How can Social Media help organise better college fests?

We at Dept. of Management, St Xavier’s College successfully organized a management fest and we made maximun possible use of social media. Let me tell you how we did that?

We had a challenge – A very tough competition – another society with huge fan following!

So basically we had to create a huge fan following or least some traction among students and get them familiar with just an year old fest.

How did we use social media? We only used facebook.

  • We thought like a normal student who has 30 minutes to spend on facebook. We would want to speak to his friends, converse with them and it would be irritating to receive requests to like a management summit facebook page.
  • Thus we created an interest group – based upon marketing and called it “Mad Over Marketing” and since we did a balanced branding of the page with the fest name it was easy for everyone to understand the brand. While at the same time we kept the fan base engaged in what they wanted to see – awesome marketin!

On being absurd

“Only those who attempt the absurd…will achieve the impossible.” – M.C. Escher

I came across this quote on my twitter feed & like every other quote, I yelled “wow” in my head & carried on. But there was something different about this!

I was able to relate to it very closely. But why?

Quenching on my thirst, I created a timeline of my life in my head – from my childhood till today. Compared it with those of my friends. I found a peculiarity – “utter absurdness”.

I mean seriously – who on earth would not enjoy his childhood for making bills in dad’s restaurant or not enjoy this teenage for designing websites (entrepreneurial stint) ! ME.

I have been absurd all through! Even today, my psyche simply stops me to do everything everyone else is doing.

All this obviously does not mean that I have a achieved the impossible, but yes it definitely assures that I’m on the right track – achieve the impossible.

Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.

Walt Disney

Let’s backpack & explore India!

I was looking at my college calender a while back & just saw that I have holidays in May & June. I always knew that I have holidays in May, but the moment I saw it – engines in my brain throttled up! Plans, plans, plans…

Idea: Backpacking India like a tourist – Explore & work at the same time. Like a Digital Nomad. Fun! Target: Explore a minimum of 10 states – mostly visit villages. Time: 15-20 days Budget: Very tight. Remember – Backpacking! Note:

  • Say no to Flights – Only trains (preferably sleeper class – you are more likely to get talking with the fellow passengers in this class, than in 3-tier A.C.)
  • Don’t miss on tractor rides in village farms. They have a different charm.
  • Try to stay in homes of villagers.
  • Make a mark in their life – do something remarkable for them!
  • Food – eat their staple diet. (I can still choose to be vegetarian)
  • Work during travel. Plan your day accordingly so that you can steal out some time to work.
  • Blog every day – tough one!
  • Click Pictures – lots of them.
  • Carry only one backpack – no frills packing!

I want to do this very badly. Let’s see I can work upon this one. I need to decide on the region I would like to cover. I have two choices in mind at the moment – up north around the Himalayas or down south. Both seem to adventurous and exciting! *Image – Pranav Singh  Feedback/Suggestions/Ideas – please feel free to post in comments below. 🙂 

Ten reasons to date an entrepreneur

  1. Their sense of possibility. To date someone who accepts no limitations means that there is no end to how much they are capable of loving you.
  2. They see things in ways that others don’t and understand the power of thought and faith to offer an entirely fresh and inspiring view of a challenging situation.
  3. They know the true meaning of commitment and persistence to an idea – a love – far bigger than themselves.
  4. They attract and draw into their world new people, experiences and opportunities that make every day of being with them a continual adventure.
  5. Their vision for the world extends to a vision of long-term relationships and family life no less important than their cause, but as equal to and intrinsic to working together to contribute to the betterment of humanity.
  6. They have seen failure and know that it is never what defines a man or a woman. It is their ability to get back up, with integrity, humility and service to a higher cause that builds the character and loyalty necessary for life-long commitment.
  7. They are passionate souls with tonnes of energy and a great love and just for life…..and we know how important that is for the more, erm, intimate areas of a relationship…..!
  8. They know the value of partnership in getting things done, the power of teamwork necessary to build something of mutual value.
  9. They know how sometimes you just have to hang in there, work really hard and keep trusting the original love for the vision/person and what drew you to it/them in the first place……and it will turn out with way more blessings than you can imagine.
  10. They are visionaries who understand the power of love over fear.

Source – http://love-not-fear.org/2011/12/02/ten-reasons-to-date-an-entrepreneur/

Living up to my 24 hours

I questioned myself whether I can really not live without knowing about-

“What is the latest product launch from apple?”
“Who is the new CEO of Yahoo?”
“Who has how much share holding in x,y,z companies?”

Quite often I feel that it’s wasteful to know so much. A little information is just enough.

There is abundance of information everywhere. Facebook, twitter, website, portals, etc. just add to the woes. It is important to know what information I need and simply ignore others. It’s very very important to say NO and neglect or ignore few things. What I read on Google Reader suggests my interests in life. The blogs I read, the people I follow on twitter, the people I have on network on LinkedIn speak about what I’m set out to become. My interests have evolved over a period of time and I believe it’s absolutely normal. Like when I set out, I wanted to be a pilot, then I wanted to be a <geek>, then I wanted to be an entrepreneur … The point I make here is no matter what you want to do, make sure you have sufficient knowledge in that domain first, keeping others aside. I make sure I read about entrepreneurship firstly, my passions secondly and anything else later. Setting priority is the key.

I did find it difficult to keep up with so much having just 24 hours a day in hand. I have been attending college, working on personal and client projects at the same time. Managing time thus became really important. I was feeling like a slave until I met someone in my life who has totally changed the way I think and I live. With the same thought in mind, I did a small experiment the other day ie. chose not to use BBM for 2 days. It worked out really well. I don’t particularly care about the red blinking light on my phone all the time now. I can do what I’m doing in peace without getting interrupted by useless messages which don’t even matter most of the times. I have disabled notifications for facebook, twitter & emails. And I don’t feel like a slave anymore!! *big smile*

“I’m sure there is nothing in the world that cannot wait for some to get responded.”

Yes, even I have realized that I had been wasting a lot of time learning about things that don’t really matter practically. Thanks to my friend who inspires me & teaches how important it is to live life to the fullest and just not lead it.

I’m set out to lead each and every moment of my life whether working, playing or just hanging out (horse riding, boating or even sitting idle at a temple.) Life is so much fun & 24 hours aren’t just enough to live!