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Friday, July 18, 2014

Ruchi Mohunta - CEO - NUTSHELL KIDS – The Walnut Club Chennai, India

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

With my Honours in History and a First Class Degree in Education from Calcutta University, I was sure headed towards teaching as my profession. As a result of which I have been teaching in two of the premier Schools in Chennai. With nearly a decade in the education field I came to realise, while our schools do make our children good with facts, what we fail to create in them are Thinking and Creative Individuals.

Hence I have started my own Activity Centre which we call The Walnut Club as all activities here are designed to help children think.

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

Nutshell Kids- The Walnut Club offers a range of courses for kids between the age of 4-14.

Since I am a Licensed Instructor in Mind Mapping or in other words a Think Buzan Licensed Instructor (TLI)- helping kids to Think and Mind Map their lessons is the most popular of the Courses.

We also offer courses in Speed Reading and Memory.

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

It is difficult to convince parents that what we need to teach our kids is being independent in their thinking. Most parents look for tuitions for their children while we believe that having learnt the skills to study on their own, they would not need any tuitions. So the challenge has been to break the mindset of the parents.

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

There has been no difficulty phase as such. Thanks to the challenges thrown at us we are able to use creative methods to help children and adults understand the uses of being trained in Mind Mapping. It has been a learning experience for us as well.

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

This period is still going on or in other words – the discovery to newer methods continues.

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

Our vision for the next five years is to open as many Walnut Clubs as possible. To have more Open Workshops in Mind Mapping and other brain friendly techniques in learning as well as enhancing creativity.

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

Every plan you make must be on paper. For every fear you have you also have an opportunity. Its important to take action rather than constant planning. Believe in your ability to handle all situations.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link- http://in.linkedin.com/pub/ruchi-mohunta/
Q9. Facebook profile URL link-  https://www.facebook.com/ruchi.mohunta
Q10. Twitter profile URL link- https://twitter.com/rucheem26
Q11. Personal Blog URL link
Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link- http://www.nutshellkids.com/

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sonal Patel - Behavioral Trainer from India

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

I started 360degree consultancy in 2012 at Nashik with a vision to enhance Employability in the city.

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

We at 360degree consultancy expertise in Life skills (soft skills) training integration through experiential learning, adult learning offering customized solutions based on guided discovery learning. We aspire to fill the gap between unskilled to skilled manpower and help them enhance effectiveness and efficiency creating Work life balance.

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

Finances are key concern in a business where being in Nashik you are expected  to know local people and work from your own office which gives a confidence.

It is ideal to sell a product which is in need, so my journey became more tougher as we sell conceptual product which brings life transformations and where we have to create a need and make people aware about the need for skill development. Senior professionals and reputed institutes would invite you to do a session for FREE stating that you would get exposure and platform with leads which never gets converted into admission.

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

It was last year until December when it was challenges to meet ends and pay house rents, just hand to mouth. Which makes you feel we should quit and then I had a critic and a well wisher both you gave me enough motivation to push it to another level and here I am.

The only recipe is to keep moving ahead, never give up on your aspirations and remember when you work hard people appreciates your work. So when I go to the college I see my students pouring out with a Cibaca smile and spark in their eyes with a hope of making a difference.

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

It is the most precious journey where you read people, trust everyone, have expectations, hope and loads of dependency. When you allow people to read you that’s where you drop your confidence, however we can’t even present that we are happy and content when you are not.

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

My vision is to expand 360degree in interiors of India so students get a platform to learn and explore themselves. I aspire to become an International life coach which heals people and gives them the power for self love and acceptance.

We are in a process to expand in Eastern countries offering skill based learnings.

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

To do a business you do not necessarily need finance however you need your share of plans, strategies, critics, well wishers and tremendous patience.

I listen to this song “Friends” title song... when life has brought you down your knees...

I define it – “When we have nothing to loose we have everything to gain”

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link http://in.linkedin.com/in/sonalpatel360/

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

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

Q11. Personal blog URL link http://www.sonalpatel.co.in/

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link http://www.360degree.co.in

Monday, July 14, 2014

Navin Sadarangani - NYUZ

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

After being tuned to the different facets of the jewellery industry and a part of 3 start-up companies in manufacturing, retail and wholesale, I went independent with NYUZ as a Jewellery Retail Service Provider in the Jan of 2005.

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

NYUZ (pronounced news) is a pioneering business enterprise in the area of Jewellery Retail Services formed with a vision “To become the Preferred Jewellery Retail Service Provider”

What we do are the 4C’s of Services where we Coach, Consult, also indulge in Creative Services and Concepts n Creations in the jewellery retail sector.

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

As a start-up with little knowledge of running a business independently, the challenge was to keep self and small team motivated in a cause where there was little precedent. So to stick to the vision, inspite of temptation to do a lot of other things, at the cost of economic benefits was a challenge, and small pitfalls with no one to share direct burden, was another drawback which sometimes stifled you within.

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

Since the entire idea of Jewellery Retail Services didn’t exist, and the targeted audience was largely the conservative thinking family jeweller, the essence of the business itself was questionable.

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

With the country's leading brand and one of the most progressive family jewellers in your kitty, the courage to showcase your abilities gets enhanced and soon all the other leading names opted for doing business with NYUZ.

It was during this phase that NYUZ was being called upon for things other than just Coaching, and this was the breakthrough that allowed for alternative streams of revenue, while sticking to the vision.

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

NYUZ has evolved fairly well in the area of Coaching and Consultancy. We have also delved a bit in the Creative Retail Services which is an area where I see large opportunity in the coming couple of years, in lieu of the contacts that we have developed in Media, Films and our client base.

This year, I also want to get some level of serious work going in the area of Concepts n Creations. Hence the vision remains unchanged, but the scope of activities gets enhanced, in line with our mission.

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

Firstly, make up your mind, what it is that you are ready to lose, and for how long. Next, sit by yourself, if you're clear of the scope of work and your potential, and work on your Vision, Mission and Values Next, if you have a Mentor, share with him your plans, and use the help. Keep getting back to the Mentor every six months to review progress.

And then... there's no falling back or failing. Its just a matter of time till you taste success. People don’t fail, they just stop short before the time has come to peak.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link : http://in.linkedin.com/pub/navin-sadarangani/5/b2b/372

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

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

Q11. Personal blog URL link : 

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

Friday, July 11, 2014

Col Nandu Warrier - Principal Consultant - Enterprise Unlimited

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

My career journey began with my joining the army in 1980. The army inculcated in me many qualities like discipline, a high degree of self- motivation, a high degree of self esteem, self confidence and an ethical orientation.

The fact that I had a passion for training and consulting made me enter the field after I quit the army.

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

Teaching too is a passion. Currently I am an HR Consultant, a trainer and a certified coach, focusing mainly of the "human side of enterprise".

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

During the course of my journey I had to contend with failure, lack of funds, a highly competitive field and a lack of ethical orientation and commitment among people. If anything, these challenges have made me stronger and more determined.

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?
Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

I have learnt that patience, relatedness with people and investment in learning and continual improvement are they keys to success.

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

I plan to expand my business pan- India in the next two years.

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

For the new entrepreneur my advice is-" Persist and never give up"

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link
Q9. Facebook profile URL link https://www.facebook.com/nandu.warrier
Q10 Twitter profile URL link
Q11. Personal blog URL link http://www.ColNanduWarrier.co.in
Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Monika Kaushik - Morph Your Image Management Consultancy

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

With a Masters degree in management , I decided to acquire a hands-on skill which could supplement my knowledge. That is when I did my courses in Makeup and Hair styling. Then came along the concept of Image Consultancy which was like 'connecting the dots backwards' for me. In this field I was able to use and apply all the knowledge and skills I had acquired over the years.

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

We provide group trainings to Corporates across various industries because the concept of Image management is applicable universally. Topics are Clothes, Body language, Etiquette, Grooming and hygiene, Communication , Life skills.

We also provide individual consultation to CEOs, VPs and senior level managers, Entrepreneurs.

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

The concept of Image Management was fairly new. We had to explain the concept and talk about its importance to prospective clients.

And once they realised ( which they would have, undoubtedly), they expected immediate results.

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

I would not refer to it as difficult period. It was more of a learning phase for me.

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

Experiment period taught me how to identify the needs of different organisations and its people.

Each Individual has his background and thinking pattern ; and we should never be judgemental about anyone.

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

Vision : To provide quality training services to maximum people under the umbrella of Image management and make their lives better.

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

Make sure you are a people's person and ready to work really hard.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link http://in.linkedin.com/in/monikakaushik/

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

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

Q11. Personal blog link http://www.MonikaKaushik.co.in/

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