Recap of TEDxBeijing 2016 Year End Event

This is a recap of the TEDxBeijing year-end event that took place yesterday. It was my first attendance at a TEDx event in China and it was superbly organised. The venue was at Mee Park Cafe inside Universal Creative Park, Read More →

Short Film Laisuotuo 莱索托

Laisuotuo Lesotho short film A new short film Laisuotuo was released by filmmaker Carl Houston Macmillan. He says, “This is a film about two immigrants, a Chinese shop owner in Lesotho and an African doctor in China. This 20 min film is about how Read More →

Grow Your Confidence with Toastmasters in Ningbo

Toastmasters International This is an my first column published in Ningbo Focus magazine. “Madam Toastmaster, Ladies and Gentlemen…”, is how many speeches start at a Toastmasters club meeting. Two years ago when I arrived in Ningbo there was only one club with Read More →

Why I Study in China not America

Ningbo University 2013 opening ceremony In September 2013 I arrived in Beijing, China on route to Ningbo University. It’s been two years since I moved to China, and this is the best decision I’ve ever made. So why did I choose this radical move from Read More →

5 Reasons for Gratitude before Christmas 2014

Watching a video by business coach Shannon Waller, I want to express my sincerest gratitude before Christmas 2014. Gratitude is an inoculation against guilt or anxiety in your life. When you are grateful and you appreciate the people and things Read More →

Why MBA Students need Toastmasters

RJ Thomas with Dananjaya Hettiarachchi, World Champion in Public Speaking 2014 Toastmasters MBA Students are notoriously busy people. Either they are taking many classes or have their nose in CLEP Study Guides. In China we also have to learn Chinese language (Mandarin), the Putonghua or common language of the people in the Read More →