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