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First words of Vihan

Posted by vishalsinghal on May 7, 2012

Vihan – as some of you may know is my 1.5 yrs. old son. He started speaking first few words around his first birthday. First few words that he now utter very frequently in order of their origination are:

Mum: no, not for his mother but for water.

Tum: for all dogs (his favourite animal), birds, horses or any other animal.

Gum: for hot things like milk, tea, food etc.

Khum: means finished.

Baba: for his grand father.

Papa: for me.

Recently, when we started aksing him to call his dadi and mummy, he tweaked ‘mum’ and says Mum-ae instead of mummy. His dadi however, is still waiting to hear him call her by some word.

Will try to come back more often now and post more…


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Twitter basics…

Posted by vishalsinghal on June 3, 2011

I feel amazed sometimes on why people are on twitter at all. they create ids, tweet twice or thrice and then disappear for good. I wonder if they created their ids for just being there or for listening or for business. If you are there because your friends are there or it’s the in-thing now, If that’s the only reason you’re on Twitter you can do whatever you like – just think seriously about protecting your tweets so that only people you know and trust can see them!

If it’s for the business, Twitter allows you to build connections with interesting and relevant people around the world who are working and talking about topics related to your interests. If its really for latter reason, I would like to give following tips:

1. Make your profile public: You want to connect with people so keep your account open because you are going to be professional on this account, right?

2. Choose a Twitter name that is your entire name or at least your first name and last initial or a variation of your name. Be sure your real name is somewhere on your public profile.

3. Fill in your location with your real location: This will connect you with others in your area with whom you can network in real life.

4. Work on your bio so that it not only says something about your professional activities and aspirations but also displays a little of your personality. You’ve got 160 characters – choose them wisely.

5. Choose an avatar photo that is more face than anything else: Avoid the temptation to try to be too cute. Your genuine face shot is part of who you are.

6. Choose your URL wisely: If you have a complete Linkedin page, link to that. If you have your own name as a URL and you use that website to highlight your skills and talents – even better – link to that.

7. Start following others slowly: Find relevant people in your business or with related interests and follow just a very few at a time. There is no science to this but if your “Following” number is more than five times higher than your number of “Followers” you may seem desperate for followers.

8. Don’t just follow anyone: Following people just because they follow you is not a requirement in Twitter. Following back should be reserved for people you are genuinely interested in learning from and about.

9. Pay attention to others’ tweets: You will learn a lot by just “listening.” When the time is right (you see something you want to comment on or you want to thank someone for sharing something send them an “@” message. These tweets are the beginnings of real conversations with people who may one day become part of your professional network.

10. Retweet judiciously: When you read something that really means something to you or you think some of your followers might appreciate, retweet (RT) it. If there is room add a comment and explain why you like it.

What do you think? Will this help a social media newbie?

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Quote of the Day

Posted by vishalsinghal on October 21, 2010

Action cures fear

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Quote of the Day

Posted by vishalsinghal on October 20, 2010

Rise, Awake, Sleep Not, till the Goal is Reached…

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The Essential Startup Reader

Posted by vishalsinghal on March 31, 2010

The Essential Startup Reader: 10 Lessons in Entrepreneurship

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Posted by vishalsinghal on January 3, 2010

Did you know that according to the most recent studies that 72% of all sales are made only after the 5th attempt while 95% of all sales people give up after the 4th? Sadly ironic. Is’nt it…

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5 Types of Web Content That Readers Love

Posted by vishalsinghal on October 6, 2009

Lynn Terry has explained the five types of content that attract readers. They are how-tos, reviews, quick tips, lists, and interviews. She does a great job of explaining each type including links to resources for each type of content, so have a look at her posting…which can go a long way in kick starting you start-up, venture and online promotions…

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Health Tip

Posted by vishalsinghal on September 6, 2009

SIT UPRIGHT-It relieves strain from spine & weight bearing muscles.

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Health Tip

Posted by vishalsinghal on August 30, 2009

Prolonged stress ups cortisol (stress hormone), making u crave junk, take regular short breaks from work to get proper sleep and for rejuvenation…

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Tired of your Job…Recharge your batteries…

Posted by vishalsinghal on July 11, 2009

For most people, a vacation is a really big deal because they are desperate to escape from their regular life. They want to escape from everyone for a while – including their clients. They are stuck in a rut and know of no other escape, except to well…escape.

Top performers know better. They understand how to recharge their batteries and keep enjoying all aspects of their lives while continuing to work and live in the cities and at jobs of their choice.

If you find yourself lacking the energy and the enthusiasm that you once had for your job, if you find yourself craving time away instead of time in front of customer’s then it’s time for a change. Time to recharge and reinvigorate and get your “A” game back:

Here are some ‘best practice’ ideas to help:

  1. Quit complaining. I dare you. Just for the day, and then the week. Not a single gripe, complaint, moan, or grumble. Yes it’s hard for most people. What a change of attitude and fortune you will find yourself in as a result!
  2. Give up something destructive. Successful people have a “not to do list”. That is a list of those things I am not to do anymore if I want to be a success. For years, this has meant for me, not watching or listening to the news first thing in the morning. It serves you no purpose to find out who was murdered, robbed or ripped off last night. It’s just a plain depressing way to start the day. I do watch the local business and entertainment news because that is relevant to my own business success. No one can afford to get demotivated during the work week. TV – at the national average of 2-3 hours per day is not only a time waster but a demotivator. Turn it off.
  3. Turn of the TV and turn on to a book. Wondering what to do if you are not going to watch thoes soap operas? Check out…what’s on top of the reading lists in the business magazines. I personally like books on start-ups and self help books. Don’t just read the book, own the book. Read it, underline it, apply it, talk to others about it and practice it. Reading will inspire you with new ideas, new approaches, and new challenges. We are all readers at CellStrat. We are all bettering ourselves, everyday. We are not happy with the status quo we know we can change.
  4. Switch up your schedule. You can be a morning person or an evening person but if you are stuck in a rut and complaining for a change maybe you need to mix things up. After a good sleep, most people find that morning is when the clearest ideas pop into your head but if you are stagnant try going for an evening walk this week by yourself and let your mind wanders. You will soon find solutions to some of your most disturbing problems.
  5. Speaking of sleep. You will feel hopeless and resist change if you are operating in a sleep deficit. Some people  keep a notebook and a pen on their bedside table for 2 reasons One, before they go to sleep at night, they write down the things on their mind. They empty their brain so they don’t wake up in the night thinking “I feel like have forgotten something and I don’t know what it is”. Two, they write everything they are thankful for that day. All their successes no matter how small. Sometimes those successes are trivial; “choose the salad instead of the fries”, “called their parents”. Sometimes they are significant; “Closed a record month!” Everyday, there are successes and the combination of these two pre-bedtime activities results in a peaceful sleep and a morning full of fresh ideas.
  6. Take up a hobby. Your community college, community centre, or other private institutions all have adult learning classes that you can take to improve your skill set and your attitude. Don’t have a hobby to embrace – try Toastmasters™. I still maintain its one of the best and most relevant professional educations for sales people. Take a class in anything that will provide you with new knowledge and inspire you to be a better person. Learn to groom a dog, take pottery, hockey, or study a new language. Sadly 80% of sales people spend less than $20 per year of their own money on their own development. Be top of class. Invest in yourself. Are you a sales professional? How about taking a professional buying/purchasing course. Learn to speed read. As a bonus, you might even meet new people, who may become potential new prospects. Try something completely different to challenge yourself, one year for me it was guitar lessons. I am planning to enroll in dance classes and get back into social scene. For some real fun, learn how to ride a motorcycle next summer. Now THAT is freedom!

Change and growth is not a process – it’s a mindset and sometimes it takes time to get back on track. The opportunity is there for you to accomplish more this year than last. Your job is to take advantage of it. You can complain about your position, moan about your condition, or you can do something about it. Now. Your priority is to start with the right change and keep with it so that the rewards will start flowing.

(Excerpts from writings of Colleen Francis)

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