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Friday, October 31, 2014

Ragini Mudaliar - Professional Image Consultant and Corporate Trainer

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

I wanted to be 'Financially independent' for rest of my life by doing something I loved. i.e. by adding value in people's lives. Once I was attending a seminar, there the speaker said if you want to be wealthy then you have to take ownership of your life. I realized I have unlimited power and I want to discover myself. That's how this amazing journey started.

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

I am a Professional Image Consultant and a Corporate Trainer. As a Consultant I help each individuals to look and feel great. I help them with attractive appearance, appropriate behavior, and  great communication and inter personal skills. This enhances their self confidence and personal & professional  success.

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

Well... where ever there is a challenge....there is an opportunity. If Bigger the challenge.... opportunity is also bigger.  Of course if you love what you do nothing would feel like a challenge.  As I kept moving ahead  without fear, my self-confidence also increased.

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

As I started my business the finance was a major concern. Already I had invested big money to undergo the professional training and certification process. Once I started marketing my business, only after three months money started flowing in. I stayed focused and never ever though of giving up! My patience started paying off.

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

In today's world of internet....opportunities are very large. This is a golden time to start any Business. I started marketing and getting contacts through internet. I even started experimenting and going out of my comfort zone.  Yes....it  worked. I could get references from my existing clients as well.

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

I am dreaming BIG!  I want to be a CEO of a large company and provide jobs for at least 10 to 20 enthusiastic young beginners.

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

This is 'The Best' time to start any Business!  As market, options, clients, products are countless in this globalized world. However my advice would be.....

a)  Have belief and faith in yourself and your success.
b)  Stay Focused on your goals.
c)  Have a list of written goals.
d)  Keep persistence
e)  Never ever give up!
f)   Take Massive action every day
f)  Love what you do....you will have fun! .
g)  Be ready for rejections and word 'NO'......do not take it personally.
h)  Have a positive attitude
I)   Start thinking, looking and behaving like a business man/woman.
j)   Business/Marketing Skills are add-on apart from your product knowledge.
k)  Honesty & integrity in everything you say and do!
l)   Yes...you will succeed for Sure!

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link http://in.linkedin.com/pub/ragini-mudaliar/86/570/463

Q9. Facebook profile URL link https://www.facebook.com/ragini.mudaliar.3

Q10 Twitter profile URL link

Q11. Personal blog URL link

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

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