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I’m a Social Media Entrepreneur, Professor of Digital Marketing, Author of 5 books, Podcaster and an Organic Farmer.

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Professional Speakers Bootcamp in Goa

The Professional Speakers Association of India is the country’s apex body that brings together all the professional speakers across India and helps them in improving their business of speaking. As part of the continuous learning attitude, we have initiated a Professional Speakers Bootcamp, a 3-day intensive, hands-on workshop to help the professional speakers to prepare a world-class keynote, deliver the keynote with impact and market the keynote globally.

We particularly chose Goa because it’s a neutral venue that is easily accessible to folks across India and the place definitely has the oomph factor. It is also a great place to bond with each other and helps build camaraderie. The dates are July 26, 27 & 28. The venue is The Heritage Village & Spa, a boutique resort in south Goa that is known for its aloofness from the touristy crowds. This will help us focus deeply on improving our craft and business of speaking. If you are a professional speaker who is passionate about elevating your speaking career, please get in touch with me or Sivakumar Palaniappan, the chief initiator of this event. You can reach him at Siva@Sivaspeaks.com.

And oh, here’s what the resort looks like.

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OrangeScape Launches Digital Workplace Product

Kudos to Suresh Sambandam and Team OrangeScape for the launch of their new Digital Workplace product. I’ve been privileged to know the senior members of the company and love how they have a #GlobalMindset and keep coming up with world-class products. Their new digital workplace product is a unified platform that will now harness the power of project management, process automation and team collaboration — making it easier than ever for organizations to manage all types of work. More info at https://kissflow.com/digital-workplace/

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Answering Questions on Digital Media at Dinamalar.com

Going LIVE on Dinamalar.com to answer questions on career in Digital Media. Here are some of the questions I will be touching upon in this one hour interaction.

1) What is digital media?

2) Why is it important?

3) Where can I study digital media? Any recommendation of physical and virtual courses?

4) What kind of jobs can one expect to get in digital marketing?

5) What are the salaries and future scope?

6) E-commerce is booming around the world. Why is it so?

7) I’m NOT a computer science person. Do I still need to learn digital marketing?

8) What are the digital marketing certifications that you would recommend?

9) I keep hearing about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Can you please explain what these are?

10) How can I help improve my personal branding online? What specific tips should I follow?

11) I want to stay my own online business. How do I go about doing this.

12) What books would you recommend for me learn about digital marketing and e-commerce?

13) How did you get interested in digital? What has been your career journey?

14) Would you advice to do internship in digital marketing even when I’m study in school/college?

15) What are the negative things about digital media and how to avoid them?

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Get Video Smart with Julian Mather

Julian Mather’s talk was among my favorites at the Asia Professional Speakers Convention in Singapore. He spoke on the power of videos and why your smartphone is the only equipment you will need. This is coming from a guy who was a cameraman  with National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC and worked with state of art cameras. Now, he says he only carries his smartphone. That’s quite a testimony for this small device. He has authored a book titled, ‘Get Video Smart’ and has been gracious enough to give it away for free. Please take the time to get it at http://www.JulianMather.com. You can thank me later.

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Planners Vs Finishers

Don’t tell me what you are planning. Tell me what you have finished.

These words stuck a deep chord in me. It’s easy to talk about an idea. Its that much more difficult to execute that idea. That’s precisely why the world respects people who are finishers. Not planners. This is an insight to be taken strongly.

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How Professional Speakers can get More Speaking Gigs: The HR Route.

If you asked professional speakers what the biggest challenge is, you will get a standard answer. And that is to get qualified paid speaking gigs. So, when I interview successful global speakers for my ‘Global Speaker Podcast’, I’m always intrigued by how they manage to get so many speaking gigs. I started to find a pattern. I notice that Learning & Development departments and Human Resources Departments are rich sources of speaking gigs. You see, L&D depts and HR depts are given a certain budget every year to spend for the betterment of their employees. They are mandated to spend and are constantly looking for good trainers and speakers to help provide value. So, the key thing to note is to find out what value are HR & L&D heads looking for and if professional speakers can offer that, then its a good win-win scenario. That is why for this month’s learning session of the Professional Speakers Association of India, we decided to get the Founder President of the Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals, Afeef Hussain, to share his thoughts. He is a perfect fit because he is both a speaker and an HR professional. He can bring perspectives from both the portfolios. Make sure to sign in today on Zoom call to hear Afeef explain how professional speakers can get more speaking gigs.

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Getting Inspired by Your Daughter

My elder daughter, Krithya, recently completed her schooling and is at the cusp of joining a college. During this one month break, she decided to occupy herself with certain activities. She has joined our office as an intern. She decided to relaunch her own website at www.Krithya.com. But the one that inspired me the most is how she found the mojo back in writing.

When she was 8 years old, she published her first children’s story book. A year later, she got her second book published. As she began to enter teens, she lost interest in writing and the pressures of academic life took over with the need to score good marks in her 12th standard. With that out of the way now, she now has time to pursue her creative projects. With the launch of her website, she started writing a few blog posts. She surprised us (and herself) with her interest in writing. She enjoyed writing. This was a beautiful, positive reminder for me to get back into active blogging. And what joy, when your own daughter inspires you to get back in the game.

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My Global Speaking Tour Schedule

I set off on a global speaking tour and quite excited for it. I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone by picking up a unique topic for each of my talks. This has a positive effect of making me work that much harder. It also adds to my speaking repertoire. While finalizing my schedule, I have consciously added in a few extra days to factor in additional speaking assignments. If you have any leads for speaking opportunities in any of the countries, I would love to hear from you at Kiruba@Kiruba.com or at +91 9841597744. Look forward. As the President of the Professional Speakers Association of India, me and the leadership team have been pushing for ‘GLOBAL’ as the theme encouraging the members to take up international speaking opportunities. This certainly has had a positive effect on me.

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Speaking at Standard Chartered Bank: Fun Unconference on Gender Stereotyping on Women’s Day

Standard Chartered Bank invited me for a very unique speaking opportunity at their campus. Since today is Women’s Day, they had organized for a special event. It’s an unconference with a fun mix of a debate and panel discussion. The topic is on Gender Stereotyping. With technology playing a crucial role in many of the jobs today, the distinction of what a man or woman can do is fast disappearing. Or at least that’s what one side will debate. The other will debate that the stereotyping exists and it is a good thing. And am to play the lead moderator shepherding the discussion. There will be 20 participants, with 10 on each side. Each side will staunchly root for their stand on the topic (For or Against).  I’ve set up points for Clarity, Brevity and Humour. It’ll be loads of fun.

P.S: I’m passionate about Unconferences and have conducted hundreds of them around the World. Even authored a book, one of the very few in the World on this topic.

 

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