POWER OF THE MIND
CHANgESTATION PrOVES THAT ENCOUrAgEMENT ANd MOTIVATION CAN gO A lONg WAY IN TrANSfOrMINg lIVES.
Carelle Mangaliag is a neuro-linguistic programming expert and president and CEO of TrainStation, a motivational marketing company that helps companies empower people through corporate and public training workshops. “Since we help people through training and coaching, as well as organizations of all sizes here and abroad, I have always wanted to reach out to people who cannot afford our services. It has always been my advocacy to offer free talks for students, communities in need, and government agencies,” she shares.
It was during a program for public school students and teachers where the seeds of ChangeStation, TrainStation’s advocacy arm, began. “The program opened my eyes to how thirsty so many people are to learn. I wanted to make a difference and to help rewrite their stories,” Mangaliag continues. “I realized that we could do that through making neuroscience and linguistics relatable through laughter, fun, and games.”
To help launch the advocacy, Mangaliag’s friends and clients chipped in. Things began to snowball after the Typhoon Yolanda calamity in Quezon, which then became the site of ChangeStation’s first project. “The singer Aiza Seguerra went to Tacloban to volunteer and she was in touch with people who needed our help,” Mangaliag narrates. “We flew our coaches to Tacloban a few weeks after the typhoon and we were able to coach people who experienced great loss and tragedy. That experience changed us forever.”
The organization’s approach is largely based on Mangaliag’s training. Neuro-linguistic programming is a method of influencing the way people think through the use of language and other forms of communication, which enables them to change the way they react to different situations or stimuli. “We coach individuals suffering from trauma and phobia—depression, fear of flying, suicide, sexual abuse—to help them move forward with their lives.” After ChangeStation’s experience in Tacloban, its platform expanded to other areas. Seguerra, who is currently chairperson of the National Youth Commission, tapped ChangeStation to create programs targeting pertinent concerns among the youth, including teenage pregnancy, drug addiction, HIV, suicide, and depression. “Upon returning to Manila, we opened our doors to survivors relocated in Manila through Project Yakap. Another project, Usap Tayo, became a platform for the young people to have conversations with their parents, creating an environment where communication can be easy and fun. Parents are also equipped on how to talk about subjects that may be taboo so they can guide their children and be there for them even before issues arise.” For