Farill Farook is a relentless optimist. He believes every person has greatness within them and helps individuals seek this and see the bigger picture.
An acclaimed Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Personality Development Coach & Business Strategist, Farill holds over 16 years of work experience, both locally and internationally. His core strengths include motivation, self- discovery, overcoming adversity, and creating winning strategies.
His signature workshop “Discover the winner in you “is highly regarded and is based on his own formulas and success story that could be applied to any person to achieve success. At present he is a Professional speaker and trainer and conducts youth leadership programs, public and corporate workshops and have partnered with local and international brands including American Center(Guest speaker on 02 occasions), Canadian High Commission, Dialog Axiata, ReMax Sri Lanka, Life Insurance Corporation etc . Farill is also a much sought after keynote speaker, Marketing consultant, Public speaking and performance coach and have coached a wide spectrum of individuals from CEO, Consultants, Diplomats, Economists, entertainers, Lawyers, bankers, finance professionals, entrepreneurs, executives to students.
He is also the winner of a special grant from the US government to conduct Youth Leadership, Public Speaking & English education for the youth of Sri Lanka commencing October 2016.
As a professional speaker, Farill leads seminars and workshops to audiences around the country and has spoken to over 100,000 people at colleges, personal growth events, conferences, and corporations. Farill was the first Sri Lankan to be interviewed as an expert on Marc Mawhinney reknown podcast Natural born coaches and has also being featured on Channel eye, Art Tv as well as various other programs. He is also a frequently been seen on media publications including the Daily FT, Daily news, The Island, Sunday Times.
Farill is a founder member of the speaker’s corner movement commenced at the American center to facilitate young speakers and future leaders to overcome the fear of public speaking and share ideas. Comedy Sundays is another noteworthy project Farill facilitates from launch in 2013, which encourage local talent towards standup comedy.
Farill leverages his own passion to help people reach their highest potential and growth; he believes that each individual is capable of discovering his or her own passion to pursue a dream and make an impact and contribution to the world, if one has the right support and tools. Farill is a master storyteller with a unique way of captivating his audiences. His material is original, easy to understand, and takes you on a journey of self-discovery to help you connect with a higher level of awareness. His vision speaks volumes for itself today being the successful entrepreneur who always believes in pursuing his dream. It was not an easy ride. After being inspired by
unexpected challenges and experiences, he realized his journey was indeed his destination and always believes in pursuing a life you could be passionate about.
Farill commenced his career as an entrepreneur at the age 20 with three of his friends collaborating with Sri Lanka’s first incubator. The venture included transmitting Sri Lanka’s first online elections results live across the web as well as mobile (WAP). The company’s main focus was developing an e-learning platform which was tested, launched with a leading marketing body in South Asia and then sold to a foreign entity.
Being a passionate marketer, Farill moved into advertising and public relations managing key corporate accounts which consisted of leading local brands as well as Multinational accounts. His other stints include heading marketing and sales at several service and product based companies.
In 2007, Farill moved to California, USA, with a mission to further explore opportunities and reach one’s full potential. He worked as an Assistant Manager at Oak Shell in Calabasas gaining valuable experience in customer relationship management and service marketing. Seeing great potential in Sri Lanka, He moved back in 2007 and launched ‘Spotlight PR,’ an Advertising-led PR firm that specializes in digital media services. In March 2010, he unveiled ‘Colombo Things to Do’ – a travel and lifestyle magazine. “Colombo Things to Do” is now a leading, travel magazine with a readership of over 4 million. (www.thingstodo.lk)
His passion to pursue bigger and better things and thirst for entrepreneurial and innovative ideas didn’t just end there. His next big idea was soon spurred by the lack of places for children to spend quality time. Supported by his wife/business partner, he launched Kidz Planet (www.kidzplanetsl.com) in 2014, Sri Lanka’s first educational and activity play center that encompasses role-play method for skills development. Kidz Planet has attracted over 20,000 visitors since its inception, ranging from school excursions, field trips, birthdays, to private events, as well as daily customers. Farill considers his two-year stint with Kidz Planet as his ‘Ph.D. in entrepreneurship’ and self-discovery, which led to his ultimate passion of motivating and unleashing one’s highest potential channeling his strengths to become a motivational speaker and personality development coach.
In the academic front, Farill is armed with an MSc in Business Psychology from the University of Coventry (UK) and is a Member of the Association of Business Executives (MABE- UK). He has also completed Hypnotherapy course at the Hypnotherapy Motivation institute at Tarzana and completed the Higher National Diploma in marketing management at the National Institute of Business Management (NIBM), California. Farill is also an Advance competent communicator – bronze & Competent Leader of the Toastmasters’ movement and is the Vice President Education of Serendib Toastmasters’ Club.
He has also represented the club as a facilitator for speech craft sessions at leading public and private institutions Holy Family Convent, Visaka College, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, CIC Link Natural etc. He is also a prize winner at several club and area represented the club at area level. Farill is also a visiting lecturer at the American College of Higher Education conducting lectures for degree level students.
Farill grew up in Colombo and completed his primary education at Royal College and invests a considerable amount of time to study success formulas and strategies of thought leaders, game changers, and visionaries and applies these in his teachings. His pastime activities travel, compeering, meeting people, experiment culinary, reading and outdoor sports. His straight-from-the-heart approach, passion, and high- energy motivate audiences to step beyond their limitations and achieve great success and milestones.
Farills larger vision is to be the no 1 motivational speaker in Sri Lanka with international presence and presently is compiling his maiden book titled “Discover the winner in you” set to be published by January 2017.