Sometimes we dont know what to write

Well to be perfectly honest, in my humble opinion, of course without offending anyone who thinks differently from my point of view, but also by looking into this matter in a different perspective and without being condemning of one’s view’s and by trying to make it objectified, and by considering each and every one’s valid opinion, I honestly believe that I completely forgot what I was going to write.


5 Reasons Why Presentations Fail

I am sure you have been through many presentations where you got the feeling to flee the room or take a dive from the top floor. Yes presentations can kill too. The reasons why they can kill is because the presenter does not do enough to make it interesting for the people who attend the presentation. So what are the key reasons presenters fail:

Death by Power Point

Reason one: Too Much Power point. Power point is a great medium for doing a presentation. But this is currently an overused medium for presentation. As a result the viewer does not see any thing different as compared to other presentations he has attended . So the audience gets bored. There are presenters who also type everything they want to say in the power point. So when they  put the slide up , the audience is busy reading from the power point rather than listening to the presenter.  This is a common mistake by lot of novice presenters and the end result is a boring presentation.  Presenters should understand that  people come to listen to the presenter and not to see the PowerPoint. PowerPoint should only be used to support the presenter and should not overpower the presenter.

Trying to get everyone interested in the presentation

Reason two:  Presenter wants to ensure that everyone in the audience understands what he is  presenting. So if he sees anyone in the audience not listening to him then the presenter tries very hard to get the point  across to  the person who is not listening .  The result is that he looses connect with others and the presentation becomes boring.  Presenters should understand that it’s difficult to influence everyone in the audience. So he should focus on those people who are actually listening to the presentation and not get bothered by people who are not listening to them. The presenter should focus on getting the message across to majority of the participants.

Memorizing the Presentation

Reason Three:  Presenter tries to memorize the presentation.  It is a common mistake people do. They get inspired by some one making a great presentation for one hour without using any notes. So they try to do the same. As a result if they forget a word they forget the whole  presentation. Presenters should understand that their main job of a presenter  is  to convey the message from the presentation. There are no extra grades for memorizing a presentation. Most of the top presenters have tele prompters and have some one in the back round moving the slides. Each and everything they have to say is written in the notes and the presenters take help of those notes. If teleprompters are not available then its okay to carry notes and look at it if needed. There is no need to pressurize yourself by  attempting to memorize the presentation.

Time Management

Reason 4: Time not being tracked. Presenters don’t prepare for the time and as a result they are unable to convey the message they want to deliver. For the audience this means no closure. This can also bore the audience as the presenter is unable to convey the core message.  Presenters should value the time given to them to make a presenter. And if the presenter is using slides then the presenter should use the ratio of 3 minutes per slide. This will help him to prepare accordingly.

Reason 5: Trying to impress the boss. When the boss is part of the audience then most presenters  think of this as a opportunity to impress the boss. They think that this is one the ways to get a promotion or a hike in the salary. As a result they put too much pressure on themselves and the presentation fails. The presenter must understand that their job as presenters to take care of the audience. Nobody has got promoted because onf one presentation and no one has lost a job because of a failed presentation. So don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

Railway Tracks Distance and Marriage

The Distance between two railway tracks is 143.5 cms. What a absurd measurement. Why couldn’t it be a good round figure like 150 cms. The reason of the measurement being absurd is due to the fact that when they first building railway tracks they used the same tools which was used for making horse drawn carriages. And the reason for that absurd measurement is because the road the horse carriages used to travel was 143.5 cms. So who decided this distance. On further research you will know that the measurement of 143.5 cms was decided by  our great road builders the Romans. The reason is that during Roman times the carriage was driven by two horses and when they put two horses side by side the distance was 143.5 cms. So the measurement remained.

The distance between the tracks on which our state of the art trains run now has been determined by Romans. So wherever people went to build railroads , it never occurred to them that the measurement should be changed. This even effected our space program. The scientists wanted to build wider fuel tanks, but since they were transported to the space centre by train, the tunnels could not not transport wide fuel tanks and so the size of the fuel tanks became small.

But what has all this got to do with marriage.

Just like the absurd measurement of the railway track, people or the societal norms decided that when two people get married they must frozen in a distance for time immemorial. Even if sometime one of you might want to move forward a little or want to get closer a little, this was against the rules made by the society. The rules which was drawn by the society was “ Think about your children, think about your family, think about what other people will say”. You cant change, you must be like two railway tracks that remain the same distance all the way from the start of the marriage and till one of the partners die. The rules don’t allow the love to change or to grow –it is too dangerous people say. And so after the enthusiastic first few years, we fall into the monotony of married life. Sam process, same monotony , day after day and year after year. Somehow your purpose in life is to maintain the distance of 143.5 cms throught your married life. It does not matter if  you are not happy with the arrangement, the distance can never be changed. Even though you might be unhappy, you have to think of the children you bought in this world, your parents, your neighbours, your friends, your social circle.

Think of your neighbours. Show them you are happy, eat good food, keep yourself up-to-date with the latest serials and help the community. Think of the society, dress in your Sunday best all the time , so that everyone knows what a perfect life you have. At the se times you cannot be seen looking sideways, because you are forever afraid on what people will think and this could bring in depression and temptation. This could mean disaster. Smile in all the photos. Put that photos in every room of the house. Update your facebook profile every day, change your wats app status, tweet your happiness and post happy quotes in Instagram. All this have become the measure for people to understand hpow happy your life is. Mow you lawn and do practice a sport because that’s what the society has determined as key performance indicators of your happy married life. Do every to show others how happy you are , but do not forget that the rules for happy married life was determined by the society many years ago and you are just following what has been prescribed to you. The rules have to be respected and followed just like the way distance between the railway tracks were determined by the Romans

If the Desire is Strong then Goals don’t remain as Dreams : My Story

If you have a goal which has been lingering your mind for many years, something which you constantly think about at every point of life, then the forces of nature will work in a way that the dream will get fulfilled. For the pull of your goal is so strong that you do things to achieve your goal. For if you don’t anything about the goal you want to achieve, it remains a dream , a dream which you can fondly reminisce in your later years with regret and  a thought that If only I had something about it when the thought came into my mind, I would have been more happier and achieved a lot in my life.

The above thoughts replicate what I did to achieve my goal to be a trainer and teacher. I had this desire to be one, when I attended a training course delivered by Steve Crowe from 3M Consultants. The course was about selling skills and I enjoyed attending the course. It was for the first time that I was feeling enthusiastic attending a course and had a great learning experience. I loved the way he kept the training interesting from me. Lot of activities and lot of practical examples which helped me to understand the concepts.

So the seed to becoming a trainer was put in my mind after attending that training. I wanted to be a trainer who would not just flick power point slides and have a target number of slides to go through before ending the day. I wanted to be someone who would bring a change in the thinking of the participant who would be attending the training program. So with that thought in mind, I spoke to my wife about this burning fire inside me to be a trainer. My wife calmly told me” Let’s wait for few years as we need the money to survive and settle our lives”. I was getting angry as I wanted to quit the job immediately and be a trainer. But after my anger subsided, I understood what she meant. Sometimes when you are excited, you don’t thing clearly. So instead of jumping in the valley without thinking, it is important to give the DREAM sometime and see if the desire is still there in your heart after the initial incubation period.

So even though I had put a brake in my desire to be a trainer, I came to an agreement with my wife that by the time I reach 40 years I will revisit my dream. And if the desire is really strong then I will take my plunge into the exciting world of Training and Teaching. I was 37 years at the time when the desire to be trainer started in my mind. Instead of waiting for the 3 years to be completed, I started reading a lot about training. I started looking at organizations who were   training providers. I also started improving my network and added lot of trainers in my circle of contacts. I started reaching out to training providers and conveyed them about my experience and my interest to be a trainer. Slowly and steadily my network improved and I started getting an idea as to what it takes to be a good trainer.

One of the first requirements to be a trainer was to have an experience of speaking in public. And that’s something I dreaded.  My earlier experience with public speaking was not good and I was classified as loud. OS in order to gain some experience in speaking, I joined the toast masters club. It was a great way of meeting people and getting a chance to speak in front of a crowd. Toastmasters is an organization which teaches public speaking and organizational skills. It is a place where you are given a topic to speak and the audience will give you feedback on how the speech was. The speaking time is not much, but the atmosphere is just fantastic to hone your skills. You get to speak about a number of topics and sometimes, you have to speak on topics with no preparation. And I was a selfish speaker. Whenever I got the opportunity to speak, I spoke. I was in the forefront of speaking as my sole aim was to gain speaking time or floor time as it’s called.

During that time, I was looking at opportunities to train people. So I grabbed whatever I could get. I distinctly remember my first experience of a non-paid training job. It was on short notice and I was excited to do the job. Another experience which stays in my mind is the one where I had to do a demo with a training company. They asked me to prepare on my favorite topic. So my  favourite topic was Selling  and I spent my time preparing for the demo training. I arrived on time and that’s when the interviewer told me that the projector is not working. I said to myself this happens and maybe I should have checked before going. Its said when disaster strikes, it keeps on striking. So to add to my woes, the power went off and my laptops battery also gave me a high five. So here I am with no supporting materials, but was determined to do my training as my main objective was to do the training and get some feedback. Luckily for me there was white board with marker pens available. So I did a enthusiastic presentation with the tools I had in hand. The training went on well but I did not get the job. But I was super thrilled that I could engage a audience for 1 hour.

As the days passed by, I continued with research. I was determined to be a trainer. That’s why its said “ When the desire is strong, the forces of nature will work for you”. The day I turned 40, I put in my resignation with a dream in my mind but no concrete plans. But the future had different plans for me. Suddenly out of the blue I receive a call from a organization “ Hi,You had a put in a CV a year back. We are interested in speaking to you”. I could not believe my ears. A year after I sent my CV, someone is calling and that too when my dream was just a dream. So I went and met the organization who was on the look out for a trainer and they asked me to observe a session done by a senior trainer. I was a keen observer and I made lot of notes during the session. The senior trainer then asked me to do the training for the next session. That’s how my journey as a trainer started. With no experience , but just a spark inside me to follow my dreams.

So my first real training , I spent lot of time preparing. I was at my super enthusiastic best. The senior trainer was there as an observer who was making notes to give me feedback. So at the training program , I got a shock. The participants had pooled in money and bought a Pen for me. I was in a state of shock. These participants wert out of their way, contributed money to buy me a pen. The senior trainer who was a observer was also in a state of shock. He told me that during the time when he had done the training, he had his picture taken, but never was he given a gift by the participants. I took that as a good omen for my future. So as things would turn out, I did 12 sessions for the company before I got another shock. The company who had rejected me came back with a offer. That’s how my career as a trainer began. Its been 6 years since I did my first training and its journey I am enjoying. Lots of ups and downs, but my soul is still intact and my life is full with the joys of sharing knowledge.

I feel truly blessed that my dreams came true with my hunger and help from the forces of nature.

10 Wildly-Successful Blogs That Earn Outlandish Incomes by R.L.Adams

In an astounding feat of bits and bytes, the internet buzzes with activity, teeming with thousands of terabytes of digitized information flowing every minute. It is a spectacle of data whizzing around the globe, invisible to the naked eye, but conveyed in the digital algorithms and lossless-compression systems that allow us to instantly see, chat and discover the world and communicate with our friends in real-time.

It is a system of machines that stretches across from continent to continent, digitally snaking its way into our phones and lives through some magical ether that not many can digest. Yes, the internet is an enormous, buzzing behemoth filled with mind-boggling, vast amounts of free-flowing data. Amongst that data is information that many of us actively seek on a daily basis, looking to improve our lives by learning new skills or achieving outlandish goals.

Those answers are found amidst the websites that litter the internet, binding themselves to one another through hyperlinks that create a complex and convoluted web, digitally spun from the minds of billions of people across the planet. When you stop to think about it, the sheer amount of websites can also confuse and perplex us. The simple fact is that way back in September of 2014, one billion websites were actively humming on the web. That’s Billion with a capital, B.

Today, nearly 1000 websites are created every single minute of every single day. That’s a vast amount of data in the proverbial cloud. Yet with all of this content floating about the untethered net, the amount of quality-content sites, the type that many people visit on a daily basis, seem few and far between. Great content seems to be more of the exception rather than the norm.

That might be why, today at least, people are acutely aware that having incredible content is something that can’t be overlooked. High-quality content is one of the primary drivers of relevant search traffic, the kind that most digital marketers salivate over. And the simple truth and fact of the matter remains that no website, big or small, can succeed today without great content. Yet, people often overlook this one simple rule.

Blogs offer an avenue for delivering that value to a global audience. They provide a hub for tutorials and walk-throughs, and an avenue for crafting and constructing resources that help individuals that are looking for useful information. Everyone knows that. We are all experts at finding quality resources on the web that deliver real value, thanks in large part to Google.

While there are clearly an endless drove of blogs out there being started on a daily basis, most people who start a blog don’t actually follow through with it. Success in the blogging field requires consistency. And it requires the deliverance of real value constantly. Similar to a great magazine, a lauded newspaper or any other types of media outlet, you have to keep the content machine churning if you want to thrive.

Not everyone gets it. Most that decide to join the fray are enticed by the hype of internet marketers, promising them the sun, moon and the stars, with the ability to earn thousands of dollars per day, virtually overnight, on autopilot. Well, it doesn’t quite work that way. The harsh reality is that most blogs fail to generate even a few dollars in income let alone vast sums of money.

Yet, there are people out there that are making outlandish incomes from their blogs. Their monthly incomes far surpass the annual income of many executive-level employees, leaving most to wonder how they did it. This lucrative field is enticing for a reason, yet it involves an excruciatingly large amount of work for the average person looking to go it alone, so to speak.

However, those that have stuck to it, pursuing their dreams no matter what the costs, are reaping the benefits today. No matter where you look on the internet, no matter what niche you survey, you’ll find these wildly-successful blogs along with the bloggers behind them. We’re talking about windfalls of profits here. Not only do they make money online, but they quite literally rake it in.

So what’s considered an outlandish amount of income? We’re not just talking about a few thousand or even tens of thousands dollars per month here. What I was curious about were those that were soaring to astronomical heights. We’re talking the 7-figure annual earners, those that are pulling in more than $100,000 per month.

If you’ll sit and think about that number for a moment, you’ll realize that not only is this is an enormous figure to be earning on a monthly basis, but you’ll also realize that much of this is actually passive income. And while there are a number of great passive income ideas, blogging truly takes this to dizzying heights.

Why work once and get paid once when you can work once and get paid repeatedly by having a blog that individuals across the planet are constantly accessing? While it’s not easy, it is well worth it. Work hard now, reap the benefits years down the line. Sound good? Of course it does.

The following 10 wildly-successful blogs make the cut with at least $1 million dollars in annual revenue. Seem impossible to do? It’s not. All you need to do is stay persistent, deliver enormous amounts of value and build your audience slowly over time. Not overnight. Over time.

Please note that some of these figures are estimated numbers based on traffic and other publicly-available statistics. If you have audited financial information on any of the following sites, please contact me to update the proceeding figures. 

#10 — Tuts+: $175,000 per month

As a software developer myself, I am incredibly impressed with websites like Tuts+ that can deliver such outstanding tutorials for people that are looking to learn coding. However, Envato’s Tuts+ isn’t some newly-formed site. Founded in 2006 by Collis Ta’eed, Cyan Claire, and Jun Rundelivering, it’s been delivering outstanding tutorials and content to designers and developers from across the entire planet for quite some time now.

Today, they offer a hub of useful content and a tremendous marketplace where 2,000,000 active buyers are searching for site templates and useful paid tutorials that they offer as part of their platform. They earn their income primarily through a membership area and commissions from sales of digital goods on their platform.

#9 — Smashing Magazine: $215,000 per month

Smashing Magazine AG is a company that was also formed in 2006 by Sven Lennartz and Vitaly Friedman, dedicated to educating those in the web design and web development fields by offering incredibly useful content to those that are looking to prosper and learn any of these lucrative skills. 

The site also has begun hosting web development conferences since 2012, which take place in cities across the world and are sponsored by some of the biggest names in the tech industry. The site earns its income primarily from a membership area where users can sign up to consume a vast number of tutorials from its palette of educational content.

#8 — Gizmodo: $325,000 per month

Launched in 2002, Gizmodo is a blog focused on subjects like design and technology, while also paying tribute to numerous areas of science and even politics. Originally started by Peter Rojas, Gizmodo gained in popularity quickly. Through partnerships with a variety of international firms, the blog quickly launched translated versions of its content across Europe in languages like French, German, Spanish and even Portuguese.

Gizmodo makes the majority of its earnings through advertisements. On its home page, which is its most valuable digital real estate, you won’t find an abundance of ads, but you will find ads that often repeat. For example, a large ad on the top will be parlayed along with ads for the same company on the side as you scroll, often repeating with each scroll and capped off with a large ad on the bottom of the home page. Subsequent pages often feature a variety of differing ads, likely based on historical traffic.

#7 — Perez Hilton: $575,000 per month

PerezHilton is a controversial gossip website run by Mario Armando Lavanderia Jr. The site was formerly known as Lavanderia graduated from NYU on a scholarship, and later had dreams to become an actor. Around the same time that he began his career in acting, he started his blog.

Lavanderia’s acting career didn’t flourish, but his blogging did. Today, he earns his income primarily through advertisements from a variety of sponsors that appear across the site and Lavanderia himself continues to make appearances on television as a celebrity gossip commentator and has reached a certain level of notoriety and fame on his own.

#6 — CopyBlogger: $1,000,000 per month

CopyBlogger was started by Brian Clark, who’s been immersed in the online marketing field since 1998. He was content marketing before the term content marketing was even coined. In 2006, with just $1,000 in seed cash, he launched CopyBlogger, a site that provides some of the most useful online marketing advice in the world.

Today, CopyBlogger’s parent company is known as Rainmaker Digital, with over 200,000 customers, the company is constantly releasing useful online tools for digital marketers and perpetually educating the public on ways they can expand their reach through things like social media, blogging and search engine optimization.

#5 — TechCrunch: $2,500,000 per month

TechCrunch is a massively successful blog that primarily covers news in the technology industry. Originally founded in 2005 by Michael Arrington and Keith Teare, the site was subsequently acquired by AOL in 2010. Today, many notable columnists for the blog feature heavyweights in the startup and venture capitalist fields.

Today, TechCrunch is also known for its Disrupt conferences that it has started hosting around the world in numerous locations with founders competing for a prize check to help get their companies off the ground. Its TechCrucnh Disrupt conference was also recently featured in the hit television series, Silicon Valley.

#4 — Mashable: $2,000,000 per month

Pete Cashmore started Mashable in 2005 from his home in Scotland. The site grew with Cashmore’s dedication to producing excellent content on a consistent basis. He wrote fortuitously in those early years, and in 2009, Time Magazine called Mashable one of the 25 best blogs in the world.

Since then, the blog has ballooned in size and reach, with a significant focus on social media, the company continues to reach droves of viewers through a variety of platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. It primarily garners its income through advertisements in various different formats.

#3 — Moz: $4,250,000 per month

Rand Fishkin is the purveyor of the world’s most successful blog about search engine optimization. The company, which originally started out as a family-run design business, eventually morphed into a search engine optimization shop. But it was the blog that helped gain them a massive audience and international appeal.

Today, Moz (formerly known as SEOMoz) generates an impressive amount of income and has been funded with several injections of venture capital. The site makes its money from a membership area that features professional tools and services for the avid search engine marketer looking to gain saturation, reach and visibility in the online space.

#2 — Engadget: $5,500,000 per month

Engadget is another wildly-popular blog with humble roots that was also founded, originally, by Peter Rojas of Gizmodo around the same time the other site was started. The site conveys advice and reviews on technology and consumer electronics. It was acquired and has been operated by AOL since 2005.

The company makes a vast fortune from advertising and employs a number of writers and editors that are constantly providing sound advice on every type of gadget possible.

#1 — Huffington Post: $14,000,000 per month

Arriana Huffington’s wildly popular Huffington Post is the stuff of legends. The site was launched way back in 2005 by Huffington, providing a very liberal view on life and politics. In 2011, Huffington, who is of Greek descent, sold the blog by her namesake to AOL for $315 million, while being kept on as Editor in Chief. She has since stepped down from that role.

HuffPost or HuffPo, as it is now referred to, makes it money from sponsored advertising revenue through banners and other digital ads across its variety of channels. It is by far the most successful blog of its kind, likely valued today at well over $1 billion, making it a clever investment for AOL.

R.L. Adams is a software engineer, serial entrepreneur, and author. He runs a wildly-popular blog called Wanderlust Worker and contributes to Entrepreneur, Engadget and the Huffington Post.

Anger in Sex

So you had a fight with your partner and you are angry. Few reasons for you to be butt slapping, head banging, biting , scratching, hair pulling sexy day. Probably the best sex, you can have.

So what are the reasons why the sex is good when you are angry:

Reason One: It helps release tension. An orgasm is the best way to release tension. So after that you are calmer and you might find that the reason for the fight would have been silly.

Reason Two  : Sex is better than a physical fight. Instead of beating each other out, making love might be good. It is the best fight you can have. Yest you might not be able to walk the next day, but the rough love was really worth the effort.

Reason Three: When you are angry , you might not be close to each other as you might like to be. So there is pressure to be nice. You might be unshaven, dirty and the sex will be angry and dirty

Reason Four: Angry sex might be best sex you might ever have. As you take out each other with your bodies crushing each other, sex goes beyond the physical attraction you might be having. You might not be able to walk the rest of the day, but there is no doubt that the argument would have got settled by the end of it.

Reason Five: An argument can be resolved via orgasm, rather than talking it out, which, let’s face it, the men love and you might love too. Why rehash something that’s already happened? Instead, a mutual orgasm affair is a better way to say “I’m sorry.

5 facts you must know before you start a business

Independence, To hell with reporting to someone., Desire to earn more money are the key reasons people give when they look to start their own business. But majority of the people also fail when they try do their own thing.

Inspiration to be independent comes from lot of sources. Major source is when we see some one we know who has made it big or read about some one who left his or hers high paying ob and became a millionaire by doing organic farming. Or we read about Steve Jobs who did not complete his college education , but became a successful innovator and entrepreneur. Whatever the inspiration to do your thing is, if you don’t tread carefully , you are most likely to fail. So think before you jump.

Here are few FACTS which will help you in thinking clearly before the Adrenalin of being independent kicks in:

Fact 1:You don’t earn money from day 1. So you need money to survive

If you are used to having money credited into your account first week of every month , then you must realize that it takes time for you to earn money when you start a business. So you must be able to survive for few months without a income. The questions you need to ask yourself before you start a business are : a) When will my business start earning money?. b) Can I survive without a income till I earn money from my business venture.c) Do I have enough savings to survive?

Fact 2: You need to gather knowledge about the business you want to invest in

Knowing about the business before you start in is important. Do enough research on the subject. Read about it, know who the competitors are , know the future. When you research , you gain knowledge on the subject and that just makes you better. So read, research , ask questions before you put your money into it.

Fact 3: Hard work is still the key for success

For all the people who get inspired by stories of college drop outs being a millionaire or a poor guy becoming rich, please note that they worked hard for their success. This work ethic does not change whether you work for somebody or for yourself. The biggest satisfaction you receive is that the money earned when in business will be yours and yours only.

Fact 4 : It is not a 9 to 5 job

Unlike a regular job, when you are working on your won there are no timings. In fact you tend to work more when you are working as a business owner or entrepreneur.

Fact 5: Never trust your friend in taking care of your money like the way you do

Lot of people fail to do this. They trust a friend or a close associate who has sold them on a idea of making money. The most common thing they believe in is when the friend or associate tells them ” Dont worry, I will take care of your money as my own”. And once the business fails the same friend or associate will say ” I am sorry but I tried my best”. The biggest truth you must understand is that ” Its your money and you need to take care of it. Nobody else will”.

I hope the above facts help you understand what it takes to start a business and not blindly believe in all the success stories published in Social media or any other media.