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Monday, January 12, 2015

Margot Borden - East-West Executive Coach, Speaker, Author, Consultant

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

When I set out to study business for my undergraduate degree, I had no intention of going into business!

Since childhood, my real desire was to help people and I had a particular sensitivity for sensing the inner world of the people around me. I had my first breathwork session in Ireland in 1985, which was a turnaround experience. I realized that beyond all of the worldly experiences, there is a universe within. I had found my passion. I decided then and there that I wanted to train and work using the breath to help people liberate their blockages and achieve their full potential. This was followed by many more trainings and a master’s degree in Humanistic Psychology.  My passion is in helping people and companies discover their inner truth and then bringing it out into all aspects of their lives and livelihoods.

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

 Psychotherapist and healer, working with individuals and groups.

 Co-author and co-editor Spirituality and Business: Exploring Possibilities for a New Management Paradigm (2010) and Mindfulness and Business in Palgrave Handbook of Spirituality and Business (2011).

 Public speaker and seminar facilitator.

 East-West Executive Coach, helping professionals and their families succeed in and optimize their expat experiences between India and the West.

Everything I do is centered on the core vision of helping others to identify and liberate their blockages and limitations in order to achieve their full potential.

Finding and aligning to our soul leads to a fully congruent life that is wholesome, meaningful and meaning-making.

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

I’m a self-made woman. I started out in France where the culture is individualistic and not collaborative. It took tons of courage and a strong vision to keep me on track. With that in hand and the support of various coaches and friends, I was able to keep up the fight.

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

At first, I had so much energy no obstacle was too great.  I networked like a maniac, facilitated many groups and did everything I could to spread the word and build my clientele. Being outside the box in a conservative and individualistic culture in France, were not easy. I felt like it was all effort and not enough return.

My yearly visits to India kept me going. I would get my fill of sunshine, love and spiritual sustenance and then set out for another year of hard work in France. Oh, and by the way, I’m not French. I’m American. I moved to France when I was 19 and lived there on and off until February when I took a leap of faith and shifted to India.

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

The turning point was the year I worked with James Hindhaugh, a marketing professional, who helped me develop a business model and a means to develop my business; a call to action. It was smooth sailing from then on.

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

I would like to continue my development in the area of international speaking and seminar facilitation. I’ll always continue my work with individuals as I cherish it very much. I hope to stay based in India. It’s been wonderful, warm and welcoming beyond my dreams!

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

Find and align to your deepest, inner truth and passion.
  • Let your business endeavor be a reflection of that. 
  • Be practical and realistic. Do not allow fear to influence your decisions or veer from your values and vision!
  • Engage in endeavors that respect yourself, others and the planet!
Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link http://www.linkedin.com/in/margotborden

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

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

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

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL  www.MargotBordenPsychotherapy.com

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Colonel (Retd) Aalok Sood - International master Trainer from India

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

I left my assignments of the Indian Army after 27 long years. I feel that it was a calling for me to venture in to something different and what made me leave my career and choose the present one was only a  means for me to reach here.

The journey has been tough and had its own ups and downs. I strongly feel that life needs to be taken as it comes to us.

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

I am currently an International master Trainer where-in I train the trainers to become an International standard trainers. I have seven signature programmes

     1. Influencing and communicative Leadership
     2. Communication Made Easy
     3. Managing the Emotions
     4. Deeper and Convincing Relationships
     5. The Choice of Right Subjects and Careers
     6. Scientific Parenting
     7. Choosing and maintaining the Right Life Partner

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

Challenges are part of any new venture that one takes and need to be accepted by us. Some of the challenges faced have been

- Non-Acceptance that the human beings need counselling, Coaching, Guidance, or Directing. The human beings have an attitude of 'Knowing it All' and feel that no one can teach us anything.

- Corporate World feels that spending money on their employees is not worth it. They actually preach that the corporate does not need human beings. they are okay with having machines rather than human beings.

- Anything new takes time to settle down and patience was a big peril for me to understand, absorb, and apply

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

Friends, my discovery period has been for the last two years. The discoveries encountered were as under with a slight detail on each one of them:

The Clients types. It was a practical learning that no two beings were the same. They thought, acted, and reacted differently. it made my spectrum of understanding people wider and deeper.

Self Understanding. This was one area which kept taking me deeper and deeper in to self journey. This taught me about my areas of improvement in gathering Awareness, instilling self Acceptance, Adopting, Adapting, and Applying to self what I intended to preach to others.

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

The experiment period was inherent to the discovery period and in this period I was with so many subjects of mine everyday. in all my interactions with the audience, I was sure of two things, viz,. One that I was giving something to the audience, and second which was more firmer, was that I definitely learnt my lessons from each of such interactions and I applied my learning in to the next level of interaction and that helped me getting closer to my audiences.

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

My future plan is to diversify my subjects as much and yet keep them within the target area of the reach of Human beings. I should be able to handle any given query or question by any Human being. For this, i am picking up all possible modalities and going deeper and deeper in to its learning and imbibing them, myself.

My target for the next five years is to reach out to all human beings and touch base with them without categorizing them in to creed, religion, or sex. I wish to convert the slowly already become 'Machines' (Human Beings) back in to their true 'Human Being Forms.'

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

I have a few Ps for them: Passion for their work; Persuasion; and Patience.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link : http://in.linkedin.com/pub/aalok-sood/7/860/7a3

Q9. Facebook profile URL link : https://www.facebook.com/aalok.sood.9

Q10 Twitter profile URL link : https://twitter.com/aalok287

Q11. Personal blog URL link : http://dc-aaloksood.blogspot.com

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

Friday, December 26, 2014

Amey Hegde - Corporate Trainer from Goa, India

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

I wanted to raise my child in Goa among relatives and friends in an environment conducive to wholesome family values, I planned that I would return to Goa on the birth of my first child. As there was no suitable opportunity for me in Goa, I chose to create one as an entrepreneur.

I have a great passion for learning new things and training people so I decided to enter the entrepreneurial behavioral training field.

Over a period of five years, I got personally trained and coached by various masters various topics on the applied behavioral science of Meta Mind Management, Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats & Lateral Thinking, Facilitation Skills, and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

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

I run a signature training program on Happiness & positivity based on principles of positive psychology called “Creating Positivity Within™”.  For corporate houses, I conduct trainings on various topics like Train The Trainer, Motivation, Team Building, Communication Skills, Leadership, Creative Thinking, Goal Setting & Time Management.  I also conduct psychometric assessments and executive coaching for managers.

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

I did not have contacts in organizations when I returned back to Goa as a trainer after my stint in the Bangalore VLSI industry so it was very difficult to get training assignments. To make matters worse, most of my relatives in Goa thought that leaving a well paying job in Wipro to return to Goa as a trainer was a very stupid decision. Many people used to keep asking me how was work when I had no assignments at all. Others offered advise that I should go back to Bangalore, only my wife and a couple of close friends supported and encouraged me to continue.

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

I used social media like Facebook and Linkedin to spread awareness about me and my offerings. I created a facebook group of inspirational quotes called “Inspire to Reach Higher” currently having over 4500 members and a group called Trainings in Goa currently having over 3500 members. I built my network slowly and steadily by meeting various people and attending various networking events. I conducted several free / low priced open-to-public talks that were organized by prestigious institutions including ISTD, GCCI, NIPM  and the International Centre, Goa (ICG).

I also created free ebooks featuring inspirational quotes by great thinkers like Zig Ziglar and Swami Vivekananda, topics like Konkani Proverbs and Customer Service and based on timeless classics like Thirukkural and the Chanakya Neeti. All of these ebooks are available for free download from my website http://www.ameyhegde.in. I also created a book of inspirational quotes, “Inspire to Reach Higher”,  available for sale on amazon.com, flipkart.com, Apple iTunes store, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Google play.

In 2013, I founded “Goa HR Forum” that currently has over 450 HR professionals from over 200 organizations from Goa.

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

I am still in my experiment period! I know from my own experience that if one feels he has reached a certain level, one becomes arrogant and stops learning.

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

In my regular interaction with students across our state, I find that self-confidence and motivation levels are low among many Goan youth. Currently I’m working on a short non-commercial film based on the inspiring real life story of a physically disabled entrepreneur from South Goa, Mr. Agostinho Fernandes to inspire youth to follow their passion and explore entrepreneurship as a career option. It is being directed by a young talented filmmaker, Mr. Ramprasad Adpaikar whose earlier short film “Sin”has won international recognition. I plan to release the short film in early 2015 and would like it to reach out to at least one crore people.  My vision for next five years is to create a platform to boost employability and entrepreneurial skills of Goan youth. I would also like to create a non-profit website to connect interested contributors to worthy social causes.

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

1. Choose a business that you are passionate about.
2. If you want to be the best, learn from the best and keep learning.
3. Honesty, hard work and humility are essential for success even in today’s world.
4. Always strive to increase your network.
5. Be a go-giver: the more you give, the more you will get.

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

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

Q10 Twitter profile URL link:  http://twitter.com/ameyhegde

Q11. Personal blog URL link: 

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

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/