Celebrating the 4th anniversary of my blog
Time for another milestone in the life of this blog. After celebrating 200 posts recently, it’s time for the 4th birthday! And so much has happened here in these years.
I still remember the first email that I got from WordPress at the end of 2015 to reveal – The blog got 18770 views from 10388 visitors from 144 countries in 15 months of its existence. It also had the top performing posts among other stats. The stats have moved up to 44300 by the end of 2017 leading to an all time total of 1,31,132 views.
TOP PERFORMING POSTS
What is interesting is that the top performing posts on the blog have remained consistent, adding to the views over the years. You may want to check them out here:
When we first start looking for a job, it’s the latest academic qualification that we push forward. It could be engineering or management. A literature graduate or designing school major. But we live in a world where offbeat professional options are popular too. Great with the camera? Pick one up and click away – Candid photos, corporate events, pre-wedding shoots, Instagram posts – anything you like. Passionate about writing? Put your pieces together and pitch it to online/offline magazines. Good with social media marketing? You can start consulting with start ups and help them set up their online brand. Great with people and would want to train them? Become a trainer! Or should you? Let’s find out!
AAND THE WORLD CHAMPION OF PUBLIC SPEAKING 2018 IS….A WOMAN!!! Only the 2nd African American woman and 5th woman overall in the 80 year old history of the championship! Hmm…those stats kinda dampen my spirit! Only 5 women out of 80 winners are women! But let’s enjoy this proud moment of victory! Ramona Smith, 31, a high school teacher from Houston delivered the knock out punch before a huge international audience of 2000 people! She made her place among the top ten by defeating over 30,000 opponents in about 6 months!
And wait for the goose bumps to pop by the end of the speech!! Watching this will make your day, I assure you! And to become better public speakers ourselves, here are a few things we can learn from her award winning speech:
Customer service is the key to retaining customers. In today’s busy times, tele-service and social media play an important role in keeping in touch with your customers.
Great customer service on the phone is one of the best ways to retain your customers
While some encounters are face to face, customers rely heavily on calling up to sort their issues. And easy and timely service on the phone can go a long way in strengthening your brand. Here are a few sure fire ways to achieve that:
Public speaking skills are one of the important skills to survive in life! (Photo credit)
Public speaking is one of the most important skills to succeed in life!
It is also one of the most dreaded!
There is something about standing in front of people that shuts our brains down! But thankfully there is a cure for this malady. Using some simple tips, you can master the stage and present a winning speech every time you face people!
Brent Gleeson, Navy SEAL combat veteran and a leadership and change management expert, gives us 20 tips to master public speaking skills. Here are my favourites from the list:
Some of the best books I read in 2018
We are at the mid point of the year and I thought of taking a peek into my reading list. I’m almost down to 50 books so far this year. (Thanks to kicking the social media habit) It’s been a fair mix of fiction and non fiction – actually more fiction than non. Fiction wise, I started on some authors that I haven’t read before. I finished short stories and novels by Jhumpa Lahiri (I remembered that I’d read The Namesake already but read it again anyways) I read some authors for the first time – Kiran Nagarkar‘s latest, Jasoda and Haruki Murakami. Fiction does lead us into different kinds of world that we wouldn’t experience otherwise.
I discovered some great non-fiction book too. Arianna Huffington and Scott Adams were great reads. Read on for my half yearly recommendations to add to your reading list: