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A tale of two speeches

Last week, two speeches caught my attention on my social media circles. One was a ceremonial speech delivered by Mr. Narayana Murthy at IISc on July 16th and the other was by Mr. Shashi Tharoor at The Oxford Union Debate on May 28th. As a researcher and teacher of persuasive communication and speech writing, I followed both speeches very closely on the social media. It was fascinating to see that the speeches had very different outcomes. Mr. Murthy’s speech drew ire and anger from the audiences and Mr. Tharoor’s speech was revered and applauded. Why did this happen? What can we learn from these examples? Read more…

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July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

The 7 year itch!

I gained over 12000 friends in various parts of the world, reconnected with my teachers at IIMB, learnt how to build and manage institutions from the staff and colleagues and finally, got a chance to fulfill my dream of teaching communication and persuasion to students.

June 9, 2015 · 9 Comments

Lesson from a welder who used to collect women’s sanitary napkins

Imagine you are a young girl studying in a Medical College in a very conservative town nestled in a very conservative state in South India. Now imagine that a man comes to you and offers a new sanitary pad for women that he has made himself. I am pretty sure you will be surprised and might even recoil away from this man. And imagine, if this man says that he will come next week and collected the used pad. This crazy fantastic man is Mr. Arunachalam Muruganantham

May 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Speech-writing: a profession whose time has come in India

I think there is a misunderstanding that the speech-writer writes the speech all by himself, gives it to the leader who stands up and reads it out. It doesn’t happen like this at all. In reality, the speech-writer’s job is to collaborate and co-create a speech with the leader. They are in this together.

April 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

A treat to myself

…a strange impulse came over me and I said to myself “I am going to treat myself today”. I walked up to one of my favorite coffee shops which happened to be nearby and plonked myself in a corner table. Read more on how I gave a treat to myself.

March 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

How to win an Olympic Gold Medal

While I was walking, I felt an amazing sense of joy and elation. It was as if I won the Olympic gold medal for coming 1st in the art of removing bikes from parking lots. I pictured myself standing on the “1st” position waving to crowds who were cheering for me.

February 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

3 practical tips to success from ISRO’s Dr. K. Radhakrishnan

I asked him a simple question “what advice would you give to the generation today”. Here is a summary of what he said.

January 19, 2015 · 4 Comments

A new year resolution can be very dangerous

On Jan 1st 2015, I will complete 3 years as a Vegetarian. I never planned it. It just happened.A friend of mine asked me “Dont you crave for a KFC zinger burger?” and I flatly said “No”.

December 29, 2014 · 5 Comments

What to Say and When to Shut Up!

What do the following scenarios – influencing your Boss to adopt your recommendations for your project, attending a job interview, pitching your idea to investors, selling something to your clients, … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Academic Administration: An exciting career

I visited four of the best universities in May this year. Stanford, Harvard, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Dartmouth. It was like a pilgrimage of sorts. I just wanted … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

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