The abbreviations IIMs, XLRI, FMS, MDI etc have hyper fascinated many a graduate in India. Because junta knows that prospective mother-in-laws salivate at such keywords :). This post is a glimpse of the inside of one of the most hallowed portals of management education in India, IIM Lucknow. It has been written by Wamika Mimani. Year 2012 , I was invited by St Xaviers College Kolkata to address the students during their Fest – INSIGNIA. I met Wamika post my Event and I instantly saw a spark in her. A smart, bubbly, self inspired and confident girl, I have seen her emerge excellent at whatever she takes up. Read More

Motivational speakers are like Viagra. Only a very tiny minority of people needs them & hence likes them.

There is a definite set of people that I know who hate self help books or theoretical speakers. They love stories, real life examples, fun & most importantly logically intriguing write ups & talks. I knew that such an audience will be in majority at IIM-Ahmedabad; when I was invited for an Event by the IIM.

So! What did I do? I upfront threw acid & burnt the motivational speaker in me & decided to create a mad event titled ‘Lag Gayi’ – The Secret Science of ‘How we Screw our Lives’. Read More

As you live life forward; many many TRAPS will attract YOU. Some people fall into them out of excitement & then spend a lifetime in recovering…

As a Motivational Speaker in India; I am so tempted to warn you about one such trap; which is becoming a big suction point for the youth of today. If you are young, ambitious & seeking solutions for an awesome career – read on…

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“Akash! You can come in T-shirt, shorts & slippers to do your talk at Google” – the words of Manish (My host at Google) relieved me; as I had exhausted wearing all my formal clothes during my back to back, daily corporate events & trainings in the last 7 days.

Sigh! – my first reaction. Immediately my next reaction was:- “Really ??” Or is this some dude trying to act super cool.

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You are probably wondering why I have written Resume & CV because all your life you perceived them to be same. There is a small difference. A resume and a CV differ in length. Resumes are generally very short & summarized (one or two pages) whereas CVs are more detailed. In other words, CVs give you lot of scope for story telling but resumes do not. The general format of a resume also differs from that of a CV. For convenience, I have used them interchangeably below & I have also uploaded their respective formats & samples at the end.

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In the last 15 years of my career; one repeated ‘help request’ that I have tried to process regularly is that of “How to write an SOP”.   It is great, personally satisfying a feeling to have contributed my bit to the dreams of hundreds of brilliant, bright, career focused students.   By writing this Blog- the intent is to reach out to more. This is all that I learnt about SOP writing while seeing the success / rejection of many a SOP at v good places of learning.

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