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Monday, June 26, 2017

Priyanka Verma - CEO of MY BLISS TOUR

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

I am one of those lucky persons to have a career in the field of my interest of travel & tourism which I started soon after completion of my post graduate degree of MBA with specialization in Tourism in the year 1995. After successful years of work experience and intermittent sabbaticals for family reasons, I decided to start my own venture MY BLISS TOUR meant to serve the travel needs of women travellers with and without their families.

Inspiration is often the result of ambition circumstances and compulsions. In my case, I was always thirsty for using my creativity and innovative ideas in designing exclusive and customized tours for women which often is not possible when you are working in corporate world. This is only possible when you are the boss of the company.

However this freedom comes at a cost where any mistakes can lead to risk of heavy losses at a personal level. I decided to bite the bullet and take the plunge to satiate my thirst.




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

My business model is designed around meeting the travel needs of women travellers with and without their families. These may include adventure, nature, religious or travel to any known and lesser known destinations to India and abroad. I make it a point to accompany all my tours so that I am there in case of any unforeseen developments and this also brings a level of trust and confidence among my clients that I am there with them throughout their journey to make it enjoyable and blissful.

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

The biggest challenge while starting any business is to find the niche market for your product and to arrange working capital to run the business. In a place like Mumbai, while there are several opportunities for arranging both, there is cut-throat competition for any venture which drags down price at the cost of quality creating a confusing scenario for customers who are unable to differentiate between low cost low quality and reasonable cost high quality products. Mine has not been an exception.

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

Any new venture faces maximum difficulties in its nascent stage like a tiny sapling. Above all there are sufficient number of people in your ecosystem who give free confusing and discouraging advice. At this time, support of family and close friends is very vital. It gives you confidence and moral support that you are on the right track. Ultimately everyone has to fight his or her own battle but these supporting words make a lot of difference in developing self-confidence.

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

Experiment and innovation is an ongoing process and cannot be classified as a limited phase in time. I am sure experimentation will always be part of my business model. This is the only way to keep once business alive in the face of a highly competitive business environment.

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

My future plan includes specialisation in few national and international destinations and become the most trusted tour operator for these exclusive locations. I do not wish to bench mark my success or plans in terms of profits or turnover but wish to focus on customer delight and a blissful experience.

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

Always have thorough domain knowledge before you venture into any business. Do not focus on making money but instead focus on keeping your customers happy. If your customers are delighted you do not have to worry about growing your business, which will automatically happen. Lastly, never make commitments which you are not sure about.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link

Q9. Facebook profile URL link

www.facebook.com/myblisstour

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

Q11. Personal blog URL link

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

Mahadevan R - Entrepreneur Coach, Trainer, Speaker from Mumbai, India

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

While doing my MBA from the S. P. Jain Inst of mgmt., the seeds of entrepreneurship were sown but it took 7 years to bear fruit and became an entrepreneur on the 15th of aug, 1999. Since then there has been no looking back…Started a manpower recruitment firm Career Aveneus (I) Pvt Ltd and scaled it up from 2 employees to a 325 consultants organisation spread across 26 offices all over India.


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

Currently I use my formal mgmt. experience and the practical nuances while growing my business to help lot of business owners either to

a)       Kick start  their new ventures

b)       Show how to grow their business exponentially

c)       Prove to them how a business can be run on auto mode

This is done by working with the business owners and their team, setting up a goal, planning their vision and mission , attracting and retaining talent and making it happen


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

Initially a) why should an employee join me…..how am I different compared to others…..because without the right people in your team, chances of growth are limited…

Then b) am I on the right path ? it is always lonely at the top…..better to have an experienced hand who has all seen it through to guide you and brainstorm with you…

c)       How to be on the business rather than in the business…..

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

Failure is not the opposite of success…it is part of success…we have kept on trying, not losing hope ….yes we have failed many times but have learnt from it and not repeated the same mistake…..

Setting goals is the most important part of a journey coz it provides direction, motivation and zeal to surge ahead.

Constantly upgrading oneself by reading books and surrounding oneself with positive oriented people is an absolute must

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

Once u are clear about what you intend to do…things become easier….

Have never wished for less problems but always for more skills to overcome any situation.

Maintain a gratitude journal and a to-do list to be made every night before going to sleep

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

My mission is to inspire and motivate the business owners to live the life of their dreams.

My vision is to become the No 1 business owner coach in the next 5 years


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

Work on yourself , rather than expecting things to happen…

Pain of discipline is much better, do the high priority items daily even though it bugs you

Differentiate between what is urgent and what is important…..

Take out time to think on growing the business and enjoy every moment of the same


Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link - 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahadevanriyer/ 

Q9. Facebook profile URL link - 
https://www.facebook.com/mahadevan68

Q10 Twitter profile URL link - 
http://twitter.com/maha789

Q11. Personal blog URL link – 
www.mahadevanr.com

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link – 
www.mahadevanr.com

Friday, June 2, 2017

Manish K Tyagi - Corporate trainer, Host & Stand up Comic

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

Subsequent to quitting the Indian Navy after 23 long years as a Commander in 2012, I began pursuing my passion for Corporate training along with my role as a Business Head. My workshops have always been full of fun. It all started way back in 2014 when one of my close friends suggested that I should try a hand at Stand up Comedy, since he knew me very well. 

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

By the day, I am a Corporate trainer & Motivational Speaker who has handled a lot of workshops on Behavioural, Leadership & Soft Skills. At night, I am a host & Stand up Comic who has done 100s of shows till now in the last 3 years in different venues & cities of India. 

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

If you notice, most of the comics in India are almost half my age. Starting at 47 was by no means easy and it took some time for the fellow performers & audience to accept me as a Stand up artist. Furthermore, the investment of time in the beginning was high i.e. when you perform in Open Mics. Also, one does not get paid for the Open Mics. It takes a while before one starts making some money.

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

The first few months were not easy as I would leave home at 6 pm and return past 12 after a very bad 3-4 minutes on stage. I would come home and ask myself as to why I was even doing this. But the passion and perseverance drove me the very next day with a resolve to do well. Slowly, I started doing well and the rest is history. 

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

Once you start getting the applause, you get the opportunity to try new material, which is essential to build up your stage time. Every venue & city has a different kind of audience and one flirts with certain kind of content everywhere. No risk, no gain. 

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

Although I love to train people, I would like to continue travelling for Stand up Comedy to different parts of the country and hopefully, world. I will also be working on building my content so that I have a longer set on stage. At the moment, I am just enjoying my time on stage and would let it flow wherever it goes in this line of work. I have already spoken at 3 TEDx conclaves and hope to be a TED speaker someday. I would also like to grow as a Motivational Speaker as that comes naturally to me. 

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

You have to have a funny bone to be a Stand up Comic. And if you do want to pursue this as a full time profession, one needs to be very patient and never say die. Keep going to Open Mics and trying/ testing new material and at some stage, you will begin to leave an impression. Also, one needs to have an original style and his own content to be able to do well. 

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/manish-k-tyagi-b9b8885/


Q9. Facebook profile URL link 

https://www.facebook.com/manish.k.tyagi 

Q10 Twitter profile URL link 

https://twitter.com/KnottyCommander 

Q11. Personal blog URL link 

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link

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