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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.


The World’s Best Foreign Correspondent Shares Authoring Tips



Christina Lamb wrote the bestselling book, ‘I am Malala‘ along with the Nobel Peace Prize winner. This is one of her eight books. She has won 14 major awards, including five times ‘Foreign Correspondent of the Year’ and Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. So, you can imagine the quality of advice she gave for newbie authors and writers when I interviewed her for the First Book Podcast. Stellar stuff. Coming soon. Do follow the FB page to listen to upcoming podcasts.


Getting Prakash Iyer on My Podcasts

I look forward to interviewing Prakash Iyer for two podcasts tomorrow. One for the leadership podcast titled, ‘Movers and Shakers‘ in The Hindu Businessline and the other an author podcast titled, ‘The First Book Podcast‘ in association with NotionPress.

Prakash Iyer is a best-selling author, motivational speaker and leadership coach.

He was until recently the Managing Director of Kimberly-Clark Lever and was earlier the Managing Director and CEO of Infomedia India Limited (formerly Tata Infomedia). Prior to that, Prakash was Executive Director at PepsiCo, responsible for the company’s operations in South India and Sri Lanka. He later moved to PepsiCo China as Regional Vice President. An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, he started his career with HindustanUnilever Limited.

Prakash has authored three book, The Habit of Winning, The Secret of Leadership and his latest is ‘You Too Can‘.

If you have any questions for Prakash, please feel to email me at Kiruba@Kiruba.com


Podcast with Nandan Nilekani: After Infosys & Aadhar, What are his Current Passion Projects?

Co-founder of Infosys, creator of the Unique Identity (UID) Aadhar in India, an author, and an investor — there are many hats that Nandan Nilekani wears with panache! How does he still manage to be so active and enthusiastic? I asked Nandan himself this question for the podcast and this is what he said. “Well, I continue to be excited by seeing what’s happening in the world, in technology. I’m a big believer that India’s challenges can be met by technological leapfrogging,” he says.

Being a serial investor — he has invested in 12 start-ups so far — he says the one thing he looks for in a prospective company is the people. “I always look for a great team. For me, people are the most important. Then, of course, the idea and business plan, and the desire to build a company. I look for those who want to change an industry and a sector.”

One interesting factoid about him is that he owns a house in Coonoor that once belonged to the grandparents of the father of computing, Alan Turing!

Listen to the podcast, where he talks about all this and more.

You can catch over a dozen interviews I have done with Movers & Shakers here at The Hindu Businessline.


Upcoming Podcasts at CNN Asia Business Forum

I’m right now in Bangalore to attend the CNN Asia Business Forum, which is an invite only event that brings together key business leaders and thought influencers to assess India’s position in a tumultuous global economy.
I’ve lined up podcast interviews with very interesting personalities. The list includes:

Ajay Singh, CEO of SpiceJet Airlines

Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO of Vistara Airlines

Nandan Nilekani, Cofounder of Infosys

Yesterday I had a very interesting interaction with Sunita Rajan, Senior Vice President, Advertising  Sales at CNN.

In the conversions, I look forward to digging into their career journey, life lessons and explore new ideas and innovations that capture their imagination.

Very excited for the event.





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