan saja ke sesuatu destinasi. Andaikata jalan yang sedia ada sudah rosak atau tidak boleh digunapakai, kita sebagai pemilik perniagaan boleh ‘membuka’ jalan baru. Lebih menghargai rezeki yang kita perolehi kerana ianya dari usaha dan penat lelah yang dalam kawalan kita sendiri. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Rezeki lebih berkat andai perniagaan dijalankan secara ikhlas dan amanah. Ia juga memberi peluang pekerjaan kepada yang memerlukan. Pemilik boleh memilih untuk mewujudkan tenaga kerja ke4 demi memberi peluang pekerjaan walaupun 3 tenaga kerja sudah memadai. Pemilik peniagaan juga memberi ilmu kepada yang memerlukan (transfer of technology), lantas memberi peluang pembukaan perniagaan-perniagaan baru. Kita berpeluang untuk menyumbang kepada statistik ekonomi Negara. Hubungan sesama manusia dalam perniagaan boleh membawa kepada hubungan antara negeri, malah hubungan antara negara-negara seluruh dunia. Banyak sebab untuk kita memilih untuk memulakan perniagan. Percukaian dan pengurusan kewangan adalah juga antara sebab-sebab yang baik untuk kita memulakan perniagaan. Namun bagi anda yang ‘memilih’ untuk berniaga, ingatlah: Dari Hakim bin Hizam r.a dari Nabi s.a.w sabdanya: “Dua orang yang berjual beli, masing-masing mempunyai hak untuk memilih (untuk meneruskan jual beli atau ti-

dak) selama kedua-duanya belum berpisah. Jika keduanya berlaku jujur dan berterus terang menjelaskan (keadaan barang yang dijual belikan), maka mereka diberi berkat dengan jual beli mereka; tetapi jika mereka berdusta dan menyembunyikan (kecacatan masing-masing), hilanglah berkat jual beli mereka.” Semoga anda bermotivasi untuk memulakan perniagaan anda sendiri. Pilihan di tangan ANDA! Keluaran hadapan: Jenis-Jenis Perniagaan.

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Zuhairi Mohd Nopiah Oleh MOHD NADZRIN WAHAB

Pertama kali saya melihat Zuhairi Mohd Nopiah, beliau duduk makan tengah hari semeja dengan kami pada hari pertama PLF Showcase 1.0 awal 2012. Walaupun saya mengenalinya daripada lamanweb, blog dan interaksinya di group Facebook PLF Family, namun bersua tidak, berbicara jauh sekali. Tiba-tiba sahaja, beliau memperkenalkan diri sebagai Ateh, katanya lebih mesra dipanggil begitu. Beliau bertanyakan diri saya dan pengalaman dalam dunia latihan. Sepanjang perkongsian saya, beliau menaruh penuh minat dan diam mengangguk. Diri terasa penting ditegur seorang PLF yang banyak pengalamannya dengan pelbagai manusia pelbagai ragam. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

BIODATA Nama Penuh : Zuhairi Mohd Nopiah Asal : Beranang Selangor Menetap di : Seremban Isteri : Hazida Hassan Anak-anak : Aisyah Humaira, Muhammad Alfateh, Luqman Alhakim, Asma Azzahra Syarikat : Attractive Learning & Consultancy Jawatan : Pengarah Urusan

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Boleh dikatakan nama Ateh mula melonjak lebih laju setelah buku sulungnya The Law of Universal Attraction (LUA) yang digandingtulis bersama Amin Idris diterbitkan PTS pada tahun 2012. Cetakan berganti cetakan dikeluarkan bagi memenuhi permintaan pembaca membuktikan Ateh berjaya mengolah kembali Law Of Attraction (LOA). Sebelum ini, LOA hanya dipelajari dan diamalkan masyakarat Malaysia daripada asas yang dianggap tidak selari dengan nilai-nilai Islam. Ateh berjihad menyelami lautan LOA ke dasarnya dan kembali membawa mutiara yang berguna dinamakan LUA buat masyarakat Islam yang dahagakan ilmu dan amal dibuat bekal. The Learning Circle menjejak perintis PLF dan motivator LUArbiasa ini untuk mengenali dirinya dengan lebih mesra lagi. TLC: Bagaimana Ateh mula melangkah ke bidang ini? Ateh: Selepas menamatkan pengajian daripada Drexel University pada 1999, saya ditawarkan jawatan sebagai Ketua Eksekutif Kolej Sri Al-Ain Sungai Merab, Kajang. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Di sana, saya mula jatuh cinta dengan bidang pendidikan. Saya kemudian memohon menjadi pensyarah di Kolej Matrikulasi Kolej Negeri, Negeri Sembilan. Di sana pula, saya mengajar subjek Ekonomi dan Matematik namun masih belum memberi kepuasan maksima kepada saya. Dalam pencarian tersebut, saya telah ditawarkan menjadi sukarelawan dalam Pasukan Sukarelawan Dakwah Majlis Agama

Di sini, saya menemui apa yang saya inginkan, iaitu ingin mendidik manusia untuk dekat kepada Pencipta. Islam negeri Sembilan. TLC: Apakah yang Ateh kongsikan dalam kursus-kursus Ateh? Ateh: Sepanjang 10 tahun berkhidmat sebagai Master Trainer di Pusat Pembangunan Latihan & Teknologi Maklumat MAINS, saya telah dilatih untuk

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mengendalikan modul-modul Teambuilding, Kemahiran komunikasi, Latihan dalam Perkhidmatan (guru), Teknik-teknik belajar, Pengurusan Tauhidik, 7 Anjakan Manusia Rabbani dan motivasi jati diri. Namun begitu, kini saya mengkhususkan kepada modul utama dan terkini kami, iaitu Law of Universal Attraction: Magnet Kejayaan Diri & Organisasi. Ini kerana modul ini merupakan asas kepada kejayaan manusia itu sendiri, iaitu baik sangka dan pergantungan kepada Tuhan.

Bersantai sambil beraiskrim! THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

TLC: Mohon Ateh gambarkan apakah itu konsep Law of Universal Attraction. Ateh: Bila menyebut tentang Law of Universal Attraction, kita tidak boleh mengelak daripada berbicara tentang The Universal Attractor iaitu Tuhan yang Maha Pengasih dan Maha Penyayang. Tuhanlah yang memberi kebaikan dan membawa kita ke arah kebaikan. Tuhan yang memberi kekayaan. Tuhan yang memiliki semua sifat kesempurnaan dan memiliki pengetahuan yang luas. Kita akan tertarik pada sesuatu berdasarkan sifat-sifat kesempurnaan yang ada pada Tuhan. Tuhan telah menjadikan fitrah manusia itu suka kepada kebaikan. Melalui LUA, Tuhan juga mengajar manusia berfikir dan berjiwa besar. Tiada manusia suka hidup miskin kerana ia menyebabkan kita terpaksa memintaminta. Lalu manusia lebih tertarik kepada kekayaan daripada kemiskinan. Namun, suatu perkara yang boleh menjurus kepada kesilapan adalah apabila kita hanya mengaitkan kaya dengan memiliki harta yang banyak, rumah yang besar, taman yang luas serta aset yang pelbagai.

“Kaya bukanlah kerana banyaknya harta, melainkan yang disebut kaya adalah kaya jiwa�. (HR Bukhari dan Muslim) Bila kita menyoroti hadis ini, kita dapat simpulkan manusia yang mempunyai akhlak yang baik adalah orang yang paling kaya. Tentu kita suka orang yang bermoral tinggi dan berakhlak baik bukan? Moral dan akhlak inilah yang dinamakan kaya jiwa. Tuhan juga Maha Kaya, bukan hanya kaya harta tapi kaya dalam segala-galanya. Kaya dalam kasih-sayang, kaya dalam memberi, kaya dalam memaafkan. Sekiranya kita gagal memahami hakikat ini, manusia akan semakin jauh dengan Tuhannya. Inilah yang berlaku kepada sebahagian daripada mereka yang memperlajari LOA tetapi masih belum berjaya menarik kebahagiaan. Apabila mereka meminta sesuatu daripada alam, tanpa mereka sedari mereka sedang bertuhan kepada alam. Akhirnya, mereka gagal memahami sumber tarikan kejayaan yang sebenar, lalu gagal menarik kejayaan yang diimpi-impikan. Kerana sumber kejayaan yang sebenar adalah Tuhan. Dialah Yang Maha Mengabulkan Hajat (As- Somad) lagi Maha Penyayang. CONTENTS PAGE


TLC: Siapakah inspirasi Ateh? Ateh: Rizal Hassan. Ini kerana beliau banyak mengajar saya erti keikhlasan dalam memberi. Beliau juga membantu saya menguasai modul dan audien dengan baik melalui pendekatan NLP yang sangat mudah dan praktikal. TLC: Apa yang membuat Ateh gembira, sedih, marah dan takut? Ateh: Diri sendiri. Ini berdasarkan surah ArRa’du ayat 11. (petikan) “…Sesungguhnya Allah tidak mengubah keadaan sesuatu kaum sehingga mereka mengubah keadaan yang ada pada diri mereka sendiri. Dan apabila Allah menghendaki keburukan terhadap sesuatu kaum, maka tak ada yang dapat menolaknya; dan sekali-kali tak ada pelindung bagi mereka selain Dia” TLC: Bagaimana Ateh bercuti? Ateh: Memberi ikan makan bersama anakanak dan isteri tersayang di City Park, Seremban 2. Ada ketika saya akan ‘berbulan madu’ bersama isteri di luar negara. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

TLC: Apa definisi seorang PLF yang baik? Ateh: Pendidik yang mampu menyampaikan ilmu Allah dengan baik, berkesan dan ikhlas. TLC: Bagaimana Ateh memotivasi diri? Ateh: Berhubung dengan rakan-rakan dan memakan aiskrim!

TLC: Apakah satu perkara yang hendak diperbaiki pada diri Ateh? Ateh: Mempunyai system yang boleh menjalankan urusan syarikat tanpa perlu saya memantaunya setiap masa. Ini penting kerana urusan syarikat menjana pendapatan dan kebahagiaan saya di dunia dan akhirat, insyaAllah.

TLC: Jika terkandas di pulau sunyi, apakah 3 buku yang Ateh hendakkan ada di sisi? Ateh: Al-Quran, Hadith 40, Survival di Pulau.

TLC: Apakah sasaran Ateh buat diri 10 tahun akan datang? Ateh: Mentor Akademi LUA!

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TBD: To BE Determined By MOHD NADZRIN WAHAB nadzrin@ensynclearning.com

Determination means the ability to carry out a task all the way to the end. Anyone who attends motivational courses knows it’s easy to be determined. However, when you come home from these courses, it becomes difficult to stay determined. Motivational speakers are like Silat coaches. They can only motivate you. It is up to you to be determined to continue fighting. How much and how long you can keep fighting depends on your physiological stamina. Similarly, how much and how long you can stay determined depends on your psychic stamina. Therefore, to never give up and always stay motivated, you want to learn how to train your determination; your psychic stamina. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

DETERMINATION

Your Psychic Stamina In this column, TBD: To BE Determined, I will share powerful methods used by the Pendekars, warriors of Silat. They use these to keep their psychic stamina charged and stay committed. You will, too. There are 3 rules in TBD to remember when charging your psychic stamina: 1. Rule of Energy: You are always energetic in different ways at different times. 2. Rule of Control: You are always in full control of how you use your energy. 3. Rule of Responsibility: You are always responsible for where you are, where you want to be and how you get there. The Rule of Energy tells you that as long as you are alive, you have energy. There is no such thing as having no energy.

The Pendekar’s determination is key to their success

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Imagine studying lazily for an exam, yet when a friend invites you for a movie, you suddenly become highly energised. This rule says that your energy mode was mismatched with what you were doing. If you were studying Melaka history from a textbook and your energy mode was better suited to watching movies, a round of P. Ramlee’s “Hang Tuah” might reenergise you. The Rule of Control tells you that you have the power to choose the activity that best matches your energy mode. All you need is to understand what these modes are and how to use them best. Even the most stressed out of employees can be recharged by seeing their newborn baby smile at them. The Rule of Responsibility tells you that you’re responsible for your current situation, ambitions and actions to achieve those ambitions. Being responsible doesn’t mean you’re to blame for what has happened to you. It means YOU are the one who is able to respond and make changes to it (responseable).

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Together, these 3 Rules form the acronym ENCORE, which means an additional performance at the end of a concert. Considering that, it’s a fitting meaning for when you can carry a task all the way to the end, and still have the ability to deliver more.

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Control means the choice belongs to you. Over the next few issues, I will reveal how To BE Determined using more Silat concepts. So, keep reading and surprise yourself! Next issue: Knowing Your Energy Modes

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Family Affairs By THE LEARNING CIRCLE

29 January 2012 SHAH ALAM - Almost 100 people spent two days listening to seven speakers deliver self-development topics from their expertise at the Raja Tun Uda Library here. Today was the close of the learning event known as the PLF Showcase - A New Year | A New You!. The event, co-organised by Take Charge Sdn Bhd, Pertubuhan Nisa' Malaysia and Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Selangor, was the first time such an activity took place. Program director, Mohd Nadzrin Wahab, who was also one of the speakers, explained the concept of the event as a learning buffet, provided free to the public, who would otherwise have to pay a steep price to gain knowledge. The speakers were the Professional Learning Facilitators, a group of certified trainers who bring a unique twist to their training programs. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

PLFs prove worthy

in the new year

"The Professional Learning Facilitators, or PLFs for short, are members of a fraternity who have completed a intensive 3-day training program to become 'trainers', except, we focus on the learning, not the training," he said. He admits, it is an alien concept for most to grasp, but he sums it up as caring more for engaging the learner and using any means necessary to ensure the message gets across, as compared to a rigid structure of teaching that a trainer must follow. Each PLF instead follows and uses the Take Charge Learning Facilitation System which was founded by Mohd Rizal Hassan of Take Charge Sdn Bhd. To enable these PLFs to gain exposure and test their mettle in front of a real audience, the PLF Showcase was born. Jointly developed between several PLFs, the concept of the event was to put on stage in front of a public audience, newly graduated PLFs.

On stage together for the first time. After their presentation, Rizal and the audience, would provide coaching and feedback on their performance and share points for improvement. The event was deemed a success after several audience members inquired if there was going to be a repeat edition. Rizal replied that the showcase will continue as a quarterly event throughout the year. CONTENTS PAGE


Family Affairs By THE LEARNING CIRCLE

29 April 2012, SHAH ALAM - Despite the potential traffic jams and the lure of staying home comfortably over the weekend, a dedicated group of people braved the heat and distance to attend the PLF Showcase 2.0 - Rev Up Your Life! at the Raja Tun Uda Library in Section 13, here, over two days to listen to 12 talented speakers share their knowledge. The two days were a buffet of knowledge where members of the public from all walks of life attended. Topics as diverse as personal development, email marketing, child development, gold investment and business management excited the senses of those who came. The event, which was jointly organised and hosted by the PLF Family and Take Charge Sdn Bhd put on stage Professional Learning Facilitators (PLF) who have completed a 3-day basic training program to become skilled educators. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Rev Up Your Life

thrills & surprises

The Family grows bigger by the Showcase. The PLFs are trained in the Take Charge Learning Facilitation System founded by Mohd Rizal Hassan, an International Learning Facilitator. Most of these PLFs were already trainers or coaches in their own fields before attending the course. As part of their continuous development as a PLF, they are required to present their

best learning materials to an unknown audience, while Rizal observes them. This gives the PLFs the practice and exposure to stand up in front of a crowd and learn to manage the audience. The audience, who are allowed to watch for free, are then given the opportunity to provide feedback on the speakers' performance. CONTENTS PAGE


Some of the PLFs were also being audited for Mastery, the next level of PLF certification. At this level, a PLF is recognised as a Master Practitioner of the Take Charge Learning Facilitation System and may be given the right to audit and certify other PLFs. The serene surroundings of the pictureperfect library complemented the learning shared inside the auditorium on the second floor, where parents and children sat and listened to the talks. Rizal commented on the difference between this program and other learning programs, "Our events are family-friendly, which means babies and children are always welcome. The informality of the event allows us to share and connect well with the audience. For PLFs on stage, it also provides a good challenge to present with distractions". The event kicked off on Saturday with Rizal sharing a 30-minute tip with the audience which served as an appetiser for the coming speakers. Among the more memorable moments included Hakim Mohd Nor's sharing of a personal development method which allowTHE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

ed him to excel in his studies, attain the fivefigure monthly income he wanted, the car he dreamed of and a life partner he had never met. He is getting married this year.

Rizal, looking for trouble. Audience members were also pleasantly surprised by Mohd Nadzrin Wahab in full Malay warrior garb performing a Silat wardance as part of his topic, followed the next day by a spine-tingling combat demonstration by Rizal and himself. The other presenters on Saturday included Rina Baha who explored professional etiquette, Muhammad Fazlaidha who extolled the power of email marketing for entrepreneurs, Nura Muna Ab

dul Halim who shared the importance of attitude in a Muslim's daily life, and HR specialist Azmi Abu Bakar who demonstrated the effectiveness of mindset transformation. The Sunday presenters were just as thrilling with Zuhairi Mohd Nopiah introducing the Islamic perspective on the Law of Attraction, Firdaus Arshad on recovering from a negative life event, Suhaili Ikhsan on using house chores to develop young children, Gold Coach Shila Hakim on investing intelligently in gold and Tharwah Kassim on the benefits of starting your own business. Mac fans had a treat as Hanis Jenalis closed the two-day event with his eagerlyawaited topic, "How to Master My Mac", which only served to convince if not convert the non-Mac fans in the audience to run out and buy an apple of the non-biological variety. Program director, Nadzrin deemed the event a success. "I believe we've achieved what we set out to do. This is the second episode of the event and more people attended this round than the last. It's also the first time PLFs attained Mastery before a public audience, so yes, I'm happy". CONTENTS PAGE


Suhaili Ikhsan

Changing how parents love their children By MOHD NADZRIN WAHAB

Most Malaysian parents grow up inheriting their own fathers’ and mothers’ parenting methods and ideology. Thus, when Suhaili Ikhsan appeared on stage during the very first PLF Showcase in 2012, little did she know how much of an impact she would have on the people who were watching her. Step by step, she carefully deconstructed the audience’s preconceived notions of parenting and dismantled them before their very eyes. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

By the end of her topic, many a parent had converted to her views that a child is unlike an adult in every way, therefore should not be treated like an adult, nor conform to adult expectations. Suhaili is both a parent’s best friend and probably worst enemy. At PLF gatherings, when Suhaili appears, parents ask themselves if there’s any evidence that they bought fast food for their children, or that they were eating non-dairy ice-cream, or even if their kids were blissfully distracted by a tablet computer. CONTENTS PAGE


Dedicated to educating parents. The worst thing anyone wants to be seen as, is a bad parent, and Suhaili is fully qualified to make that assessment. At the same time, it is heartening to know that such an expert is part of the PLF Family, as she becomes the rallying point for young parents to learn how to do it right. She is passionate about child education, and her chain of kindergartens allows her to apply and share what she’s learned with educators and parents alike. The Learning Circle got some time with her to pick her thoughts on how she’s done and where she wants to go. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

TLC: Please tell us how you came into this line? Suhaili: Since 2000, I started to run my own kindergarten. After several years, the business grew and I have seven branches. I also attended many courses related to business and early childhood education. I started to do in house training for all of my teachers & staffs. Then, some of my friends invited me to train their teachers which then led to me being offered to be a UMCCED (University of Malaya Centre for Continuing Education) trainer. That’s how I started. TLC: Tell us about what you share in your courses? Suhaili: I play 3 roles: firstly, as a Preschool teachers’ trainer, I share topics related to early childhood development and important preschool activities that should be carried out according to the milestones of a child’s growth. Secondly, as a Parenting coach, I share how to handle children’s behaviour (especially 0-8 years old) and make parents understand the practice that’s appropriate to their child’s development.

BIODATA Full name: Hometown: Now living in: Married to: Children: Company:

Suhaili Binti Ikhsan Kota Bharu, Kelantan Bangi, Selangor Ramlan Bin Badawi ‘Adawiyyah, 7 Sumaiyah, 4 Little Ibnu Sina Consultancy

Thirdly, I’m a kindergarten consultant. I consult for new kindergarten operators on how to set up their new business, give them resources on suppliers, books etc. I also advise kindergarten operators on how to increase their business revenue. TLC: Who are your inspirations and why? Suhaili: Firstly, Oprah. I love to see how CONTENTS PAGE


Oprah conducts her talk show and I wish I will have my own talk show one day. Secondly, Puan Ainon Mohd, chairman of PTS. I am always amazed by how has she built her publishing empire. She is a millionaire but she doesn’t live like a real millionaire. She is a real business mentor and I’m always eager to learn from her. TLC: How do you spend your days off? Suhaili: In 3 ways. I do a lot of activities with my children such as playing with gooey mixtures, building something from boxes and so on. Aside from that, I love to go on dates with my husband (without the kids, watch movies and have romantic dinners. I also love to spend time alone; go to the spa or lepak with my friends. TLC: What makes you happy, sad, angry and scared? Suhaili: Happy: When children are happy. Sad: When I see unfortunate children, especially Palestinian children. Angry: When I know any child being scolded in public or THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

/murdered/ raped/ or suffers because of an adult. Scared: When I saw a child on a motorcycle without wearing helmet!

“… I am always amazed by how has she built her publishing empire. She is a millionaire but she doesn’t live like a real millionaire. She is a real business mentor and I’m always eager to learn from her.” – speaking on her inspiration, Ainon Mohd. TLC: How do you motivate yourself? Suhaili: Read the Quran and speak to myself, aloud, what I can and should do in front of the mirror.

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TLC: What is the definition of a good PLF? Suhaili: A PLF should have a positive mind, have leadership qualities and be focused on a particular topic or field.

“I will have my own TV talk show about children and guiding young parents to understand and to encourage the abilities of children.” – Suhaili on where she will be in 10 years.

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TLC: What’s the one thing you would change about yourself? Suhaili: I really want to become more patient. I’m so inspired by how Rasulullah SAW kept calm when he people threw filth on him while prostrating in his salat near the Kaabah. Evil people often littered his path with thorns, threw stones until his legs bled and so on. Such were his challenges. Where are we if compared to his sufferings? But he never complained. He never sought any excuse to stop striving. TLC: Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? Suhaili: I will have my own TV talk show about children and guiding young parents to understand and to encourage the abilities of children.

TLC: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three books would you want to have with you? Suhaili: Tafseer Al Quran, The Sealed Nectar, Ihya ‘Ulumuddin (Imam Ghazali) – I really love to read everything he wrote about child education in this book. CONTENTS PAGE


Nisa’ Attitudes By NURA MUNA ABDUL HALIM muna.halim@yahoo.com

Menjadi hamba kesayangan Allah? Menjadi insan paling bahagia? Menjadi insan kesayangan ramai? Aku katakan, berakhlaklah dengan sifat ‘Ibadurrahman. Dua belas sifat ‘Ibadurrahman disebutkan Allah dalam al-Quran, surah al-Furqan ayat 63-74. Pertama kali aku pelajarinya daripada seorang teman baikku yang berkongsi ilmu indah ini dalam lingkungan usrah kami empat tahun yang lalu. Raihana namanya. Empat tahun yang lalu, Raihana masih bujang, baru sahaja mendaftarkan dirinya sebagai calon PhD dalam bidang astronomi Islam, 12 sifat ‘Ibadurrahman yang dikongsikannya dalam usrah juga dirujuk terus dan semata-mata dari buku karangan Dr Yusuf Al-Qaradhawi. Setelah empat tahun berlalu, Raihana bukan sahaja sudah berumah tangga, malah THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Nisa’ Attitudes Satu Pengenalan sudah punya seorang anak yang comel bernama Maryam dan suaminya, Dzulkhairi sudah menulis dua buah buku dalam tempoh itu. Perjalanan pengajian PhD Raihana juga sudah menuju ke penghujungnya. Insya Allah. Dalam empat tahun itu jugalah, dari perkongsian 12 Sifat ‘Ibadurrahman dalam lingkungan usrah itu, kami kembangkan ia

Seorang ‘abid tidak akan putus meminta.

menjadi satu modul untuk kami berkongsi ke seluruh negara dengan penggerak Nisa’ Malaysia dan kami namakan sebagai Nisa’ Attitudes. Kami susunkan perkara penting daripada tulisan Dr Yusuf kepada poin-poin menarik dalam slaid. Aku masih ingat lagi kami bergulingguling beramai-ramai di rumah bujang kami dulu (sebab tidak ada meja dan kerusi untuk sesi mengguruh minda maka kami gulingguling). Pada malam itu, selesai kami menamakan 12 sifat ‘Ibadurrahman kepada Nisa’ Attitudes dan setiap sifat itu, kami murnikan dengan perkataan yang menarik dan menyenangkan. Lucu sekali kerana kebanyakan perkataan itu adalah perkataan Bahasa Inggeris. Sehingga kami geram kerana tidak bertemu perkataan yang ‘menangkap’ daripada Bahasa Melayu. CONTENTS PAGE


Selain daripada perkataan Bahasa Inggeris, beberapa sifat kami namakan dengan perkataan Bahasa Arab. Jika perkataan dari Bahasa Inggeris dianggap menangkap, perkataan dari Bahasa Arab pula, dianggap tepat. Tepat, persis dan jitu. Maka beberapa perkataan dari Bahasa Arab digunakan kerana tiada perkataan lain yang dapat menerangkan sifat itu dengan tepat melainkan perkataan dari Bahasa Arab. Mempelajari 12 sifat ‘Ibadurrahman ini telah merubah dimensi kami dan saya tentang menjadi insan yang bahagia dan membahagiakan. ‘Ibadurrahman atau hamba kesayangan Allah bukanlah insan-insan yang sempurna. Tetapi hamba kesayangan Allah ialah mereka yang memahami hakikat dan realiti sebagai hamba Allah. Menyoroti beberapa tafsir yang ringkas, ada juga ulama’ yang mentafsirkan sifat ‘Ibadurrahman sebagai sifat para sahabat di zaman Rasulullah s.a.w., ada juga yang menyatakan ayat-ayat ini Allah nukilkan untuk menegur dan menyindir kaum musyrikin yang tidak mahu beriman.

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Bagi aku yang bukan ahli tafsir dan bukan ‘alim dalam bidang ini, hanya dengan membawa ayat-ayat indah ini dan terjemahannya, aku menyaksikan kebaikan Allah Yang Maha Baik. Allah yang memberitahu kepada aku bagaimana harus aku berakhlak supaya menjadi hamba yang istimewa di sisiNya. Allah beritahu aku, bagaimana harus aku berakhlak dengan orang di sekeliling aku. Allah ajarkan aku, bagaimana patut aku minta dan berdoa kepadaNya.

Allah memujuk aku yang selalu khilaf dan lalai, bagaimana aku boleh bangkit dan bermotivasi semula! Aku memang bukan ahli al-Quran. Maka selalu aku mohon dari Allah semoga aku diringankan lidah buat selalu suka membawa al-Quran. Aku mohon dari Allah moga aku disukakan hatiku kepada mengaji tentang alQuran. Kerana aku tahu, Allah berbicara denganku menerusi ayat-ayatnya dalam alQuran. Keluaran hadapan: Tawaddhu’ itu bukan merendah diri!

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Wrestling With English By COACHSHA & COACHRIDZ mypositivenglish@gmail.com

A few months back, while shopping for a birthday cake for our daughter in Taiping, we met a Bahasa Melayu (BM) ‘survivor.’ The guy at the counter was Nepalese. When asked about the variety of cakes at the bakery, he explained in Bahasa Melayu, the Nepalese version. Word by word, he talked about the cake. Did we understand? We got the message. Did he make grammatical errors? Definitely. Did he get his job done? Well, we bought the cake. The question is: What makes him speak the language, good enough to convey the message across? Did he speak BM out of his love for our language? Did this foreigner have a strong love and interest to be fluent in our mother tongue? Has he always dreamed of working in a bakery in Taiping? THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Survivor English He has no choice. To stay employed, he must know BM. He has to be desperate to survive. Simply put, he chose to activate his BM ‘survivor’ mode. Similarly, to bring our command of English to a higher level, we want to first, activate our own English ‘survivor’ mode. In this issue, let’s take a look at Language Proficiency Levels. This helps us to know where we are now and where we aspire to be. Level 1: Novice (Beginning) Here, we have extremely limited vocabulary and grammar. Our skill is limited to ordering food, finding a place to stay, buying necessities, and usually with difficulty. We don’t want to be at this level, do we?

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Level 2: Survivor (Intermediate) A step higher than the novice, a survivor has the basic vocabulary to survive. This means that we can ask for the time, talk about the weather, family and jobs. Our grammar is more or less correct. We know the present, past and future tenses, though at times we do get ‘tense’ using them. A survivor still needs a dictionary but the command of English is good enough to survive a new environment – office, college, country. We want to be at least here, don’t we?

Level 4: Debater (Fluent) At this level, we can have a long conversation. We are happy to use complicated grammar structure with little or no difficulty. The plus point is we can speak with good accents too. For sure, this is our dream stage, yes?

Level 5: Native (Mother Tongue) According to some language experts, anyone who has spoken a language since the age of five is considered a native speaker of that language. It’s not impossible to reach this level of fluency. Continuous practice helps, and we want to begin at the Survivor Level, at least. To go higher, see you in the next issue – Ready to Wrestle!

Level 3: Conversationalist (Advanced) You’d like this stage! Here, we can converse about ideas, exchange opinions, enjoy TV and radio talk shows with slight to moderate difficulty. Grammar-wise, we’re fine with simple rules and find a bit of a challenge with complex ones. The best thing is, we can get the conversation rolling!

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Mohd Nadzrin Wahab

Redefining Silat By NURA MUNA ABDUL HALIM

A proud father. That is my strongest impression of Nadzrin. The very first time I took notice of Nadzrin was during the second day of our PLF program in November 2011. He showed us a video of his daughter, Alisha, playing her badminton racket like a guitar. This impromptu concert was the result of him trying out an encouragement technique Rizal had taught us on the first day. Although I don’t remember the technique, but I clearly recall the proud smile on his face as he shared his daughter’s achievement! I am always mesmerised by kung fu films; at how they apply kung fu as life principles. They make kung fu as their way of life, so to say. Nadzrin demonstrates how silat can be applied as good as that. And it's real! THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Through him, I learned that silat goes far beyond being simply a cultural curiousity and way deeper than being merely a martial art. It can potentially enrich the soul as long as we want to delve sincerely into its principles. His other talent is writing, although he doesn’t call himself a writer. He prefers to introduce himself as a WordSmith, and an apt title it is. He utilises his talent in choosing superb words to deliver meanings to simplify the silat principles into life lessons. When Nadzrin puts his idea to words, they just fall into place and I have to admit, there were several times I Wished I could write them all down. Let’s take a closer look at this PLF pendekar. CONTENTS PAGE


TLC: Please tell us how you came into this line? Nadzrin: I started becoming interested in teaching in university when I was crazy about silat. When I completed my basic training in Silat Cekak Hanafi, I was offered the position of Assistant Instructor (Probationary). The exposure I got as an assistant, and later, full instructor, challenged me. Imagine standing there in the middle of the night on a wet field, with a hundred pairs of eyes watching your every move, as you teach techniques. BIODATA Full name: Mohd Nadzrin Wahab Hometown: Petaling Jaya Now living in: Rawang Married to: Asaliza Mohd Nasir Children: Nur Alisha, 4, Muhammad Afifuddin 3, Nur Sufiyyah, 3 months Company: Accenture Solutions Sdn Bhd EnSync Learning Sdn Bhd Current role: Learning Coach THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Conducting teambuilding for Petronas. The uniqueness of that silat was that you had to teach it physically to everyone in the class. By the end of the night, you were exhausted. Worse still, you had to be fully on your game, in case there were some smart alecks who would pukul curi to test your skill in front of the class. Now those were worst case scenarios. It was public speaking from hell. But, that gave me the confidence to face a crowd and share. I’ve been in love with the stage ever since.

When I started working as a journalist, a lot of those communication skills I learned in silat helped me to adapt, interact with and manage people, irrespective of their backgrounds. Later, I got the opportunity to work as a wellness instructor specialising in stress management and fitness which gave me a nice introduction to corporate training. After that, my twin backgrounds as a journalist and trainer allowed me to work as a knowledge management instructor. I taught corporations how to write standard CONTENTS PAGE


operating procedures, policies, proposals, emails and even their marketing materials. Now, I’m a Learning Coach working out of the Asia-Pacific regional learning centre for Accenture, one of the world’s largest consulting firms. Thus far, it’s the job I enjoy the most, as I get challenged every day by the executives that come for courses. It’s also allowed me to travel to our other offices around the world and experience facilitating to international audiences. TLC: Tell us about what you share in your courses? Nadzrin: The methodology I founded is called EnSync, and for the longest time, it was nameless because it was a collection of things I learned in silat and professional communication. It took Rizal Hassan to suggest that maybe I was keeping these two apart, when the fact is, I could find the link between them and develop them into one whole. Interestingly, when I shared what I had learned in my professional certifications with my silat teachers, they gave me greater insights into the fact that all of it had countTHE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

erparts and analogies in traditional Melayu thought. By way of analogies, I saw the link between physical strategies used in silat and verbal interaction strategies, and a whole system became clear to me. I now explain most things, especially when it deals with human communication and thought using the traditional Grecian four element model: Tanah, Api, Air, Angin. It’s applications are numerous, from personality typing to emotion management, to conflict resolution, to leadership modes and so much more. As I continue my studies with my teachers and research its applications, I find more and more value in the treasury of Silat

Melayu knowledge. TLC: Who are your inspirations and why? Nadzrin: My inspirations are my teachers, especially those who acted as surrogate fathers for me after my father passed away. There are too many to list here, but chief among them are Sheikh Afeef uddeen AlGaylani, Habib Hasan al-Attas, Ustaz Saiful Muhammad, Prof Dr Azlan Ghanie and Mohd Zainudin Ismail. They taught me what it means to be responsible, and I’m still doing my best to meet that bar. Other than them, are my friends and fellow PLFs, who constantly challenge me with their successes.

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TLC: How do you spend your days off? Nadzrin: My wife would argue I have no such thing as a day off. Both my mother and wife call me a workaholic. I can’t not do anything. Truthfully, though, I’m pretty much a homebody and am not too fond of travelling. I’d rather stay home and spend time with my family, read a good book, or watch movies . TLC: What makes you happy, sad, angry and scared? Nadzrin: Happy? I love discovering new things. Every time I find something that surprises me, I feel good, and I like that. Sad? Well, sad is usually when I don’t do as well as I thought I would, or promised and basically disappoint myself. And dead animals. I can’t stand to see dead animals. Angry? Not much gets me angry actually. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I was angry at anyone or anything. Scared? I hate confrontation, which is why I’d naturally either prevent them from happening or manage them immediately. TLC: How do you motivate yourself? Nadzrin: I would read. My conception is, if THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

I’m not motivated, it’s because one of my beliefs has changed to a negative one. So, in order to change it back, I need new information to counter that. Easiest way to get new information, is to read. TLC: What is the definition of a good PLF? Nadzrin: I believe a PLF is someone who enjoys learning and enjoys sharing that learning with other people. TLC: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three books would you want to have with you? Nadzrin: An English translation of the Qur’an (because my Arabic is lousy), Sirrul Asrar (because it’d take years to understand anyway) and the thickest omnibus of SpiderMan comics that has ever existed.

dak) selama kedua-duanya belum berpisah. Jika keduanya berlaku jujur dan berterus terang menjelaskan (keadaan barang yang dijual belikan), maka mereka diberi berkat dengan jual beli mereka; tetapi jika mereka berdusta dan menyembunyikan (kecacatan masing-masing), hilanglah berkat jual beli mereka.” Semoga anda bermotivasi untuk memulakan perniagaan anda sendiri. Pilihan di tangan ANDA! Keluaran hadapan: Jenis-Jenis Perniagaan.

His kids can never take a normal photo. TLC: What’s the one thing you would change about yourself? Nadzrin: My fitness level. My target this year is to get back to being the energetic, agile and skinny Nadzrin my wife used to know. That would lead to better health. With that, there’s so many more things I can do.

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Law of Universal Attraction By ZUHAIRI MOHD NOPIAH attract.malaysia@gmail.com

“Aku heran betullah dengan si Hafiz tu. Semua yang dia buat menjadi! “Bisnes maju, rumah besar, keretanya hebat, keluarganya bahagia. “Baru-baru ni siap dapat anugerah Pekerja Cemerlang lagi! Camana dia boleh dapat semua tu ya?” Pernahkah Tuan Puan mendengar dialog begini, atau melihat sendiri situasi yang sama berlaku kepada orang sekeliling kita? Tahukah Tuan Puan rahsia kenapa orang kaya semakin kaya, dan yang berhutang semakin banyak hutangnya? Kejayaan adalah impian setiap insan. Malah, setiap manusia mengimpikan lebih daripada kejayaan material, iaitu kebahagiaan jiwa dalam hidupnya. Dan, memahami ilmu “Hukum Tarikan Alami” atau Law of Universal Attraction (LUA) dapat membantu kita mencapai impian ini, insyaAllah. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

LUA: Seni Menarik Kejayaan & Kebahagiaan Apa Itu “Law of Universal Attraction” (LUA)? Pernahkah Tuan Puan sukakan sesuatu jenis kenderaan, dan tidak lama selepas itu banyak pula kereta daripada model yang sama ‘melintas’ di hadapan Tuan Puan? Pernahkah pula kita tidak suka dengan seseorang, dan selepas itu kita sering terserempak dengannya?. Inilah adalah antara bukti-bukti wujudnya tarikan di sekeliling kita. Setiap benda mempunyai gelombang, dan gelombang ini bersifat ‘menarik’. Ia akan menarik sesuatu yang mempunyai frekuensi (getaran) yang sama dengannya. Law of Universal Attraction (LUA) atau Hukum Tarikan Universal adalah satu hukum Tuhan yang menjelaskan bahawa “sesuatu yang mempunyai gelombang yang sama akan tertarik antara satu sama lain, menuju kepada satu tarikan yang universal”.

Gelombang positif menarik yang positif. Minda kita juga sentiasa membebaskan gelombang. Gelombang yang sama akan menarik sesuatu yang mempunyai gelombang yang sama. Semakin tinggi fokus yang minda berikan, semakin kuat tarikan yang berlaku. Perasaan gembira dan perasaan benci menghasilkan gelombang yang berbeza. Minda positif akan menarik sesuatu yang positif datang kepada kita. Begitu juga dengan minda negatif. Ia akan menarik banyak perkara negatif dalam kehidupan. CONTENTS PAGE


Menurut Wallace D. Wattles dalam bukunya The Science of Getting Rich, hanya satu gelombang sahaja boleh berada dalam minda kita dalam satu-satu masa. Gelombang yang lebih dominan akan menguasai minda kita sama ada gelombang tersebut gelombang negatif atau gelombang positif. Apabila dikaji, hukum tarikan gelombang ini menepati hukum Allah seperti yang dinyatakan oleh hadis Qudsi berikut: “Aku bertindak sebagaimana sangkaan HambaKu. Dan Aku akan selalu bersama hamba-Ku jika dia mengingati-Ku. Kalau dia mengingati-Ku dalam dirinya, Aku mengingatinya dalam diriku. Apabila dia mengingatiku di khalayak ramai, Aku mengingatinya di tengah khalayak yang lebih ramai lagi (para malaikat dan seluruh makhluk). Apabila dia mendekati-Ku sejengkal, Aku akan mendekatinya (lebih dekat lagi) sehasta. Apabila dia mendekatiKu sehasta, Aku mendekatinya sedepa. Apabila dia mendekati-Ku dengan berjalan, Aku mendekatinya dengan berlari.” (Riwayat al-Bukhari dan Muslim) Perkara ini bertepatan sekali dengan prinsip Hukum Tarikan Universal. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Perkara yang baik akan menarik perkara yang baik-baik. Begitu juga sebaliknya. Inilah antara sebab utama agama sering menekankan sikap bersangka baik (husnuzzon) dalam kehidupan seharian. Oleh itu, antara sebab kenapa seseorang itu begitu berjaya dalam hidupnya adalah kerana ia berjaya menguruskan minda dan hatinya dengan baik. Ini kerana pemikiran yang baik akan menarik lebih banyak kebaikan dan kejayaan dalam diri seseorang.

Setelah memahami LUA, insyaAllah kita akan lebih terdorong untuk berfikir dan bersikap positif dalam pekerjaan dan kehidupan masing-masing. Apabila ia menjadi tabiat, ia akan membantu kita mencapai kejayaan dan kebahagiaan yang diidam-idamkan. Berjumpa lagi di bulan hadapan. Selamat menjadi Magnet Kejayaan dan Kebahagiaan! “Kejayaan menghasilkan kejayaan, seperti wang menghasilkan wang” (Aril Panjaitan). Keluaran hadapan: LUA: Magnet Kejayaan Diri & Organisasi.

Magnet kejayaan Diri & Organisasi Tahukah Tuan Puan bahawa 1% daripada manusia meraih 96% daripada kekayaan dunia? Kenapa manusia yang kaya semakin kaya, dan yang gagal semakin kecewa? Ini semua terjawab apabila kita memahami ilmu Law of Universal Attraction (LUA). • • •

Tingkatkan kekuatan intelektual, emosi dan spiritual anda dengan memahami bahawa “kita adalah apa yang kita fikirkan”. Tanamkan paradigma Menang-Menang (Win-Win) dalam organisasi. Tingkatkan sikap keterbukaan dan persefahaman dengan penerapan budaya bersangka baik dan berkasih sayang.

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Tingkah Laku Positif Kanak-Kanak By SUHAILI IKHSAN suhailiikhsan@yahoo.com

Kemahiran keibubapaan zaman milenium adalah penting untuk dikongsi dan dipelajari. Masa berubah, zaman juga berubah. Sudah semestinya teknik dan pendekatan keibubapaan juga berubah. Tugas mendidik pada masa dahulu tidaklah sesukar hari ini, di mana kanakkanak zaman ini terdedah dengan pelbagai maklumat, pelbagai teknologi, tekanan serta kepantasan masa yang berlalu. Ditambah pula dengan ibubapa yang sentiasa sibuk dengan karier masing-masing. Sepanjang 12 tahun saya membuka tadika dan taska, saya banyak memerhati perkembangan dan pembelajaran kanakkanak 0-6 tahun. Saya dapati saban tahun terjadi peningkatan gangguan di dalam pembelajaran, perkembangan serta tingkah laku di kalangan kanak-kanak sebagaimana berikut: THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Kenali sebelum mendorong i. Disleksia: gangguan dalam pembelajaran untuk kemahiran membaca, menulis, mengeja dan kemahiran mengira.

“Kita perlu tahu sifat semulajadi kanak-kanak supaya nanti teknik yang akan digunapakai memberi kesan maksima keatas kanak-kanak tersebut.� ii. Autism: sejenis kecacatan neurologi yang mengakibatkan kanak-kanak sukar bersosial, komunikasi emosi dan masalah integrasi deria.

iii. Attention Deficit Disorder atau ADD: perilaku memberontak luarbiasa dan gagal mengurus emosi sendiri. iv. Kadar fokus semakin pendek; ada yang dapat fokus hanya dalam 30 saat sahaja. v. Terlampau aktif sehingga mengakibatkan masalah tingkah laku yang tidak dapat dikawal. vi. Kurang kemahiran sosial. vii. Kurang makan sayur. viii. Gangguan emosi; cepat marah dan menangis. CONTENTS PAGE


Peningkatan punca ini berkait rapat dengan pelbagai faktor seperti berikut: 1. Kurang perhatian daripada orang dewasa. 2. Pemakanan yang banyak bahan pengawet, perasa tambahan dan segala macam bahan kimia yang lain. 3. Menonton TV tanpa had kawalan. 4. Permainan video serta kurang terdedah kepada pelbagai aktiviti menyeronokkan (seperti zaman kanak-kanak kita dahulu; melastik, terjun sungai, bermain pondok, main congkak, panjat pokok dan pelbagai

keseronokan lagi, masih ingat lagi?) Orang dewasa perlu peka dengan ciri-ciri umum kanak-kanak mengikut umur sebelum mendorong tingkah laku yang positif di kalangan mereka. Kita perlu tahu sifat semulajadi kanakkanak supaya nanti teknik yang bakal digunapakai memberi kesan maksimum ke atas kanak-kanak tersebut. Sering terjadi, ibubapa menggunakan teknik yang tidak sesuai pada umur kanakkanak yang tertentu. Contohnya, apabila dua

kanak-kanak berumur 3 tahun bergaduh dan merebut satu barang permainan, seringkali kita menyuruh mereka berkongsi. Sedangkan pada usia itu mereka masih belum boleh berkongsi. Adalah bagus untuk mendorong kanakkanak supaya berkongsi, tetapi bukan pada usia terebut. Boleh diajar berkongsi apabila kemahiran sosial mereka semakin berkembang, biasanya pada usia 4 tahun ke atas. Keluaran hadapan: Ciri Kanak-Kanak Bawah 6 Tahun

Kanak-kanak bukanlah ‘dewasa kecil’. Pelajarilah bahasa mereka dan anda akan menjadi ibubapa cemerlang. Hubungi Suhaili Ikhsan di 019-345 1399 dan ketahui bagaimana mengenali dan mendorong cahaya hidup anda! THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

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Coach Sha & Coach Ridz

By MOHD NADZRIN WAHAB

Building bungalows with English When you approach the Coaching Zone from the outside, there is no indication to announce the presence of any type of educational center, not even your traditional signage. Housed in a typical shophouse block, you’d hesitate to rush up the stairs as you see the prominent sign for a dentist’s clinic over the entrance. But as you look further up the stairs, you notice the words Fasih Berbahasa Inggeris on a bunting, and homely looking shoeracks beckoning you to walk in. The moment you’re in the door, you stop, because you wonder if this is the right place. “Did I just walk into someone’s home?” You see a half-carpeted, half-woodboarded floor, a dining table and very comfortable sofas, unlike anything you’d see in a tuition center or an office. Then, you’d notice the faint waft of dhikr coming from the speakers even as the air greets you with the cool fragrance of attar. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

As you stand there in awe, you hear a “Hi!” chirp from the corner, and you’re now face to face with the only two FBI agents in Malaysia, Coach Sha and Coach Ridz. Sha, the more bubbly one, loves gratuitous puns and feels like the perfect foil her husband, the more cunning, blackhumoured Ridz. They welcome you into the Coaching Zone and yes, this is their home, when they are home. This couple just oozes wanderlust and spend most of their time on the road, sharing advanced techniques in learning English with Malaysian corporate executives and schoolchildren. It’s so much a way of life That their children are growing up on the road, experiencing the CONTENTS PAGE


BIODATA

Full names:

Rasheedah Zakariya Mohd Ridzuan Abdul Ghani

Hometown:

Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor Taiping, Perak

Currently living in: Taiping, Seri Kembangan and BB Bangi. We are Roadschoolers. But for musafir purposes, according to Ustaz, the mastautin place is the one which we normally write our address on. So it's the Coaching Zone but we rarely stay there. We do not own any property. InshaAllah, our bungalow is being built in Jannah. La haula wa la quwwata illa billahil 'aliyyil a'zim. Married to:

Each other.

Children’s :

Muhammad 12, Musa 11, Maryam 9, Sarah 5 (Ibroheem and/or Khadeejahstand by mode, InshaAllah)

Company:

Coaching Zone Sdn Bhd, 2008 Guardeen Global, 2013

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The coaches want to spend their life emulating their Prophet s.a.w. uniqueness of road-schooling, homeschooling on the move.

that

is,

TLC: Please tell us how you came into this line? CS & CR: We were both working in KL, CR as an IT journalist for NSTP and CS teaching Sociology at IIUMC, before we decided to hijrah to Taiping to stay with CR's parents. CR took over his family catering business and CS became a housewife.

The villagers 'forced' us to teach their children English, hence we started our tuition class at home and after 1 year we opened our own English Centre in Taiping. We called it Pusat Latihan Janaminda. Then came the change in our education system where Science and Math were to be taught and learnt in English. We saw the opportunity there, so we started offering classes for Science and Math teachers. To help market our Centre, we invited Dr CONTENTS PAGE


Shukri Abdullah to conduct a seminar in Taiping. That was the first time we experienced a real 'training' session. We enjoyed the session so much that we wanted to learn more. Dr Shukri allowed us to follow his sessions at schools where he gave us the opportunity to share our experiences as 'successful students'. From there he noticed our talent and made us part of his Bijak Belajar team in 2002. We travelled to schools nationwide delivering Bijak Belajar module and during those sessions, as English Coaches, we shared tips on how to be good at English.

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Teachers loved them, especially English teachers. They suggested that we create a module specifically on English. So we created English Sure Boleh (even before Sure Heboh came out). That was in 2003. We shared non-exam oriented tips on how to catch English naturally. TLC: Tell us about what you share in your courses? CS & CR: We share simple and specific tips on how to be good at English. How anyone can catch the language naturally wherever and whoever they are. We see that the challenge is NOT about the language. It is NEVER about the language. It is about the people learning the language. It is about the ATTITUDE towards the language. Our approach is to make our audience aware that once they change their attitude towards the language. They can enjoy the language. And we really make them enjoy by games and activities that will make them see that English is not the challenge. The word is SELAMBA.

We encourage them to activate their SURVIVAL mode. We challenge them by showing how a Nepalese, Bangladeshi or Vietnamese can speak comfortable BM after 2 years in Malaysia and many Malaysian university graduates can't even construct a decent sentence in English after 'learning' English for 17 years. 17 looooooong years!!!! We coined the phrase Wrestling With English WWE and made the word WRESTLE and the strategy to catch English. Write, Read, Speak, Talk and Listen. Do all these the FUN way and English will be yours without you knowing it. You will even end up dreaming in English. TLC: Who are your inspirations and why? CS & CR: Dr Shukri Abdullah inspired us in the beginning. CR got inspired by Anthony Robbins. CS loves Oprah. Now we both love Ustaz Nouman Ali Khan, Sheikh Khalid Yaseen, Yusuf Estes, Dr Zakir Naik, Tuan Guru Haji Hadi Awang, YB Mahfuz Omar. All with their own strengths. TLC: How do you spend your days off? CS & CR: CR loves movies/TV series. CS loves CONTENTS PAGE


books. Currently we both enjoy Umar Series and The Holy Quran (translation). Other times we enjoy Familying with our children whom we homeschool/roadschool. We do everything together as a family. Starting 2013, the two boys, Muhammad and Musa have graduated from Homeschool and the are now pursuing their masters in Quran. They are studying in a Turkish Tahfiz School here in Malaysia. Maryam and Sarah are now roadschooling with us. We will either be in Taiping, Seri Kembangan or Bangi or other places in Malaysia for our seminars. Our favourite hangout place is Masjid Kota Damansara , Surau An Nur, Bandar Baru Bangi or Maahad Tahfiz Sulaimaniyyah.

thinking about Masjidil Haram gave us strengths. TLC: What is the definition of a good PLF? CS & CR: PLF Putting Learners First. TLC: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three books would you want to have with you? CS &CR: The Quran with BM Translation. , Cara Mudah Memahami Al-Quran and a blank journal with a kilometrico (menulis berjuta perkataan)

TLC: What’s the one thing you would change about yourself? CS & CR: Physically? Perhaps a Liposuction. LOL! No way! Chin up double chinners! Nothing. We’re grateful to Allah for every single millimetre on our temporary 'vehicle'. All God-given perfection with a good reason. TLC: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? CS & CR: Travelling worldwide sharing Islam with the Roadschoolers. We plan to settle down in Madinah Al Munawwarah and die there InshaAllah. We want to be close to God's Messenger s.a.w.

TLC: What makes you happy, sad, angry and scared? CS & CR: We are always happy, InshaAllah. When we are sad, we play SAD, MAD, GLAD! TLC: How do you motivate yourself? CS &CR: Listening to a kuliah at our favourite hangout places always make us feel good and planning for our ‘umrah trip as a family, THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

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Kehebatan BerFamily By MARIA FAHMI familyfirecoach@gmail.com

Saya dan suami telah diamanahkan bagi mendidik dan membesarkan tujuh orang umat Nabi Muhammad, khalifah Allah di muka bumi ini. Pastinya, kami tidak jemu mempelajari ilmu keibubapaan atau parenting melalui seminar, kursus serta pembacaan. Tidak kurang juga praktis “trial-and-error� yang tekniknya entah datang dari mana, secara spontan kami aplikasikan dalam mendidik anak-anak. Ada masanya berkesan; ada masanya pula terbabas. Hinggakan pada satu tahap, kami renungi kembali perjalanan hidup kami sekeluarga dan perjalanan hidup sesebuah keluarga secara umum. Keluarga bahagia dan berjaya adalah impian semua pasangan. Namun, kebanyakan kita membiarkan impian itu berjalan secara auto-pilot, tanpa dipandu. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Setiap hari, kita sibuk dengan urusan kerja atau rutin keluarga sehingga kita mungkin terlupa untuk berhenti sejenak dan bertanya, “Sejauh manakah impian keluarga kami telah tercapai?� Adakah dengan anak-anak membawa pulang keputusan peperiksaan yang membanggakan dan berjaya ke menara gading, atau suami isteri naik pangkat di pejabat, atau setiap hujung minggu makan luar sekeluarga, atau setiap cuti sekolah pergi melancong, maka kita menganggap keluarga kita sudah bahagia dan berjaya? Kami merumuskan bahawa tidak cukup jika ibu bapa mempelajari ilmu parenting, dan anak-anak pula dihantar ke pelbagai kem atau kelas pembangunan jatidiri. Cabaran utama adalah bagaimana pelbagai pengalaman dan ilmu ibubapa serta anak-anak sebagai individu, disepadukan hingga wujudnya sinergi bagi menambahbaik perjalanan harian sebuah institusi keluarga.

Perjalanan harian itu pula kami sedari perlu berpandu halatuju yang jelas dan dikongsi oleh semua ahli keluarga. Institusi keluarga adalah seperti syarikat. Setiap syarikat ada ahlinya, ada pemimpinnya, ada operasi hariannya, ada amalan korporatnya dan ada hala tujunya.

Hala tuju sebuah syarikat biasanya tercatat sebagai Visi dan Misi, dan disokong pula oleh Nilai Korporat. Juga menjadi amalan, pengurusan syarikat membuat bengkel tahunan bagi mengupas lanjut visi dan misi menjadi objektif strategik disertai sasaran kerja tahunan. CONTENTS PAGE


Dari hasil perbincangan yang mantap, maka lahirlah dokumen Pelan Strategik syarikat untuk jangkamasa tertentu. Untuk apa syarikat bertungkus-lumus menghasilkan pelan strategik tersebut? Semuanya bermula dengan niat menyatukan warga syarikat agar bekerja ke arah satu tujuan. Untuk apa diterap amalan-amalan terbaik seperti Total Quality Management yang dapat membentuk operasi syarikat yang cemerlang dan bertaraf dunia, jika bukan untuk membawa syarikat itu ke arah mencapai impian seperti yang tercatat pada visi dan misi? Jadi, berbalik kepada institusi keluarga, kami percaya sebuah institusi keluarga yang dipimpin baik oleh pengasasnya akan mampu lebih berjaya. Namun kejayaan ini hanya mungkin jika ada satu sistem yang diwujudkan dengan lebih jelas, tersusun dan yang paling penting, diamalkan bersama di dalam kehidupan harian. Sistem ini kami istilahkan Familying. Familying mempunyai teknik-teknik yang berfokus kepada praktis sesebuah keluarga THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

menuju destinasi impian keluarga dan membentuk keluarga yang cemerlang. Sistem ini menyentuh banyak aspek kebersamaan atau kata keramatnya, “Shifting From Me to We�.

Kebersamaan adalah kunci utama konsep Familying. Familying yang ingin kami kupas ini berasaskan kaedah yang terbukti berjaya mencemer-langkan banyak organisasi dalam dan luar negara. Saya dan suami telah mengadaptasikannya ke dalam keluarga kami melalui mekanismayang lebih mudah, sistematik dan praktikal. Kami sangat teruja untuk berkongsi pengalaman ini dalam edisi seterusnya. Keluaran hadapan: Falsafah Familying CONTENTS PAGE


SMART Action Tools By AZMI ABU BAKAR azmiabakar@gmail.com

Developing an effective employee training program is vital to the long-term success of any business. Corporate Training programs provide multiple benefits for employees and the company, but only if they are carefully planned and properly implemented. Clear understanding of policies, job functions, goals and company philosophy lead to increased motivation, morale and productivity for employees, and higher profits for the business. Training is a means to a specific end, so keeping goals in mind during the development and implementation stages of your training program will assist in creating a clearly defined and effective program. Training is one of the most profitable investments an organization can make. No matter what business or industry you are in the steps for an effective training process are the same and may be adapted anywhere. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Understanding the Corporate Training Process Most corporate training and development processes are based on the following five basic training steps. You will find that all five of these steps are mutually necessary for any training program to be effective and efficient.

The 5-Step Corporate Training Process.

Step 1: Establishing a Needs Analysis This step identifies activities to justify an investment for training. The techniques necessary for the data collection are surveys, observations, interviews, and customer comment cards. Several examples of an analysis outlining specific training needs are customer dissatisfaction, low morale, low productivity, high turnover and performance gaps. By determining training needs, an organization can decide what specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes are needed to improve the employee’s performance in accordance with the company’s standards. Step 2: Developing a Training Plan, Budget and Annual Training Calendar This step Summarises and prioritises the Organization’s needs into their Training Calendar. With this, it’s easier for them to determine the training budget annually for the whole organisation. CONTENTS PAGE


Step 3: Sourcing the Training Resources At this step, most of the training coordinators or corporate organisations shall begin determining either to conduct inhouse training or sending their staff for public programs depending on the number of participants that were indicated in the Training Needs Analysis. The allocation of Training budget as well as the critical needs are also taken into consideration in making such decisions. Step 4: Deliver The Training Program At this step, training shall be delivered accordingly either through an in-house or public program. Most training coordinators shall focus on the training objectives and liaise with the respective training providers, trainer or Professional Learning Facilitator to customise the delivery and training methodology according to the Training needs. Step 5: Evaluate the Training Program This step will determine how effective and profitable your training program has been. There are many methods for evaluation

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such as pre and post-surveys of customer comments cards, the establishment of a cost/benefit analysis outlining your expenses and returns, and an increase in customer satisfaction and profits. The objective of the training evaluation is to measure the program and the training administrative arrangement, the trainer or facilitator performance and the most important part; training effectiveness to the participant as well as to the organization. The objective of the training evaluation is to measure the program and the training administrative arrangement, the trainer or facilitator performance and the most important part; training effectiveness to the participant as well as to the organization. There are several obvious benefits for evaluating a training program. First, evaluations will provide fesedback on the trainer’s performance, allowing them to improve themselves for future programs. Second, evaluations will indicate its costeffectiveness. Third, it’s an efficient way to determine overall effectiveness of the training program for employees as well as the organization.

The importance of the evaluation process after the training is critical. The training coordinator will use the information to communicate to higher management that most of the trainings conducted are really focused on the actual needs and the training budget has been utilised effectively. The objective of the training evaluation is to measure the program and the training administrative arrangement, the trainer or facilitator performance and the most important part; training effectiveness to the participant as well as to the organization. Next issue: What is Training Needs Analysis

Developing SMART Solutions in Making a Difference We bring 18 years of HR industry experience in consulting & training to your organisation. Call us now to know more! Tel : 606-7999293 Mobile : +6013-3350036 (AZMI) Email: info.smartknowledge@gmail.com Website: www.smartknowledge.ws

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All In The Family By THE LEARNING CIRCLE

As with all things, the PLF Family began with one dream. One man had experienced a transformation, and he wanted to share it with the World. As a martial arts trainer and later a Learning Facilitator for a large engineering firm, Mohd Rizal Hassan had a passion for learning and sharing knowledge. Like many other learning professionals, Rizal was interested in exploring new methods and strategies to improve his classroom engagement and learning delivery skills. However, it was not until he immersed himself in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) that he discovered how powerful and useful it was to his career. The strategies in NLP greatly enhanced his abilities as a learning facilitator and allowed him to be engaged by many companies within Malaysia, and later internationally. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Birth of a Family

The PLF Family shares a dream to spread the love of learning to all. This success was just the beginning to many more to come. And he wanted to share this with his peers. So, in the beginning, he put together a workshop called the Learning Facilitator’s Toolbox. After a few modifications, he saw the op-

portunity to create a 3-day workshop called The Professional Learning Facilitator (PLF) program. This workshop integrated classroom engagement skills, learning delivery skills, and business approaches that a brand new facilitator would need. Most importantly, it CONTENTS PAGE


was a program to guide presenters to be the PLF they had always wanted to be. The program would introduce and enable the participants in the Take Charge Learning Facilitation System. It was not a certificate program, but participants could achieve the level of Mastery by inviting Rizal to coach and audit them while they conducted their own programs. The very first corporate workshop was held at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) on the 29th of December 2010 and saw 25 participants attending. The first public workshop was organized on 14 Feb 2011, also at IIUM. Among those early graduates of the program were Zuhairi Mohd Nopiah (Founder of Law of Universal Attraction), Haji Azmi Abu Bakar (SMART Knowledge Consultant), Fauzul Naim Ishak (FINE Academy) and Sofiyah Satuyah Rasin (Oasis of Odyssey Solution). The program was well received and saw several iterations with new PLFs being produced. Yet, Rizal saw a camaraderie and cooperation missing from the mix.

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That opportunity came in June 2011 when he was approached by a government agency for a project. It entailed designing a multi-topic competency program and enabling the agency’s internal trainers. Rizal gathered together those PLFs he felt he could depend on to share the effort and income from the project. It would also serve as a good practice ground for those new PLFs

to perform. Unfortunately, the project never took off when the said agency changed their priorities. But, the idea was too good to be put aside. On 16 November 2011, a new batch of PLFs was born. Among this group were Heliza Helmi (Akademi Fantasia), Nura Muna Abdul Halim (Nisa’ Malaysia), Hakim Md Nor (Suria Horizon) and Mohd Nadzrin Wahab

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(EnSync Learning). This group’s eagerness to achieve Mastery in the Take Charge Learning Facilitation System drove them to come up with an event where they could have Rizal for a whole day to coach and audit them all at the same time. Thus, the PLF Showcase was born. The initial idea was mooted by Nadzrin but was developed, expanded upon and managed by Muna with the resources of her organisation, Nisa’ Malaysia. It eventually became a two-day, public program for free that would feature 10 PLFs on stage, sharing the best of their knowledge. Although the event was initially intended to run at the DBKL library, some logistical complications saw it being moved to the Shah Alam PPAS Raja Tun Uda library. No one could have foreseen how important that change was to the founding of the Family. On the 28th and 29th of January 2012, the very first PLF Showcase ran to a crowd of more than 100 people.

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PLF gatherings often hijack weddings. The PLFs got their opportunity to present, as a PLF, in front the public for the very first time. They got honest feedback to improve their performance. And also, for the very first time, the largest number of PLFs gathered in one place and discovered that there were more of them than they had realised. Buoyed by the energy of the event, Rizal made a very important announcement on the 2nd of February 2012. The most important part of his announcement was that the PLFs are now a Family.

The second part announced the creation of the PLF Lab concept, where any PLF can run a free 3-hour session to help upskill their fellow PLFs. The PLF Labs is a concept like no other; PLFs sincerely sharing among PLFs, organised at any time, any where, by any PLF. Thirdly, he declared that the showcase will be held quarterly throughout the year. All talks during the showcase will be video recorded and placed on a dedicated website to help promote the PLFs and their services to clients. This was the beginning of a self-sustaining ecosystem that would produce, develop and support PLFs throughout their careers. The PLF concept had at that point evolved from a mere program to a self sustaining support group which we affectionately refer to as the PLF Family. PLF Showcase 2.0, the second iteration, was held on the 28th and 29th of April 2012 at the same venue and was an even bigger success with many firsts. This time, 12 PLFs rocked the stage, witnessed by more than 150 people. It also

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Witnesses to the birth of SOIF. saw 5 PLFs attain Mastery, the first time ever in a PLF Showcase. This was also the first PLF Family event to get airtime on the TV Hijrah talkshow “Assalamualaikum”, hosted by Amin Idris, who is himself a PLF. Fauzul Naim Ishak and Maria Marzuki represented the Family during the ‘live’ interview. It was around this time that Rizal announced that the Family would be establishing a Foundation to assist PLFs who want to attain expensive learning certifications, but don’t have the funding to do so. THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

The PLF Family began to pick up speed following this and more new PLFs joined the fray. The biggest contributor to PLF interaction is the dedicated PLF Family Facebook Group. Every single day, PLFs report their successes, share their knowledge and give and receive support from each other. As a Family, the PLFs always looked forward to seeing each other, either by attending each others’ programs (often even helping out), organising Labs or even just visiting their homes. It seems that every time the Family gets

together, something new gets created. This was exactly what happened at Kompleks Mahasiswa Universiti Putra Malaysia on the 27th of July 2012 when a group of PLFs was attending Rizal’s ad hoc 2day workshop on NLP, Hypnosis and Business Planning. Instead of just learning, they immersed themselves in a fruitful discussion that gave birth to a new methodology called SOIF, a more positive alternative to the timehonoured SWOT. Rizal and Muna took it upon themselves to refine it further and develop it to become far more robust. It was applied and tested by various PLFs to different audiences in different learning topics. As a result of all this testing, the very first SOIF Coach Certification Program was conducted in Bangladesh on the 19th of September, 2012. The 2nd SOIF Coach Certification Program was conducted in Senawang, Negeri Sembilan on 25th September 2012. Thus, when the next showcase (PLF Showcase 3.0) was organised on the 17th and

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common purpose and the love of learning gathers speed, intent on becoming a force to be reckoned with. The idea that began as a dream has grown into a full blown reality with many more achievements planned ahead, InshaAllah. As of now, we are Family. The PLF Family.

PLFs enjoy closing all their events with a dash of nuttiness. 18th of November 2012, it was no surprise that the PLFs gave birth to something new again. This time, they formally announced the creation of International Professional Learning Facilitators Sdn Bhd (also to be known as PLF International), a learning provider that would act as an outsourced marketing arm for all of the PLFs. Also revealed is the monthly eMagazine

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titled “The Learning Circle�, which would be published online, primarily for the PLFs, but also as a way to brand the PLFs to the world. On 29th of December 2012, the PLF Family celebrated their 2nd anniversary as commemoration of the PLF Program that produced the very first PLFs. Now, it seems that the sky is the limit for the PLF Family. As new members join its ranks, this motley crew of people bound by a

Join the PLF Family now! All you need to do is attend a 3-day PLF Program and you are on your way to being part of something special! Contact us for inquiries: 03 428 00 899 or email us at international.plf@gmail.com

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FAQs By THE LEARNING CIRCLE

What is a PLF? PLF stands for Professional Learning Facilitator. In the competitive world of training and facilitation, anybody with the confidence to stand in front a crowd of people and talk wants to be called a ‘trainer’. A PLF elevates the mere concept of ‘training’ to the Art and Science of facilitating learning. PLFs use the Take Charge! Learning Facilitation System®, founded by Mohd Rizal Hassan, to achieve this goal. To qualify as a PLF, they undergo a 3-day intensive program where they explore and use the many tools used by Rizal in his many high-impact programs. He is known to fill his programs with tools and techniques, rather than theories and talk (lecture). Focus is given to “How to” rather than just “Why”. He believes that there will always be many ways to address a subject and he is merely adding another THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

Defining the PLFs point of view to one’s rich repertoire with regards to the subject of sharing and learning. A PLF has the option of continuing their development to the next level, which is as a Master Practitioner of the system, where they will be considered to audit new PLFs.

their expertise with the public for free. It's primary intention is a stepping stone towards mastery as a Master PLF, certified by Rizal. The event is held every 3 months in a year, traditionally at the end of January, April, July and October with different themes of personal development.

What is the PLF Family? The PLFs are not bound by a rigid organisation, nor official grouping. Instead, they are related by fraternity in a "family", where each member is respected for their unique specialisation and skills. The family will sometimes organise learning events between family members based on interest. Some are internal, and some are external for a public audience.

How do I become a PLF? All you have to do is attend the next 3day The Professional Learning Facilitator Program organised by PLF International. You may check the course calendar at www.thelearningcircle.com.my, or email international.plf@gmail.com for more information.

What is the PLF Showcase? The PLF Showcase is a two-day learning event where a group of dedicated PLFs share

What is PLF International? It is a company founded by the PLFs themselves to help market their members’ services to clients. CONTENTS PAGE


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International Professional Learning Facilitators Sdn Bhd THE LEARNING CIRCLE JAN 2013

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The Learning Circle Vol 1 Jan 2013  

The PLF Family's official eMag

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