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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Megha Joshi - Training personality development, personal grooming, communication skills and overall effective image building


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

At some point of time in life you really need to decide whether you are happy doing a regular 9/5 job or to go out of the way for your passion. That's the moment of decision where your true career starts. 

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


I am an actress singer classical dancer by profession. I have my own music group named SWARDHANU. In addition to that I have a workshop brand called SWAYAM wherein me and my friend conduct the trainings/workshops on personality development, personal grooming, communication skills and overall effective image building. I m also into anchoring and dubbing as well as creative craft making ideas like glass painting, warli art etc. and conducting workshops on it.

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


As the entertainment and music industry has a hell lot of competition these days , once you decide to be a part of this industry you need a lot n lot of patience. The time and energy that you invest to build your network needs a lots of consistency and calm head. You cannot get nervous with one loss. Keep going without getting frustrated is the key. Financially as well ot was a crunch initially. But later on everything started getting back to track.

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


I was lucky enough to get a good family support. However, the thought of  ‘Keep trying,  without crying‘  was the key mantra i had to keep reminding to myself every moment.

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


Well, though I was a working professional simultaneously I was doing my music shows as well from last 12 years. However, when I became a singer turned actress , I was very much confused as to how to go about exploring  Opportunities. But thanks to the  social networking and advanced technology that I could explore and connect to the good people in my field as well as in training and development effort. 

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

Vision for next five years would be to get in touch with more and more production houses and exploring good contacts circles in order to keep doing a good work.

Approach small scale companies , consultancies , schools , colleges , social working organizations and conduct more and more workshop through Swayam in order to develop image guidance awareness.


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

One thing to be kept in mind is always be positive . One negative thoughts kills Hundred positive thoughts so never let the negativity overtake your path. Be confident and most of all enjoy what you are doing. Give your 100% to whatever career you are in because its you who has selected it. 

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https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=AAMAABL39akBe-wkQqFBy45QiizER4FYo8xhPtg&trk=hp-identity-name

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https://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/creativity1204/?ref=bookmarks

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https://meghavishwas.wordpress.com/

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Roshni Lachhwani - Founder of Intellexsys Legal Solutions in Mumbai, India

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

It all started with this advertisement outside NMIMS College for an Intellectual Property course and being the curious person that I am, I hopped in to know more and found myself enrolling for the course with keen interest immediately! One thing led to another…now I am an Advocate specializing in Intellectual Property Rights. 

Being over qualified for placements, having pursued education at some of the best institutions and internships at the crème de la crème, was disheartening…but as we all know “Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” Exactly what happened!
And a dream to provide genuine customer-befitting solutions is how Intellexsys Legal Solutions was born…
The legal consultancy business hit like a tonne of bricks. It was planned yet premature but the success came as a sweet surprise!


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

1. Intellexsys is a legal solutions firm specialising in business law, intellectual property rights and information technology laws across the Globe.
2. We have worked with professionals and entrepreneurs from across all fields including Creative, Marketing and Business Incorporation.
3. Our aim is to provide complete brand protection solutions with a litigation-free approach and cost-effective value-additional services.

Top Services:
4. Trade Mark, Copyright, Patent and Design Registration; 
5. Business Legal Drafting; 
6. Non-Disclosure/Confidentiality Agreements.

Top Patrons: 
7. Armaan Malik, Singer; 
8. Eric Pillai, Music Composer; 
9. Decos, Software Development Company; 
10.              Global Homeopathy; and
11.              Kashmir Oriental Carpet Enterprises.

Introductory Video - https://youtu.be/UTbuU2g4msE

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

Particularly, being a young lawyer and freshly versed in the field…it was a challenge to convince others about the quality of the work and skill on offer. Legal consultancy is one of the fields where a customer expects a grey-haired wise man/woman to guide them and help them avoid making mistakes in business. No-one expects a doe-eyed girl walk in their office and talk sensibly. Precise and timely responsiveness is what helped me carve my own space.

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

Lack of awareness and understanding about the words “INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY” and misconceptions regarding the law added to the difficulties. Plans to conduct surveys, awareness campaigns and workshops were in the pipeline to overcome this difficulty.
Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

Detailed consultation for prospective customers, Free IPR Consultations during the World Intellectual Property Week, IPR for NGO’s, IPR for Business workshops, and posters shared on social media paved the way!
Also, over a period of time when work was prominent and recommendations were strong, prospective patrons viewed my work overlooking the age and other factors and completely trusting the process. It is well said that “Age is no barrier, it is a limitation you put on your mind!”

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

1. Association in each country;
2. Offices across Asia; and
3. Serve approx. 1000 patrons.

How? It’s simple; expand rapidly and wisely through a chain of network!

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

All in all, I would simply state that ‘Business/Entrepreneurship is a self-motivated journey to discover the worst and transform it into the best for you!’
Keep up, don’t give up…
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Rachana Awatramani - Founder of Insight #Counselling Services in Mumbai, India

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

I wanted to start my own practice as soon as I completed my masters. However, I was not very confident because in the counselling profession we deal with human emotions and feelings. More than not having confidence, I think I was scared. After completing my masters when I started working in a school, I came across many counselling centres in and around Mumbai who were not qualified and trained enough to provide counselling services. There were people who completed a 6 months course in counselling and were playing with people's life. My colleagues and I decided overnight to start a centre and called it 'Insight Counselling Services'.

Initially we conducted awareness workshops on various topics related to mental health and then moved on to career guidance and also provided personality analysis for some of the reality shows. Within almost 2 years we were felicitated twice by various boards of Mental Health.

While we undertook small projects under insight, I also worked with NGOs, schools for 3 years and with Tata Institute of Social Sciences for almost 2 years. This gave me the required confidence and further training to deal with individual concerns. 

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

Insight Counselling Services LLP, has been providing mental health counselling for more than half a decade and has been felicitated on various occasions. 

We provide psychological based counselling for issues like stress, depression, violence, grief, trauma, relationship concerns, to name a few. 

We provide counselling and career guidance support to children with help of personality, ability and interest tests. 

For corporate sector we are providing psychometric tests for recruitment and managerial level tests along with counselling and various workshops on mental health topics. 

We also undertake projects like reality shows, movie consultation, and workshop for children working on various movies, TV serials etc. 

We are coming up with 24x7 phone counselling services by January 2017.

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

At the beginning we faced lots of resistance from people to take our services but now the awareness has increased therefore we have clients visiting us on regular basis. 

Yes, people hesitate to visit a psychologist due to the stigma and discrimination that people have towards mental health issues, but believe me, it is very important to visit a psychologist on regular basis for your mental health just as you visit your family doctor for your physical health.

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

It was surprising to see how people were not aware of who a psychologist is and what is a difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist. This is also because there is no awareness created about the importance of mental health and psychology in general at schools. Thus children grow up listening and believing what people have to say about these topics which may not be the right information.

Hence, I and my team realised that spreading mental health awareness is very important and therefore we also came up with an NGO called Celebrating Life Welfare Trust under which we are running a project called Psych baba. Psych baba is an animated character whose comic strips spread mental health awareness and also share the myths and facts about psychology and mental health professionals amongst people through social media. We have also undertaken various activities like organising mental health Walk, visiting NGOs, etc. to spread mental health awareness.

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

After the awareness we have received a very good response from schools, corporates and individuals for counselling workshops and testing services. 

Right now we are going to experiment with providing 24x7 telephone counselling which will commence from January 2017.

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

Running 24x7 phone counselling service for India is on the priority list right now. Secondly, we are also working on initiating mental Health first aid in India.

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

Do what you feel right, trust your instincts and believe in yourself, believe in your uniqueness. As there is no one in this entire world who thinks, writes, imagines exactly like you.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Ivan Misner - BNI founder - The world's largest business networking company

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

I would like to tell you that I had a vision of an international company with thousands groups on every populated continent of the world, but the truth is that I was looking for referrals for my consulting business and I started a group that was focused on building strong relationships in an environment of accountability.  Soon after I started the first group, someone came to me and asked if I would help them open another group.  Since the organization only takes one person per profession in a chapter, I told her yes and we started a second group.  People came to that second group who asked if I’d help them open a third and then a fourth and so on.  After one year, we opened 20 groups throughout Southern California.  BNI became a great example of “necessity being the mother of invention.”  What I discovered in that first year is that business people want referrals but they don’t know how to systematically generate them.  We don’t teach this in colleges and universities anywhere in the world.  What we did was help them generate referrals in a structured, positive, supportive environment and it took off.

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

BNI is a referral marketing program that allows one person per profession to join a chapter.  The primary purpose of each group is to pass referrals amongst the members.  Last year, BNI members passed over 7.7 million referrals to each other and generated more than $9.3 billion (USD) in business for our members.  

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

I discovered early on that people, like water, tend to seek the path of least resistance.  They tend to want to do what is easiest, not what is best.  The truth is that the “secret to success, without hard work, is still a secret!”

My challenge early on was to create a system and process which I could prove worked if people followed it.  Creating that process and fine-tuning it took several years.

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

I have found that during challenging times, the key was to get as much collaboration and engagement as possible with the stakeholders of the organization.  From the early days of the company, I created advisory boards made up of clients (members), Franchisees, (Executive Directors), Master Franchisees (National Directors) and outside advisors.  These boards have been instrumental in helping navigate through challenges over the last 32 years.

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

We actually incorporated an “experimental program” within the framework of the company very early on.  When someone came up with what we thought was a good idea, we would test in a structured way.  If it worked well locally, we expanded the concept to a few approved regions to test it further.  If that worked well, we then incorporated the concept world-wide.  We found that this “structured experimentation” was a great way to test out new and innovative ideas.

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

I believe an entrepreneur is either working in the their flame or working in their wax.  When they are working in their flame, they are on fire.  They’re excited about what they are doing and it shows in their voice and their actions.  This is the part of the business they love and it is apparent in their actions.   When they are working in their wax, their energy is being drained.  They are tired of what they are doing and that also shows in their voice and their actions.  This is the part of the business they have grown to dislike and it shows as well.
I have spent many years working towards being in a position that I spend almost all of my time working in my flame and not in my wax.  For me, that means spending almost all of my time writing about business and networking as well as doing interviews and speaking engagements on these topics.  My goal is to continue to do that with the company for a long-time to come.

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

I think the biggest mistake that new entrepreneurs make is to continually chase bright shiny objects.  That is, they constantly chase some new idea without really investigating it thoroughly.  If you want to be successful in business, I believe you need to do six things a thousand times, not a thousand things six times.  Use trusted mentors and advisors to help you select the “right” six things.  Then do it over and over and over again.

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https://twitter.com/ivanMisner

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Chakori Trivedi - An artist by profession from Mumbai, India

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

Career Journey started when i decided to do it. Else usually we go on thinking and never implement.
so the moment i implemented, it started . :)

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

I am an artist by profession. I am in to Acrylic Paintings on canvas . I visit the site also and recommend for particular kind of paintings as per  the interiors. I take corporate  bulk orders for gifting purpose. Basically  vibrant positive feel paintings are more appealing to me.

I am a keyboard player  and a singer too . Our group conducts shows for all kinds of occasions .
I do live painting on canvas with live music being played within 7 minutes .

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

Challenges I faced was with my own self to be patient; timebound; achieving; practicing; being well planned etc.

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

I was lucky enough not to face any difficulties except to make myself continuously be with  the thought of  ‘Keep Going, no matter what‘ The moment we stop thinking it is not going to happen, you loose the battle.

Whatever the mind can conceive ,believe or dream , it can achieve provided the zeal to do remains.

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

When I initially started to paint , I was very much confused as to how to go about selling the paintings.

For which I took advice of my teacher and then the journey started with painting exhibitions .
For my Music field , it is  fun all the way . It  is my work cum stress buster.

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

 Vision for next five years would be to approach hospitals, companies, hotels  and keep colorful vibrant positive feel paintings in all the rooms .

Approach companies and make them  understand the need of hour; Talk without cell phones ,smile without selfies  can happen if there are interactive music sessions in companies which can act as a stress buster for the employees. It is high time companies start planning for the betterment of employees giving them a chance to have fun too along with work which in turn would benefit the company itself as a whole.

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

One thing to be kept in mind is always be positive . The price of success is hard work, dedication, focus  and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Never loose focus. Never think that you can’t do something. Instead find ways to how to go about doing it.


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