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Month: January 2020

A profitable MBA.

Make your MBA profitable before you graduate!

Participate in fests that give cash prizes, put up stalls in your college events, apply for that grant, get marks to win the scholarships that your university offer, consult or freelance during weekends.

Do whatever it takes ethically to make the money you have invested in the MBA as you go through the course.

So, you learn how money works, test what you are learning in class, acquire skills and a network that will support you.

Don’t wait for a pay package to see a return on your MBA investment. That’s a bonus!

PS: It’s ok to be money minded.

To charge? Or Not to charge?

I am not sure.

There’s always a sense of tension, doubt and excitement with this.

When do you draw the fine, bold and upfront line between free and paid?

I’ve asked myself many variations of these questions.

What would be the value I’m adding to the customer? – charge that!

How are my peers going about it?

What am I not willing to do for free?

Let me know what has worked for you.

Pick yourself

The stage isn’t limited to the dais anymore. With a tap this very piece of glass that you are reading this blog on can become your stage. It’s in your palms!

This is exciting and overwhelming. But it means you don’t need to wait to be picked by a coveted platform, organisation or event.

The world isn’t your audience. Instead, find the smallest viable audience and begin serving them.

They are waiting to hear from you!

Start now, pick yourself.

Icebreakers are everywhere!

A bride hiding the groom’s name in her Mehendi, a 5-minute speech about your formative years or even just a ’Hi!’

We are surrounded by ice breakers!

These break the tension, initiate a conversation and rejuvenate relationships.

Some have become rituals. Some are practised as cultural norms and a few demand extra effort.

Find unique ways to spark a conversation.

Break the status quo. The ice will take care of itself.

Icebreakers are everywhere!

A bride hiding the groom’s name in her Mehendi, a 5-minute speech about your formative years or even just a ’Hi!’

We are surrounded by ice breakers!

These break the tension, initiate a conversation and rejuvenate relationships.

Some have become rituals. Some are practised as cultural norms and a few demand extra effort.

Find unique ways to spark a conversation.

Break the status quo. The ice will take care of itself.

Complete the consequences

When making a decision we tend to look a step or two ahead. If it’s positive, encouraging and acceptable to us then we go ahead and make that decision.

We rarely take 3 steps back and see how this impacts the bigger picture. Beyond you, to the animal kingdom, to nature and to the world at large.

Sure, this decision may be trivial right? It seems inconsequential, too small to harm, too tiny to raise a red flag.

If a butterfly’s flapping can snowball and wreak havoc. Then what makes our decisions inconsequential?

Think of the consequences of your decisions, the consequences of that and the consequences of that.

The bigger picture matters now more than ever before.

Complete the consequences

When making a decision we tend to look a step or two ahead. If it’s positive, encouraging and acceptable to us then we go ahead and make that decision.

We rarely take 3 steps back and see how this impacts the bigger picture. Beyond you, to the animal kingdom, to nature and to the world at large.

Sure, this decision may be trivial right? It seems inconsequential, too small to harm, too tiny to raise a red flag.

If a butterfly’s flapping can snowball and wreak havoc. Then what makes our decisions inconsequential?

Think of the consequences of your decisions, the consequences of that and the consequences of that.

The bigger picture matters now more than ever before.

Practising gestures.

The gestures you practice a few times are to make you comfortable on the stage during the initial stages.
But only till your stage freight settles down, as the gestures you have practised 1000 times takes over, you don’t require the former ones.
This is how you normally speak, gesture and emote.
Allow your natural movements to come about. They may seem weird to you yet they are perfectly fine and an authentic extension of you.

When to speak?

Many speakers speak because it’s their turn!

They’ve been waiting, thinking about what to speak, structuring it in their head, freezing the opening and closing sections of their content.

Instead of waiting for your turn, can you check with yourself if you have anything worthwhile to share?

If it doesn’t add to the conversation, won’t move the motion forward, doesn’t clarify or confirm but just is a paraphrasing activity. Then, you are better of skipping it, passing your turn and listening instead.

Speak when you have something to share, not just because it’s your turn.