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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.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link

Q9. Facebook profile URL link

Q10 Twitter profile URL link

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Simmi Bhasin - Founder of WOMEN WHO WIN Community

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

2005 marked my launch as an individual entrepreneur, with the start of my company ‘Resume Connect’ where I handled recruitment for travel and hospitality industry. I ventured into entrepreneurship as my years of commendable performance in the corporate world and my PR skills gave me the confidence and courage to start something of my own, where I could instill more of my own personality and individuality.

Life always have some unexpected plans for you and my husband moved to Mumbai in 2009 and I joined him in 2011 after winding up my work in Delhi. I have always been a very positive person, and right when I was facing the dilemma of creating a new space for myself in the new city, I received and opportunity to be a part of the prestigious ISB-Goldman Sachs Entrepreneurial Program for Women Entrepreneurs.

The program gave me a new vision and a fresh start to my profession.  I analysed a Women’s continuous struggle to settle in new environments and balancing her home and profession.  I felt we need a group, a platform, a community which is based on sisterhood.  I launched the group on 8th March 2014 by the name of WOMEN WHO WIN.  Got excellent response and am happy to share that today our group has members of all age groups and from different industries.

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

WOMEN WHO WIN (WWW) is a sisterhood community for women – whether they are working professionals, home-makers, entrepreneurs or students.  We believe in empowering women by building a community based on mutual support, strength and sharing of thoughts, actions and wisdom. WWW is also a very unique marketing and networking platform for women entrepreneurs and professionals.

Products and Services
  • Sisterhood Monthly meets
  • Learning Events
  • Entrepreneurship Development
  • Professional Leads and Marketing
  • Self Enhancing Bootcamps
  • Recognition and Awards
Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

The most intimidating challenge was to start a project with such a huge vision all by myself. As I said, being a person who believe in positive things in life, my positivity and belief in my vision introduced me to my co-founder and together we were able to take this dream towards reality.

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

I conceptualized WOMEN WHO WIN in April 2013. My determination and belief gave me the courage to go ahead.  We did a trial launch in Pune on 18th October 2013.  This was with total strangers. We thought if they like the concept and if it made sense to them, then we will launch it in other cities, starting from Mumbai.

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

On Women’s Day, 8th March 2014, we finally launched WOMEN WHO WIN in Mumbai. We received a wonderful response and support from the some of the very influential women in Mumbai. The name of the organization ‘Women Who Win’ and our concept of Sisterhood appealed to all and within a few months we had a good number of members to mark the beginning of our dream project.

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

Women Who Win is based on very solid and practical approach towards helping women make their mark and gain quantifiable benefits from the association. We plan to introduce some highly effective learning programs and promotional plans for our members in the near future. Our purpose is to reach every women in India who is in need of a professional support system.

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

New entrepreneurs need to analyse their projects and plans with an honest view and build a roadmap that serves as a guiding map towards their success.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link http://in.linkedin.com/pub/simmi-bhasin/15/70/63b/

Q9. Facebook profile URL link https://www.facebook.com/bhasinsimmi and  
Community Page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WomenEmpower

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

Q11. Personal blog URL link

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link http://www.womenwhowin.co

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ritu Advani - CEO & Chief Facilitator of Ritu Advani’s Training Systems

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

My career journey has been interesting and exciting.. I have worked as a Banker, Travel Agent and Consultant, Restaurateur, Interior & Environment Designer. I enjoyed all the mentioned careers. In due respect to time and circumstances, I continued to change, learn and evolve with new knowledge. Basically I love to learn and share. Whilst I was in the midst of my Interior

Designing career, my Mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and my daughter faced Learning Disabilities with an IQ of 128. So I will say they were my inspiration to learn Mind Mapping.

When Tony Buzan (inventor of Mind Mapping) came to Mumbai, I heard him talk on Mind Mapping. This is where I got my answer for my new journey. - Mind Mapping is the answer for a lot of all issues to be dealth with in today’s times..

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

Mind Mapping is a Fun, Easy, Effective, Thinking tool. Mind Mapping is regarded as “Flowers of Intelligence” and “Swiss Army Knife of the Brain” It has been globally acknowledged by companies, universities and schools.

I teach, train, consult, Communication Clarity, Focus, Concentration, Memory Recall, Planning, and Creativity. I teach Entrepreneurs, Businesses, Students, Individuals with Mind mapping as their core subject and then customize in the areas of their requirement.

e.g. Study Skills, Leadership skills, Strategic Planning, Management, Negotiation Skills, Communication Clarity, Brainstorming.,

In this day of “Information Overload” Clients can manage their time effectively by Mind Mapping.

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

Mind Mapping is fairly new to India.. Bringing a new method to work with takes a long time to convince them that Mind Mapping would make things easier for them to work with. Of course, the various cultures, languages , thought patterns all play a role in trying to change persons / corporate to form a single new method of working..

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

I was / am stubborn and persistent in what I believe. So I jumped over hurdles of convincing and dealing with different cultures and thought patterns in India.

Belief, passion in the product and persistence are important. I have those qualities to pursue.

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

The clients who have trained for Mind Mapping have shared positive feedbacks on the subject.

I continue to persist, evolve, create and convince people of my products constantly..

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

I am in the midst of writing a book.....to be released soon. .

I shall l continue teaching, training and consulting Mind Mapping to Business Groups.

Teach Mind Mapping to Students, Teachers Individuals along with the subject matter of their choice and requirement.. Mind Mapping is crucial for Students who have to face Learning Disabilities Teach students to plan, organize their studies, have better communication clarity I have trained as a counselor Dr. Robert Car huff’s theory that would help better understand the parents, students, teenagers, and deal with their problems and shortcomings in order to overcome them for a more effective performance.. I plan to counsel the youth towards their future, enhance their creativity. Counsel adults, parents, women, to develop their inner creative potential, what is hindering their growth if at all.

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

Work hard, Work hard, Work hard ... Play hard, Play hard.

Follow your dreams with passion. Believe in Yourself. Each one of us is Unique.

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Q9. Facebook profile URL link – https://www.facebook.com/ritu.advani.39

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