Passion – A Didactic Cinquain

by Jay

Amatory, flirting,
Ever so furious
Cacoethes beaten dead horse

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Did you know..

Did you know…

… that today is National Cherry Popsicle Day? The Popsicle was originally developed by 11-year-old Frank Epperson in 1905. Frank had left his fruit-flavored soda outside on the porch with a stir stick in it and the drink froze to the stick. It took 18 more years for Epperson to apply for a patent for a “frozen ice on a stick” called the Epsicle ice pop, which his children re-named the Popsicle. Celebrate today by how? Eating a Popsicle of course! 😉


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”

— Aldous Huxley

Re-Learning to be a Professional Speaker

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Mentor Master Class- Free Tutorial Series 1-10 for Mentors from Jay Parkhe #8

People often set very high goals for themselves and this is the reason they often fail to achieve them. While a person’s career path is one of the most structured graphs one can have in his life, it depends on how we plan things to make a smooth transition from one job responsibility to another.

In other words, a person needs to have a good goal to be able to achieve it. A good goal is the one that has five distinct features. They need to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely. These features make a goal a SMART goal.

Specific − Your goal must be clearly definable, and explained.

Measurable − Your goal can be expressed in empirical terms, as in days, hours, money invested, etc.

Achievable − It is okay if your goal pushes you past your comfort zone but it must still be achievable.

Relevant − Your goals must directly or indirectly address a need in your life. A goal that doesn’t solve a problem is not worth pursuing.

Timely − The goal must be time-bound; there is no point in pushing a goal into the future as that decreases the drive and need to achieve it.

Is Your Goal SMART?

Specific − What exactly do you want to achieve?

Measurable − How will you know that you have achieved this goal?

Achievable − Can you put in the effort, resources and money into achieving this goal? If no, then how are you planning to get them?

Relevant − What issues in your life will be addressed when you achieve this goal?

Timely − When will you achieve this goal?

What are the problems in your path?

Potential ObstaclesPotential Solutions

Specific Action Steps

What steps need to be taken to get you to your goal?

This morning : Random Phrase for today

Ugly Duckling


One who may seem plain at first in appearance or capability, but later turns out to be beautiful or great.

English is a FUNNY language – Said Shri Amitabh Bachchan in a film dialogue. i fully Agree.

I was writing to a Mentee of mine who is struggling and in the endline mentioned – Hope you face your Waterloo soon !   I had of course, heard someone say it. I knew it was about Napoleon Bonaparte but I did not know the meaning.

I sent the mail and checked the dictionary and said WTH – let me find my right word.  And Lo and Behold ! I found it.  I wanted to say – let this incident / function today prove to be your Watershed moment and all your struggles should come to fruition!

So, you can see, English is such a funny language.  I was sending a short resume on whatsapp to a membership incharge of Toastmasters and I said, i was an Orator, Debator and extempore speaker and I wish to relearn speaking skills as redundancy has set in.  And What?

After a while I saw a message with smileys and thumbs ups ! and I said, what happened?  he liked my resume?  And I read and re-read again.

It read I was and Orator, SENATOR ( capitals mine) and I said WTH 1  This is T9 and Grammarly dictionary apps promoting me! WOW!

On both occasions I laughed inwardly at my own self and my follies and said Oh – perhaps the morning Random Phrase is coming true for me.

Amen !

4 Secret Selling Techniques You Must Implement


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To reach our business goals we need right resources and/or the insights to help our business reach the success it’s capable of.  Following four insights will help us generate the business we’ve always dreamed of.

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1.  Experiment with New Advertising Methods


A sharp decline in the effectiveness of our advertising campaign is usually the the first sign that we might need to explore new marketing strategies We shell out and ( as critics say – BURN) hard earned cash to advertise, and pubic turns its nose up! Procrastinating till our profits are plunging to start hunting for new marketing strategies is futile.

What could possibly be these foolproof selling techniques? Yeah, no more customers walking out with empty hands… no more profits disappearing into thin air! Share below,  are 4 secrets that will help you put money in your pocket, and enhance your current customer list and augment, hyperscale your business.


1. Make It Easy

While the old adage – variety is the spice of life is true;  giving customers too many choices can lead them into indecision or procrastination. We know, very well;  when customers procrastinate … we lose sale!

Imagine a customer walks into shop / the point of purchase, your business premises; and is ready to purchase, and suddenly sees several options he didn’t know existed, he’ll stop, and then decide… which one?   If he’s uncertain… well, you lose a sale that was already in your pocket.

Make it easy for your customers to decide… yes, I’ll buy it… no I won’t buy it.  Yes and no decisions are a lot easier to make, and are more likely to put cash in the drawer.


2. Offer Several Ways To Buy


Too many choices can overwhelm customers and can cost you sales.  These options of how to buy may open up avenues for customers to purchase the product they’ve decided they need. They say there are different strokes for different folks… your customers don’t all use same methods to buy.  It just makes sense that if the method they prefer is available, they’ll be more likely to take advantage of it.

Convenience it the key to attracting buyers in today’s fast paced society.  What will be the fastest and easiest for them… credit card, phone, fax, Internet, or cold hard cash?


3. Keep it Simple

Do you remember the frustration of spending 10 minutes pushing buttons on the phone just to get through a pain-in-the-neck automated ordering service.  Heck, you just wanted to buy that one item!  Maybe it was the time you had to click your finger raw, just to jump through the hoops of an online shopping cart.  Yeah, the temptation to just forget it is right there!

Don’t frustrate your customers with intricate ordering processes.  Most likely, they just want to place the order in a few minutes and be done.  Let them get frustrated, and they’ll go elsewhere, or just abandon the idea altogether.

4. Follow Up

One of my favorite catalog companies always closes out the sale with a special buy that is available only at the time of purchase.  I’m an impulsive shopper by  but it stops me in my tracks every time.  I know it’s a one-time shot, and I really consider whether I want or need it before I hang up the phone.

How many items would your customers buy if you were to follow up every sale with a special offer?  Internet marketers have a world of options at their fingertips.  The products you offer don’t even have to be yours… and you can still make a profit!

Affiliate marketing is sweeping the Web.  Think about it… would your customers benefit from an ebook that deals with the product they are purchasing?  You can offer it to them, and let the owner handle ordering process while you collect the commission.  It’s as easy as 1, 2, and 3 and profitable too!

Boosting your sales numbers and profits isn’t as tough as it sounds.  Implement these 4 simple selling techniques, and watch your sales steadily climb… and just think… they didn’t cost you a penny!


29 Jeff Bezos Quotes

1. “If you double the number of experiments you do per year you’re going to double your inventiveness.”

2. “Life’s too short to hang out with people who aren’t resourceful.”

3. “A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.”

4. “One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.”

5. “Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient.”

6. “word-of-mouth is so very, very powerful.”

7. “If you don’t understand the details of your business you are going to fail.”

8. “The best customer service is if the customer doesn’t need to call you, doesn’t need to talk to you. It just works.”

9. “I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.”

10. “It’s not an experiment if you know it’s going to work.”

11. “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.”

12. “In business, what’s dangerous is not to evolve.”

13. “Kindness is a choice.”

14. “All businesses need to be forever.”

15. “Keep our competitors focused on us, while we stay focused on the customer.”

16. “The people who are right a lot, often change their minds.”

17. “If you never want to be criticized, for goodness sake don’t do anything new.”

18. “Patience, persistence, and obsessive attention to detail.”

19. “Obsess about customers, not competitors.”

20. “Be stubborn on vision but flexible on details.”

21. “Work hard, have fun, and make history.”

22. “If you decide that you’re going to do only the things you know are going to work, you’re going to leave a lot of opportunity on the table.”

23. “People who are right most of the time are people who change their minds often.”

24. “You don’t choose your passion; your passion chooses you.”

25. “What’s dangerous is not to evolve.”

26. “There’ll always be serendipity involved in discovery.”

27. “If you can’t tolerate critics, don’t do anything new or interesting.”

28. “Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient.”

29. “Entrepreneurs must be willing to be misunderstood for long period of time.”

Creativity Exercise: Daily Motto Generation

  1. Above all we stand.
  2. Eternal beacon of light.
  3. Reap what you sow.
  4. Alone we shall stand, alone we shall prosper.
  5. Love is life.
  6. Life, death, balance.
  7. Of the sea, the land and the sky.
  8. Never forget, never forgive.
  9. God is with the people.
  10. From two now as one.

Take your PIck. Twist it, turn it, modify it, break it down, add two or three together and see the outcome for fun.

Then get serious. Add your own objective and drew some ideas from here.

RAK Movement- Monday Random Acts of Kindness – Jay Parkhe

  1. Know someone who is not coping very well? Give them a call
  2. Be eco-friendly – unplug electronics when you’re finished using them
  3. Apologise to someone you may have hurt
  4. Reconnect with your grandparents or an elderly person you know – give them a call!
  5. Leave a kind message anywhere (in a library book, on a computer etc.)
  6. Save your family some time and buy their groceries
  7. Life can get really busy – take some time out to spend with a family member
  8. Share something interesting you’ve learnt today
  9. Pay for someone’s bus ticket
  10. Tell a friend about ARK/World Kindness Day

Jay’s Sunday Column – The Riddle called Life

  1. I drape the hills in gentle white and from the heavens I will glide. What am I?
  2. A leathery snake with a stinging bite, coiled up I wait until I must fight. What am I?
  3. Born underground, raised by the sun, a host for the living, caterer of fun. What am I?
  4. What belongs to you, but others use it more than you do?

  1. The answer is: Snow.
  2. The answer is: A whip.
  3. The answer is: A tree.
  4. The answer is: Your name.