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Toastmaster Project 3 – Get to the point

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(sorry for the formatting – i just dumped this from my notes)
Fellow toastmasters – i want to start my talk today with few questions. how many of you commute more than 30 mins everyday? more than an hour? how many of you enjoy the commute – i guess not much. I used to be like that. today i commute 20 mins every day but here in IT OPs i have few frens that communite upto 2 hrs everyday – i feel their pain
for most of the people its a mundane boring no gain – experience, even fustration and annoying experince which they are trying to get done asap
I used to do one hour commute in DC – multiple honks, people literally yelling and cursing and i used to react to that; everyone rushing to save couple of seconds while making themselves miserable, irritated and irrational along the way
my message today is – this can all be fixed; there don’t have to be something called miserable commute; 
Today – i calm my mind – and like pilot says – relax, take back ; and enjoy the ride. 
I am a big fan of zen habits and one of my favorite authors shared this story – how a guy in a bmw tried to huff and puff to gain few yardsa in between teh lanes; only to find him on his side on the other lane after couple of hours; he is furious at that point while the zen guru was all good and much leaned man
That had a big impact on me – not are we saving few minutes but also losing our control, losing our cool and being angry – and for me personally angry mind is the worst mind – because i can’t think and i can be creative and i can work with an angry mind
For me commute is one of the learning part of the day – ignore the hustle, ignore the traffic, ignore the rush – absolve yourself into deep learning – everyone can do that – we all have phone and data plan and that’s all we need. 
infotainment – not just entertainment for information as well – planet money, This american life, Frekonomics, comedy shows too
spotify – not just the song – put it in the discover mode -  discover weekly;
every commute is a new very different experience – and most importantly a fun experience;
something you look forward too – not as a pain part but as a fun part
for me learning during commute is kinda like my Third home – like starbucks – where you spent some quality time and have pleasant experience
And not just listening to podcast but this behavior change (more relaxed approach), i believe it has made me a more calmer person, a better listner and someone open to new things, more agile, someone who takes risks and look forward to new things in life. enrich your experiences, enrich your horizon and you will be a much interestign person for your peers to chat during social gatherings
So fellow toastmasters, that’s my message for you today – don’t fight the commute, make it a fun time to relax and ready to explore your mind while coming to work and more relaxed happy person back to home. Give it a try and will you a better person.And i will be really interested to hear back on your experiences and if there is any new interestign podcast you stumble into – let me know.
Thank you fellow toastmasters and happy commuting.

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February 22nd, 2016 at 3:15 pm

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in the spirit of ipv6 transformation

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ipv4

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September 25th, 2015 at 6:38 pm

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Toastmasters – Speech 2 CC2

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How do you explain when things don’t go as we assume? Or better, how do you explain when others are able to achieve things that seem to defy all of the assumptions? For example: Why is Apple so innovative? Year after year, after year, they’re more innovative than all their competition. And yet, they’re just a computer company. They’re just like everyone else. They have the same access to the same talent,the same agencies, the same consultants, the same media. Then why is it that they seem to have something different? Why is it that Martin Luther King led the Civil Rights Movement? He wasn’t the only man who suffered in pre-civil rights America, and he certainly wasn’t the only great orator of the day. Why him? And why is it that the Wright brothers were able to figure out controlled, powered man flight when there were certainly other teams who were better qualified, better funded – and they didn’t achieve powered man flight, and the Wright brothers beat them to it. There’s something else at play here.

As it turns out, there’s a pattern. All the great inspiring leaders and organizations in the world,whether it’s Apple or Martin Luther King or the Wright brothers, they all think, act and communicate the exact same way. And it’s the complete opposite to everyone else. This is from a recent book i read from Simon Sinek and its call – start with why. and he calls it the golden circle.

Why? How? What? This little idea explains why some organizations and some leaders are able to inspire where others aren’t. Let me define the terms really quickly. Every single person, every single organization on the planet knows what they do, 100 percent. Some know how they do it, whether you call it your differentiated value proposition or your proprietary process or your USP. But very, very few people or organizations know why they do what they do. And by “why” I don’t mean “to make a profit.” That’s a result. It’s always a result. By “why,” I mean: What’s your purpose? What’s your cause? What’s your belief? Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care? As a result, the way we think, we act, the way we communicate is from the outside in, it’s obvious. We go from the clearest thing to the fuzziest thing. But the inspired leaders and the inspired organizations – regardless of their size, regardless of their industry – all think, act and communicate from the inside out.

Let me give you an example. I use Apple because they’re easy to understand and everybody gets it. If Apple were like everyone else, a marketing message from them might sound like this: ”We make great computers. They’re beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. Want to buy one?” ”Meh.”That’s how most of us communicate. That’s how most marketing and sales are done, that’s how we communicate interpersonally. We say what we do, we say how we’re different or better and we expect some sort of a behavior, a purchase, a vote, something like that. Here’s our new law firm: We have the best lawyers with the biggest clients, we always perform for our clients. Here’s our new car: It gets great gas mileage, it has leather seats. Buy our car. But it’s uninspiring.

Here’s how Apple actually communicates. ”Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo.We believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by making our products beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. We just happen to make great computers. Want to buy one?” Totally different, right? You’re ready to buy a computer from me. I just reversed the order of the information. What it proves to us is that people don’t buy what you do; people buy why you do it.

Most people don’t know about Samuel Pierpont Langley. And back in the early 20th century, the pursuit of powered man flight was like the dot com of the day. Everybody was trying it. and he has the receipe of success – unlimited funds, great talent base and lots of media coverage. But he was driven by – being the first, the riches following teh invention. He was driven by the results – not the cause. A few hundred miles in Dayton Ohio – orville and wilbur wright – no receipe for success – but they believe in the cause; they believed if they could figure out the flying machine, it will change the course of the world. All his team had that vision none of them were even high school grad and the proceedings were funded from their bicycle shop. But the cause was genuine and they did got it done.

The goal is not to do business with everybody who needs what you have. The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe. People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. If you talk about what you believe, you will attract those who believe what you believe

Let me try to related this to what we do at WWT – why we do what we do – we don’t want to communicate to our prospective customers, employees, vendors by saying – we are the award winning systems integrator, we have great solutions – buy our solutions. The way i want to phase it is -

At WWT we believe in giving people the power to make sound technology decision. We do that by bringing all the latest and greatest technologies and experts in one unit and let you mix and match and try whatever suits your need to see first hand on how it will solve your business problems. Btw, we do happen to have state of the art advanced technology center (ATC) to try your use cases. Wanna come and give it a try?

Thank you everyone.

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September 2nd, 2015 at 1:59 am

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Zero to One ~ A great read

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Just completed zero to one by Peter Thiel. Such a great read. Any one working in this fast paced world, working in tech sector with ambitions to put a dent in the universe and more precisely someone with a dream to start a company in future, this is a must read.

One thing that stuck with me is the question he posed – What is something you think is true, but that most people disagree with you on?’

You will have to dive onto yourself to think long and hard to come up with an answer to that.

link on good reads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18050143-zero-to-one?ac=1

There are 7 questions every company that wants to become a lasting monopoly must answer:

  1. The Engineering Question – Can you create breakthrough technology instead of incremental improvements?
  1. The Timing Question – Is now the right time to start your particular business?
  1. The Monopoly Question – Are you starting with a big share of a small market?
  1. The People Question – Do you have the right team?
  1. The Distribution Question – Do you have a way to not just create but deliver your product?
  1. The Durability Question – Will your market position be defensible 10 and 20 years into the future?
  1. The Secret Question – Have you identified a unique opportunity that others don’t see

more details in here - http://www.getnugget.co/zero-to-one-nuggets-from-peter-thiels-bestselling-book/

 

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August 30th, 2015 at 1:14 pm

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5 Key Skills Great Product Owners Have ~ Neat list

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http://www.agileforall.com/2015/06/5-key-skills-great-product-owners-have/

This one sums up pretty well -

Skill #1: Clearly express the connections between larger business goals and small backlog items

Skill #2: Write user stories in a way that allows the team to contribute to the “what”

Skill #3: Modify the backlog in response to change (without having to throw out lots of work)

Skill #4: Say “no” appropriately when necessary to maximize the value of your product

Skill #5: Split big slices of value into small slices of value

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August 25th, 2015 at 3:38 am

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Why companies don’t learn from other companies past mistake/experience!

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/radical-idea-at-the-office-middle-managers-1439941798?mod=e2fb

This one was pretty surprising – trying to run a company without managers. You can only get to a level and when you scale out and grow there is no way any work can be done without middle managers to take care of the management and day to day stuff. Google tried that a long time ago and failed and realized that middle managers are key to quality work and to scale out and grow.

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August 20th, 2015 at 1:42 pm

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This is a new world!

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I was looking for some product roadmap tool and for obvious reasons turned out to Quora to get some help. Got to one page which has a very genuine discussion going on with recommendation for lots of users. On looking into the weeds, most of the people taking time to explain on a product with its detailed features and attributes with screen shots were actual founders/owners of those tools. I was wondering who would take such time to come up with exhaustive list of those features and screen shots to give your view. While I appreciate people putting in lots of meat on those replies and suggestions on the tool, it would be very biased coming from the owner recommending his/her tool. That’s kinda off putting for customers like me and makes my job a little bit tougher to go and try each of these products to evaluate for myself.

Here’s the page I am talking about the product roadmap and product management tool - http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-visually-oriented-tools-for-product-roadmaps

 

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August 14th, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Misson statement ~ Toast Masters

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Call me old fashioned but I really believe in the mission/vision statement. This gives the over arching goal/vision for the existence of that company/club/organization. I recently joined the ToastMasters as VP of Membership and one thing that really excited me was the mission statement.

CLUB MISSION

The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.

 

 

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August 11th, 2015 at 2:46 pm

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This sums up pretty well #StartUp

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August 5th, 2015 at 3:44 am

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When ever there’s a doubt, there’s no doubt

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This applies to making big decisions – something like hiring new employee to your small team. If any of the team members feels unease, then you shouldn’t go for him/her.

 

 

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July 24th, 2015 at 2:02 am

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