Posted on June 27, 2020Interview with the Top Leadership, Culture and Transformation Motivational Keynote Speaker, Dr. Suresh Devnani
International opening keynote speaker, Dr. Suresh Devnani is a four-time best-sellers list author, motivational keynote speaker on leadership, workplace culture, and the power of human connections. He brings this passion and energy for performance, purpose, and impact to events of all types, as well as to those he professionally mentors personally to strengthen their performance mindset and success in life, business, and careers. In an interview with KnoWho Market, Dr. Suresh Devnani answered some of our sizzling questions.
Q. Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
I dropped out of college to start what became a multi-million-dollar business in the early 1990s, only to realize that it left me deeply unfulfilled. Then I lost nearly all of it, a sum of US$26,906,053.95 overnight on a Gold futures contract. But losing it all put me on the journey to the most real sense of happiness I’ve ever felt.
My current focus is to empower struggling business leaders and individuals through the key message of building a sustainable future; one based on higher levels of consciousness and mental well-being as their competitive advantage in an ever-changing world.
Q. How would you define your professional mission?
My mission is to share my research on the benefits of positive psychology and happiness to create conscious organizations that nurture people, purpose, and communities to thrive.
Q. What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
Being authentic has allowed me to build genuine relationships. Moreover, it has allowed me to be more human, approachable, and trustworthy, which pays dividends as a speaker and trainer when it comes to my personal branding and success.
Q. What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
The greatest achievement in my life so far has been the gift to be able to inspire my audiences reach new levels of success in achieving personal and professional goals, breaking through barriers and being better than they ever thought possible.
Q. What are some career challenges on your radar?
The biggest challenge affecting professional speakers and trainers is not being able to physically interact with our audiences due to COVID-19. The second challenge is how to keep our virtual experience interactive.
Q. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of being a motivational speaker is being able to educate, encourage, and train professionals to reach new heights in their careers and personal development. In turn, supporting the motivator become more motivated with a positive outlook and helping others.
Q. What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?
The legacy, I want to leave as a leadership expert is that leading is not an elusive art that can be only practiced by the privileged. It is the responsibility for every man and woman who desires to make a positive difference in their lives and those depending on them.
Q. What is the best career advice you ever received?
The best advice I received was don't do for the money, do it for changing lives.
Posted on April 7, 2020Your mornings are a blank slate, an opportunity to start again!
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Lessons From an Author Who Has Interviewed Over 300 High Achievers About Their Morning RoutinesYour mornings are a blank slate, an opportunity to start again!
How you start your day has everything to do with your success. The choices you make first thing in the morning are shaping your life for better or worst. Better morning routines help you achieve more, think clearly, and do things that actually matter. The importance of starting your day with intention is crucial for getting the results you need and making the most of your time every day. The minute you wake up, what you do both consciously and unconsciously forms the beginning linked actions that are shaping your growth and output. If you choose to start your day on purpose, you can read more
Posted on March 24, 2020Waking to Music (Not a Beeping Alarm) Can Help You Feel More Alert
Are you one of those people who just can’t seem to get going when you first wake up?According to a group of Australian researchers, your morning malaise may be related to the type of alarm you’re using.In fact, their research indicates that if you’re using a more jarring, harsh tone to wake yourself, it may actually work against you, leaving you feeling groggy.A more melodic alarm, however, may help you feel more alert.What the study foundThe study, which was published in the journal PLoS One, involved 50 people.Each person was given a questionnaire that they could complete anonymously at home.The respondents were asked about the type of sound they preferred to wake with, how they felt about that sound, and how alert or groggy they felt after waking up.Lead author Stuart McFarlane, a doctoral researcher at RMIT University, said his team found that alarm sounds people deemed to be “melodic” were linked with people feeling like they had an easier time becoming awake and alert.McFarlane explained that what makes a tone be perceived as melodic is the presence of at least two notes, time, and the sequence in which the notes are sounded in relation to each other.A melody is perceived as an “articulate entity or musical phrase,” he said.An example he gave of a melodic alarm tone is the introduction to Madonna’s song “Borderline.”This is in contrast to an alarm that repeats a single note, like a traditional alarm clock, or an alarm that’s tuned in to a talk radio station.McFarlane theorized that perhaps the rise and fall of notes in a more melodic alarm helps to focus our brain’s attention.A more monotonous “beep beep beep” alarm might raise anxiety and promote confusion.What we can take away from this studyMcFarlane said, “If we can counteract the symptoms of sleep inertia by any measure through the alarm sounds we use, it would be a great benefit to many.”Sleep inertia is the grogginess that we tend to feel when waking up.It can temporarily impair our ability to think, remember, and react.While it normally lasts about 30 minutesTrusted Source, it’s sometimes been reported to last as long as 2 to 4 hours, noted McFarlane.Research dealing with sleep inertia has important implications for Read more
Posted on March 16, 2020The Neuroscience Behind Habit Change And four small steps to bring greater self-awareness into your daily life.
In her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert writes about a friend who exclaims when she sees a beautiful place, “It’s so beautiful here! I want to come back here someday!”“It takes all my persuasive powers,” writes Gilbert, “to try to convince her that she is already here.”This story is an illustration of the two networks in our brain that we use to process thoughts – the narrative network and the direct experience network. The narrative network is the default network from which we operate. We use this circuitry when we think about the past or the future. It is automatically triggered whenever we are not task-focused. And it is also our social network, where we focus on stories about ourselves, others, and situations. The brain hardwires everything that we repeatedly do – this is how habits are formed. So the stories we tell ourselves over and over become default paths, the circuitry the brain naturally activates. On the other hand, the direct experience network enables us to experience the present moment via our senses. It observes both outer and inner signals, but doesn’t judge them as good or bad. For example, you may do a quick body scan to observe how you are feeling in the moment before approaching a difficult conversation. Though many of us spend most of our time in the narrative network, you can benefit from the direct experience network with intentional practice.From an organizational perspective, these networks are active READ MORE
By Bobby Dsouza
Posted on March 3, 2020Are you Strolling when it is time to Run ?
As an organization
As a leader
as a business
as a professional
there are times you will stroll
there are times when you may take it slow
there are stages for you to observe ,research & gain insight
but there comes a stage in business
which requires you to sprint
it requires you to gather your team
to display a sense of urgency
where 'excuses stopping you' have to stop
this is the time when quick execution has to followup after a strategy break
You got to pick up pace
You got to remove bottle necks stoppers
& lead with vigour & speed
don't try making changes when it is too late
make it now
don't dry your energy maintaining the peace
maintain the pace !
When you got to Run
Posted on January 19, 2020Interview with Soraya M. Deen
Community Organizer and an award-winning International Peace Activist, Soraya Deen is the co-founder of Peace Moms(Promoting Christian and Muslim dialogue) and founder Muslim Women Speaker’s Movement. She is also a lawyer and an author and the lead organizer for Women's Initiatives of the Omnia Institute for Contextual Leadership. Strong-willed and charismatic, Soraya doesn’t mince her words in expressing the truth. Her outstanding work inspired a colleague to recommend her for a 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions Award. At the 2018 Parliament in Toronto, Soraya was honored with the 2018 Paul Carus Award. In an interview with MENA Speakers, Soraya M. Deen highlights her professional mission.
Q: Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on?
A: Award-winning International Activist, Community Organizer. Founder of the FIRST International Muslim Women Speakers Bureau. Identifying, Recruiting and Training women and girls for public and corporate leadership.
Q: How would you define your professional mission?
A: Promoting Women’s Voices, Gender Equality and Human Rights for Women. Addressing religion-based Oppression, Dominance and Violence.
Q: What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
A: One must be HUNGRY…. Tenacity and courage. Willing to learn and unlearn.
Q: What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
A: Being honored with the 2018 Paul Carus Award at the Parliament of the World’s Religions for - “Outstanding work in the international interreligious movement working effectively toward the creation of a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.”
Q: What are some career challenges on your radar?
A: Reaching out to Muslim Women to step into their POWER by contributing their gifts, talents, and abilities to transform our societies and influence and impact the world.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: Training and working with women and men across the world. Reminds me every day our oneness and that what happens to one affects us all.
Q: What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?
A: People to take personal responsibility for the world they want to create. Stop judging and start loving.
Q: What is the best career advice you ever received?
A: Sometimes we must believe in other people’s faith in us until our faith kicks in.
Posted on December 19, 2019What Do You Do With Your Hands While Speaking in Public?
What Do You Do With Your Hands While Speaking in Public? Keep them perfectly still? fidget? gesture enthusiastically? Or just gesture naturally? We found this really interesting article on the Washington Post that answers this question.
Somewhere along the way, most of us have been given advice about public speaking that goes something like this: Don't use your hands too much. Just keep gestures to a minimum so people can focus on your words.
Yet research shows that it's actually effective for a presenter's hands to do plenty of "talking". They just need to be saying the right thing.
For instance, consultant Vanessa Van Edwards studied famous TED talks and found that the ones that went viral and became wildly popular featured the speakers who used their hands the most. The least-watched TED talks had an average of 124,000 views and used an average of 272 hand gestures. The top-ranked ones, meanwhile, had an average of 7.4 million views and 465 hand gestures during the same length of time.
"When really charismatic leaders use hand gestures, the brain is super happy," she said. "Because it’s getting two explanations in one, and the brain loves that."The problem for most people, of course, is figuring out how to use the right gestures that reinforce their verbal message—all while anxiously trying to remember what to say. So what's effective and what's distracting? On Leadership checked in with five speech coaches and body language experts to better understand the right and wrong ways to use your hands when you're speaking in front of a crowd.
"Do what comes naturally" may be common advice from presentation coaches, and it's easy to see why they say it: Get too choreographed with your gestures, and you'll forget your speech or look like a seven-year-old pantomiming to pop radio.
But there are some instances where having a pre-planned descriptive gesture at the ready can really help.
If you're talking about a small thing, pinch your fingers. If it's a really big point, don't be afraid to gesture your hands in the air. To help audience members keep track of what you're saying, hold out one hand to describe the benefits of an issue and then the other to describe a list of downsides, Van Edwards suggests.And "anytime you say a number below 5, you really should show that with your hand," she says. "It helps people remember the number; it helps us believe the word. It's a way we underline, like a nonverbal highlighter, the word people should remember."
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Source: The Washington Post
Posted on December 17, 2019KnoWhochristmasgiveaway
The holidays have creeped up on us yet again! We could go on and on about how fast this year has flown by but if that’s what it takes to get us to Christmas time, then we can’t complain one bit. This Christmas our wish is to encourage our followers to focus on the real meaning of Christmas…and what better way to do that than to set an example by sharing the gift of giving.
On the 26th of December, we will be giving 3 of our followers as much as 50% discount on any of our services at Knowho Market.
To qualify, there are just 3 steps to follow:
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3. Use the hashtag #knowhochristmasgiveaway at the end of your comment Note that you must have an Instagram to enter in this giveaway.
Also, the offer expires 11.59 pm (GMT+4) on Christmas Day(December 25th). Winners will be selected at random and notified via Instagram message shortly after. Open to GCC residents only.
Posted on September 11, 2019Become an author in a Collaborative Book
Join other authors in owning your own chapter of a bestselling book. This is an excellent way to cut costs and have others promote your book. We are looking for speakers that have a story to share, to inspire their readers and how they won their fight against all odds.
Some examples of “Inspirations” submissions may include:
- Uplifting experiences that may have arisen from overcoming a challenge
- Loving experiences
- Loving experiences
- Life-changing experiences that would uplift readers
Everyone has a story to share and we want to make sure that you everyone has an outlet to share. We make book publishing accessible to aspiring authors who have wisdom to share. We know that your inspiring words will help others, and we look forward to sharing your words to make a difference in others’ lives.
We’re looking for: how-to advice and stories that uplift and inspire. We’re also interested in personal testimonies that show how your perseverance has played an important part in achieving your goals.
Author & Publish Your Own Book
We have a variety of options offered to meet the intention of your book and budget. If you are looking to have a book that would be on bookstore shelves within the next 6 months, submit your book idea today.
Posted on March 7, 2019Dr Hanan at DP World
Dr. Hanan provides and inspirational, relaxed conversational style presentation with the speaker relating to a client in the shipping industry and 200-300 women in celebration of International Women’s Day.
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