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About Apelles Poh
His second book Facts Tell, Stories Sell was released in early 2014.
A past president of the IFPAS Toastmasters Club, he has competed and emerged as the Pan South East Asia 1st Runner-Up in the 2001 International Toastmaster Speech Contest, comprising top speakers from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Thailand.
As an experienced Certified Financial Planner who also holds a Masters in Financial Planning, Apelles has qualified for MDRT for 26 years, including 4 years COT and 11 years TOT honours. In 2020, he did a whopping 36 times MDRT production (equivalent to 6 times TOT) in a single year, making him one of the top financial planners in the world.
He was awarded the inaugural Singapore Financial Adviser Representative of the Year 2004 by the Asia Financial Planning Journal in recognition for his excellence and contribution in the field of financial planning practice.
Apelles has been featured in the media such as The Straits Times, Sunday Times, Business Times, Berita Harian, Fundsupermart, Asia Financial Planning Journal, Smart Investor, Krisflyer Magazine, The Round Table and Her World Magazine. He has also appeared ‘live’ on “The Living Room” on News Radio FM93.8 to talk on Financial Planning and was interviewed by the Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, on his success story as a financial planner in Singapore.
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Despite a heavy schedule, Apelles is actively engaged in coaching, mentoring and counseling for the past two decades. Over the years, Apelles’ reputation as a fun, engaging, thought-provoking, motivational speaker and trainer gives him regional acclaim. He has spoken and trained for organisations and companies in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, China and India.
Besides being a sought after speaker in non-insurance related companies, government bodies, schools and churches, he has spoken and trained at Spore MDRT, NAMLIFA, IFPAS (Spore), AFA, MFPC, MCHFC, Aviva, Manulife, Manulife FA, Great Eastern FA, AIA (Malaysia), GEL (Malaysia), iFAST (India), iFAST (Poland), Bojin (Beijing), PIAS, including Standard Planners and Harveston.
Apelles has received many raving reviews and accolades in his role as a professional speaker and trainer.
In 2016 , he was a Platform Speaker at the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, an event attended by 11,000 top financial planning professionals from around the world.
He lives life with a zest, and believes that we should not "just fill our life with days but fill our days with life."
In December 2013, after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Apelles raised funds in Singapore and personally brought the relief there (Bantayan) with a group of friends to help rebuild houses and lives.
His motto is "To live life to the fullest, you must first give your fullest to life!"
He is currently running a very successful financial planning practice in Singapore.