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 one of my events as a Motivational Speaker 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. Here she agreed to share her lessons from business school – after her 2 yr stint at Lucknow – much to my delight! 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 the event at IIM Ahmedabad.
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’. You need to work for your target market! Read More
In your work life- you will find yourself ‘writing’ many a time. People around you will be silently noting & checking your written presentation skills. These could be through the reports, formal emails, even love / hate letters & anything that you draft and send. “How to Write an Essay” shall help you in your essay writing endeavors for all times to come. And if you are targeting the WAT i.e. Written Ability Test by IIMs and other B-schools, UPSC, GMAT, GRE, SOPs for US / UK applications etc. this post is all you need!
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. One such massive trap is often laid on your road to ‘selecting the right college’ for yourself. There will be crooks and ignoramuses everywhere. Be cautious! As a Motivational Speaker in India; I am tempted to warn you about this rampant racket that has become a big suction point for the youth of today.
“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 & training sessions in the last 7 days. I was so looking forward to my talk at Google .
What makes you stand apart when you are looking for a job? Your talents and skills yes. But how do you make those stand out? That’s the bigger question. In an office, your resume / CV is one among the pile, like a brown horse among a horde of brown ones. Even if it’s DNA is different, no one would know! And that’s why I am writing this blogpost – to share my two cents on how to write a good resume and CV. I hope you find it of much use. Dig in!