6 Tips for Creating an Awesome Presentation

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Sometime back the folks at my work asked me to conduct a session on ‘building and delivering a presentation.’ The session was well received, and lot of people came and told me that they found it to be valuable.

I must confess that I felt a little guilty while accepting the compliments. The reason is that I am not a natural when it comes to designing or presenting. I need to practice, a lot of it!

But looking back I did manage to hold on my own. When comes to design I have 15 of my presentations featured on SlideShare so far. When it comes to presenting, I have delivered presentations in front of CEOs, Board of Investors, Professors and Students. Continue reading

3 Leadership Lessons I Learned from My Mother

Ma Singh

I was five when I lost my father. It was my mother who brought me and my sister up.

She never worked until my father’s demise. Despite of that, she managed to take up a job grow in it and finally retire as the head of her department.

There’s a lot I learned from my mother when it comes to leadership.

I don’t claim to be a great leader, but the fact that even my old team members make it a point to drop me a line whenever something good happens, makes me believe that I may not be a bad one either! Continue reading

Do Me a Favour, Don’t Join a Start-up

It was 2005 when I joined a start-up fresh out of the college. It was a time when start-ups were yet to become sexy. Facebook was just a year old, and Twitter; yet to be launched.

When a start-up came to our campus, only a handful of us showed interest and only three of us decided to join. Two of them left for larger companies within six months. There were others from different B-Schools. No one lasted more than six months!

It has been now 9 years since my first job and most of my years I have spent working with start-ups. My current employer is though not technically a start-up, the initiative I handle is pretty much like a start-up. Continue reading

Why I Stopped Multitasking

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I realized that in the quest of doing everything I was doing nothing properly. 

During my first job, my boss gave me this title “Mr Multitasker.” I loved the tag and for eight years I strived to keep it intact. I was always the guy who was doing too many things at the same time. It made me feel that I am accomplishing a lot, made me feel that I am cool, a rockstar. However, in reality, I was just burning out.

I was always living under constant pressure of losing out on important things. I was spending most of my time at work, but it did not reflect in my career graph. I had no time to read new books, didn’t save any money, and I was overweight. Continue reading

Next Time You Apologize to a Customer Try This

I am a reasonable customer by any measure. I always try to visualize the constraints the other guy must be facing, tend to overlook small mistakes and be generally friendly.

The same holds good while booking a cab. I understand that the cab companies face a rush during the weekend, and that’s why I book my cab well in advance. I even call them in advance if the cab is in its way, just in case! Continue reading

Does ignorance make you an expert?

 

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
Isaac Newton

Isn’t it surprising that such a thought came from one of the greatest minds the world has ever seen? Or is it? Why is that people who have vast knowledge acts as if they are just beginning? On the other hand, why is that people with shallow knowledge act as if they are experts on everything? Does ignorance make you an expert? Continue reading