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Monday, November 24, 2014

Dr.Priyanka Choubey Krishnan - PS Trainings

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

PS Trainings is a soft Skills training Consultancy dedicated to empower and help people who want to ACHIEVE. My Career journey started when I was in 4th grade after Indian National Broadcasting Channel ‘Doordarshan’ invited me to act in a documentary film where I was lead Artist. Since the age of 7 years, I started active participation in TV and endorsed many anchoring stage shows. In appreciation to my budding talent, I was invited for another TV show ‘Bal Vrind’ and I was then handling 2 shows in DD by the age of 12 years. By that time I realised I was earning and learning together since very young age by virtue of TV Shows and also stage anchoring. Slowly when I turned 16 years, I started getting offers to work in Music videos, in which I actively participated claiming great appreciations.

My parents saw a spark of Presentation Talent in me and I was comfortable handling Public in big events. After graduating in Arts, I applied for Mass Communication and honed my Skills in the Media Industry. Before I completed my educational pursue, I was offered a Job in Corporate Training Consultancy. This was my decision point in life. I had all the skills and I was a learning professional by now. After getting my work experience, I opened my own company PS Trainings and Events. I must say this was not easy but ‘Passion’ and ‘Will’ surmount all.

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

PS Trainings:-  We help people believe in themselves and orient them towards the success path. I train individuals to ‘Achieve’ their goals. Our mission is making Individuals and organisations achieve their desired goals with right and structured guidance. We train people to get results with effective skills.

We have customized topics according to our client needs. These include Effective Communication, Positive Attitude, Power Of Humour, Ownership at Work, Motivation, Leadership, Team Building, Conflict Resolution, Time Management, Stress Management, Relationship Conflicts and Resolution, Identity Management, Values and Ethics-conflict and management, Decision Making, Accountability and Responsibility with code of conduct, Confidence Building.

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

As I was already working with National Channel and Print media in various events to my background, I was known and got references easily. Credibility was there and people trusted me. Initially the biggest challenge was to make my audience understand my message. As a Speaker one has to understand that we are here to get results for our clients and that was indeed difficult. Making my presentations according to the acceptance and understanding of the audience was a humongous task in the beginning which was coupled with daily up-gradation and learning values from various speakers so that the message works. I did ‘GIFT’ seminar as well.

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

“Stay Focused and be very patient”. Relentlessness and Determination will takes you to the platform where you want to be. Once you start something don’t lose hope and work slowly learning towards your mission and goals.

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

The biggest challenge I faced is being an army wife and we had to deal with transfers and unsettlement for long periods. Al though speakers travel exhaustively, It is double dose of challenge.

But you learn that in time and eventually start accepting how to bravely customise it and work on it.

In many challenges throughout my life, I have discovered that there is no excuse, you have to take full responsibility of one’s life and be brave to face what life gives. That’s how we grow and that’s how we learn.

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

We have created and customised programs to help individuals reach and help the masses in Skill Development. It baffles me see how individuals in today’s era just give up, Quit and be so impatient.

I want to help organisations so that a positive work culture is created and employees have learning and growing experience which will contribute to overall development of the ‘Employee’ and the ‘Employer’.

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

Gear yourself for the toughest, believe that there is no stopping and never stop learning with progressiveness. Only start your venture once you are sure you can handle the pressure and still you will be able to deliver the best you can. Pressure = Happiness .If your passionate go ahead and don’t stop, NO MATTER WHAT.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link - http://in.linkedin.com/pub/dr-priyanka-choubey-krishnan/5b/20b/485

Q9. Facebook profile URL link - https://www.facebook.com/priyanka.chaubey.3

Q10 Twitter profile URL link - https://twitter.com/PCK_PSTrainings

Q11. Personal blog URL link - http://priyankachaubey.blogspot.in/

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link - http://pstrainings.co.in/

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Jatin Bharmani - Founder of Manpower Consultancy Opteemize

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

After working for 10 years with Corporates, I realized, enough has been learnt, in terms of functioning of Corporate and start on my own in a small way. I guess it was also innate to start business, as my father too owns and runs a shop since 60s and is still running. Also, which employee, on earth, would not want freedom - to spend their day at own wish, from unnecessary brickbats from reporting seniors and the list goes on. The same applies to me as a human being.

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

I run a Manpower Consultancy firm since 2010 by the name of Opteemize catering only to
MVAS / Digital / IT companies, across levels and functions pan India.

Recently, I have also started with Brain Mapping, which is scientifically researched &
proven, over years, and has been affiliated by American Psychological Association. It helps an individual to know about his Personality profile, innate strengths and weaknesses, left or right brain dominance and suitable career options. By capturing tips of the fingerprints in a biometric machine it helps to identify the ability of brain lobes and innate potentials of an individual. Age is not a limiting factor and can be done even of a one month old baby. It’s a 30 page exhaustive report and an individual is counselled for 45 mins. by a trained counselor.

It is amazing to know self or your child in such a simple and easy manner.

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

The basic challenge, which is true for major start ups, is finance (among various other challenges) and I was too not immune to it. I always say, ‘that employees get their salary on 1st and employers have to pay the salaries on 1st’. It is the only factor which stops any employee to start on his own. What would happen in terms of profits or losses later is the next stage, but even to simply start on our own remains a dream, as any employee is caught in the vicious cycle of salaries on 1st and repaying EMIs.

When I started I was lucky enough to get business relatively easily, due to my network and healthy relationships with people in the Corporate world. A friend of mine, Barin Mukherjee, once explained me that one who has failed in business is the one who has stopped doing business. Keeping this in mind though I came across struggles I kept myself motivated and kept my business up and running which helped me sail through.

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

It has been surveyed that 90% of the businesses shut down in its first year of operations. As an entrepreneur, you are required to wear multiple hats to face and solve difficulties head on.

Sluggish times taught me to keep patience, increased my convincing abilities and forced me to think beyond to bring down operational expenses and increase revenues at minimal operational overheads, with minimum and right set of team members.  

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

With right team in place, I now delegate and manage work in a macro manner and do not get in to day to day operational activities. I now follow work from home policy for my team which has helped me bring down operational overheads to minimal. I give them freedom to perform and they are doing wonders! In the quest to do something more, and break from routine, I wrote a pocketbook titled “humanshastrra” which has been published this year (2014).

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

While my current businesses would run and expand steadily, I have always had a quest to do something which I haven’t done earlier. I would get into Training people in functional HR, Psychometrics. While I cannot divulge any details here, I plan to come up with a platform for people, for their benefits, in the near future, which probably is not here in India.

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

While managing finance remains the basic foundation, it is not the only factor which would bring success. The other factors are –
  1. Learn to work in a team.
  2. Listen to your team members
  3. Be empathetic towards others
  4. There are no shortcuts to success
  5. Think twice before deciding on anything especially the extremes which would involve you, your business and others related to your business.
  6. Be true to yourself and what you undertake
  7. Never cheat anybody; it would give you only temporary relief. In the long run, you would suffer.
  8. Remain humble and grounded. (Anyways, while facing difficult times, you would acquire these qualities.....:))
  9. Stick to your goals (though it may change to a certain degree over a period of time) and do not give up. Keep patience and work towards it.
  10. Advise or help others in any ways you can, selflessly, as you would want others to help you.
  11. Celebrate your competitor’s success too whole heartedly.
  12. Compare yourself with your current and your past and not with others around.
Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jatinbharmani

Q9. Facebook profile URL link - https://www.facebook.com/jatin.bharmani

Q10. Twitter profile URL link - https://twitter.com/jatinbharmani

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

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

Manisha Jain - Founder, Director and Lead Image Consultant at SeaChanges.

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

Since childhood I have nurtured a thought close to my heart: Be Human, Serve Mankind. This I know is my true nature. I always wanted to serve humankind- but did not know how.

My mother, my husband and my in-laws were well aware of my leadership qualities, as I was the elected president of SNDT College in Pune. I had also won the Beauty Queen Miss Personality Award in SNDT College. I also represented SNDT Pune at an all India level Beauty Contest, where I stood 4th.

Appreciating my potential, my husband always motivated and encouraged me to do something where my talent would get recognized and where I could help folk in gaining confidence and enhancing their lives.

This is how my beautiful journey as an Image Consultant began and at the time of writing, has enabled me to help more than 1500 homemakers to enhance their Image and believe in their own potential. I have also had the good fortune to help 500 teenagers for a future ready life, and look eagerly forward to help many more.

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

Today’s World is a global village, thanks to technology that provides ready access to what was previously remote and inaccessible. It is very important to remain aware and stay updated to assist one’s clientele. SeaChanges, the company, was formed with YOU in mind. SeaChanges is a Mumbai based image consulting firm. We apply fresh and modern principles to all aspects of consultation: private client styling services, personal wardrobe planning, special occasion job interview preparation and corporate role comprehension.

It is our goal at SeaChanges to help clients fine tune their personal and professional style, and save time and money in the process. SeaChanges distinguishes itself by paying integral attention to your unique characteristics – the basis for a successful, lasting image because image matters and to see the change you want to be, take the first step; because change begins at the grassroots level. SeaChanges, as the name implies, will bring about that potential change out in the open for everyone to see and acknowledge.

“SEE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO BE”

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

Born in a Marwari family where women are not allowed to work was the biggest challenge for me. However I was fortunate enough to have parents who were simple yet progressive thinkers. They always encouraged me to further my potential talents. But after marriage, I had to win the hearts of my in-laws initially and convince them that I wanted to start a business of my own. God has been very kind to me and my in-laws gave me great support in my new endeavor. I always liked to be my own boss and now with my company SeaChanges I get to fulfill my dreams.

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

The only difficulty I faced was my inefficiency of a hands-on Computer experience. I realized this early on and through conscious effort learned the basics of Computers.

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

I never hesitated to ask friends for assistance. I would like to make a special mention of a family friend and elder, Satyajit Mukerji or “Sir” as we prefer to address him. He is presently a Hollywood filmmaker residing in the USA. He has always been a great support for all my technical help.

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

I have always loved to work with the masses. I have addressed large congregations, the largest being the strength of 800 ladies.

I feel the masses need more awareness and assistance. My vision for the next five years is empowering more and more women; educate them and make them feel more confident and worthwhile.

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

Nobody is born perfect. Explore your hidden talents. Be original and natural. Follow your passion. Work with effortless ease and make it happen.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link - https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=180404109 

Q9. Facebook profile URL link - https://www.facebook.com/jmanisha33 

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

Vaishnavi Pratima - Interior aesthetics consultant from Mumbai, India

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

I always believed that very house small or big should be done up aesthetically as it reflects the personality of the people living in the house. Also a well decorated house is always a delight to come back from work and retire for the day n spend time with your loved ones.

Always wanted to do something in the creative field and in 2012 I started my career as an interior aesthetics consultant.

I discovered my love for doing up houses as I have shifted more than 8 houses in a short span of time and each time I would get excited with doing up the house with new furnishings, art and artifacts.

Similarly before starting my career,my travel to different places contributed to my passion of interior aesthetics, as a day of shopping for local handicrafts n home decor was always on priority.

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

Interior makeovers………. Creating more space within the space.
• We give a complete new look to the existing home and office spaces by changing the outer look by remodelling and enhancing the existing furniture , fixtures and walls.

Home decor and furnishings........ home that reflects your personality.
• Our service home decor begins right from having exclusive name plates to furniture and furnishings.
• We assist our clients with selection of furniture and furnishings to achieve a theme based decor.

Art and artifacts.... are liking icing on the cake.
• Art and artefacts give a character to the room. We help you select and place the artefacts that suit your style and liven up your homes.

Interior designing..... Creating the illusion of more space in your home.
My team of skilled carpenters, civil contractors, electric work technicians and certified painters bring my designs and sketches to life.

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

The biggest challenge was how to reach to people n promote my work as makeovers and aesthetics was not very common and understood by people.

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

I was lucky that ,in the initial days of my profession I got a chance to be associated with BNI which is world's largest referral organisation. BNI helped me in creating a good client and strong vendor base. A new avenue of hotel enhancements too happened through BNI.

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

After a good and successful discovery period I scaled up by opening my interiors studio 10 months back in Powai and have been enjoying the experimental period with different challenges and comforts . Have been able to successfully complete full interiors of 3 residences, 1 commercial space and 2 big aesthetic enhancement residential projects this year in Mumbai and Bangalore.

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

Just having launched my own customized furniture line - Vaishnavipratima (signature collection) which is exclusively into mirrors, consoles and chest of drawers, would like to retool, explore and stretch the boundaries of my creativity through it.

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

All I can say considering that I am just three years old into entrepreneurship, the 3Ps Passion, perseverance and promptness help you achieve your goal.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link - http://in.linkedin.com/pub/vaishnavipratima-kodakalla/84/108/933

Q9. Facebook profile URL link - 

Q10 Twitter profile URL link

Q11. Personal blog URL link

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

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rajaani R Agarrwal - Founder and the Principal Interior Designer

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

Interestingly, I landed in Mumbai in 1984  to do Textile designing but since admissions were full, my brother got me forms of Interior Designing. Very reluctantly I gave my Aptitude test and got selected so accidentally got into Interior designing.

At that time I saw it as just a decorating course and never knew that it was much more than that. It was pure designing with tremendous scope and gradually got interested in the subject and saw it as a very creative and challenging field of opportunities.

Luckily I met few professors who encouraged and embedded in me that we should not be doing this course just for getting good marriage proposals but to pursue it seriously as a promising career. I had made up my mind and decided to never give up or look back regretfully and kept growing as life moved on..

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.
Mine is a Proprietor firm with the name Rajaani R Agarrwal’ where I am the Founder and the Principal Interior Designer and this year I have completed 25 years of my journey in this field.
This Mumbai based Firm was established in 1989. It is a professional Designing firm specializing in Commercial, Residential, Hospitality and Retail Interiors.

We get involved in the project right from the time of visualizing the concept,working on the minute details and taking care of the aesthetics and the functionality combined till the last nail is hammered home. Utilizing each inch of the space available effectively and yet making it look spacious and minimistic is our specialty.

We are also Vastu and Green Interior experts and plan and design keeping vastu basics and Green elements in mind.

With our expertise and experience we have grown over the years and now we undertake projects not only in Mumbai but also in cities like Pune, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Jodhpur, Lucknow etc. Our Team is prepared to take on any Design project with the same enthusiasm and High standards that are the hallmark of our group.

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

As a newcomer I faced lot of challenges. Clients would take advantage and not pay after taking away the designs. Being a woman and handling the Male clients and uneducated Labours was most challenging which gradually I learnt to deal with effectively, maintaining my dignity gracefully.

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

I learnt very early that I cannot allow anyone to take me for granted so had to be authoritative, very professional and transparent in my dealings and made my terms and conditions very clear before I took up any project.

Difficulties started when I got married and got a son to look after but successfully learnt to balance my Professional responsibilities along with my Family responsibilities.

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

As a Designer it was my duty to take and understand thoroughly the wish or requirement list from my clients and make proposals where all their requirements fitted in along with good aesthetic features and always I have been successful in finalising the designs in the first attempt.

I then started exploring how I could design differently from the existing trends in the market and left a personal and unusual touch in my designs which was appreciated and accepted and gave lot of satisfaction besides the Financial security.

I also took up designing small spaces with maximum utilization as a promising challenge

Giving the best with minimum budget was another challenge which I soon mastered.

Soon drawing boards changed to Computers so I had to keep changing and adapting myself with the new technologies coming in with speed.

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

I aspire to get more of  Corporate clients and get into more of Commercial and Retail Interiors than Residential.

I plan to update my website and get myself well versed with the Social Media trends which at
present is my weak point and get more exposure for my firm apart from getting projects from just word of mouth and references.

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

Short and sweet-Dedication and Discipline are the two mantras to start and sustain yourself in any field.

Enjoy and love what you are doing and never compromise with your values.

There is no easy way and short cut to success,you have to be persistant and steadily move towards your goal with 100% focus and the main challenge is to balance the Business and the Family creatively as both are equally important in life to remain unstressed and happy.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link- 

Q9. Facebook profile URL 

Q10 Twitter profile URL link

Q11. Personal blog URL link

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