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Director

Nick Howard

Nick is a corporate branding specialist who has spent years working side-by-side with Taiwanese companies to build CORE messages as masterful as their service and manufacturing capabilities.

What is the CORE value you offer to clients?

I can quickly understand any market or industry in order to have deep meaningful consultations with clients.  I have spent most of my academic and professional career studying a diverse range of disciplines, giving me the ability to rapidly grasp the concerns and problems clients face in a variety of industries. Because I speak their language at their level, clients come to trust me very quickly.

Why did you choose this career/business path?

I have seen the manufacturing capabilities of Taiwan from the ground up.  Throughout multiple industries and disciplines, I have seen one consistent fundamental problem: how to communicate “value”.  With Presentality I aim to create a communication system that allows any globally-ambitious company, organization, or leader display their true “value” anytime, anywhere, to anyone.

Who has inspired you?

One of the most influential figures in my life was my university history professor.  I began as a simple computer science major focused on building a lucrative programming career.  However, after taking one history course I was hooked.  My professor was able to take dry and convoluted historical data and weave stories of political subterfuge, heroic downfalls, and narratives of epic proportion. 

From him I learned that having all the right data is useful, but framing that data into the right story can make a life-changing difference.

What’s your childhood dream job? And why aren’t you doing it?

As a child I always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian.  In a high school biology class we had to dissect a cow’s eye.  Although I wasn’t exactly squeamish about the black goo oozing out of the eye during dissection, I quickly realized I had no interest or joy in performing this kind of work daily.  

I decided to pursue another path, where I still have to dissect things, e.g. client’s ideas, but with less goo.

 
 
 

 
 
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Director

Zona Tsou

Zona is a trained facilitator who has worked in academia, the arts, translation, education, fashion and startups. She has a unique ability to connect with any trainee and help each of them craft a CORE message with flair.

What is the CORE value you offer to clients?

As a non-native speaker of English, I know how hard it is to cross the language barrier and get a point across to an audience that thinks in a completely different logic. This means I can easily relate to our clients’ challenges and help them bridge cultural gaps.

What’s the one message you reinforce to clients all the time?

Everyone has a different mode of communication. We are here to help you find the style that suits you best.  And trust me, you will develop your own unique style and own the stage like nobody else!

What random hobbies or skills do you have?

I meditate every day.  Due to my ever hectic schedule, I have taken to daily meditation simply because it helps me clear my mind.  As a happy side effect, in the process of learning how to control the rhythm of my breathing, I gained more assurance under pressure.  I used to be a nervous wreck, but with breathing techniques, I finally let go of my anxiety, and I find it a useful tip to help those who have stage fright as well.   

If your parents were asked what you did, what would they say?

I have…

  • Presented papers in academic conferences internationally,
  • Published poems and translations,
  • Collaborated with artists to showcase exhibits in museums,
  • Lectured in universities around Taiwan,
  • Run a cross cultural community and a coworking space,
  • Hosted over 300 events, trainings and workshops, etc.


But if you asked my parents, they’d probably say: we would love to know more too if she had time to come home!

 
 
 

 
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Director

Emily Wang

Emily was trained in architecture but found passion in connecting people. She has worked in the cultural and creative industries for the past six years, as operator of a cultural venue and chief organizer of large-scale events to create meaningful conversations between multidisciplinary talents.

What’s the one message you reinforce to clients?

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
 — Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Why did you choose this career/business path?

In my years of meeting designers, creators, and entrepreneurs, I have witnessed how the most powerful stories are communicated when the speaker understands who they are, and in turn who their audience is. When successful, these stories create a ripple effect that makes a social impact. I hope to be a part of that movement.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve done?

My freshmen year in Italy somehow led me to a random job at a food & beverage trade show in New York City, translating for Italian vendors and attendees. Sadly, I can’t speak Italian anymore, but the experience of accessing another culture and mindset through language was exhilarating.

What random hobbies or skills do you have or had?

I took up pottery not long ago and was immediately mesmerized! The endless possibilities created with our hands using the most elemental materials (earth, water, fire) is totally fascinating. It’s also an important practice of patience and learning to let go of results out of our control.

 
 

 
 
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Andrew Yang

Andrew is a speechwriter and presentation coach who has worked for nearly 10 years with scientists, entrepreneurs and political leaders, including a Nobel Laureate and a Head of State.

What is the CORE value you offer to clients?

Building a coherent and engaging storyline out of a tangle of ideas, no matter how thick and knotted.  In all my work with leaders in science, business and politics, this is the one big value that I’ve consistently brought.

Were you always good at speaking and presenting?

I was TERRIBLE. The first time I spoke in public, I fell off the stage. Yes, I physically tumbled OFF the stage. My family captured it on film and regaled friends and relatives with it for years. As a result, I became such a nervous speaker that every time I did it I got laughed at. It took me years upon years of hard work to overcome the fear. And now I make a living from it. Who’d have known.

What’s the most unusual job you’ve done?

My previous career was working in war zones. We traveled into towns and communities to talk to people about their situations and how outsiders could best help. So I had to get really good at connecting with strangers and listening to their stories. I suspect that’s why I’m able to capture and structure clients’ ideas effectively.

What’s your favorite TV or movie speech?

Daenerys Targaryen’s speech to the slaves of Meereen in season 4, episode 3 of Game of Thrones. I want to hug whoever it was that wrote this thing. In just two short minutes, you had all the great techniques of public speaking on display - segmenting your audience and targeting the key ones, effective repetition, rule of three, and even the use of props (army, catapults and chains). And it’s not even in a real language!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cze5A4iyQGk

 
 
 

 
 
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Operations

Leo Su

With a degree in Electrical Engineering, Leo has worked in sales, PR and with startups. In his spare time he writes screenplays. These experiences and skills infuse his communication with both logical and emotional force.

What is the CORE value you offer to clients?

I specialize in planning trainings and workshops down to their minute details, and in ensuring that our communication with clients always stay on point.

What’s the one message you reinforce to clients all the time?

Communication is all about what your audience does next. Different people communicate in different ways, and they also receive and interpret messages in different ways. When we focus our attention on the audience’s next steps, we also raise the quality and efficiency of our communication.

What’s your favorite TV/movie speech ever?

The televised revolutionary speech in V for Vendetta. I loved how V was both calm and yet sharply sarcastic. The way he exposed the violence and injustice hidden beneath the peace and normality was almost casual. He showed that order was in fact built on the inability of people to resist.

The speech was inspiring not only because of skilled visual storytelling, but also because it had a clear purpose. Every step was designed to bring the audience to that one destination.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pehIctmY-uw