Speaking Appearances

Smilinggg Talk in HCMC

Upcoming / Past Events

Wellbeing - The Foundation for a Good Life

Beacon Academy Main Hall, Crowborough, East Sussex (26/07/2018)

Guest Speaker

Beacon Academy Honours Evening, Crowborough, East Sussex (12/07/2018)

The Smilinggg Way: A Life of Gratitude, Generosity, and Personal Growth

Holistic Fair 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (5/03/2017)

Motivational, genuine and emotional. An inspirational and down-to-earth speaker advocating holistic health through the account of Smilinggg. A breeze of positive energy! 

Presentation Topics

The Smilinggg Way: A Life of Gratitude, Generosity, and Personal Growth 

Smilinggg Talk in HCMC

What is Smilinggg? What's the story behind it? How can it help me become healthier, happier, more positive and improve my overall life? These are all questions answered during the talk.

James rather candidly shares his story about how a particular low point in his life in 2014 proved the catalyst for the birth of Smilinggg and gradually, with time, spearheaded a new way of thinking and viewing the world. 

Referred to as motivational, genuine, and emotional, this hour long talk delves into key topics:

  • Breaking down Smilinggg and its Daily Practice
  • Shifting the emphasis: The importance of the mind and mental health
  • The Smilinggg Story: James takes you on his Smilinggg journey 
  • Growth Vs. Fixed: The importance of cultivating a winning mindset
  • Developing an attitude of gratitude, 
  • The Smilinggg Way: How Smilinggg can kickstart your own journey to become your healthiest, happiest and very best and most authentic self

One of James' favourite quotes is

The darkest moments of our lives are not to be buried and forgotten, rather they are a memory to be called upon for inspiration to remind us of the unrelenting human spirit and our capacity to overcome the intolerable ~ Vince Lombardi

James' Smilinggg story connects the dots to show how plenty of times something we thought was a disaster turned out to be, with the passage of time, a lucky break. The current misfortune one experiences is in fact an opportunity and platform to acquire knowledge, wisdom and growth in mind, body and spirit. The old adage what doesn't kill you makes you stronger comes to mind. This mindset and way of thinking provides both hope and renewed optimism that our challenges are simply preludes to a happier, healthier and much more pleasant future... if we make the conscious choice. 

The tips, tools and Smilinggg strategies provided throughout the talk hope to leave attendees with a greater sense of positivity and a renewed attitude towards gratitude, generosity and personal growth. 

Event Organisers & Attendees Share Their Experiences

Thought I should share with you how grateful I am for your talk last Sunday: a breeze of positive energy which has happened to hit me just at the perfect time!



It was my first time to Holistic Fair, and the speech about Gratitude, Generosity and Growth by James was the highlight of the day.

When James shared his darkest time of his life in depression and self worthless, I could feel his pain as I used to be like that. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger and you grow with super gratitude and generosity for life and the universe.

Being healthy physically and mentally is extremely important to have a life of balance. I am very grateful for your speech. Keep on smilinggg. Thanks, James.



We invited James to the Holistic Fair 2017 as an inspirational and down-to-earth speaker advocating holistic health through the account of Smilinggg.

It was a great decision and we are very happy we could have him; the topic attracted many people so that it became the most attended class of the fair, even of previous editions, and the talk itself was motivational, genuine and emotional.

The attendees felt the positive energy coming from James immediately and left the room with a renewed attitude towards gratitude, generosity and growth. Especially lovely was the gift of the Smilinggg bracelet which many of the participants are still wearing.


The Smilinggg Way Holistic Fair 2017 HCMC