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Are men better at networking than women? My twitter research reveals some truth!

Few months back I accidentally became a part of the Startup network. Soon I was hanging out with entrepreneurs (primarily tech) and was talking to them on every social (media) platform. Surprisingly in this network I could not find many women. Few were active on social networking sites and many seldom responded. I have never been great at networking. Is it me or are women generally averse to making a lot of contacts? Are men better at this skill? I wanted to find out answers to my questions, so I planned a fun project. I created a survey of 10 questions and collected responses from a small sample group. The results might be a little skewed because of the methodology, but nonetheless I am sure you will enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed doing this exercise! A quick brief of my survey: I got 25 responses out of the 40 requests that I sent Around 60% respondents were my Twitter contacts and 40% offline friends The respondents  are a mix of Entrepreneurs, Photographers, Psychologists and …

Politically correct

“And she is politically agile” – read one of the statements from my 360 degree feedback. It look me few minutes to understand what that meant. My manager went on saying, that it means you are politically correct in your conversations or in other words very diplomatic. Awesome! Is that a compliment or “area of improvement”. To people, who gave this feedback, it was supposedly a compliment. Looks like it is much appreciated in the corporate world, if you do not offend people so often and have an answer with “ifs” and “buts”. Every answer which is weighed a hundred times in your mind before you speak makes you a star. Really? I am not quite sure. I came across this and i felt all together more heinous about being “Politically Correct”. This image would make us laugh and check which one is us!     I weigh my words before i speak every time not to be a smart ass, but out of fear of upsetting someone and telling them right on their face …

The Art to let go

In my 6 years of work experience I would have gone through at least a dozen sessions or expert lectures on Time Management, and after each of these sessions I used to wonder what exactly was my take away except good food & drinks and some quick naps post lunch! And the day after I would enthusiastically try to implement or rather practice the lil tit bits I would have gathered from the experts and few days later I would swiftly seep back into my good old days of , running short on deadlines and complete chaos of managing my time. I am sure many of us would have experienced this some time or the other. My failed encounters with managing time have been so obnoxiously disastrous that now i had stopped thinking about it (at least actively) and stopped consulting anyone on this matter. But miraculously i had my “Eureka” moment few days back when i was having a conversation with my husband over a lazy morning cup of tea on Sunday. The topic …

When it’s “NOT SO OBVIOUS”

“Ah! You don’t know that? It’s so obvious!”. More often than not this is the response to my questions (both spoken and unspoken) when I converse with people who are from a diverse background or to be more specific not from the same profession as mine. One of the most recent incidences happened when i was talking to a web designer, who is a freelancer. I wanted to know if he works alone or has some partners to work on different portions of web designing, so i asked him “Who does the illustrations?” and the guy rolled his eyes and said “Of course an illustrator!”. Really! I thought it’s done by a hair dresser! This is not uncommon. Many of us would have experienced this sometime or the other. And more importantly we would have reciprocated the same when we think the obvious questions are too lame to answer. My one sentence message to all of us who intentionally or unintentionally are likely to repeat this behavior in future  – “NO, ITS NOT SO OBVIOUS” …