Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was the main resource speaker of “STRATA IX: Building Global Competence: The Progress of the New Millennium”. The whole-day event was organized by the College of Business Management and Accountancy – Student Council of Aquinas University of Legazpi in Albay. Over 400 Business students from various colleges and universities attended the event to learn about business and global competitiveness.
Pocholo started his presentation by energizing the audience with an icebreaker. He then shared the story of how he has developed himself into what he calls a “global citizen” – starting young as a professional voice artist, radio broadcaster, and eventually into being a highly sought-after Filipino motivational speaker. He talked about the challenges and obstacles he met along the way, and how he overcame those to become the person he is today.
Pocholo also spoke about Dr. Jose Rizal, whom he considers to be the epitome of the greatness and excellence of a Filipino. He told the story of Rizal’s travels, his books, his childhood, and his challenges that ignited his own inner revolution for freedom. Pocholo challenged the students to embody the ideals and principles of Rizal, and to use the resources they have right now to become great people.
Pocholo also talked about his journey in the voice acting industry, as well as his company, Creativoices Productions. He talked about his vision of making the Philippines as the center of voiceover excellence in Asia, and how this vision led him to establish the first and only voice acting school in the Philippines. Pocholo also left the audience in awe as he showcased his voice acting talent, with his voice impressions of famous cartoon characters and celebrities. Pocholo’s accomplishments in the voice acting industry has also spilled over his career as a Filipino motivational speaker, as his story served as the perfect example to build a “passion-driven business.”
Pocholo’s main topic was about the future of entrepreneurship, where he highlighted the importance of building a business based on passion, and not just a business that will make profit. He encouraged the students to identify what they are passionate about and discover their life purpose, and then come up with an idea to turn that into a business. Pocholo’s main premise is that one should become an entrepreneur with the intention of serving and leaving a legacy behind, instead of just making money.
In the end, Pocholo left a powerful message to his audience by challenging the students to act on their passion right now, with whatever resources they have. He encouraged them to maximize their youth, and to “do something today that your future self will thank you for.”