Vivek Iyyani is helping people ‘unleash’ their inner ‘champion’ through his training and development programs.

What’s your story?
My Name is Vivek Iyyani, and I run my company YOU! Training & Development. I have been working in the events and training industry for the past decade, specialising in training programs for personal and people development. I have been working with schools and corporates to run these programs. One of the key challenges people face is the phenomenon known as Akrasia – where they set big goals and kick off with a lot of willpower and motivation but fail to finish what they set out to do because they lost their drive over time. The programs we design cater to this specific challenge and is based on my upcoming book, ‘Unleash the Champion in You!’

What excites you most about your industry?
What excites me the most about my industry is that I have the opportunity to work with different people from different walks of life, get to understand the challenges they face and help them overcome these challenges in a systematic and step by step manner. The joy of helping others overcome their challenges by teaching and providing them the specific Mindset, Skillset and Toolset gives me a sense of satisfaction I’ve not experienced elsewhere.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born in India and my family shifted to Singapore when I was two in 1990. My father made a decision to migrate to Singapore when I was just two years old for a better life for all of us. Ever since, I have been based in Singapore

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Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
My favourite city in Asia has to be Singapore because of the tremendous support that the government gives business owners here through the various grants and support system. I also feel that Singapore has a strong economy and is able to support businesses here very well.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
One of the best advice I have received is to apply the Pareto Principle (80/20 rule) and focus on the 20% input that gives the 80% output. Focusing on everything and anything is counter productive. Hence, it is better to focus on a niche and concentrate my full efforts on the 20% and reap the 80% rewards. This principle can be applied in most areas of life and has definitely benefitted me well.

Who inspires you?
I am inspired by mentor Mr. Kesavan Sathyamoorthy, Founder of Diamond Glass Enterprise, who managed to beat all odds and become successful in his industry and then do his part to give back to society by encouraging Entrepreneur Mentorship through the Red Pill Program via the Singapore Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (SICCI)

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
I recently learnt and realised about how the internet can become a portal to serve clients on an international level rather than keeping our sights on becoming the best locally or regionally. Having seen it happen in my industry has opened my mind to the endless possibilities that I can bring my business to. Going digital is the way forward!

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
If I had my time again, I would have engaged a life coach and mentor when I first started my business because I would have shaved off so much time and money from learning from the experienced mentor and it would have helped me reach the various goals so much faster. A mentor who has been there and done that will help anyone in their business tremendously.

How do you unwind?
I unwind by taking mini holiday trips outside of Singapore either alone or with friends. The change of environment invigorates me and I often am able to recharge well. I enjoy the thrill of discovering new places and I usually find that such trips enable me to get a better perspective of things related to my work or personal life.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
One of my favourite Asian destination for relaxation is Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. I enjoy the cool weather and fresh air there. Plus they have good tea there.

Everyone in business should read this book:
I am highly inspired by 2 key people: Tim Ferriss and Daniel Priestley.
This is because of the books they have written, namely ‘The 4 Hour Workweek’ by Tim Ferriss and ‘Become a Key Person of Influence’ by Daniel Priestley has impacted the way I perceived life and brought about a considerable amount of change in the way I operated both in personal and business matters. I am inspired by the paradigm shift they have brought about in the way we think and aspire to do the same on my own one day.

Shameless plug for your business:
YOU! Training & Development focuses on Personal Development and People Development. We run our CHAMP program that focuses on the five key aspects of Clarity, Habit, Action, Motivation and Productivity.
We help our clients in each of these categories, starting with Clarity. Most of our clients that approach us are visibly confused about what they really want with themselves and are unable to identify why they are not able to achieve the goals they set out to do. We
What we do best is to sit down with our clients, help them attain the clarity they need and map out their action plan. We do this by teaching them concepts on Habit, Motivation and Productivity. We strongly believe that your ‘environment drives performance’ and we complement what we teach by providing an environment that drives performance.
We run our programs for schools and corporate teams looking to increase their performance and provide individual coaching to entrepreneurs who need clarity and need to maximise their productivity.

How can people connect with you?
I can be reached at via 3 methods.
My email [email protected]
My blog is
I am also reachable via company’s website

This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:

CallumConnectsCallum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries. He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence. A 40 week training program for business owners and executives.

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