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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Rupali Gautam - Image Consultant from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship?

Well, I am a BE in Information Technology and have an industry experience on more than 11 years in fields of Finance and Operations. Also more than 5 years of experience in People Management, HR related activities. Although things were going good, I wanted something more interesting and gave me some flexibility. I hold a keen sense of observation in terms of dressing and grooming. I always had a passion to be presentable and look good. I believe good presentation of one’s self gives an edge over others both in personal and professional lives.

When I came across Image Management industry, there was no second thought to take my
passion as my career. It gave me a platform to use my creativity, skills along with a lot of flexibility. Now work is more fun for me.

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.

It’s very important today to invest in yourself to enhance your Image and create positive impression.

At Image N Impressions, we assist people exercise greater control over the impressions they create and perceptions they influence through elements of image – dressing, grooming and body language, including etiquette. We fully understand the role of image in each and every person’s personal, professional and social lives. We assist you to project an image which is appropriate, authentic, attractive and affordable, consistently.

We deal with Individual solutions, corporate solutions, one on one coaching solutions as well as personal shopping services. We have a holistic approach with all aspects of Image branding.

Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

Well immediately post my certification from India I had to shift to Malaysia. It was a major transition in my personal as well as professional life. I took it up as a challenge. I had researched about Image Management industry in Malaysia. Image consulting does exist but still is very naive. So it has its own set of challenges as well as opportunities. Initially I created opportunities by organising some workshops where I introduced the concept of Image Management and its importance in today’s world.

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

As I had mentioned I faced challenges in every aspect. There were no structured rules/ norms to be followed. So I kept on experimenting with new aspects and approach. I took challenges to create an opportunities. With every small opportunity I got a chance to learn more and more and thus my experience just got better.

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

I still feel the discovering period is on. There are lot of things which have to be explored and I am working towards it.

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

Apart from individual consulting, I want to focus more on Corporate for services like Image Management and Soft skills. I am also keen in exploring the option of Image Audit in corporate which will assist the employee as well as the employer to have their Image in sync with the company image.

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in 
business?

Always believe in yourself. Every individual is a power house, challenge and push you out of your comfort zone to reach out new horizons and follow your passion.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link http://in.linkedin.com/pub/rupali-gautam/55/6b5/a0

Q9. Facebook profile URL link https://www.facebook.com/rupali.gautam.14

Q10 Twitter profile URL link

Q11. Personal blog URL link

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link 


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Arun Chitlangia - TRAINING TREE

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship?

Being the eldest son in a marwadi family, having established business of Ball Bearings, own office and residence, it was written on the wall that I am expected to join my father’s business. I observed that Illiterate and uneducated traders and brokers earned more than me and my education was not used there, so I wanted to do something different. I putted up a SSI unit at Hyderabad. Now, this was other extreme. I could not manage it and had to wind up.

I tried my hands at share market as sub-broker, ad agency, Jobs at big and few smaller companies, Share Recovery Agent, but the job satisfaction was missing.

At Lions Club, my public speaking ability was appreciated. In a SWOT analysis this was emphasized and I started thinking - how to use this ability or strength. One of the option was Training and after some hiccups I landed here.

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.

TRAINING TREE provided behavioral training services where I am the Lead Trainer and many efficient trainers in our panel. We provide training in Train The Trainer, Creativity and Innovation, Conflict Management, PSDM, Conducting Interviews etc. Our flagship program is “Wow! Monday Morning Again!!”

Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

Paying household bills in time was the greatest challenge. I had to take loan from my father and there was a time, when even his quota exhausted. There was no place to go for next bills to pay. The family members also got frustrated and the environment was so difficult. Irregular income was the main issue.

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

I could see huge potential in training industry. Inside, I was convinced that good volume of business is there. But there was no immediate success. Improving on my
quality, content which takes time was the only thing i could do.

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

Once I got any assignment, it was treated at par irrespective of the fee. The effort
was to give maximum value to the customer. Exceeding Customer Expectation was my mantra, and it worked. Even now, I am growing mainly due to this one single factor.

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

One branch of TRAINING TREE in each major town of India.

My travel all over the globe for delivering training, evenly distributed over various
countries - a combination of business and pleasure travel.

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business?

1. Set Goals at early stage - you can always change them later.

2. Initially, work under someone - best learning happens on job.

3. Save money.

4. Start your venture - do something that you are passionate about.

5. Concentrate and Focus even in adverse conditions.

6. Learn from everyone including juniors

7. Increase network

8. Strive for Customer Delight

9. Share information - Give, give and give

10.RESPECT everyone - Peon to President

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link 

Q9. Facebook profile URL link https://www.facebook.com/arunchitlangia

Q10 Twitter profile URL link 

Q11. Personal blog URL link https://plus.google.com/106447137056434183871/posts

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link http://www.trainingtree.in



Friday, September 26, 2014

Sushant Mysorekar - Founder & CEO of BRAIN RHYME

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you tostart this business/ entrepreneurship?

Right from beginning of my career, I was completely focused on becoming an entrepreneur. I had decided right from the beginning to start with some business, which can earn my livelihood & provide value to society. With this in mind I met my first mentor Mr.Dilip Tikle sir who guided me in building up my career. He introduced me to my mentor, guide, philosopher & a true friend Mr.Vikrant Chaphekar who unconditionally supported me & helped me to stand on my feet by providing me tools, resources to start the business.

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.

BRAIN RHYME is a Brain training program engaged in process of learning, research, educating, mentoring and coaching participants by imparting various tools, systems & techniques for better tomorrow.We all face a few challenges which are typical of the age we are living in. Students as well as professionals have shorter attention spans (due to the advent of internet) and have too many distractions which were not there a decade ago.Our workshops / personalized coaching have been proven to help many who are faced with learning difficulties & struggle for better understanding and recall. BRAIN RHYME helps people of all ages & from all walks of life.

We provide coaching in groups as well as individuals. Our Brain-Smart program is specifically designed keeping in mind the needs, desire and results required by Students. Our  Brain-Professional program is specifically designed keeping in mind the needs, desire and outcomes for the working professionals. We also provide programs for LD, Alzheimer, Glaucoma, Speech disorder, Dementia, Slow learners, & MS patients.

Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

Since last couple of years before research had been done on Cognitive skill development, lot many were not aware about the benefits of Brain development programs. It was difficult to introduce the services in the beginning phase. Secondly their were no ready  material available for circulation . When we designed both & showed results people started believing in us.

 Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

Yes as in any other business, one needs to face the challenges, but the funniest part was it was enjoyable, as we learnt new aspects, started working with different people from various backgrounds & since I am from Psycological background , I enjoyed the difficult circumstances & learnt new techniques which I might have not learnt otherwise.

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after thediscovery period?

Experimentation is an ongoing process & it never ends. We worked with lot of normal kids initially &our techniques helped them to come up with good results . but it was a great challenge to us while working with participant having learning disabilities, Alzhimer, Dementia, MS & many such difficulties. We were confident that the techniques shall definitely work, but our challenge was to mould them in the pattern that they understand. We are glad to inform our readers here that we were successful all the time, because we were clear about the basic concepts , systems, process & methodology of deliverables.

 Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

Within next 5 years we shall be targeting schools in India & conduct memory competitions to make them competitive, more stronger & realize their inner potentials.

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start &sustain in business?
  • Before starting any business learn the financial side of the business as it can help you in taking risk, since without risk you cannot do any business.
  • Be ready to accept challenges & focus on what needs to be done rather than why it needs to be done.
  • In difficult times, do a product research and work on it, as it can be a source of inspiration & future plan to move ahead.
  • Don’t get involved in only one product instead work on different product / areas of business.
  • Create a quality product & then start your marketing first with people whom you know better & ask for their feedback.
  • Improvise on your product every 3 months..
Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link http://in.linkedin.com/in/sushantm

Q9. Facebook profile URL link https://www.facebook.com/BrainRhyme

Q10 Twitter profile URL link https://twitter.com/Brainrhyme

Q11. Personal blog URL link

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link http://www.brainrhyme.com

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Anand Mehta - Shubham - Retail and Consumer Merchandise

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship?

As a proud Gujarati, you always have a passion for business, so decided to start the enterprise during the final year of MBA, and started doing research as what can be the appropriate industry / business which has long term growth opportunity. The Biggest inspiration was the thought of being on your own and work for your own self.

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.

We are into Branded Handicrafts, designer Pooja Wear and Pooja Articles, with in-house manufacturing facility and chain of showrooms.

Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

1. Perception of people around you.
2. Fear of rejection
3. To prove to the world that new business and new idea can also grow and sustain.

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

The biggest experience is that you are a CEO (Chief Everything Officer) and as a CEO you are doing everything, starting for taking an appointment, confirming the same, making a presentation, driving, parking your car, giving the presentation, convincing the potential client with your idea of the product, negotiating on prize, delivering it, taking a feedback and finally getting the payment. And before all these creating a world class product out of a small inspiring idea, which is your original.

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

In this period, you are slightly in comfort zone, as customers starts appreciating your work and the company also starts getting its due recognition. But one has to be continuously experimenting with new ideas and concept, as its only innovation, which keeps you above and ahead in the market place.

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

To expand the chain of showroooms.
To design, develop and create 1 innovative product per month.
To increase brand loyalty among customers.
To explore new opportunity.

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business?

There is a saying in Gujarati..."Yahom Karine kudo, fateh chhe aage", means just jump into the idea which you have full confidence, work passionately and success will come to you by default.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link http://in.linkedin.com/pub/anand-mehta/20/b4/49a/ 

Q9. Facebook profile URL link http://www.facebook.com/anandmehtap 

Q10 Twitter profile URL link

Q11. Personal blog URL link

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link http://www.aarsiarts.com 

Amazing David, Illusionist from India

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship?

From my later school days, the time when everyone my age was planning to take up Computer programming or Chartered Accountancy, I was fascinated by the thought of turning my hobby in to a full time profession. After completing my Standard XII examinations, I took up a job as a customer service executive for a British telephone company since I needed to financially support my family. I would say I did pretty well but my heart and dreams were fixed on becoming a fulltime showman. I was lucky enough to have managers who were kind enough to grant me leave and the occasional half-day whenever a performance came up. Still, it was difficult to cope up with both careers at the same time.

I could feel my performance quality dropping. After 6 months on the job, it seemed the
end client and the call centre started having some disagreements and overnight, the client shifted the process over to another call centre. A few of the newer employees including myself were asked to leave the process. This turned out to be the Catalyst to start my full time performing career and within a month, eighteen year old Amazing David had landed a contract performing in schools for one of India’s leading Newspapers.

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.

I am an Illusionist. I perform for corporate and private events all over the world. My show is interactive and crosses the threshold between the audience and performer and blurs the line between what we understand and what is unreal. Magic is an intellectually stimulating art form and my performances not only entertain but also leave the audiences thinking. I also design special illusion presentations for clients to launch products or concepts and also bring out corporate messages. I am also working on a new show termed ‘Psychillusions’ that combines human psychology with magic and illusions.

Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

People are programmed to believe that you cannot be a professional entertainer in India. There is “no-scope”. In fact words of discouragement still flow in till this day. As a country, India is yet to understand the value of this form of entertainment. A magician is often thought of as a man in a glittery ill fitting coat and hat pulling out paper flowers from a tin can at a children birthday party. Or people think it is a form of the dark arts, Black magic to be precise.

The biggest challenge was to show people the true potential of a good Illusionist... And i think i am doing that... one show at a time.

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

They say in “ Show Business “ , Business is the bigger word ! Balancing Show and business has always been the difficult part. I am still learning !!

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

What I do is Creatively Stimulating. I am always on the look out for new ways to enthral my audience. I keep experimenting with new effects, humour and presentations. I am working on new shows and ideas all the time and I love doing that. I don’t think my “experiment period” will ever end !

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

I am working towards a modern theatrical magic production and hope to launch it in the next few years and tour the world with it. Also I hope to have a television series on the art. On a more personal front, I would like to do something to uplift traditional Indian street magicians and performers. India has a rich heritage of street performers who no one knows about and hence their tribes are dying out.

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business?

It takes courage to take the first plunge, but once you do that, you will learn to fly. Believing in yourself and your efforts is the key. .

And also my advice to everyone, not just budding entrepreneurs is a quote from Roald Dhal..

“ Always believe in a little magic.. Magic is believing in Yourself and if you can do that you can make anything happen. Don’t wait for that magic moment. Go out and make your own magic. For those who don’t believe in magic... shall never find it..”

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link

Q9. Facebook profile URL link http://www.facebook.com/amazingdavidmagic

Q10 Twitter profile URL link http://twitter.com/IamAmazingDavid

Q11. Personal blog URL link http://www.amazingdavidmagic.blogspot.com

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link http://www.amazingdavid.com