One of many Firsts…

We were left with one last firm to visit to conclude with our PR firm visits. And by now we had given up all hopes of anything worthwhile happening in this round of visit. Anyways, we still had to go visit them. We were quite tired from all the waiting and the walking we’d been doing for the last couple of hours. And the next firm, GOLINOPINION was quite a distance away. So we decided to take the cab and reach the place.

And guess what. The office is located in one part of the Palladium mall. We were glad we picked that firm to be our last firm so even if we came out disappointed, we still could go chill at the mall.

By far, the wait at GOLINOPINION office seemed to be the longest.After a really long wait of almost 45 mins, the assistant of our point of contact came out to meet us. And we were greeted with a “We expect you to at least check and take an appointment before you come!”. We explained to her how we were instructed not to take appointments and how Ms.Kavita Lakhani (VP of GOLINOPINION ) was already informed about us visiting them. Either she was comparatively friendlier or she was also too busy hence did not really have the time for us, so she continued the conversation towards the purpose of our visit. We spoke about us, our institute SCoRE, the PRomise Foundation and the #ABCPrize. We handed out the posters to her requesting her to encourage their employees to apply for the same.

We were so glad that we finally got done with the visits and having learnt almost nothing from any of the firms, we left for the mall. While waiting for the lift, we were busy doing what we do best – “Click Selfies”. 🙂

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We were on a selfie spree when suddenly from the back we hear someone ask us “Are you guys from SCoRE?”. For a second we froze wondering if we were doing something illegal (though logically we couldn’t have!). And then it turned out, she was the President of Linopinion, Ms. Kavita Lakhani whom we were supposed to have met. She was rushing out but asked us to come along with her in the elevator and speak to her. So the next min we were in the elevator with her, talking about our institution, the organization and the prize. She was super friendly and seemed more excited about meeting us than we were.

So there we had one of the biggest Firsts of the day – “the experience of having an elevator pitch”. We ended our talks with the mandatory Selfie again.

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#LessonLearnt: Time spent taking selfies is never time wasted! 🙂

Finally…Finally we got done with the official exercise. Although I wouldn’t really call it an experience with a lot of learnings, I’m glad we did it. Yes, we had a crazy lot of waiting to do, a couple of unfriendly cold calls but at the end it was all worth it.

Oh and for those of you wondering what the #ABCPrize is all about – PRomise Foundation who are the organisers of #PRAXIS5 summit for the PR and communication professionals are sponsoring a prize which is the #ABCPrize for professionals under 35 years of age under two categories – for Corporate Professionals and In-House Professionals (PR Firms). There’s a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- and an all-expense paid participation at #PRAXIS5.

#PRAXIS5 is being organised in Aamby Valley from Sep 23-25th 2016. So all you young professionals under the age of 35, make sure you use this opportunity and register yourselves at bit.ly/TheABCPrize. Last date to apply is 2nd September 2016.

One of many Firsts…

After the first experience of our first visit to the first PR firm on our list, we moved on to our next firm with the hope of having a better experience. We walked up to India Bulls Financial Center and got ourselves a visitor’s pass for Genesis Burson-Marstellar.

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We were instructed not to take any prior appointments(the reason why,we got to know later) and so we happily walked in to the office and asked for our point of contact. To our wonderful surprise, we found out that our point of contact was on leave!

Well again after waiting for quite some time, we ended up meeting her assistant, briefed her about our organization and the #ABCPrize. We handed the posters to her and requested her to encourage their employees to apply for the same.

#LeasonLearnt: Always take appointments first. Or at least check if the person is available at work no matter what your instructions are.

With even lesser hopes, we started walking towards the One India Bulls Centre to visit Edelman. We reached the office and for a change here they were at least aware of our visit. We were sent to a fancy meeting room and asked to wait.

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Our first point of contact was busy in a meeting and so someone from the HR team came down to meet us. She seemed to be in a hurry and so it was a real quick meet. We spoke about our purpose of the visit, handed over the posters asking her to pin them up on the notice boards so their employees would read them and probably even apply. She was more than happy to see us off.

We were quite disappointed because we were told we’d be shown around the office and probably even have some interaction with their team. But unfortunately due to her busy scheduled none of it worked out for us.

#LessonLearnt: Never build up hopes. At least not the first time.

Well, so that’s three out of four done. Will we finally get some action and excitement ahead in the next? Read my next blog to find out! 🙂

One of many Firsts…

There always is a first time for everything, no matter which stage of life you are in. In my case this time, it was my first experience with PR firms.

I have worked for a good number of years in the IT corporate world. However, the visits last week were a whole new experience. I’m still trying to figure out which category to note them under – good or bad?

One of the best part of the entire exercise was my company. I was lucky enough to be paired with someone who I could get along with super effortlessly. The entire exercise was so much fun and never felt like a task. Thank God for that!

So like I said, there were lot of ‘firsts’ that day. To begin with, in my almost 6 years of work life I have NEVER worn semi formals let alone complete formals and here I was in a crisp ironed three piece formal. I was sweating through the AC of my class. Oh yes, we attended classes in the first half and then left for the visit. What a hardworking bunch right!

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First corporate look !

As luck would have it, Mumbai chose to be very bright and sunny on that particular day. After getting done with the classes and a couple of must-have selfies we finally left for Bandra station. By God, it was so damn hot! I’m sure I lost at least half a kilogram of my weight by the first half an hour. Here begins the next of my firsts. We comfortably managed to get into the train which for once wasn’t too crowded.

My lady luck loves me to the extremes. So when she decides to keep the weather sunny, its scorching hot and when she decided to cool it down for me, we were showered with blessings from the Rain God. Imagine walking on the streets of Dadar wearing formals in the rains having just one umbrella to save ourselves.

Well somehow we managed to walk through all this and finally reached the Mahatre Pen Building where Perfect Relations had their office. It took us a while to process the environment. One of the worst locations if I may say. The pan-spit walls, the stairs covered with bird crap. There was barely space for us to walk up. On reaching the office, we were informed that the person we were to meet had just left for a meeting and hence wasn’t available. We sat there clueless wondering what to do next. We then spoke to her assistant about the purpose of our visit which was to encourage the young employees of the firm to apply for the #ABCPrize sponsored by our organization PRomise FoundationAfter handing out couple of posters to be pinned on their notice board, we left from the office. And to be honest we were glad to be out of there. That was our first experience with a PR firm which was not even half of what we expected.

#LessonLearnt: Never have any hopes.

Now where next? Wait for my next blog….. 😉

New Girl in the city

A new place. A new home. A whole new set of people. A very (mostly) different culture. Life is never easy and definitely not the same in a new city. Nobody likes changes, small or big. And surely not me. Though this hasn’t been the first time I’m moving to a new city, my relocation to Mumbai somehow felt like a real big deal.

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The start …

Visiting Mumbai for a vacation was something I’ve always loved thanks to the amazing street food and the wonderful shopping experiences. But somehow the idea of living in Mumbai all by myself scared the life out of me.

Moving to Mumbai has been one of my most impulsive life decisions I’ve taken so far. It probably tops all of them, including the time I got my tattoo without thinking (which again was in Mumbai).

It’s been difficult leaving my family behind. Staying away from my little niece, who won’t be so little when I go back home the next time considering how quick kids grow up. My worst fear is what if she forgets me or how much she loves me. Thankfully technology came in handy here. So although I’ll miss being around her, I won’t really miss out on being with her. On the brighter side, I get to be the cool aunt who gets her lots of fancy stuff from ‘Bombay’ as she likes to call it, earning myself some brownie points.

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Salute LaFamilia

It’s never really easy living alone especially when you are used to having people around do all the work for you while you just laze around watching TV or in my case SLEEP ALL THE TIME. Life has taken such a cruel turn for me. Not only do I have to do all my work myself, I’d consider myself super lucky if I manage to get a good 6 hour sleep in the night. Like the saying- Mumbai city never sleeps, my life also has become sleepless!

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The Class

It’s been exactly a month today since I’ve moved from Bangalore to Mumbai. A month full of changes. New friends. A room mate who has been more like family than just another girl sharing the room with me. New profession. Deadly deadlines and piles of assignments which make the 24hours in a day also seem too less to finish them.

 

 

But life’s been good. Let’s see what Life or rather Mumbai has in store for me!

Excited and scared.

Book review: YOU CAN SELL by Shiv Khera 

In any profession, in order to succeed, you need to learn and understand the trade. The book focuses on understanding how to gain thorough knowledge of the trade, better understanding of the task and sell your way to success.

Anyone selling a product, service or even an idea is a salesperson. The focus of the book is on principles and not tactics of trade. Tactics can be manipulative but principles are based on the foundation of integrity.

The book is written in very simple English which makes it easy to read and understand. The author’s references to real life experiences makes the readers relate to the situation better. At times the references do feel too long but all in all a very useful hand book to sell your way to success!