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JUMP!

Had an awesome weekend with some of my work colleagues. Off Site training programs are always fun. Among the many activities we did, white water rafting and paintball shooting stood out. Paintball reminded me of how tough it is to survive in a battle field (even a mock one!) if you’re not aware of your surroundings. And, I […]

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Let’s not forget the basics; it’s all the basics!

It’s my fifth year as a Toastmaster, and I can say this with a staunch sense of pride: this is the place where we build leaders; terms and conditions apply, of course. Although we strive to follow our core values of Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence (RISE), I believe that to emerge as a stronger […]

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Slow Down

Almost every podcast I listen to these days have one thing in common — loads of wisdom. And often the advice that almost 90 percent of the guests on the podcasts tell to their 30-year or 20-year old self is to “slow down.” The hard part being a 30-year old is that you’ve tasted the […]

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Don’t Just Thank Them, Wow Them!

Received a call from BrainWavz last afternoon. I hadn’t raised a complaint. It wasn’t a follow up call either. (I’d purchased a headphone cover from these guys a couple of weeks back, to protect my audio-technica studio monitors — they aren’t as expensive as the other premium brands out there, but I love them!) The […]

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Revolutionize Public Speaking… Really? But why?

I’m passionate about the art and science of communication, it’s a gift to the mankind. (You know that already, so I’m not going to bore with more details.) Of late I’ve been noticing new groups popping up on Facebook and other social streams claiming to “revolutionize the state of public speaking.” Quite a bold thought, […]

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Decision fatigue

Aren’t you tired of so many options out there? It’s kind of overwhelming, isn’t it? It depends, you say. And I completely understand… Sometimes, having options is good. Helps us make better decisions. But at times, at least for me, things can get a little overwhelming. For the past few months I’ve been experimenting with […]

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Why I write

I write because it’s elementary! I write to communicate ideas. I write to change minds. I write to influence people and make a positive impact in my own life. I write for myself… as sometimes it’s easy to ignore your own advice. Putting thoughts on paper helps me reinforce my own beliefs when the going gets […]

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The Art of Personal Essay

The way I know it — a personal essay is different from a “private” essay. For obvious reasons I would rather not dwell on here. The whole point is to write on things that might appeal to the writer. Expertise is irrelevant, intent is what matters. The essayist explores the topic inside out and in […]

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Ninja Hacks # 1

Was reading one of Ramit Sethi’s email updates and found this cool article by Dan Martell. He talks about a bunch of highly practical productivity hacks, but this one below stands out. It’s just fantastic and something that I have been practicing for a while now–accidently, to be very honest. (I keep forgetting the freaking power […]

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Hello again, World!

It’s been ages since I’ve blogged (at least publicly). This new blog is a 2.0 version of why my previous blog was (no hyperlinks here—I’ve deleted it to oblivion). More focused but with the same passion and rigor that is just me. Am looking forward this exciting new journey. In true Steve Jobs’ style — […]