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Monday, September 1, 2014

Manish Tayal - Venus Academy - Corporate trainings and India’s largest educational seminars organizers

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

Wanted to choose a career close to my heart , Also wanted to choose a career that is clean and respectable Wanted to steer away from manufacturing since was fed up of the parallel economy involved in the manufacturing sector These thoughts were responsible for Venus Academy’s birth.

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

Business Name – Venus Academy. Services – Corporate trainings and India’s largest educational seminars.

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

The biggest challenge was to get clients for corporate trainings . In the first year (2007) we had only 2 clients. Today we have 30 clients. Similarly when we entered the international seminar sector in 2013 our first seminar had only 60 paid participants . Today we are on the threshold of our third seminar and we expect minimum 200 paid participants .

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

The discoveries when we were facing difficulties in our business are :

- To start a new business it is not necessary to have tons of cash (I was used to this because of my involvement with the manufacturing sector)

- People are more important than hard cash – hence if you choose the right people , cash will just follow

- We have all read stories where the ancient Indian Kings would value their word more than their lives – this holds true in business as well

- Self reliance is an important key to happiness

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

The experiment period was akin to a trial of fire . And it was only my father and me crossing this line of fire . All the other relatives and friends were in the audience .

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

Our eyes are set on Venus – hence we will continue to excel to the point we are considered the very best on this planet . Only then our journey to Venus will begin

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

- Be honest to your self

- Do not take shortcuts to success

- The ultimate goal should be happiness

- Humans and human values should precede your urge to earn money

8. LinkedIn profile URL link http://in.linkedin.com/in/manishtayal1

9. Facebook profile URL link  https://www.facebook.com/manish.tayal.31

10 Twitter profile URL link -- https://twitter.com/tayalmanish1006

11. Personal blog URL link - http://www.ManishTayal.co.in

12. Company website & Company blog URL link – http://www.venus-academy.com 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Raju Mandhyan - International Coach & Learning Facilitator from Manila, Philippines

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

Well, I have had three careers - engineering, export marketing and what I now like to call “education.”

In the late 90s, after the Asian crisis, I was hungering to do something other than just “business.” I went back to study and discovered that I had an ability to clarify ideas, enter-train and inspire people. I began to do that in social and business circles when the British Council in Manila invited me to come to do, for them, what I was doing for fun, for myself. and wrote me a check for it. At about the same time I attended a conference where Deepak Chopra, Mark Victor Hansen and Ron Kauffman were presenting. From the stage, Ron Kauffman, singled me out and told me that I should be, on stage, doing what he was doing. I did and here I am.

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

Well I speak, train and coach in the areas of communications skills, business and leadership innovation.

But, here’s my first “but”, more than that I work with individuals and organizations in un-cluttering their minds, getting clarity and going after what they truly want in their lives and businesses.

My first book, the HeART of Public Speaking though caters to skill-building in making business presentations but also motivates people into creating true value. My second, the HeART of Humor, again, caters to being funny in conversations but, in reality, inspires to be kind, compassionate and forgiving to self and others. My third book, Pit Bulls & Entrepreneurs, which is a lot of fun to read tells stories of entrepreneurial successes but drives the reader into being gritty, gumption filled and practice tenacity.

Books by Raju Mandhyan - 
http://www.amazon.com/Raju-Mandhyan/e/B00J193X5A/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

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

Moving from one profession to another was a challenge. It was like jumping off a cliff and enjoying the rush. It was like creating and living another life while still being Raju Mandhyan. Now, if I don’t have challenges, I go looking for some. You know what they say; challenges are the proof of life.

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

Yes, there are moments when you feel like hanging up your guns, taking off your boots and rotting in front of the television watching Sponge Bob and Square Pants. During these times, I discovered that there is no giving up. There is one truth to this life and that is that the universe is constantly expanding and growing and we must, because we’ve been gifted with intelligence, get off that couch and grow.

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

Obviously, I did not experiment with surrender or resignation, I got more creative and kept plugging on.

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

Vision and strategy and goals are western concepts. I am inspired by what Professor Ram Charan believes and practices. Just keep on doing what you like to do. In what you like to do lies the purpose of your life.

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

Be not afraid.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajumandhyan

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

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

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

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link http://www.mandhyan.com/insights/ , http://www.expatinsights.com/



For more Videos check http://www.youtube.com/user/Raju Mandhyan

Friday, August 29, 2014

Chinmayee Abbey - Your Career Coach

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

Well, during my corporate experience, I came across several people- across the board- Freshers, Mid-Level and Senior Executives. My experience somehow always remained similar and that was- Everybody is in a rush.. A rush to get there!

But the unfortunate part is that not many know where that- ‘There’ is? What steps do they need to take to figure out a way to get ‘There’? Hence, they are not even present to their sense of ‘absence’! And I said to myself-

“Someone needs to address this at the fundamental level!” And ‘Change Ur Story’ was conceived!

Needless to say, that a journey is meaningless without friends and people to witness and accompany you through. I have been blessed to have a great family who has been there with me all through with their unbeatable belief in my abilities and they inspire me every day to be, do and give my best!

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

Change Ur Story is like a ‘one stop shop’ for anyone who is ready to pursue his/her professional goals that matter most to them. We partner up with our clients and like a sounding board assist them all through their pursuit of professional success- Right from defining their professional goals, discovering the path, strategizing the action plan, taking consistent action towards reaching their goals to presenting self to the outside world to optimize their perceived brand value. All this and more...towards changing their story!

Change Ur Story is a thoughtful reflection and extension of people themselves because we have emerged through them. We don’t claim to know the answers but we empower our clients to find there’s. We encourage them to see themselves through the eyes of the world. We don’t ask them to change but we empower them to change their story through our unique programs and solutions.

We offer Programs to individuals/groups including College students, PSUs and high growth organizations that puts them on to the next orbit- their next growth orbit.

The services we provide currently are-

• Career Coaching

• Interview Coaching

• Resume Writing & Consulting

• LinkedIn Rebranding

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

Honestly speaking we still face challenges

We’ve completed one year of Operations very recently and when a baby is born and he enters into a new world, he is clueless about the surroundings and the people around. Gradually the baby gets acclimatized to what we call as Life and begins to receive the comfort of being held.. Gradually a nice bond is fostered into love, trust, comfort and giving!

Today, when we look back on our journey, it feels magical that a year has gone by amidst all the action, thrill and excitement. Like a new born, we too were clueless about how will we exist in the crowd. .How we will we make ourselves heard amidst all the noise? The only thing we knew was we are here to make a difference.

The journey began and certainly it hasn’t been easy.. There were disappointments and there were doubts. Yet there were learnings.. And beneath all of it...there has been this constant energy and force that keeps reminding us of our purpose- the bigger purpose! Suddenly we witnessed the structures getting created...Some wonderful people came together to create a team and then gradually we got our Force.. The biggest force.. That is YOU- Our Clients!

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

As I just mentioned above that we still face challenges. It surely isn’t easy to build a sustainable business.

However, one needs to keep introspecting and question oneself- If all the challenges faced are worth all the hard work, efforts, time, and mindshare? For me personally, whenever I ask myself this question- a big roaring yes is what I hear!

And as we prepare ourselves to conquer the challenges, we don’t forget to enjoy the journey as at the end- it’s truly the journey that matters. Fortunately, for us it’s really getting more and more exciting.

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

Well, there was no experiment period per se, since when I started up- I was quite clear that this is it! It’s a matter of doing it and doing it bloody well! And so I did whatever I needed to. However, the journey as I said is getting more exciting, it is evolving and so is our work based on the needs of our market. While the basics are clear, we may try different approaches to best serve our clients!

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

In the next 5-6 years I want to be one of the most sought after Career Coaches in the chosen area. As a company, we want to be perceived as the best in class coaching company globally and empower as many people as we possibly could through our unique solutions that can CHANGE THEIR STORY forever!

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

Well... I still have a long way to go and learn myself but based on my experience thus far, the only suggestion I can share is- do listen to your calling and muster the courage to follow it. Most importantly, believe in yourself even if no one else does, coz only when you believe, you can make others believe in you. Once you start, don’t look back...keep taking smaller consistent actions towards your goals. And as you move along, do remember to spend time with your loved ones, meet friends, eat out once in a while, take holidays when you get tired and above all enjoy the journey. Why? Coz at the end..It is what will matter the most!

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link- https://www.linkedin.com/in/chinmayeeabbey

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

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

Q11. Personal blog URL link 

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

Monday, August 18, 2014

Charu Dadlaney - Your Image Consulting Partner

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

I have total work experience of 13+ years with MNCs. In 2012, I quit my last job with a rough idea to do something on my own. I wanted to leave my comfort zone and venture into unknown space and that’s when I decided to follow my heart and start my business. It was a natural progression towards my interest in grooming and soft skills and therefore equipped myself with a professional degree of Image Consulting Partner.

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

It’s a dream career option for people with similar interest as me; I provide professional services to individuals, corporate and companies on the Elements of Image Management: Clothing, Grooming, Etiquette (includes Dining Etiquette) and Communication (includes Body Language).

The services are specific to individual or company’s need. The services are tailor made post conducting Client Need Analysis (CNA)* or Training Need Analysis (TNA)*, specific to clients requirements.

Also, method in training's is evolving, with clients interested to use experiential method apart from the conventional presentation method. So I shall very soon be equipped to “Use Drama in Learning” method for my clients.

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

Every start up demands patience and positive outlook towards things or situations. I truly believe there are no odds or challenges there are only situations which need custom made response or handling, every situation is different. It is also requires right attitude and most important of all, learning should never stop.

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

As I mentioned above there are just situations that differ from time to time.

There is a time sometimes that acceptance of Image related trainings differs with clients, thereby prolonging the coming of business. But it surely comes.

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

The experience is very gratifying, meeting people from varied background and experimenting with creating variety of modules per the clients need leads to new ideas and makes it compulsory to learn and evolve further.

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

Future plans involves expanding the horizon acquiring new skills and venture working across geographies of the world.

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

“Work hard and smart”, don’t stop learning and most important reinvent your passion.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link 

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

Q10 Twitter profile URL link

Q11. Personal blog URL link

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Riddhi Doshi - Patel - Founder of The Mocktail Gazebo

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

Being a huge fan of mocktails I was uncomfortable with the harmful syrups and chemical based mocktails available in the market. I never liked the taste of preservatives which overpowered the fabulous and rich flavours of the fruits in these mocktails, not to mention the food colours which aren’t natural. My husband also never approved of giving these juices to my son Dhwan whenever we went out for dinners. That’s when I realised that there would be many more parents like us who would have the same concern. And so I decided to start The Mocktail Gazebo for manufacturing healthy mocktails. I learnt the art of making mocktails from a chef of a very well-known chain of hotels. Initially I started supplying free to family and friends to get their comments and spread awareness. That’s how it all began.

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

 I launched The Mocktail Gazebo in June 2011. The Mocktail Gazebo creates syrup-based and fresh fruit mocktails. Our USP is chemical–free preservative, created in my kitchen which I supply to parties, marriages and other events.
I mostly sell online through my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/themocktailgazebo. I also sell through exhibitions and take orders on the phone. Recently I have tied up with two caterers. My vision is to have a pan-India presence and hope to have Gazebos all across India serving my natural and healthy mocktails to people everywhere.

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

Building trust and faith in people who have been using off-the-shelf preservative based mocktails for so long. People try to compare us to some brands available in the market and want to understand why the cost differential exists. It takes a lot of patience and careful perseverance for me to keep going and continue making these mocktails which are a healthier version of that available in the market and hence the pricing. Those who favour all natural products have received and appreciated my efforts in my contribution to making people’s lives healthy. Once they tasted my mocktails they noticed the difference and started believing me. Eventually I started using the punch line often heard ‘Pehle Eistmaal Kare Baad mei vishwaas kare’.

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

2011 to 2013 was a set up phase for The Mocktail Gazebo. But we made the maximum of that period by making a foothold of the market.

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

2013 got a new ray of hope for The Mocktail Gazebo. I initiated online selling plus ventured into exhibitions to brand the Company.

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

Planning to launch Gazebos from The Mocktail Gazebo across India where people can enjoy live mocktails.

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

Have faith in yourself. Do the market survey properly and start your venture. Trust in yourself and the whole universe is there to support you.

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

Q10. Twitter profile URL link


Q11. Personal blog URL link


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