Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My Boss Wants Me To Give A Presentation






People are comfortable in learning things but when it comes to presentation, they just think that it is something out of their comfort zone. But that is not true. By practice, you will get to know the fact that presentation is as easy as learning and also the fact that presentation skills are not in-borne but could be acquired through practice. In this article, I will explain the do's and don'ts of presentation, which is going to help you in your forthcoming presentation sessions.

BEFORE THE PRESENTATION:

When you get ready for a presentation, the first and the foremost thing you need to do is, plan your presentation. Ask for the duration of the presentation and plan the content accordingly and the content should fit into the given period of time. Mind about the audience and prepare your content accordingly. Your audience might be professionals, students, managers, teachers or laymen. Your preparation should grab their attention towards you and your session shouldn't bore anybody in the presentation hall. Be prepared to say some anecdotes, or small case studies to explain a theoretical concept. Your content should be well organised and when you speak, you should reflect the same by giving an organised speech. Before entering the hall make sure you look fresh with a neat dress and a smiling face.

DURING PRESENTATION:

Before you start the presentation, make your audience comfortable by asking questions about their breakfast or lunch accordingly. This will let them think that you are a comfortable person to approach rather than a rough guy or girl. Ask your audience to give a short introduction about themselves and bring some humour into the frame. After that, when you introduce yourself, you need to show them your expertise in the subject to be discussed by giving some attractive statistics about your experience in the subject, your awards, achievements etc. This will bring interest in the audience's minds to listen to your words. Before starting the presentation, clearly brief the purpose of the presentation in a crispy manner. Express your thoughts to the point. It is very important to set the theme of the presentation before starting. After this, demonstrate the benefits that they would be getting from this presentation. This will increase the interest of the listeners on your presentation. Use some attractive words to describe the benefits that they are going to get.

The words that you use to represent your ideas are very much important in a presentation. Appropriate words are extremely important for a presentation. The presentation might be a technical presentation or a business presentation or any other kind of presentation but the appropriate words must be used to address the subject of discussion. Don't speak fast. Speak in an audible voice. Try not to repeat a particular word as it would become funny. Make your presentation more interactive by encouraging the audience to answer rather than just presenting your ideas in a one way manner. Encourage them to take notes as it is human nature to forget things soon. If it is not a very big presentation hall, just keep walking back and forth from the stage to the last row as you continue with the presentation and you can even sit with the audience for a while during the presentation. This will show them that you are a human being and not an alien who came down from another planet.

When you present your ideas, try to give as many relevant statistics as much as possible and be very specific about your facts and ideas. For example, if you want to tell about a survey, don't just say, like, an university conducted a survey where....etc etc.. You need to specify the exact name of that university, the place, the survey team's name etc.. This will show your confidence and knowledge in that particular subject. Bring humour into the subject which would make them laugh and lets you and your audience keep going together. If something goes wrong with the audience's behaviour, you must be capable of getting the session back on track. This is one of the most essential qualities that a leader should possess to become a good presenter.

AFTER PRESENTATION:

Complete the presentation, and wait for queries and wipe out the ambiguity in the audience's minds. Give feedback forms and encourage them to fill out what they really think about you. Give your contact number or email to let them contact you demonstrating that you are really approachable.

Turn Your Website Into A Business Model






In the previous article, I explained you the importance of starting a website and get your hands on to the online business world. I also asked you to wait for a business model for your website. It's time to do some research into the revenue generating part of your lovable website. Websites can be of two types, say, they sell manufactured products or sell intangible content. Quite simple! Isn't it? When I say intangible content, it includes, articles, photos, videos, and other stuff. If you are selling a tangible product through your website, you can just skip this article as this article is only for someone who sell their content or plan to sell content because they are not going to manufacture anything. I would appreciate if you continue to read since you will find something useful for your business.

IT'S ALL ABOUT ADVERTISEMENTS: 

Now, how can you generate revenue from a website which has some hundreds of articles, tutorials and other stuff? Either you can build a payment wall for your content by asking your visitors to pay for accessing your content or you can just let them access it for free and you can earn from a different route. I would recommend the second one as hardly people like to pay for content. Alright, now what is that different route which can bring you money without charging your visitors? The answer is ADVERTISEMENTS.  You can place someone else advertisements in your site which would pay you much for your living. There are millions out there to pay you for placing their advertisements on your site so that they get benefited. This is a win-win situation.

There are different kinds of advertisements. They are given some attractive names and they come in different forms and follow different payment methods. I will brief about each now.

DIRECT ADVERTISING:

Once your website becomes popular, people would jostle each other to advertise in your website and they will be ready to pay a huge amount for a small button image of their company name in your site. You need to contact the advertiser and get the text or images to be displayed in your site and publish it in your site to get paid periodically based on your contract. This is direct advertising. Apart from this, there are other ways of advertising, where an agency is in between the advertiser and the publisher. Advertisers register themselves to those agencies and ask them to publish their images and text ads. This agency, in turn, gives those content to publishers like you to publish it and get paid for it. Your payment will be received from the agency and there would be no contact between the advertiser and the publisher.

Now, if you don't like to wait for your site to become popular or you don't want to have direct contact with the advertisers, it is better to go for the indirect advertising programmes which I will explain now.

PAY-PER-CLICK ADVERTISING:

In pay-per-click advertising, you are given with some text and image advertisements and you need to publish those in your website and you will get paid whenever a visitor of your website clicks on the advertisement. You will be paid in cents for each click. It may even go up to a couple of dollars or even more. Programs like this are provided by Google AdSense, Bidvertiser, etc

AFFILIATE PROGRAMS:

In affiliate programs, the advertiser's products are displayed in your website and if someone clicks it from your website and purchase the product, you will be eligible for a commission for that sale. There are hundreds of such programs out there online and the only thing is, you have to choose a program based on the theme of your website. Websites like Amazon, eBay, provides such programs.

RESIDUAL INCOME PROGRAMS:

There are some amazing affiliate programs which not only pay us whenever our site leads to a sale for them but also whenever that particular customer lead by us renew their subscription every year with our advertiser. This will give us a long term income. Some sites like Lifetime commissions, provide this program.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

This Is The Right Time To Go Online And Start A Business




Internet is becoming a part of our lives nowadays and in the near future I would say, everybody on the earth will have an Internet connection with a computer in his/her home. This is of course a good news. One more good news is you are left to think about how you can build your own business based on this fact. This is the right time for you to get your hands on in online business which is something good that you are doing for your future. People who became millionaires because of online business were people who started their business in the transition period. A transition period is when people start to accept a particular technology and start using it with interest. Google became the god father of search engines when people were searching for a tool where they can get organized information. When you give people more than what they exactly expect you would be the king in that business. So, if you have an out-of-box-idea then, you are ready to earn millions of dollars. Particularly in India, the Internet transition has started and it is still in the premature stage and the market is really huge. Lot of people are waiting for your idea to enjoy experiencing it.

UNCONVENTIONAL:

You might be wondering what the hell I am talking about, something like online business..? What is that? How to do it?? Alright, Don't worry. Today you have landed in the right place. I will take you into the online business world slowly by explaining things in a simple manner. OK, now let's come to our discussion
 of starting an online business. In olden days, when people wanted to start a business they had to invest a huge sum of money and build factories, hire labourers, manufacture products, transport them to dealers and lots of other stuffs. But now, believe me, starting an online business needs nothing of the listed above!!! Amazing , isn't it? Even you don't need to invest!!! Your investment can be a big ZERO!!!


Now I am going to tell you what exactly I want you to do to start an online business. It is nothing but, 'Start your Website' today. When I say website, it can be a custom developed website or even a blog like what I have. If you develop a website, you need to spend some bugs to bring it out as a complete beautiful website. In case, if you go for a blog, it would take 5 minutes to create a blog. Hundreds of tools are out there online to build your blog to a wonderful product for your visitors.

My teacher use to say this often, that the last era was an industrial era and this is a knowledge era. In knowledge era, people who have out-of-box ideas and passion to work on those ideas can get to the top in a short period of time. They don't need to wait for decades to become millionaires unlike the old industrial era. You don't need to sell your products by marketing at the door step coz Internet takes care of the job. You don't need to hire anybody or don't need to manage labour problems and after all you don't need to have an Office!!! Everything becomes virtual. You just be the sole owner of your site or you can form a small group of your friends and invest a few bugs to get started. Believe me, in Internet, you are exposing your idea to billions of people around the world and the number is increasing day by day.

HOW TO START:

Before telling you how to start, I would like to clarify one of the most common questions that people ask me when I talk about website. DO I NEED TO BE AN EXPERT IN COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE? The answer is a big NO!!! Will you not be surprised if I say that my brother started his own blog and he is just 12 years? But that is true. I always reiterate that this is not an era where you write your JAVA or C or C++ programming code from scratch. Everything has already been done. You are just going to use them in the form of user friendly tools.

Now, coming to the most important point, what are you going to present in your website for your visitors? As I told you if you have a good idea to implement you can directly go and do it or if you are yet to frame your ideas then think for a moment before choosing a concept. There are a lot of concepts out there like social networking sites, content creation sites like wikipedias, encyclopedias, consulting sites, etc. You need to choose an area which you are very much interested. If you are a good writer, go for a blog and post your contents daily in the form of articles and advertise it to people. But, your content should be original and people should get something useful from your content. You need to engage your readers by useful activities and your engagement in your website should also be consistent. All I would say is , the first key to choose your theme for your website is choosing based on your passion.

The second important point is, try to choose a theme that would help wider audience in a long term. In other words, the theme or the concept of your website should be useful for your audience for at least another 4 to 5 decades or even more. In addition to this, try to choose a theme that has wide audience. Say, if you choose a theme something related to high quality writing, you are targeting the highly educated people. If you choose a theme like advertising and selling music albums, you are targeting a huge audience. The same thing applies for social networking sites and this is the the reason why they have become famous in a very short period of 4 to 5 years.

All the famous websites which are earning in millions of dollars are very young when compared to old industries which earn equal amount. Even social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, Orkut, Twitter, were started just before 4 to 5 years. They are millionaires now. I know some of website owners who just sit and work from home earning  60,000 to 70,000 dollars a year after 6 to 7 years of online business experience. You should be patient to reach this mark. I am not revealing a secret that would make you a millionaire overnight. I am just exposing you to a new way of doing business and earning money in a short period of time unlike conventional business.

OK, I understand, now you will have a number of questions for me. Alright buddy! I have started a website with an idea and launched it? How will I earn money from this? Are you crazy? .... My answer for your questions would be wait for the next article. I will explain you how to transform a website into a wonderful business model.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Do You Balance?




I always talk about the 'balance' factor whenever I come across the word, 'leadership' and of course, this factor is not given importance as against other qualities of leadership. People miss this word 'balance' to be included in the curriculum of leadership when they teach about leadership. It is the most essential quality that a leader should possess.


In a real world scenario, an individual has to play different roles like professional, father, teacher, friend, to name a few. He cannot follow a defined set of rules to resolve the issues he confronts in his journey. He should deal accordingly with different people. He cannot demonstrate a professional behavior to his family or to a friend. A balanced approach comes into the frame now and it is the only approach to make him move up his career ladder. For a leader, there are no defined set of rules to be followed in his career path and he has to frame dynamic rules himself to deal with different people in different ways, which depends on the person whom he deals with. Suppose he is working for a reputed organization, even if he is at the top of the hierarchy, he should be able to remove his management coat and condescend down to the level of his subordinates. He should be capable of prioritizing his commitments so that at the end of the day he must have satisfied all his stakeholders of life.

CORPORATE-SPECIFIC ILLUSTRATION:

Put a management cap and look from the management perspective, you will be surprised to see that the same applies for management also. A manager cannot stick on to a defined set of rules to take a management decisions. Say, he cannot deal with Chinese and Americans in the same way as there are a lot of factors need to be considered like culture, emotional quotient etc. Again the balance factor comes into frame and it is the one and only way to get through.

IMPORTANCE OF LOGIC:


Now, here comes the most valuable truth which if followed would give you astonishing results. Imagine that you are in a position to solve a particular problem and you are given with a set of standards or procedures to follow to get a better result. What will you do now? If you are to follow the set of procedures or standards blindly, then that will serve its purpose but would not nourish your mind (technically, brain!). You need to come out with your own set of ideas to solve that particular problem and in turn you will come to know why such procedures have been provided to you. In this way, you can train your mind to think, as said by Albert Einstein and innovate productively for your organization.

LOGIC Vs STANDARDS:

You might wonder why I am taking you to a different track instead of traveling in the ‘balance’ subject track. Here is the answer. Okay, now you have come up with your own set of ideas to solve that problem. What can be done now? The next step is to compare your logic with the standards or procedures that are readily available. Resonate your ideas with standards and try to improve your own ideas up to the standards level, if you think your ideas lag behind the current standards. Now, you are maintaining a balance between your thinking and the standards. A question might flash in your mind. Anyway I am going to follow the standards then why should I think by myself? The answer is obvious. How do you think people developed standards? A standard is nothing but a product obtained after continuous refinement of an idea or set of ideas. If your idea exceeds our current standard then happily you can help your organization refine the current standards to improve productivity. Common sense and logic plays a vital role in developing an organization.

A LEADER:

A leader has to be a role model for the rest of him and he should be a confidant, who develops confident in his team and superiors that if a work is delegated to him, he would complete it with perfection. He should approach and be approachable with ease. The more hearts he conquers the more he moves up the corporate ladder. After all, even if he is at the top of the ladder, he should remain the same sweet guy as when he was at the bottom!!!

Just 3 Steps For Physical Fitness




I have been dealing with physical fitness for the past 7 years and I have given lot of fitness tips and training to my friends and of course it worked well. I don't train commercially but just friendly. OK, now here we go.
Is there anyone on this earth who doesn't want to be attractive and physically fit? Certainly none. We all dream a lot but do we work for our dreams? Do we really put some effort to make our dreams come true? Only a handful of us do that. Those who did put efforts reaped the benefits. Now, you are here to see how this does work.

When you fire a query on physical fitness in Google search you will find thousands of weight training materials, fitness guides, pills for fat reduction which are Greek and Latin. You will be confused to choose one from thousand and even the situation worsens if you ask a group of people. Each one would post his or her unique option which would reduce your possibility of narrowing down to one good option. Now, What if, you have a common strategy that works for all, irrespective of their weight, height, health condition, to be physically fit? Yes, this is what you are going to learn now. I will try to keep things simple. No big deals, the following are the three steps I am talking about,

1. WALK OR RUN
2. PUSH UPS AND PULL UPS
3. CRUNCHES

that's it. Is it not simple compared to all those pills, training materials and fitness guides? It's not a prediction, remember, it is an essence of reality that I found from my long 7 years of work outs.
Now, I will tell you who should do what. If you are a young guy below 30, then it's good to go with all the three. If you are too fat then start your work out just by walking for an hour at least a day. Then gradually do half walk and half run. Then migrate to complete running. From running, I mean to say jogging or slow running. If you are above 30 then consult with a physician to choose between walk or run. This initial step is common for all ladies and gentlemen on the earth irrespective of their age and body condition. Running will not only reduce your fat content but also keeps you away from heart attack and various other health hazards.

The second and third steps are for the active young guys and girls, for which I assume people below 30. Push ups and pull ups are the most amazing and natural exercises that give you a petty good result which last long forever. If you do weight trainings in gym for a period of 6 months and if one day, due to work constraints you are forced to stop the work out for a month, then your body would loose strength and shape.

 You would feel the weakness soon since you are training had trained it artificially rather than naturally. Do you think there were sophisticated Gyms in olden days where warriors and soldiers practiced? No. Their trainings were natural. Even now in defence, they follow the natural strategy like mountain climbing, push ups, pull ups, running with a bag weighing 25 kilogram rather than sitting in a gym with dumb bells to train their biceps. Do as many pull ups and push ups as possible. Girls has a separate style for doing this.

The third step is an optional one. It is for guys and girls who want a flat stomach. Start gradually by doing 10 for each set up to 3 sets and increase up to your capability. This is also for guys who loves to have six packs. That's it for fitness. You must do anything and everything gradually. Don't do 50 push ups on the first day. you can't wake up the next morning. Change should be injected into your body gradually since I always insist on natural way of doing things. You must keep in mind that nothing will come to you overnight. You have to work hard and sacrifice something to get something.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Ten Points To Become a Perfect Individual




You might have heard statements claiming a guy or a girl to be perfect and you might have wondered what perfection means. Most of the time we hear this word and of course we had some eagerness to know what is perfection and how to be perfect and whom to call a perfect guy or girl.

Well, you are here to understand what perfection is. Here are ten points for you to become perfect in your life.These points are not just words but are essence of ideas that has the power to give much more meaning to your valuable life. Please consider each and every word of the following statements that you are going to see. You will understand the importance once you analyse them deeply. No big deals, they are simple points to remember. Okay, here we go.

CONFIDENCE:

The most commonly used word but only a few, who are destined to greatness, understand the importance of this word and follow it in their lives. Don't just think this as a common word uttered by people around you, but this is the one which constructs the base for your perfection. If you lack confidence, you lack everything. confidence is having the attitude of a winner. You should have the "can-do" attitude. You should never ever fear for silly things on the earth.You should say, "I can do it","It is after all simple","If others can do why can't me?". Having this base set, you can move to the next point.

PASSION AND CONCENTRATION:

The next point is passion and concentration. Don't do things because you have to. Do it with passion and concentration. Converge your entire energy on that single work. I have written a separate post on the importance of focus in my blog. If you play the game of football, you should have point #1, that is confidence and then point #2. You should play with passion and concentration and should not let your mind to divert to something else.

LOVE:

The next most important point is the very famous 'love'. Love yourself, love what you do, love what you see. That is it for success. Love everything. Then comes humbleness. People always love to interact with humble minds. People who are wise are always humble and they don't need advertisements for their knowledge. It will be revealed in appropriate times. This is the only life you have and in that, keep yourself and others happy. Each and every second is passing in your life and try to create love and happiness around you. Please do not let your life to be a money driven one. Spend time with someone who means a lot to you.

HUMOUR AND FRIENDLINESS:

Humour should be a part of your habit. Only if you express humour, you will be approachable. People should not be afraid to come and talk to you. Condescend down to any level and talk with friendliness. Whoever it may be, respect them as they are also human being like you. Put their shoes and treat them as you want others to treat you. In this busy and stressful life, the only thing that is going to keep you fresh is smile.

LEADERSHIP:

Here comes the next wonderful term called 'leadership'. This is the quality that can keep you moving up your career ladder. A leader is the one who can manage others and can be managed by any other. A leader has all the qualities of points from #1 to #4. He is lovable and can talk to different persons in different ways to influence them and get the work done.

BALANCE FACTOR:

The next most important point that most of us lack is the 'balance' in everything. You need to know how to balance your work and personal life. You should know how to balance you time. You should know to prioritize things, like, what should be done first according to that situation. You should never be at the extremes like sticking on to the same strategy for work and home. You should know how to treat family members, friends, peers, seniors, labours and many others.

LEARNER:

You must have a learner's attitude in your life. You should respond to what others say. You should receive and interpret what others say to you. A know-it-all will spoil your career and will drop you from the minds of people around you. Always have a open mind for learning anything. Keep your mind cups empty to fill something in it anytime.

KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE:

One more important point that would make you stand apart from others is to keep the spirit alive always. You should never get bored of or fed up with what you do. Do it with passion till you achieve it. For example, if you start to exercise from today with a group of ten friends, you will find the decreasing count as days pass. At last hardly a couple of would still have the spirit in you and only that two will reap the benefit of being physically fit. This is what I call keeping spirit alive.

DON'T WORRY ABOUT OTHERS:

One obstacle that always stops us from achieving something big is thinking about the consequence of failure. What others would think if I fail? Don't let this bother you anymore. Do your duty, success will follow you. Never ever worry what others think about you. They have their own problems to deal with.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT:

Self-analysis or introspection is the key to success. Know about yourself. Tune yourself to perfection day by day. Sit and analyse what you did today. Don't worry for failure. See it as a lesson that you had learnt to correct yourself or tune yourself to perfection. Analyse your mistakes daily and make sure they never occur in the future. Continuous improvement is something like, if you can do 25 push ups today, make sure it does not go below 25 tomorrow!

Tips to crack CAT examination




When I started to prepare for CAT 2008, there were no books which completely explain the steps to be followed to crack the damn CAT (Common Admission Test) conducted by one of the IIMs in India to get into the prestigious IIMs. Anyway I was successful in finding out a book but that didn't satisfy my apetite. Now, I have decided to share some useful points that I learned when I was preparing for CAT. This will surely help lakhs of aspirants who dream of getting through the exam, which is considered to be the toughest.

People, mostly students, think that CAT is the most toughest exam in India and it is not possible for avarage people to get into IIMs or other top B-schools. Even I was thinking this when I started to prepare but I found that It is quite wrong. Anyone who has the fire in him to crack it would eventually do it. Ok, Now I would be explaining you about how to prepare each and every section of the test, how to take exams and some good strategies to follow.

PREPARATION:

If you ask me, when should I start to prepare for the exam, I would say 1 year before the exam. But If you start before 3 or 4 months, then also you don't need to worry. The only thing is you need more practice than your friends who started long back. For people who start before 2 or 3 years I would recommend them not to learn things from exam perspective. Just learn just like that. Read novels,newspaper, magazines, casually without having the preparation attitude. Try to improve your english because, logical resoning and quants can be prepared and learnt soon but english has to be developed gradually. Go for vocabulary books like, "Word Power", "All about words" etc, and grammar books like wren and martin. Improve your vocabulary throught contextual reading. Don't just memorise 300 to 400 words. This will never help you. Read for facts and by the way learn words and don't do the reverse.

People who have one year to 6 months for the exam can start to prepare section wise. Give more importance to the section which you lag behind. If you find difficulty in all the sections, you have to work hard. GIve equal importance to all the sections and work on each section in alternative weeks or even alternate days. It's upto you to decide.

Start with basics and be thorough with all the concepts. Without the basic tools you cannot work on a problem. So, make sure that you are thorough with your formulas, grammar and other stuff. Then start to practise, practise and practise. The more you are exposed to problems, the more likely you will get through the CAT exam. Take full length question papers for test. Sit and take test similar to a CAT environment. Remember, you should review your answers and analyse each and every mistake you did. This is the most important activity that most of us forget to do. This is where you can make yourself different from others.
Lot of people ask a question, "Do I need a coaching centre for preparation?". Answer depends on the type of person. If you are energetic and have an out-of-box strategy to work out your plans then you don't need a coaching centre. But, if you need someone to guide you then it is always recommended to enroll yourself. Ok, now let us see how to work on each section.

QUANTS:

The quantitative aptitude section has a lot to learn since it covers a wide variety of topics. But, if you look deep, they are just simple mathematical calculations based on common sense and logic. While working on the quants section, keep in mind that, you should try to solve the problem logically or through common sense without calculations. If it doesn't work then go for calculations. This would save you a lot of time and make you stand out of others. One more point is you should always avoid your pen and paper, which means you should calculate in your mind rather than writing down. If not 100%, try for atleast 70%. Concentrate more on number systems, geometry and progressions. Your questions will mostly stick on to numbers.I recommend Arun Sharma's quantitative aps book. It is an amazing book.

LOGICAL REASONING & DI:

Reasoning and data sufficiency don't need much preparation but more practice is necessary. It deals with the common problems that you face in your day-to-day life like cricket matches, going to theatre with your frineds, etc. In this section, data interpretaion is most important. If you concentrate on that and practce well, you will crack this section.

ENGLISH:

This is the nightmare for most of the students who appear for CAT. But is is quite easy to crack. You need to get 40% in each section to crack the CAT. So, concentrate more on reading comprehension and some vocabulary part. This will help you in cracking this section. In reading comprehension, you need to read between lines. Your reading should not just scan through the lines but should be able to understand what the author wants to express. I urge you to read 'The Hindu' editorial page daily to improve yourself in this section. And remember, while reading, instead of reading word by word, read phrase by phrase which would increase your reading speed. I also recommend you to subscribe to dictionary.com 'word of the day'. They send you a standard word daily and its perfect usage. This will really help you in your vocabulary part and contextual usage part.

TEST:

To crack CAT, you need to clear the sectional cut off and also overall cut off. So, it is mandatory that you need to perfom equally well in all the three sections. Allot time accordingly. Allot more time to your weaker sections. Generally, i would recommend to allot more time to DI section since it involves a lot of calculations. First attend the section in which you are strong as this will not only help you in time constraints but also increase your confidence level. If you don't have idea about a question, just move on. Attend the questions which are familiar to you. The tactics is to find out the easy questions among the set of questions and grab the marks easily in a short time. This comes only by practice. The common mistake that students do is failing to read all the questions. Never evr do that. The easy questions might be hiding at the last and you would be deceived.

Practice, practice, practice is all what I want you to do. After each practice, make sure you have corrected atleast a mistake and tuned yourself to perfection. Don't aim for a college or percentile, just concentrate and do the best in your CAT exam and you will reap the benefits. Apart from all these, the only thing that would take you to an IIM is CONFIDENCE. Don't lose your confidence. Be cool always. When you are tensed the solution will not be visible. It will be hidden behind the questions that you see but your tensed mind would block you from seeing that. This is the essence of idea I got from my experience. Read a self motivating article now

Thursday, August 5, 2010

'Sorry, I Forgot' Is Not A Good Response




Forgetfulness is commonly seen among people nowadays since the days are becoming busy for us as time moves on. I don't see everybody remembering their commitments and completing them in time and rewarded with compliments. Whenever I delegate a work to someone and ask for a positive response, his/her reply would be, "sorry, I forgot to do it". I don't think this as a very good answer for a person who had trusted you and awaited your response for sometime. Time is precious and people need to understand it and act accordingly. Leaders should never fell for forgetfulness. It is highly dangerous, which can spoil your name and fame and in turn stop others from trusting you. Trust is one of the main leadership qualities. You must be
 trusted and people should think that, if you are given a work, you would finish it perfectly within deadline.

If your boss allocates ten to fifteen tasks in a week, and at the end of the day, you cannot say forgetfulness as a reason for failing to complete a task. That would show your complacency, even if it was not intentional. He will lose trust on you. You will lose your points, and that will reflect in your performance report. You may be labelled 'incapable'. There are still a lot of impacts for being forgetful. So, if you want to be a leader, you need to be aware of this enemy and try not to let him win you.

If you think, you forget often, then a good practice would be to write down all your tasks in a notepad with the status of the task beside each. If you have ten tasks to do, list out all the ten and write 'pending' beside each task. Number the tasks according to priority from 1 to 10 with 1 representing a task with highest priority. This will give you clarity in deciding which task to do first, second, third etc.  Once you complete a task, change the status from 'pending' to 'done' or 'completed'. This approach will give satisfaction to you and gives you confidence once you move on after completing a work. You can visibly see your progress written in the notepad. This will also let you complete all your tasks in time and thereby brings you a good name.

In his book, 'Thirukkural', the great Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar says,
Persistent menace of penury destroys wisdom;
forgetful complacency kills renown.
He says, as prolonged poverty destroys one's knowledge and wisdom, forgetfulness spoils one's fame. His comparisons are always beautiful and useful.