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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Gemini Dhar - Take Charge Expert

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

My journey as a fashion designer and entrepreneur started at the age of 16, I started freelancing and providing sketches in my second year of college. 

My father always encouraged me to make something so exclusive and unique which would become a best seller, subconsciously I would put in my innovative ideas to create somewhat crazy yet wearable styles, my passion for embroidery came from my mother who knew almost every kind of needlecraft and I grew up wearing hand embroidered and garments constructed by my mother. From patchwork to crochet laces, I had the privilege to dress up in the latest trends. so when I graduated my collection ROYAL RUINS fourth best collection. My confidence to create unique concepts grew which laid the foundation for my success.

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

My expertise is in designing and manufacturing couture garments from last 24 years and I have created hundreds of designs for Arabic market, as well as an indian market.

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

The major challenge was designs being copied and maintaining the quality standard since every garment was handcrafted. 

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

The Arabic market saw many ups and downs due to changing laws of each country and the demand to supply the cheaper version of the same look increased, this was a time we innovated smart styles and designs to make them cost-effective and meet our customers demand, which in return gave us huge turnovers and our reach to the overall markets increased bringing in more work and bigger turnovers , we also added a new brand for the same markets diversifying into new products.


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

This was a learning curve which helped us leverage my creative skills and helped us move out of our comfort zone and giving me great confidence to do more products and expansion was the result of this phase
Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

Branding  and empowering is  now my passion, 

my mission is to empower thousands of women and help them build power belief so they can Take charge of their lives, along with my seminars and programs Take charge 5 x Formula. I have also taken up projects for fashion industry and various brands have approached me to guide them with branding 

I shall be working towards digital excellence and sharing some great strategies with women entrepreneurs and start-ups helping them grow effortlessly

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

New entrepreneurs are full of ideas and enthusiasm, its crucial to stay committed and not lose hope if you come across challenges.

To keep a close check on expenditure and be persistent with marketing and keep innovating.

To be extremely clear on their vision and keep regular checks on their business plan . 

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Q. 11. Personal Blog: http://www.geminidhar.co.in




Website : www.geminidhar.com

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Rashida Kapadia - Image Consultant from Mumbai, India

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

Actually I became an Image Consultant quite by chance. I am a qualified fashion designer and I successfully managed my own boutique for seven years. At the same time, I was freelancing as a make up and product trainer for one Multinational company. I got a call from a start up company who wanted me on board  as a grooming and styling expert. So I started conducting workshops in multinational companies on grooming and business dressing. I believe in constantly upgrading my skills and so while reading up on something, I came across a term I had never heard of -"Image Consultant". I was impressed and very interested in pursuing Image consultancy as my career and hence, I did a course from the US, got certified as an Image Consultant and began my journey as an Image Consultant.

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

I like to call myself a life and style guru. As a style guru, I assist people to find their individual style and create a fabulous yet comfortable wardrobe so that they can look great and project a powerful image. As a life guru, I educate and empower people in the finer nuances of social etiquette and manners, behavioural skills ,building relationships and effective communication. This complete enhancement program leads to a strong,positive self image and increased self confidence to help people become successful in their professional as well as personal lives.

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

When I launched my brand Orchid Complete Makeovers in 2007 , very few people knew what an Image Consultant was. So I had to introduce myself as a personality development trainer. It was difficult to convince people about the importance of looking good and dressing professionally. People were not ready to invest in themselves.

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

I discovered while dealing with people that people were dealing with a lot of emotional and  relationship  issues which were roadblocks to achieving success .I also realised that I had to be flexible in my approach and persistent if I wanted to achieve my goals.

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

I experimented with mentoring and coaching and introduced new programs like  dating etiquette for prospective brides and grooms, creating a pocket friendly wardrobe, travel etiquette that were the need of the hour.

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

After having travelled extensively, I have realised that we Indians lack in basic etiquette because of our "chalta hai" attitude, we still do not believe that clothing has an impact on our own mindset and behaviour and there is a need to change that. My vision is to #groomindia and I'm mobilising all my resources towards that end. My dream is to start my image makeover academy with branches all over India and I will be launching it soon.

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

I would advise them to evolve with the changing times, upgrade their skills, adopt new methods implement the latest strategies and build credibility to sustain themselves in a very competitive market.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link
Q9. Facebook profile URL link 

Q10 Twitter profile URL link 
Q11. Personal blog URL link 
Q12. Company website- www.imagemakeover.in

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Piyush Rajani - Singer, Performer, Entertainer from Mumbai, India

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

My career started way back in 1999 post finishing graduation from Jai Hind College. Used to perform on stage for college shows and from there got keen on pursuing singing as a career. My biggest source of inspiration at that time was Dandiya queen Falguni Pathak and she is the reason why I decided to join this career. Also this profession allows you to travel a lot in different cities and countries if successful. 

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

I am a singer performer entertainer and my company Piyush And The Fine Tuners provide for live musical stage shows and entertainment events for weddings and corporate clients. Basically we are one stop shop for all your entertainment requirements and we customise musical events according to the requirement of our clients.

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

Being a new comer the first and the foremost difficulty was to get visibility and a chance to perform with event organisers. Also learning from experienced and senior artists and at the same time facing competition from them was the biggest challenge faced.What kind of songs to perform which would be liked by audiences of different kinds was also quite challenging. 

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

I have always been a leader and led by example. Piyush And The Fine Tuners provide for live musical stage shows and finding new clients was my biggest challenge as i am not the kinds who would relax. In the process have discovered quality work more than quantity work which sets me apart from other performers.

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

I had discovered very early in my career that the profession I have chosen is purely out of my passion for music which may or may not be sustainable in the long term. But despite of all the ups and downs I never changed my path or chose any other profession. I truly believe that one must completely and totally excel in one particular field of business and explore it to the fullest which I am still doing. 

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

To keep doing quality shows and events and at the same time explore the world of digital content. Am coming out with a few cover versions soon and in the process collaborating with a lot of talented artists. Believe in the saying Visibitly + Credibility = Profitability. Jo dikhta hai vo bikta hai. 

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

Follow your dreams and passion by identifying what you are good at. Make your product and after sales service speak. If in the hospitality industry treat your client as god as client servicing is the only way forward. 

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link - 
www.linkedin.com/in/piyush-rajani-b552188a 

Q9. Facebook profile URL link - 
http://www.facebook.com/piyush.rajani.7 

Q10 Twitter profile URL link - 
https://twitter.com/piyushlive1 

Q11. Personal blog URL link -
www.piyushrajani.co.in 

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link - 
www.piyushrajani.co.in

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vikaas Kalantri - MD & CEO of White Leaf Entertainment Media Pvt Ltd

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

Well belonging to a business family, my father was always and is always my Idol. I set out to become an actor and gradually through the process got into the entertainment Segment and now own one of the most prolific event companies of India. I guess the passion for entertainment and the creative field let me do something away from the family business. White Leaf entertainment is me at my creative best and creating new ideas and thoughts everyday and seeing them coming to light. 

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

We are an end to end event management company, with interests in Production, celebrity management and creating IPR’s for self and others. 

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

Well the biggest Challenge was to get into the corporate world with established players already there. Events have been going on for ages and there were already companies that were there on board. To present better ideas and show the companies your capabilities was the hardest specially since I was an actor. However I am grateful to a few people who showed trust and faith in me to start off and therefore I have reached this level. 

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

Well at the start there are difficulties if you are starting a new business but to hang in there and wait for the right time is the best thing to do in life. I kind off researched and did a lot of self studying in the initial period so that we are upto date and can present newer ideas and methods to our client. 


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

well after you start getting 3-4 initial events and people are satisfied with your work the road is more or less set. You have to keep innovating and experimenting and achieving and satisfying the client but more or less you are on the right track. 

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

We plan to get in Television Production and content production and also develop more IP’s like the ‘gold Awards. 

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

Firstly only do anything If you are passionate about it, there will be good times and bad times to sustain and move forward and constantly innovate is the best thing to do here. Moreover ours is a service industry so loyalty, honesty and excellent service are the core essentials of the business. 

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link – 
Vikaaskalantri - https://www.linkedin.com/ 

Q9 Facebook profile URL link – 
 White Entertainment Media Pvt Ltd 

Q10 Twitter profile URL link - 
http://twitter.com/vikaskalantri 

Q11. Personal blog URL link 

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link – 
www.whiteleafent.net

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Zoran Saher - Actor, Creative Entrepreneur, Anchor & TV Host. Film / Food / Lifestyle & Travel Writer. Founder of The Local Outsider & OneTakeOnly


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

Having lived in 3 different countries in my life, I’ve always been diversified in my outlook towards most things, be it my career or the quest to be a better individual. Growing up and spending 19 years of my life in Oman (Middle East), shaped my perspective in a manner that made me well aware of the possibilities that were within my reach, and some that I dared to chase. But it was studying in an American International school, which gave me the confidence to think outside the box and helped me challenge my instincts. After which, pursuing my education at Pace University in New York, groomed me into an individual that made me feel closer to my dream of becoming an Actor and someone who genuinely loves being in front of the cameras. Having played the lead role in a Short Film that screened at the New York Indian Film Festival in 2012 and featuring in multiple TV commercials along with a webseries in Mumbai thereafter, has convinced me enough that there’s nothing that knows me better than the lens of a camera. My experiences of life have given me the courage to express myself articulately and hence, the desire to pursue my passion for writing. And that was the inception of my blog – The Local Outsider in 2015.


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

My idea and sense of business has always been simple. To be able to create an impact in the most personal manner which in someway, is able to make a change and bring about a smile on multiple faces. Being a writer who’s deeply been influenced by the virtue of having a privileged upbringing, has taught me the essence and the ironic dichotomy of the imbalance, that we experience in every day life. So whether it’s a travel piece that I’m writing or documenting a certain event, I’m always inclined towards giving it a positive touch, with the hope that it’s able to spring about a certain awareness or inspire those who choose to seek it. With my latest Video and You Tube property called OneTakeOnly, which I launched sometime last year, is an attempt to focus on some of the unspoken aspects about human nature, current affairs and socially relevant factors that aren’t given the attention it deserves. Be it a five minute segment on the effects of Brexit or how Roger Federer’s legacy has given millions the desire to dream and chase their passions, my intention with OneTakeOnly was to conceptualize a platform that offers a refreshing take, which relates to the educated mindset.


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

My challenge has always been more to do with my wanting to outdo my potential and ability, and not necessarily trying to live up to the so called standard that the world judges you by. So it all boils down to how well you choose to express yourself, without the baggage of a filter or any external pressure. Each day presents itself as a challenge, which you can either perceive as an obstacle or an opportunity. To my good fortune, at a very early stage in life I developed the ability to see things with the idea that it will somehow turn out well, if my heart is in the right place.  Through repeated mistakes, you nurture the chances of getting it right one more time. And this is not with the intention of proving it to the world, but to those insecurities that we hold within about the things that we are able to do, but don’t invest the time to do so.


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

I strongly believe that the second you begin to think you’ve made it, is when you lose the plot completely. It is best if you take it as a milestone that stirs the motivation within to keep soaring towards heights of success. The problem is when you set a particular target as a benchmark, you begin to take a backseat the moment you’ve achieved it. We never want the good times to end, but to think of it practically it is impossible to start something in life without assessing or analyzing the issues and hindrances that come with it. One of my biggest concerns when I began writing was the kind of audience that would read my work. I didn’t know what strata of society would subscribe to the sensibility of my thoughts, but I knew that if I were able to somehow convey emotionality, it would work. I still don’t know if I’ve got it right because every video that I shoot on OneTakeOnly and every piece on The Local Outsider, has a complex and different reaction to it. A reaction that most times is contrary to what I think it would be. But that’s the excitement of wanting to do something different and not knowing how well will it be received. More often than not, I receive requests about what I should cover on my blog and how my thoughts inspire a particular individual to start something of their own.  As I always say, if you do what you love doing, you’ll leave behind a legacy of someone who succeeded more times than failed. So challenges or not, I begin every morning with the desire to give it my best shot in front of the camera, irrespective of the end result. I do it not because it needs to be done, but because it gives me the kind of happiness that nothing else can.


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

The only experiment I’ve ever tried in the last 7-8 years, is to see how well am I able to sustain a career that doesn’t begin at 9am and end at 5pm. It comes without a desk and a chair, and it has less of board meetings. And that’s how I like it to be. My work involves moving from one place to the other and sometimes working from home. I love trying different forms and mediums to promote the craft I’m involved in. I’ve been writing for the last 7 years now and even though I may have altered my technique depending on the subject, I ensure that the essence of my style remains the same. So while the discovery of learning things about life became a seamless habit for me from an early stage, I haven’t done anything drastic in search for a historic outcome.

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

I want to spend the next few years in being closely associated with the film industry and do good work. Be it the short and independent films, Webseries or TVC’s, learning the craft never gets old. I also want to invest my time in building interesting content for my blog The Local Outsider, and make it a commercially viable product. One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is to write a book on my life, but that will require a lot of my time, as it’s a long term project waiting to be published. I’ve just about decided the title of the autobiography.


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

The best advice I’ve ever got was from my Dad. He always tells me “Do whatever your heart desires and that which makes you happy. But make sure that once you chase that dream of yours, you become the greatest ever in that field.” I don’t think I’m anywhere close to being where I want to be as yet, and therefore I set extremely high standards for myself. I know what my capacity is and I’ve genuinely been extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunities that have come my way. Life has been kind to me and so has god. The only advice I’d give, is to takes risks when you’re able to back it up with your strengths. Communicate and express what you feel because until you don’t say it the way you feel it, no one will get a taste of your passion and dreams. Work immensely hard, because the satisfaction you get from doing what you love, is a feeling that words cannot describe. And lastly, don’t forget to help those in need and the underprivileged. Philanthropy is the only deed that has greater returns, when it remains unspoken.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link

Q9. Facebook profile URL link

Q10 Twitter profile URL link

Q11. Personal blog URL link – 
The Local Outsider: https://www.thelocaloutsider.com/

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Beth Misner - Speaker / Author and Co-founder of BNI Foundation

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

I married into a family business. I did not grow up with the idea that I wanted to work for myself, or own a business. All of my grandparents were in business for themselves, so I did have that example in front of my as a child. Once I actually became an entrepreneur, I knew it was the best fit for me. My husband, BNI founder and CVO, Ivan Misner, has always inspired me to be the very best entrepreneur I could possibly be.  

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

Our company is a franchised business called BNI (Business Network Int'l.). We provide weekly meetings for business owners to attend with the sole purpose of providing each other with qualified referrals for new business for themselves. It is a membership organization, and I'm proud to say that many of our members share with us that they are in business today because of the services we provide to them! You can learn more about BNI at www.BNI.com.

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

I had to shift my mentality from being an employee to being an owner. There are a lot of things the owner does without even thinking twice about it that the employees never consider. For example, at the end of the work day, I was ready to stop, but as the owner, there are additional things to do that means you cannot really stop! There were times where we would work on the accounting (in the very beginning) until the early hours of the next morning! I really struggled at first with feeling resentment over having to do all these things. 

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

There was a time very early in our company when we went through a very tough time with the income. We had to think of some creative ways to increase the income. Since we are a franchise company, it can sometimes be difficult to stay in close touch with all the franchise owners in a way that keeps them excited about growing the business in their own territories. I had the idea to begin holding conferences with the franchise owners every six months, to bring them in to the headquarters region to meet us, conduct trainings, and do things to keep them excited about what they are doing. It was a great success and now there are BNI conferences all over the world in every country we operate, and also one BIG conference somewhere in the world for everyone each year. 

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

We started to watch the production numbers of the franchisees to compare the results of the franchisees who came to our conferences with those who did not. We found quickly that the franchisees who did not come to our conferences did not have as strong of a business as those who did. As a result, we began to mandate attendance to at least one of the conferences offered throughout the year. Coming together with everyone to learn and grow has an amazing impact on the production of the franchises afterwards. And they seem to really enjoy getting together with everyone. Many of them have become very good friends, traveling on vacations together with their families, and even some of them have married each other! 

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

I am now helping to manage the BNI non-profit which focuses on children and education, the BNI Foundation. I hope that in the next five years we will have 100% participation in the BNI Foundation's programs by our franchisees and that 75% of all our BNI members will be contributing to support the work we are doing with schools all around the world. 

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

Start your business with all the roles in mind that you will need to have others doing as you grow. As you are able, begin to bring these people into your staff. Trying to do everything all by yourself to save money will cost money in the long run. You will never be able to grow as much as possible if you stay as a Solo-preneur, as you will when you grow a team to support your business. Also, be sure you have some kind of philanthropic cause you attach to your business. It will create good for the community, and it will create brand loyalty with your clients for your business. 

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link

Q9. Facebook profile URL link  www.facebook.com/bethmisner

Q10 Twitter profile URL link

Q11. Personal blog URL link http://bnifoundation.org/blog/  and www.bethmisner.com/blog


Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link www.BNI.com  www.AskIvanMisner.com

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sid Shah - Business Coach and Life Coach - Think and Grow Rich Academy India

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

I first read THINK & GROW RICH about 20 years back during my MBA studied. I could not stop reading the book. After that book, I studied every possible work of Napoleon Hill including all of his books, articles, audio recordings, etc. I started to apply the principles of THINK & GROW RICH in my life and achieved remarkable results. At this moment, I decided to Buy the License from the Napoleon Hill Foundation to Coach & Train these principles of Success. 

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

GROW RICH Academy is the Only Company in India affiliated with the Napoleon Hill Foundation, Virginia, USA, having the exclusive License to Coach & Train PAN INDIA, on the Principles of Success. 

I am India’s First & Only certified Business Coach and Life coach completing all the three levels of Training from the Napoleon Hill Foundation. Broadly, we offer our services in two formats: i) Workshops & Seminars ii) Personalized Coaching for CEO’s, Teams, Corporates, SME’s & Executives. Briefly, the Principles of Think & Grow Rich are applicable for every individual to assist that person in achieving its goals, aims or objectives. 

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

The biggest challenge was to spread the awareness of THINK & GROW RICH with the New Age Generation and making them realize that the principles are still equally powerful and result orientated in the 21st Century 

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

In the initial stages, we had the burden of the huge payment of license fees to our parent company in USA. And simultaneously spending on marketing and campaigning about THINK & GROW RICH in India with practically no revenue model. That period was the very challenging. 

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

As we were testing waters in India, we tweaked the model of coaching and training in India to make it more relevant for our fellow Indians. We realised that the we have the best content in the world compared to the stuff which was being coached in the market by the competition. 

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

We know that we have the best product in the world. Our immediate plan is to engage the so called Innovators and Early Adopters to powerful impact and transform their lives following THINK & GROW RICH principles. Our plan for next five years is to Coach & Train atleast 10 Crore Indians with the world’s best philosophy of personal achievement. 

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

Only one advice: Follow the Principles of THINK & GROW RICH – Rest all will be taken care of.


Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sid-shah-5a0bbb134/

Q9. Facebook profile URL link

https://www.facebook.com/sidharth.shah.1232


Q10. Twitter profile URL link
https://twitter.com/sidshah27


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

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link

www.thinkngrowrichacademy.com

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