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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Barry Maher - American Speaker, Author on Leadership, Communication, Management & Sales

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

I started out to be a novelist. But my novels quickly hit worst-seller status. One even made the UPI’s Ten Most Underrated List for that year, along with a Meryl Streep movie about a dingo that ate a baby.

I was supporting myself with a business career while waiting to achieve best seller status (along of course with wealth, fame and beautiful lovers). Then, about 20 years ago, my agent suggested I write a business book. Which I did. I quickly found myself in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and literally hundreds of other publications. One day the phone rang and the voice on the other end asked me if I’d speak at their convention. For a one hour keynote, she offered a fee that was over a third of the advance I’d gotten on the book. Did it. Loved it.

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

I’m a speaker and a trainer with an expertise in communication, leadership, management and sales. I do everything from keynote presentations to workshops and seminars to extensive trainings. Each session is thoroughly and completely tailored and customized for the individual group, and is as content-rich yet as entertaining and motivational as I can possibly make it.

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

Operating on shoestring (and a broken one at that), I originally had to do everything myself. The thrift that made it possible for me to survive and then thrive in the beginning, quickly became a hindrance when I delayed hiring people who could do any number of specific tasks easier, cheaper and far better than I could.

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

Quite simply I was getting overwhelmed. I knew that I couldn’t afford to lower the quality of my presentations or my business would quickly stop growing or even start to retreat. So I was working 7 days a week as many as 16 hours a day. And, as a speaker, I was doing all that traveling as well. Though I’ve always loved what I do, it certainly became much harder to enjoy it during this period. I knew I had to get help but I also knew that I didn’t really have time to train them and still get everything done that needed to be done.

Fortunately, I took the time to find just the right person and my first hire turned out to be one of my very best ever. I won’t say he trained himself but he was so self-directed and so smart, that he came about as close as anyone could to training himself.

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

As a speaker, I’ve had to work out just what topics my market needed. Then each topic has to be developed then honed over the years to deliver just what our client needs. We never stop perfecting them. Since each session is so thoroughly customized for the particular group, we’re constantly adding new material that may ultimately work for other clients down the line as well.

Beyond that, we’re constantly working to improve our systems as well. So in a sense, my experiment period has never ended and hopefully it never will

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

The company has been very successful but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to continue to improve. Adding more client and making sure that each and every presentation delivers exactly what the client needs, and more.

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

Having been involved in a number of start-ups as everything from a founder to a consultant, there here are some of the biggest mistakes I've made and seen, and what I learned from them.

1) Overpaying for office space or luxurious appointments that have absolutely no impact on customers. I've watched companies whose customers never see their offices waste hundreds of thousands of precious capital remodeling old warehouses and buying the latest and coolest office furniture, when they should have been developing their business in a garage someplace.

2) Eating your seed corn. This year's profit isn't all profit, much of it should be plowed back into the business. And make sure you have a cash reserve for when times get tough again, which they will sooner or later.

3) Overpay for "expert" leadership. When you decide to bring in help to run the business don't be overly impressed by big name experience and huge salaries listed on their resume. First check them out every way you can to make sure the person is everything they claim to be (and, if so, why did their last employer let such a wonder escape). And even if they are, will that expertise translate to your business: a successful executive at Boeing at may crash and burn disastrously working in a start-up without the kind of resource that were used to previously.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=8256170

Q9. Facebook profile URL link https://www.facebook.com/barry.maher.98

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

Q11. Personal blog URL link http://www.barrymaher.com

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

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sujata Singhi - Founder and chief speaker at The Success Syndicate

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

I started my career as a trainer in 2000. Trainings were basically on education, personality development and public speaking. As a student, I was always referred to as a very powerful and influential speaker and after having completed my MBA I pursued Mass Communication. It was then that my mentors often gave me a platform to make institutional representations at different places. This opportunity honed my oration skills and doors automatically opened. I wanted to do something productive with my time and hence took up training as a profession which gives monetary benefits and also a lot of satisfaction by contributing to so many lives. As an international educator, Life coach, motivational speaker, corporate trainer and mentor, I touch the lives of people across horizons and professions. This gives me an opportunity to learn, grow and contribute. I have been honored as the pioneer who introduced and developed the concept and application of “Creativity in Education”.

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

There are 51 modules I work on for education and 21 modules for corporates and revenue department. These include motivation, Leadership, team building, effective communication, conflict resolution, time management, stress management, relationship conflict and resolution, Identity management, values and ethics-conflict and management, Decision making, accountability and responsibility with codes of conduct, Behavior and skill management and many more.

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

As it was my deep rooted passion which turned into profession, each challenge turned into an opportunity. Networking seemed to be an issue initially but as the participants themselves gave references, it gave me an opportunity to explore new avenues. Now, it is a stage where I need to prepare trainers to help me build a team.

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

“Nothing is Impossible” move and you attain success.

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

I had to initially give sessions free of cost so that people would hear me. But after that people did not want it for free and offered to make professional payments which was very encouraging.

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

1. My future plans are to cover atleast half of the globe especially USA, Europe, Australia giving seminars.

2. Publish my book by January 2015.

3. Build a strong team of 50 trainers who can assist me to cover atleast all the educational institutions in  India.

4. To conduct all Mega corporate trainings across borders.

My vision and passion keeps me moving and helps me become a better trainer and learner.

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

First step is to do what you like doing the most. Follow your passion and success will follow sooner or later. Never give up and never stop. Keep moving however slow.

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Q9. Facebook profile URL link: https://www.facebook.com/sujata.singhi.7

Q10 Twitter profile URL link: https://twitter.com/sujata@sujatasinghi

Q11. Personal blog URL link

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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rajashree Nedungadi - Art and Craft workshops

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

This journey as an artist started by fluke. Apart from knowing some basic and craft, I was not very proficient with anything specific. Early marriage, two kids early,  brought me to a phase of looking for my identity. Thought of conducting a small summer camp, friends supported me by sending their kids and I  found my calling.

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

I am artist by profession,  conduct art and craft workshops for schools, colleges and corporate.  Specialize in close to 350 different art and craft forms, paintings, clay work and paper quilling.

Also provide customized gift items like trays,  boxes and more.

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

I missed having a mentor. How, what, when, why to do and not to do was  in various situations was something I had to figure out on my own.

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

There is tough competition in this line, had to work on building my USP that was one of my toughest challenges.

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

I discovered I had a flair for all things creative, be it art, craft, paint, paper or clay. I used this to my advantage and worked on these by updating myself with multiple art and craft forms periodically.

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

I would like to upgrade myself by updating how, how much and when to use social media marketing.  Next five years, I want to the panel of a couple of corporate as a whole and sole supplier.

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

Work on the quality and pricing. Have a personal set of ethics to be followed professionally and stick to them. Ultimately its  your goodwill that will stand by  you in thick and thin.

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Q11. Personal blog URL link

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Preeti Subberwal - Transformational Coach, Founding Director at Thoughtful Engagement

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

As long as I can remember, I was inclined towards anything that could make a difference in the quality of our life. However, I had never considered taking up coaching or training as a profession. A series of triggers started happening since the year 2010 to make me realize the purpose of my life. I got various messages from the universe in many forms and it made me reflect deeply on my profession at that time (I was a Senior Manager in a Telecom Software company).

I strongly believe in the holistic approach to well-being and leadership that promotes mind, body and spirit unification. My quest in this lifetime is how I can accelerate my evolutionary growth and work towards self-mastery in all the four dimensions (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) in a way that I inspire and support others to do so. With this vision, I quit my job and founded my company – ‘Thoughtful Engagement’ - to provide a platform to people who are willing to thoughtfully engage with people at large to make a positive difference in their life.

Though I took a lot of detours between realizing my inner calling and pursuing coaching as a career, ultimately, it has brought me the personal and professional fulfilment that is beyond words can express.

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

Thoughtful Engagement facilitates transformational leadership in individuals and organizations through powerful workshops, seminars and coaching programs in the following areas:

• Personal Development and Empowerment

• Sales, Persuasion and Influence

• Leadership and Managerial Excellence

• Collaboration and Interpersonal Effectiveness

• Stress Management and Work-life Balance

• Holistic Pregnancy and Well-being

Our mission is to illuminate the lives of people in a way that they are empowered to attain their next level of success, happiness and fulfilment in their lives.

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

I was preparing myself for a few years before I finally set up my own venture. I got some experience in coaching and training, did some international certifications and planned the finances accordingly. No matter how much you prepare yourself, entrepreneurship is much tougher than you can imagine. There are times when you feel so overwhelmed and under-prepared that you tend to forget why you even embarked on this journey in the first place.

For creating a profitable and sustainable business, I realized that many things need to be taken care of like - getting my company registered, raising the capital for my startup, forming my team and finding my alliance partners, lead generation, converting leads into business, marketing my services, working on my online presence, understanding the competition, wring and publishing my book and then there are always some unforeseen business challenges and expenses also.

The list is endless and it takes a lot of time and efforts to understand the workings of a new industry and to have your first few customers in place.

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

Your determination is tested at every step and it becomes difficult to stay focused when you face one challenge after the other. However, if you are in touch with your source of inspiration, it gives you the inner strength to persevere. I realized that I need to understand the pain points of my prospects and customers and focus on how I can create enormous value for them. And instead of seeking support outside, I had to be in the trenches myself to determine what steps I need to take to hit profitability.

I took up every opportunity with zeal that came on my way whether it was a book reading session, speaking, or a small workshop opportunity. Instead of getting bogged down by disappointments in the early months, I kept renewing my determination with even a greater force and focussed on the learnings.

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

I was able to launch two world class websites, trademarked my own coaching model, collaborated with a few people with vast experience in this industry and successfully launched the first designer self-help book of India – ‘Life Mantras by a Life Coach’.

I started conducting various types of workshops in corporates with a ‘Holistic Leadership’ theme. I got overwhelming feedback from my clients and the participants of my corporate workshops and the word of mouth started generating more work. I didn’t restrict myself to corporates and got the training opportunities in government and public sector organizations. I also tied up with some wellness centres and hospitals for coaching their patients on psychological and spiritual aspects.

I became one of the pioneers in India as a Holistic Pregnancy coach, and this is something very close to my heart. I feel, the kind of transformation, I want to bring in the society, has to be started from the womb itself.

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

I plan to expand overseas as a coach and intend to collaborate with some great international leaders in this industry. As a Holistic Leadership Coach, I will continue to support organizations in accelerating their leadership development and elevating their performance and productivity.

And as a Holistic pregnancy coach, I will tie up with various hospitals and clinics. I will continue to support women in making them realize and embrace their missions as expecting mothers so that they take complete responsibility of the souls entrusted to their care.

I am passionately committed to write many self-mastery books in the times to come. I will also be launching my DVDs and mobile apps to create immense value for the people across the world.

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

My advice to the new entrepreneurs would be to be true to your vision, values and beliefs no matter how many hardships that you face. Keep upgrading your mindset, skillset and toolset so that you are able to constantly improve the quality of your deliverables. Focus more on building your credibility than on your visibility.

And always trust your gut feeling and seek the answers inside instead of believing what other people tell you about what works and what doesn’t work in business.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link http://www.linkedin.com/pub/preeti-subberwal/18/6a3/7b2

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

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

Q11. Personal blog URL link http://www.preetisubberwal.com

Q12. Company website link http://www.thoughtfulengagement.com

Kalyani Kamble - Transform to Triumph

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

Contrary to common belief, there was never a single distinct point in my professional career which made me realize that I had to change my stream of operations. With an MBA in Human Resources and a decade of training experience, I was set in my ways.

However, there was always a sense of impending change looming over me at all points in my career as I knew that my knack to observe human behavior, to see untapped potentials within them would someday manifest itself into something huge. This gestation period of something culminating of my habits was my inspiration to alter my career path and do something that made me joyous! Co-fouding Vinspire – an unequaled knowledge sharing platform which gets like minded people and eager learners on the same stage was a by-product of this inspired career alteration.

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

“It is not what you are underneath, but what you do, that defines you!” This quote has never failed to amaze me and in its wake, it has often made me realize that we are all living dual lives, oblivious to who we are. The products and services catered by Image Impetus tries to bridge this gap between dual lives and thereby, bringing to the fore, who you really are as a person.

So, at Image Impetus we offer our services to individuals as well as corporate and tend to every minute detail of their personality, right from evaluating their body and face shape to their wardrobes to the etiquette and body language to the communication prowess and maximizing their personal style and lifestyle statements. Similarly for our corporate clientele, we arrange various forms of workshops for their employees,
imparting knowledge about their appearance, communication, and etiquette in general. In addition, we also have a one on one counseling session for them to help them cross any bridge too difficult.

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

The word challenge reminds me of this beautiful line by Helen Keller and I quote. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” This quote helped me channelize the inner fears about the foreseeable challenges of business. The one thought that kept me going on this path was that if I wasn't prepared to tackle and win over my own demons, there was no way I could have helped anybody else. And sustaining yourself in this business by being a hypocrite was not an option.

So i had to unlearn all that I had learnt over a period of time, and re-learn so many aspects of the human psyche, dealing with emotions, learning the traits of business and gradually bringing myself to a point where I could be an inspirational example for all those who walked into my office.

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

My experience suggests that venturing into the unknown presents challenges on a more personal level than professional. Image management is one of the most untapped streams of business and to make a living in it meant that my personal stance had to be more thorough and crystal so that I could connect with my clientele on a much deeper level. This realization saw me take various forms of training and coaching to fine tune my natural instincts and subsequently, hone it in a way that would help as many individuals as I possibly could.

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

As I mentioned earlier, there was a lot unlearning that had to be done, in order to re-learn the basics. This experimentation period has been one of the most challenging and fruitful periods of my life as it was firmly supported by my thought process that I could not be an inspiration and of help to anyone unless I was setting the right example for my clientele.

It was in this period that I amassed knowledge and experience from all possible quarters, started implementing them in places and situations I deemed fit and improved my personal self to become successful professionally.

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

The whole focus of Image Impetus has been to extend a hand to individuals who are dealing with life’s challenges, seemingly back-footed.

To create an opportunity for these individuals to be toe-to-toe with life is our vision and reaching out to as many individuals as we can is our mission. So I see myself doing this for the next five years and hopefully, do a small part to spread a certain sense of happiness around.

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

Being an eternal student of a classroom called life, my advice to fellow entrepreneurs, in general and specially to those who wish to get into Image management would be to be more observant of everything that surrounds you. Pick up on little fragments of information, muster the strength to seek, develop your skills, practice what you preach and don’t settle for anything less than perfection.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link http://in.linkedin.com/pub/kalyani-kamble/78/a58/106

Q9. Facebook profile URL link https://www.facebook.com/kalyani.kamble.92

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

Q11. Personal blog URL link

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