Seamus Phan

Strategist, Author, Scientist, Technologist, Artist

cropped seamus emcee launch
flight to the skies

Lyrics writing in Chinese – “fly, kid”

我第二次嘗試寫歌詞。英語系的我,還是該硬著頭皮嘗試寫歌詞。今天寫完了第二首,“展飛,同學”。

20201010 Taiwan National Day, 臺灣雙十節

Lyrics writing in Chinese – “care”

寫歌詞的初體驗

我喜歡寫詩,不過因為因為因為英文是我主要語言,而國語其實是我第二語言,所以寫過的詩都是英文的。

最近,不知那根筋斷了,就想試試寫歌詞,而我寫下的第一次居然是國語的。

有人說,像詩多過歌詞,也對。不過這歌詞我的理念是朝方文山寫的,周杰倫唱的“青花瓷”的曲風。

下一個嘗試就會比較白話點,朝激勵年輕人的方向走。

在乎

十二月底冬天的臺北市,
跑過那下著雨的人行道。
拉緊羽絨衣的手凍如石,
快步四方張望找個歇腳。

雨聲滴答仿佛跟著心跳,
雨越大心跳呼吸也跟進。
隱約烘麵包香味百米迢,
喚疲憊全濕身驅加把勁。

久違的妳何去何從,
找遍高雄每個角落。
過去的妳來去匆匆,
在乎的我尋遍街絡。

還記得老字號的滷肉飯?
儘管我一直對滷肉卻步。
可妳就愛古早味的平凡,
遊走的記憶都納入相簿。

久違的妳何去何從,
找遍高雄每個角落。
過去的妳來去匆匆,
在乎的我尋遍街絡。

好懷念我們讀書的曖昧,
課後牽手澄清湖三六八。
六合夜市瞄妳側臉的美,
羊肉串鱔麵花枝都吃罷。

久違的妳何去何從,
找遍高雄每個角落。
過去的妳來去匆匆,
在乎的我尋遍街絡。

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6 tips on writing News Releases that work

Contrary to belief, the news release is not dead. In fact, in Asia Pacific, the news release is STILL one of the most considered communication materials for the media. Cision’s Global State of the Media Report 2021 concurred that 78% of journalists prefer news releases and announcements compared to other content types. In Asia Pacific, the news release is still seen as an authoritative information source that is ranked higher than bylines and commentaries. So, what would make a useful news release that may find more traction with the media?

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Don’t rush to coding jobs to face obsolescence

I was a teenage coder in the 1970s, and learned BASIC, COBOL and Fortran, and of course, embraced a whole slew of other languages along the way until today. But I did not ever envisage a career in coding. When I faced the worst recession in 1980s, I was hoping for a job in chemistry. But a laboratory job with a quasi-government lab ended my interest, and I went on to pursue a career in marketing, business development and consulting. That direction paid off, even today, and will easily carry me forward to retirement. I always had the knack of foresight, thankfully.

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5 Leadership lessons from the movie “Top Gun Maverick”

Yes, a movie can have revelations for business, entrepreneurship, marketing, branding, and leadership. The latest craze is Top Gun Maverick, featuring the long-awaited return of Tom Cruise reprising his role as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a test pilot and then Top Gun instructor for a suicidal stealth mission. It is a great adrenaline rush for many of us aviators, and many who aren’t. So, what did I connect the film with in terms of business and leadership?

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Quick Tips on working with the Asia Pacific Media Scene

If you are trying to gain ink or screen with a media in Asia Pacific, the BEST way is to work with the experts – PR agencies which do this for a living day in, day out, and thoroughly battle-tested.

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