Aiman Azlan

Motivator

Vlogger

Author

Freelancer

I'm Aiman Azlan,
Motivator, Vlogger, and Author
from Perlis, Malaysia.

I have rich experience in youth engagement, both online and offline. I am passionate about social issues involving the local youth community. In 2015, I founded Aiman Azlan Academy to empower the youth with sustainable self-confidence through effective communication skill.

What I Do
Motivational Speaking

Engaging the youth, locally and internationally, through motivational speaking programs of various format, such as talks, forums, and seminars.

Training

Teaching communication skills, like vlogging, English speaking, and public speaking, through one-to-one or small group workshops.

Vlogging

Sharing thoughts and answering questions in video form on Youtube and Facebook, touching upon relevant youth topics of today.

Writing

Writing motivational and self-help books about various youth topics, such as self-confidence, identity, love, education, career, and community.

Social Media Advertising

Producing advertisements for products or services through social media copywriting and videomaking. Managed by Gushcloud.

Proofreading

Reading and making grammar corrections for final year project papers, theses, resumes, CVs, and other student-related writings.

My Vlogging Workshop

I’ve been on Youtube for 7 years now, since 2011.

In those years, I have gone from making videos in my bedroom to making videos in [awkward face]. But the difference between then and now is that I can do this for a living. The videos I made have traveled further than I have; France, Belgium, Venezuela, Egypt, and other places.

In those 7 years, I have met a lot of people and people have questions. One of the common questions is, “How do I become a Youtuber like you?” In short, I got asked this question a lot to a point where I decided, “Why don’t I just teach this thing?”

In essence, vlogging is simply recording, editing, and uploading. That’s it.

So I want to focus on those 3 things with this workshop, because a lot of times people might be overwhelmed with choices (Which camera is the best? Which editing software is the most suitable?) and people might feel insecure with the uncertainty (What will people think of me).

I want to make things easy for you and just focus on 3 things: record, edit, and upload. Just bring any camera that you have, a laptop that you have, and I can teach you how to use these tools to take your imperfect first step.

Yes, it’s not going to be perfect. You can watch my first ever video on Youtube. I’ll be honest, I cringe when I watch it today but I don’t regret anything. I am grateful because that imperfect step was the start of my journey to this place that I am in right now.

If you want to create online videos for dakwah, for personal reasons, or for business, all of those things begin from these 3 basic things: record, edit, and upload. I hope that after the workshop, I could see more local vloggers so that we can have collaborations and create a community of positive contributors online.

I invite you to join the next workshop.

See you there!

It All Starts With A Vlog

If you are here to register for the workshop, please click on the poster.

But if you want to read a story first, please keep on reading...

It's been 7 years since I uploaded my first vlog on Youtube from my 1-bedroom apartment, and that vlog was the first domino piece that led to this moment right now. It is not farfetched for me to say that I owe my whole career to that first vlog.

From that first vlog, a kind soul decided to invite me to his university to give a talk and after that, more invitations poured in. From there, I was recognized by a publishing company as a potential writer and they agreed I published my first book. From there, someone thought I should be on TV and I did appear a few times.

On and on the story goes, but it all started from that first vlog.

Over the past 7 years of vlogging, people often ask me this one question: "How to be a Youtube vlogger?"

The answer is simple: Just record, edit and upload a vlog on Youtube. Done!

However, I know that the real answer isn't that simple. Many people, especially young people, that I met over the years show interest to become a vlogger. They have stories, opinions, ideas, and thoughts to share and they want an outlet to do it.

Youtube is a great outlet for that.

But with how things are today, there are many obstacles that stand in their way. There are the technical questions like how to use a camera for vlogging, how to edit a vlog, and how to set up a vlogging channel? Then, there are the ethical questions like how do I express myself without getting into trouble?

Most importantly, there are the personal questions like what if they don't like me?

I have dealt with all of those things and I want to help people who are dealing with them for the first time. That is why I have decided to organize my first ever vlogging workshop for beginners. In the workshop, I will be talking about:

  • How to record a vlog using the video equipments you already have, and make the best of them.
  • How to easily edit your vlog using a free editing software, and make it look good.
  • How to set up your vlogging channel, and manage it like a pro.
  • How to earn income with your Youtube channel, and impress your parents.
  • How to safely navigate Youtube, and commit for the long term.

My hope is to pave a pathway for people to start their vlogging career and to build a community of Malaysian vloggers. I see myself having multiple collaborations with other local vloggers, creating an atmosphere of support for vloggers and online creators alike.

The dream is big, and it all starts with a vlog.

How Do I Change My English Accent?

I was with the Form 2 students at MRSM Serting, Negeri Sembilan speaking about how to be confident in English. During the break, one student approached me to ask me how to change accent.

I asked, “Why?”

He simply answered, “My friends make fun of my accent. I sound Chinese when I speak English.”

I said, “What’s wrong with that?”

He said, “It’s not normal.”

Poor kid. His English is perfectly fine. In fact, I believe he is on the right track. If he continues to practice and practice, he might be super fluent.

But being teased by his friends caused his journey to stall.

I can sense that one of the factors why his friends tease his accent and why he thinks it's not normal is because of how we view English in the first place.

We have a skewed idea of what "normal English" means. Normal English means American or British English. That is simply not true.

American or British English could be considered as the standard because without a standard, things could get messy. It's like having a standard measurement scale.

However, not having the standard accent doesn't mean that you are not normal. So, I tried to change the way he thinks by giving him a simple example: the Malay language.

The Malay language has a standard accent. We call it Bahasa Baku. But the majority (if not all) of Malays don't use Bahasa Baku in our daily lives. We all speak with an accent, representing different states in Malaysia.

So I ask him what Malay accent does he use. He said, "KL accent."

I said, "Well, that's not normal. But you seem okay with it."

I used the term "not normal" as a comparison to what he said earlier. I just wanted him to see the way he uses the term "not normal" is in fact...not normal.

He kept quiet. I can see that he was thinking about it. I can see that there is a sense of realization in his eyes. But, he still looks worried.

Understandable.

Changing his mindset will not change his friends. They might still tease him no matter what. But changing his mindset will change how he sees himself.

I don't want him to think that there's anything wrong with his English. It is perfectly fine. From there, he can hold his head up high and continue his journey.

I want him to think, "There's nothing wrong with my accent. I am good with what I have."

So the next time his friends tease him again, he will know who is not normal in that scenario.

My First Time Voting

General Election 14 (GE14) will be my first time voting.

During the last GE, I was already eligible. But I was in Canada and a bit clueless about long distance voting process (my bad).

So I ended up livestreaming with friends instead to keep in touch with our people back home. We were just observers.

This time, not anymore.

If you are old enough to vote, then you should care. If you say “I don’t do politics”, then ask yourself if you have complained about the government or about the opposition.

If you have, then you are already “doing politics” my friend.

Who to vote? Well, that is your choice. I shouldn’t dictate what you choose. What I can advice you is this: Don’t follow your parents. Don’t follow your neighbours. Don’t follow your friends.

You are an independent citizen. You should make a choice of your own.

We talk a lot about critical thinking in our classes. Now, it’s time to put it in good use. Understandably, you can’t escape your emotions and biases. But you can be aware of them and how they influence your decision making.

Clarity of mind is key.

Think macro and micro. Look for substance and quality. Look for well thought out arguments. Look for integrity and justice. Look for the best option for all; not just for your religious group, race, party, or whatever.

We are 1Malaysia.

Lets put the slogan to the test.

AIMAN AZLAN
A proud Malaysian.

Come Vlog with Me!

I have been vlogging since 2011, starting from zero.

I used whatever I had at the time. I had a flimsy plastic tripod, a mirror, and a laptop. The camera, the most important equipment in vlogging, was borrowed from a friend. My editing software was free; I used Windows Movie Maker.

I didn't start to buy anything new to use for vlogging until I was about a few videos in. It was only when I had the money and the momentum that I invested more into this hobby of mine, a hobby that soon turned into a career.

Understandably, a lot of people who have the desire to share their thoughts and ideas through the medium of vlogging are overwhelmed by the abundance of choice they have today. DSLR cameras have become so cheap and easily available. Laptops have advanced so much in the past 10 years. If you Google "video editing softwares", you will be bombarded by different varieties of softwares from free to paid ones.

Being overwhelmed, that desire might dwindle down and you ended up not taking the first step.

I understand the feeling. I had the same feeling when I first started. The first step seems so difficult, but I was lucky to have my friends who pushed me over the edge for me to take the leap of faith. It paid off over the 7 years I have been on Youtube.

Many people asked me about how to start vlogging and I don't really know any other answer other than, "Just do it!" That's how I did it. At the same time, I understand that not everyone can just do it. Perhaps they need more guidance to take the first step.

That is why, after a lot of thought, I finally decided to compress my experience and my knowledge over the past 7 years into a 3-hour vlogging for beginners workshop. It is the first time I'm doing something like this, and I am pumped!

I will show you the technicalities of vlogging, from the equipment you need, how to use them, how to manage your channel, how to present yourself, the different types of vlogging you can venture into, how to edit your video, and where and how to upload your content.

Everything is made simple and easy.

The thing about the internet is that it is global, and that is exciting. You can do so much good with a camera in your pocket. At the same time, you can also do a lot of harm. 7 years on Youtube, I have seen a lot - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

So beyond teaching you the technicalities of recording, editing, and uploading, I will also inform you about the positives and negatives of the internet. Not to scare you, but to make sure that you are well-informed before starting this awesome journey. It will truly help you in navigating your way around the vastness of the world wide web.

If you are interested in learning the craft with me, then I invite you to join the workshop:

Vlogging for Beginners

Date: 28 April 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 - 5:30pm
Venue: The Kitchen Studio, Kangar, Perlis, Malaysia

Fee: RM10 per person (say what?!)

If you are ready to take the first step, register here: bit.ly/vloggingworkshop.

The Misuse of "Fake News"

We all have shared something that we found out to be false, right?

Ideally, we should all be wise enough to check before we share. We should stop saying "sharing is caring" and start a new tagline "checking is sharing". That is good principle to hold on to, especially given the nature of the internet.

The internet is public and things can go viral without prior planning. Perhaps you have experienced a situation where your social media post went viral (in your own relative definition of what viral is) without you expecting it.

If what went viral is beneficial and factual, then that's okay. But what if it's not? Deleting it would be a good thing to do. But the internet is forever. Meaning, if you uploaded it, then it's probably will stay there forever even after deletion.

So be very careful with what you post or share online.

I just want to start this post with that advice, for myself and for anyone who is using the internet - especially social media (which is the majority of us, by the way). The real meat of this post is about fake news. More specifically, about the Anti Fake News Bill that was passed in Malaysia recently.

At the time that this post was written, there's still a debate surrounding the bill: about the suspicious timing, about the punishment being too severe, about the possible redundancy, about the short time it took to pass, about the lack of clarity around the term "fake news", and so on.

Given that this news is still hot from the oven, I want to let it cool down first before jumping to any conclusions. Having said that, I do want to point out something important about the term "fake news".

Fake news has been around for some time now, but it is safe to say that the term gained traction around the time President Donald Trump was elected as president. Although he didn't invent the term, it is safe to say that he popularized it.

If you look up the term "fake news" on Google Trends for the past 5 years, you can see that the number of searches for the term spiked up around President Trump's presidential campaign and around his presidency (towards the end of 2016 and . Beyond that, it is clear that he likes the term considerin that he uses it a lot. I mean, a lot.

It seems that the fake news wave has reached our shores because we too started to use the term in our daily lives, particularly in our political discourse. To be clear, it is not the term that concerns me. If something is evidently fake, then we should call it fake news.

What concerns me is not the term. What concerns me is how we use it.

If we observe President Trump and how he uses the term "fake news" in his speeches, we can see an obvious pattern: He likes to use the term whenever he dislikes a particular news coming from the media. Especially news about himself.

This trend is worrying.

Disliking something doesn't make it fake. We should separate between something we dislike and something being fake. Something that is fake means it doesn't represent truth and reality. Something we dislike can be true and it can be real.

For example, I have gained weight over the past year or so. To be honest, I don't like it. When someone points it out, I don't like that too. But I can't simply shout, "Fake news! I am still fit!" and sweep it under the rug.

I am running away from the truth by shielding myself behind the term "fake news" so that I don't have to deal with the bitterness of reality.

We can use the term fake news in our conversations and debates. That's fine. But make sure that we don't use it in the face of a well thought out argument or news report. If people bring forth evidence and proof to support their claim, then we can't simply say "Fake news!" and turn a blind eye.

We have to face it and discuss it like adults. If we want to fight the claim, then fight using our own well thought out argument with evidence and proof. If ours is stronger, then we should be closer to the truth. But if ours is weaker, then we have to admit that we are further from the truth. We should correct our mistake and move on.

There's dignity in admitting that you're wrong and in correcting your mistake.

That's the ideal that we should strive for, especially in our political discourse. We fight proof with proof. That is more powerful and effective than bad-mouthing your opponent or using violence or shouting "Fake news!" in the face of bitter truth.

Life Doesn't Always Follow Your Plan

I plan my day the night before.

I open up my Google Calendar and I insert the tasks I want to do 1-hour chunks, depending on the nature of each task. I would start from the time I wake up until the time I sleep.

Below is an example of my day plan:

4:30 - 5:30am: Pray + Quran + read + exercise
5:30 - 6:30am: Work*
6:30 - 7:30am: Pray + get ready
7:30 - 9:00am: Drop off son and wife + breakfast
9:00 - 10:00am: Work
10:00 - 10:15am: Break
10:15 - 11:15am: Work
11:15 - 11:30am: Break
11:30am - 1:00pm: Work
1:00 - 2:00pm: Pray + lunch
2:00 - 4:00pm: Work
4:00 - 5:00pm: Alone time + pray
5:00 - 6:00pm: Pick up wife and son
6:00 - 11:00pm: Family time

*My work consists of prioritized tasks related to motivational speaking, Youtube vlogging, writing, and social media postings. House chores are also included in the term "work".

Upon a glance, one might think that I have my life in order and everything falls into place. But life rarely follows your plan minute-by-minute. The chances of my day following the schedule I have written the night before is about 5-10%.

Most of the time, unexpected things happen. Sometimes my wife calls me because she left something at home and I have to bring it to her. Sometimes my son falls sick and I have to take him home. Sometimes my parents would come to visit.

Sometimes I am just not in the mood.

Having said that, it doesn't mean that I don't get things done. It simply means the day doesn't progress exactly like how I wanted it. Instead, it changes. A lot. There are many things that could shift you away from the plan that you have set at the beginning of the day.

Having experienced this for some time, one might wonder why I still plan my day the night before.

Well, I want to tell you two 2 things that keep me going:

1. Life doesn't owe you anything

If I start my day thinking that life must follow my plan, then I am delusional. Life doesn't owe me anything. I am not the ultimate boss of my life. God is. So, I am in no position to command the day to follow my desires. Accepting that fact and remembering my place keep me humble and in check.

God asks me to plan for the rain. He didn't ask me to control the weather.

2. If you can't do everything, don't abandon everything

Yes, I have many aspirations and dreams. Yes, I want to achieve all of them if I could. But I have to learn the difference between reality and fantasy. In reality, I can't do everything and I can't achieve everything. But that doesn't mean that I should abandon everything and give up.

If you ask me, "What's the point?", then the point is this: don't give up.

Cherish the small successes that you have accomplished in a day. If in 10 tries, you only succeed in 4 of them, then celebrate the 4 successes! Pat yourself on the back for putting the effort and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Don't cry over the 6 failures. Learn from them and move on.

Each time I plan my day the night before, I have hope that I will complete them all. But at the same time, I save some room for the unexpected. I don't dwell on my failures. Instead, I move on to the next task on my to-do list.

The clock is ticking and time waits for no one.

So if today I couldn't achieve what I planned to achieve the night before, that's okay. I will try again tomorrow. If I fail to achieve again, then I will try again. If the summary of my life is just trying and trying, I will be happy with that.

I have accepted the fact that life doesn't always follow my plan. Instead, I should follow its plan.

Life doesn't adapt to you. You adapt to life.

What Kind of Person Do You Want to Be?

Hypocrisy Sucks

We don't like it when people are being hypocritical. But beyond that, we don't like it when we are being hypocritical. But this post is not about being a hypocrite.

This post is about being a human being who is in the process of self-development.

When you are in the process of developing yourself, you will find yourself in a transition phase. You are neither the person you are and at the same time you are not the person you want to be.

At least not yet.

In that transition phase, it is quite normal to feel like you are a hypocrite. It is understandable that you are uncomfortable in this phase. That feeling of hypocrisy can lead you to abandon the process of self-development altogether and return to your former self.

Sarah and Smoking

For example, Sarah wanted to change her lifestyle. Before, she smoked cigarettes and most of her friends are doing the same. She realized that the habit is dangerous to herself physically and financially.

So Sarah started her journey to change her lifestyle. She reduced the number of cigarettes she smokes per day and joined a smoking cessation program at a local hospital. Her close friends were the first to notice that Sarah was not the same person they knew.

Sarah is now in the transition phase. She is not the smoker that she was before but at the same time, she is not the person she wants to be yet. She still has a long way to go. That is normal in the process of self-development.

But the phase is making Sarah feels uncomfortable. Her close friends started to treat her differently and she feels that there is an increasing gap between her and her friends. She now feels guilty for starting the change and feels like she is not being herself.

The hypocrisy feeling starts to creep in and she is now standing at a fork in the road.

Uprooting Your Old Self

I believe many of us have stood at a fork in the road before. Perhaps you are there right now. Here, you might feel like you are being a hypocrite and you want to return to your former self and make yourself feel better. You might feel like that is the only choice you have.

But that is not true.

You always have a choice. You are not being a hypocrite and there is a simple test that you can use to confirm that. Look at your belief right now. If you believe that you want to be a better person, then you are not a hypocrite.

A hypocrite does not believe in becoming a better person. A hypocrite believes in remaining the same, but only behaves differently on the outside. It is simply a stunt to convey a certain image on the surface, but deep down the hypocrite doesn't believe in any of it.

That is not you.

You believe in the change and you believe that you should change. Even though on the outside you might stumble here and there, but deep inside you firmly believe in the change. That is what differentiates you from hypocrisy.

Sarah might still smoke every now and then. Her friends might make fun of here and call her a hypocrite. But in her heart, Sarah believes in the person she wants to be and she aspires to be that person one day. That is proof that she is not a hypocrite.

The discomfort you feel about the change is part of the change. It is not hypocrisy. It is you trying to uproot your old self and trying to plant a new one. Uprooting hurts, but it is necessary because you realize that your old self is not benefiting your life.

Just like uprooting an old tree and planting a new tree, the process takes time and energy. You have to be persistent with the work that you are putting in and be patient before you can see the fruits of your labour.

If you ever doubt yourself and still feel the clench of hypocrisy, then ask yourself this question, "What kind of person do I want to be?"

If you want to a different and better version of yourself, then you are not a hypocrite.

This process is never ending because we have a lot of old trees that we don't want in our garden. So we have to constantly check which tree needs to be removed and plant a new one to make our garden better. Our garden is never finished because it is always a work in progress.

You are always a work in progress.

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Location

Arau, Perlis MY

Phone number

+6 013 416 4652

Website

www.aimanazlan.com