My lecture for media students
My lecture for media students
Hiroshima-Nagasaki were destroyed by atomic bombs yet Japan recovered. The Congress party was practically rooted out of Indian Politics yet it bounced back. Donald Trump was declared the most unlikely and hated candidate yet he became the U.S. President. What makes such successes happen? Is it the destiny or doing what you can? Can we reverse the career disasters we experienced or apparently heading towards?
Karmic Theory of Destiny: Apart from authoring a variety of nonfiction bestsellers, I have also authored many astrology and fortune telling books as well. So, I am pretty aware of this fact that there is no such thing as inevitable destiny. Have you noticed several astrologers and numerologists often suggest their clients to wear gem stones, perform certain rites and even suggest to alter the names of the people, products and places. Why? To alter, affect or avert destined disasters? It means, the destined outcome can be altered, tailored or changed all together.
According to the Karmic Theory of Destiny our future depends on what we did in our past lives and what we do in this life.
In this equation the Prarabdha is your past life karma and the karma is what you do or try to do in this life. Cancelling the past life and this life expressions, we get only Karma, that means our destiny depends only on what we think, try to do and eventually do in our life time. Some ancient discourses argue that since Prarabdha can not be changed hence there is no meaning of what we do because ultimately we get rewards and punishments as per our past life karma.
Ancient Hindu scripture, The Bhagavad Gita (bhagavad-gītā), often referred to as simply the Gita, is basically the only religious work that teaches a lot about how not to be afraid in life. The Gita is available in all the languages throughout the world. Basically it is a part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata (chapters 23–40 of the 6th book). The Gita is 700 Sanskrit verses, in the form of dialogue between Lord Krishna and his friend Arjuna.
Perform & Outperform : Every careerist must get inspiration from the Gita because the Lord Krishna tells, ” It’s not those who lack energy or refrain from action but only thosewho keep working without expecting any reward, achieve greater and better goals in life. Nothing can harm such people. Not even the destiny.” It is obvious from this teaching that the God Almighty only favors constantly working people. Further Lord Krishna elaborates, ” Do everything you have to do, but not with greed, not with ego, not with lust, not with envy but with love, compassion and devotion to what you see as the purpose of your life. And you will find that your failures will become your strengths and make you invincible.” Here it’s taught that one who improves his working by learning from the failures, eventually attains better victories and never fails again.
The Power of Karma: Lord Krishna explains how Karma yoga, i.e. performance of prescribed duties, but without attachment to results, is the appropriate course of action. In the next chapter he reveals that the knowledge has no Religion. He elaborates further that the one and only God favors those, who keep performing their duties and their is nothing better than doing your duties only. Anybody may improve ones life by doing what is best to do in given circumstances without finding an excuse to forgo action, because doing what you may do is superior, because it may even alter your destiny. The Gita may inspire any struggling job seeker. It teaches us that the virtue of our actions is incredibly faster and it really works three times faster. The Karma or doing your best is very important because the God really protects his children who have faith in him and has surrendered to him. This surrender is not at all doing nothing but in fact it’s doing what best you may contribute towards your life struggle. Lastly the Gita says, ” When you keep performing your duties sincerity and forget what might be the outcome of your good actions, then the almighty takes command and gives you the best.”
So, if you think your career is drowning and you don’t see any help around, instead of cursing the bad luck you must try harder and in a better manner to get help. Your such endeavors will keep you not only alive but also help you reversing your career destiny.
Reversing Career Disasters : Like Dietetics and the Cancers, I think the Career Disasters are also of several types.
The Zero Stage: The zero stage of a career disaster is being jobless. You have the desire and some qualification also but no career. You waiting a lot. Tried a lot. Applied a lot. Yet no job.
The Impending Doom : The first stage career disaster is that you have a job but things are rapidly becoming out of hand at the works place and either you feel like quitting it or being kicked out soon.
The Career Rot : This is a more serious thing. You feel ignored and sidelined at the work place and feel like being forced to either quit or suffer more humiliation. This will require better efforts and re-engineering your career options.
The Expired Career : You served your tenure and now leading a retired life. Still want to do a lot but no options coming your way. Your career is seemingly dead, despite your capabilities, experience and potential.
For all the situations mentioned above, there are some established strategies to re engineer career disasters.
Strategies of Reversing Career Disasters :
Reversing Career Disasters is actually learning the steps to achieving your career priorities in a given situation. You must clearly know that which stage of career disaster you are suffering? After this assessment try to apply the success principles to the given situation.
Find Yourself : The first remedy is to decide what you want to do? Remember, its NOT what you want to become, what you should be, what salary you should get and what your employer should do for you. It’s just what you want to do? What is your specialization? What best you may do? What you may do easily? What purpose you have in life? If you value freedom, purpose or power or than doing anything, then you should first correct your thinking. Nobody will give you any job to help you realize your fantasies. Better write down who you want to become and follow that exercise up with the skills you’ll need to learn in order to be that person. You will easily be something in sometime when you start (remember Karma here) being it. Its not easy but finding your past mistakes and without getting frustrated just eliminate those faults without ever repeating them. This small change will eventually accelerate your career progress. Throughout life keep this improvement system working- Trying, Failing, Re-Organizing, Removing Faults, and Repeating what you learned!
Big Failures lead to Big Success: Throughout the history of mankind and the civilizations we find a lot of hugely successful people in life who failed multiple times but became successful because they never gave up. They faced the problems without fear and ultimately they won.
Like I already referred the Gita above, the Life is only hard work & patience. The greatest scientist of all times Albert Einstein failed 104 times, before he was noticed. The world famous Walt Disney failed 302 times before pioneering his legendary cartoon characters and the Disneyland. The Harry Potter series author JK Rowling failed 12 times but never gave up. She finally decided to focus on writing and became a multi-billionaire authoring legend. Facebook founder Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was initially an average American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur and failed 11 times before establishing his globally social networking website.
Similarly India’s corporate giant, Dhiru Bhai Ambani was also an ordinary man and worked on daily wages earlier as a teenager. When he started his first cotton trading business, he was hardly able to dream of a bigger plan. Despite suffering several conspiracies, he never ever gave up and established on of the all time biggest business empire in India. His sons also duplicated his success and made his the Reliance Group of companies into a business dinosaur. Likewise the father of Indian industrial revolution JRD Tata, Steel King Lakshmi Mittal, Kumar Mangalam Birla, an incredibly successful Chairman of Aditya Birla Group, Sunil Bharti Mittal, the world famous Indian telecom mogul, Ronnie Screwvala the founder chairman of UTV Group, Dr Ashok Chauhan the founder Chairman of AMITY Group of Universities and institutions and Gautam Adani, the Chairman of Adani Group, all of these turned rags into riches. In every field we find that those who made a mark in life, did actually failed many a times before getting any big success.
So whenever you see a red signal and start seeing danger ahead, immediately pay attention and gather all your guts and gears, try to control the situation the best way. Don’t shy taking help from others. Stay calm. Get focused and try to find a solution. If you screwed up, don’t make excuses, instead just sincerely apologize for any misstep, miscommunication or oversight on your part. Don’t let a small mistake linger and turn into a bigger one. If you know you did something wrong, deal with it right away. In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Plan Your Moves: If you want to succeed then you must first of all you must know what job skills are in demand and paying. If you don’t have them, manage your free time and acquire some of the in-demand skills taking part time courses. Never get disheartened by finding that you don’t possess eve 50% of the required skills. Jut make a mental note, what is easy to learn and how? Find an online course, book, or inquire at your nearest college to attain more education, skill or expertise.
The freshers should do research and find out what exactly they are able to do without any experience? They should read a lot online and try to ask help from their working seniors. Remember such networking invariably helps in education, career and job hunting. When I was studying in University, I made it my routine to everyday visit the library, canteen and staff room to meet and greet my colleagues, seniors and teachers. It helped me a lot. Without asking for help I got all sorts of assistance.
The truth is, we all face difficult situations at work but not everyone knows how to handle them. Often people let mistakes and crises cripple — even paralyze — them, but bouncing back from roadblocks in your career is not as daunting as you might think. I really believe that every crisis is an opportunity; most errors are reversible, so it’s important to remember that how you try to bounce back out of career disasters. In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. So, keep doing right things it will never fail you. Never ever over analyze an error, reliving the mistake over and over. It’s important to step back and take a overview of the situation and its long-term effects. After evaluating the scenario, consult some good professional and take a stand.
Never forget everyone loves to hear comeback, survival and revival stories. Be one. Nearly every successful person has failed at something before making it big. What you learn from failure helps you identify new ways of doing things and allows you to grow and become a better manager and leader.
Recently I read an article that highlighted the importance of the appearance of the sales staff in strengthening the mega-credibility of a product or a company. I have a very different view about this. Its NOT at all that your sales persons’ personal credibility is the key to attain and maintain mega-credibility but some other elements, factors, practices and strategies do play a great part in it. Remember that each day the global markets witness almost 250, 000 products and brands launched and 90% of them vanishing without a trace. It’s the credibility that destroy the biggest names in a fraction of seconds. Yet, several prominent names still command the mammoth credibility, which is coined as mega credibility. The big question today is this How to Build A Mega Credibility?
Brick by Brick : Everyone knows that the word “credibility” is originated from a Latin word “credo,” that means “my faith”. If we consider it as solid as a brick, then the mega credibility of the organization must be the sum total of all such brick solid credibility systematically aligned together. No less then that. Several small yet significant measures may build up any credibility by just adding different values to it.
Towards Mega Credibility : The factors that determine the magnitude and size of your credibility are several but I am mentioning only a few of them.
Interaction : Remember that its not communication or customer care. It doesn’t have any relations with that. Its the modus operandi how your organization or you interact with your clients, work force, suppliers, vendors and the publics. If they have 24X7 access to the concerning authorized people then only it will transform your credibility in the right direction.
Conclusion : Every organization or individual interested in attaining mega credibility status should exhibit pure professionalism & absolute control over personal emotions. Your products should not use any such languages or packaging as well. Try to stick to your organizational or personal goals only. Stay out of controversies. Always. If ever you or your company fall into it, reemerge ASAP. Those who are interested in mega credibility should respect the deadlines and keep delivering high-quality work without causing delays in the delivery.
Solutions : Every organization serves some type of the specific publics and its very easy to transform the available expertise in any setup into an aura of credibility ambassadors. I may help the interested organizations in this matter, if they may spare two days time.
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The academic world all over the globe has started exploiting newer PR strategies to harvest incredibly astonishing dividends.
Earlier academicians used old press release based communication models which are rapidly being obsolete. Even established academic institutions have started creating very different management-PR synergies that suit their immediate admissions, placements and the other requirements.
I was sitting at my huge Kumbh Mela Public Relations Office Camp after midnight of an icy cold January winter of 2010, the crowd was still coming to the Ganges city of Haridwar. It was a tent made up of a canvass cloth incapable of stopping chilly winter air pouring through it and although the sand below my feet was covered by one layer of some grass & husk and another layer of a mattress yet oozing out cold radiation. Suddenly lifting up the thick entrance curtain of my camp a group of five people stepped inside my office, two of them having massive cameras hanging from their shoulders. “I am Miguel, from Spain. He is Dmitri, She Yelena both from Russia, this is Mark, Australia and he is Gustavo from the US.” One of them introduced the accompanying team.
They all sat and showed me their documents. Since none of them were having a J-Visa or any clearance from the PIB, Government of India, hence it was clear that they would not get any permission to stay at the Media Center accommodations. As soon as I made it clear, the group started leaving my room, expressing their feelings to unnecessarily disturbing me. Minutes after they left my tent, someone again lifted up the door entrance. It was one of them, Miguel from Spain. “Sorry to bother you again Sir, but may I see you little later in the morning? He asked. “Why not. Pleasure!” I replied. He noted down my mobile number and left again.
Next morning he called me and visited me again around 11 am. Seemed he bathed recently, with water droplets still around his forehead, “Hi, Miguel again, from Spain!” and burst into laughter, “Wow, I made a rhyming introduction.”
I was wondering why this man is hanging around, when I am not going to support because of him not carrying the authorization papers. But he was very clear. “Sir, you are a public relations person, I wish I could ask you a few questions about the PR because in our country hardly any professional attends anyone without charging him fees. I am just starting my career as an Architect but I have a lot of interest in the PR. So I wish to know, what do you think of a possibility of pursuing such a combination like PR and the Architecture?
If you don’t know much about the Indians then it would definitely surprise you that invariably most of our countrymen are highly sentimental. We value relations and try to reciprocate the love we get. Hence, I almost instantly decided to talk to that young man. But explaining about the role of PR in Architecture was not an easy topic. I myself never heard much about it. So I adopted a standard trick we often use delivering extempore & impromptu speeches. Step by step thinking and delivering our points. I am sharing my views on this great subject for the benefit of other such people who might be wondering if they could make a career in the Public Relations elsewhere.
Basically, Architect is a very costly and standard profession in which the experts combine various elements like Engineering, Arts and Aesthetics. They use their designing capabilities to evolve a great building. If you look at a great and unusually attractive building or structural marvel you may even call a lively and permanent advertisement. Isn’t it? You need not to spend much on hoardings, bill boards and media advertising to make propaganda about yourselves but is it sufficient? What if someone hasn’t seen your building? And how you are going to be benefited if people just see a building and pass by it? Will they stop and ask the neighbors, where is the house owner? I wish to ask him about this design and the architect.
I continued that developing new buildings, improving landscapes and re-designing community living may be of a huge interest, but until publicized properly, they never ever return you any favors, like in the case of a successful lawyer, who wins a sensational trial yet fail to get the mileage, until he or she don’t manage a media coverage of his success.
Handling the PR for architects is a sort of unexplored area. It’s an ocean of unfathomed opportunities. Just imagine how much money this field might be having, having you knowing already how much money today the world of infrastructure development has. On the other hand, it’s a bitter fact that the architects rarely get the credit they deserve for their outstanding contribution which fetch hundreds of crores of rupees. Have you have read any headlines that another great township designed by the great architect Mr or Ms XYZ is coming up with these specifications? Almost every new building gets some media attention as news and hence it should be used as an opportunity for the architect to attain specific recognition and positive profile. Yet, what happens? Everyone, even if they hardly contributed in the project, get the exposure except the architect, they get the newspaper mentions and and a strong share of their voice in the media. Considering this scenario, the public relations for the architect becomes more important.
I saw him clapping and having a glitter in his eyes. In between he was taking notes also. Noticing it I asked him to answer a simple question : tell me Miguel, how many PR and Publicity Opportunities, the Architect might create for themselves? Almost instantly he replied innocently, “Well, I don’t know so far.” Even I didn’t have the idea. I actually wanted to gain some more time to think about. Yes, these opportunities are many like: breaking news about an upcoming project that will change the landscape of the area forever.
The media people are always hungry for such items which no one has. Since all the projects that come up, already have the authorizations and clearances so there is no harm in publicizing them. The developer also gets happy when something positive comes in media. After such breaking news, the other media person may be approached exclusively that this project will affect their viewers in these many ways. They might be interested to know about the various stages of the development. Even the occasion of getting the approval of the project is a media opportunity. Starting the construction is also news.
Due to technological advances all the developers are taking some or the other specific measures to remain exclusive or to ensure quality, which may also be transformed into news again. When your site approaches completion and when it’s finally launched, you must ensure that you harvest your own share of publicity, reputation and image. Alternatively an architect may get other opportunities as well like obtaining a space in the sector specific publications and news media. He or she may send request letters with a brief resume to the print, broadcast and internet media houses, volunteering availability, if ever they require any expert on any project related discussion or quote.
On the other hand you may try approaching various other organizations, who recognize innovations and experts, provided you have introduced some unique feature such as earthquake resistance, lonely senior citizens’ protection, burglar alarms, protection for the toddlers & kids, energy and environmental efficiency. Like all other professions you must also exploit the potential social media platforms have.
You should never fail to participate in the community meetings organized by your area authorities, because such meetings easily get published in the media and they mention the names of the participating experts. It’s like hammering the society and blowing your own trumpet that you are there. Such PR gimmicks maintain you in demands and get you good flow of clients. The architects should also make use of their own websites to showcase their talents. You may express your views on various social issues on your Facebook and Twitter.
And why not write a blog about some of your projects? There are plenty of free blog sites. Remember your blog must add value, rather than merely being blowing your owntrumpet. It should provide the potential clients and fraternity some fresh and authoritative ideas, separating you from the ordinary practitioners. Do log-in something on a regular basis, which will significantly boost your own search engine rankings as well as demonstrating thought leadership in the field, acting as a powerful tool for real-time discussions and can be influential in building long-term relationships with customers.
No architect should forget that his routine behavior also gets him ample opportunities of publicity and public relations. Even if you reject some client due to fee related constraints or because of any other reason, you must give them some free advice on who they should approach, what they should do, how they may cut their expenses and lastly you may refer them to some of your colleagues who charge less fee. Please never ever mention that they are more competent or even equally competent, compared to you. Just say that these architects are also good and charge less. And please never forget to mention that you are not endorsing their ethics, style and other traits; still better if some of your assistant may handover a list of other fellow architects without endorsing anything. The architects must not forget that their staff and dependents also are their image, reputation & brand value careers. So apart from planning and delivering great projects, do find some quality time for them as well.