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Life Lessons from Ariana Huffington

I finished listened to a podcast where Tim Ferriss interviewed Ariana Huffington, the founder of The Huffington Post. She sold it to AOL for US$315 Million and personally pocketed a cool US$21 Million. Today, I read that she raised US$30 Million in funding for her new wellness company, ThriveGlobal at a valuation of US$120 Million.

These are reasons enough to listen to the podcast a second time and glean important life lessons from it. That’s exactly what I did.

Sleep 8 hours: If you haven’t watched her TED talk on sleeping your way to success, you must. She insists that our body needs 8 hours of sleep for higher productivity. I can vouch for this totally from my own experience. The only thing that I didn’t like was that Ariana does not have a fixed sleeping schedule. She says that her sleeping time varies but he’s her 8 hours sleep. I would rather respect our body clock.

Meditate: Ariana spends time every morning meditating that clears up her mind to take on the day.

Connecting People: She is a master networker and the trick, she says, is to find out what is it that people want to achieve. She then finds ways to connect people who will help achieve those goals.

Learning to Communicate Well: One of the first things that stuck me hard was the strong accent she had. She is from Greece and it clearly shows. Growing up, she’s learned French which was the official foreign language in Greece. But she consciously worked on learning and improving her English. She eventually went on to be the President of the Cambridge Debating Society which is a big deal because she was the only female foreigner to hold that post in all of Cambridge long history.

Book of Dreams: This is something that I loved and immediately put into practice. She would write down her bucketlists, goals and dreams in notebooks so as to capture them. It important to document them lest we lose to them.


Vaksana Farms is now on WorkAway

I’ve registered Vaksana Farms on WorkAway, the international volunteer website. We are open to receiving international and Indian visitors who have experience in building and carpentering.  We are in the midst of constructing a second farmhouse, a chicken coop, a second cattle shed and a chicken coop. Help from people who are experienced in natural building construction and carpentering skills will come in very handy. If you are someone with these skills, we would love to have you at Vaksana Farms.  You get to experience South Indian hospitality and a great way to experience rural India. More info here.


Crowdsourcing the Exam Question Paper

The answer sheets have arrived. It’s evaluation time. In my 18 years of teaching, I tried a new technique for the first time. I crowdsourced the question paper. Yes, that’s right. I asked each team who worked on a case study to fix the questions and share it with the rest of the class. I picked the final questions from the rich repertoire. This experiment at BIM Trichy for my Digital and Social Media Marketing class has been super successful.


Dumpster Hunting!

I did dumpster hunting today!

I was taking my dog out for our regular walk when I noticed these tree branches in the dumpster. These are branches of the Maruthani (Henna) tree that someone had heartlessly chopped. I felt sad but I sensed an opportunity. I picked these off the dumpster ( much to the amusement of the passersby) and dragged them home.

These branches are regenerative…meaning that when planted in the soil, they will take root and grow. I’m confident that I can grow 10 trees at Vaksana Farms just from these branches.


Representing India at the Global Speakers Summit in New Zealand

Proud to lead the Indian delegation to New Zealand for the Global Speakers Summit 2018. This is the World’s largest gathering of professional speakers and a place where some of the World’s best speakers get together to learn from each other.

If you are a professional speaker and want to join us for this 4 day event, please let me know.

The GSS team wants to encourage our fledgling Professional Speakers Association of India (PSAI) chapter by giving us an early bird price offer. Please let me know if you are interested. Just like the delegation to the Asian convention in Singapore this year, let’s have a super strong team for the Global Speakers Summit in New Zealand in Feb 2018.

More info at http://www.GSS2018.com





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