Pop Quiz, Monday with Leisa Goddard

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Leisa Goddard

Leisa Goddard
Photo credit: Leisa Goddard

What is your job role?
Founder and Managing Director

Tell us about your company?
Adoni Media is a Public Relations and Digital Agency I set up after more than 25 years of working as a journalist and dealing with “PR people” who didn’t always understand how the media works.

To me, it makes sense that if you want to get media coverage for your brand, business or service, you need to be able to offer your story with an angle the media will want to cover. There also needs to be photo and video opportunities that are more than a white wall and a pull-up banner!

Since starting Adoni Media, I have been very strategic about balancing our team so that we have experienced journalists working alongside corporate PR professionals and digital experts.

As a result, we have delivered, and been recognised for delivering, top Government Relations campaigns, product launches, and ongoing media management for local, national and international clients.

What do you love most about your job?
Seeing our clients on TV news, featured in magazines or quoted in online articles is always exciting but as well as PR, the journalists on the team do a lot of media/interview training so a big highlight for us is when a spokesperson or business owner we have coached appears on TV and they look good and sound good – that is a big win.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
My children. It’s essential for them to see that success comes from hard work and a very healthy dose of perseverance and resilience. Likewise, in the office, I’ve always had good role models and mentors throughout my career so now I try to be that for my staff, especially the younger members of the team.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
We work in a very creative space, and the brainstorming sessions we have and the energy and passion when ideas and designs are being created is so inspiring. There is a real sense of ownership of our clients, and a sense of we’re a team.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
There is good champagne in the fridge so when we have big wins, there may, or may not be the sound of a popping cork or two.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
PR and media can be reactive, and that is one of the most significant challenges especially when it comes to crisis management. Fortunately for us as journalists, we are used to working to tight deadlines and responding to ever-changing demands and information that is changing and being updated. There is no question that the adrenalin is definitely flowing, but we know what we need to do, and more importantly, because of our media background, we can generally pre-empt what the media’s next step is going to be and that it is critical when a company or person’s reputation is on the line.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Just because a news event is over doesn’t mean the opportunity for media coverage ends. When Harry and Meghan visited Fraser Island last year, we knew that the day the Royals left the Island media would be scrambling for new angles. We worked with Kingfisher Bay Resort to film a behind the scenes Video News Release so reveal details about their stay, and that made the major news bulletins that night.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Apply for internships and get as much experience as you can. I started as a “work experience girl” at the local newspaper when I was 16 and went back to doing unpaid work in a TV newsroom to gain experience before I landed my first on-air reporting role, so I know firsthand how valuable it is to get your foot in the door.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

https://www.adonimedia.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/AdoniMedia/
https://www.instagram.com/adonimedia/
https://twitter.com/mediaadoni

Pop Quiz, Monday with Brian Matthews

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Brian Matthews

Brian Matthews
Photo credit: Brian Matthews

What is your job role?
I’m the Founder and CEO of BizText

Tell us about your company?
We help businesses increase their customer relationships and boost their bottom line with a unique SMS-based service. Consumers would prefer to send a text when they need to talk to someone in business — for example, if they need customer service or want to schedule an appointment. However, most companies (particularly SMBs) lack the ability to accept texts.

As a result, consumers are forced to leave messages and play phone tag, which is inconvenient for both the consumer and the company.

BizText provides a business number which companies can use to send and receive texts from their phone, or from any device via an online portal. Customers can also receive voicemails and calls, and set automated text replies, such as “Out of Office” notifications. This helps businesses be more responsive, which leads to better customer relationships and more revenue.

What do you love most about your job?
I love being my own boss and setting my own hours. We are a remote team, so it’s great to work from home and wear what I want while I’m on my PC. I’ll admit, I’m in my pajamas a lot!

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
We are building something of great value, leaving something important behind and doing things in new and ingenious ways.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
With their creativity in solving problems and the ability to see things in unique and different ways. No matter how smart you are, cumulatively, the people around you will be more intelligent and know more. You need them to be genuinely successful.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Fun? What’s that? We try and go out for dinner and drinks now and then, where we mostly talk about work.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Every great effort requires a lot of work and commitment. Startup life is like moving a mountain. You better be motivated for a long fight, because you’re not going to get this done in a day or even a few months of hard work. It’s one shovel at a time, and you need to be ready for doing that over and over again for a long time.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Release things in stages, don’t wait for big releases and shoot for perfection. Getting your product out there is what gives you an opportunity to learn what’s important.

Most of the time, you’re not going to nail it regarding market fit the first time. It’s important to treat your releases a chance to learn and get feedback from customers or users, even if you don’t get it exactly right.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
No matter how good your idea, selling it is going to be the hardest part. Startups often fall in love with their features and how their product or service is going to improve the world and focus exclusively on building something great. When their friends, family and initial users praise their product, they feel their priorities are validated.

But even if your idea is every bit as good as you think it is, you still need to put your greatest effort into getting people to sign up or buy it. The central question for any startup should be: how are we going to get users? Don’t let yourself fall so deeply in love with your idea that you assume it will sell itself!

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:
Biztextsolutions.com

Pop Quiz, Monday with Kobhi Nanthakumaran

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Kobhi Nanthakumaran

Kobhi Nanthakumaran
Photo credit: Kobhi Nanthakumaran

What is your job role?
Founder/CTO

Tell us about your company?
Founder and CTO of both Blockchain Fortress and R3TRUST

Blockchain Fortress (BCF) is a professional services company focusing on Security Tokens Offerings (STOs), DApps and Smart Contracts. We have a team of experienced individuals who specialize in the application of blockchain technology. Blockchain Fortress is the successor behind $100million + projects such as BRED (blockchain real estate development), and Peblik.

R3trust is a product-focused company that has several products on its roadmap. Currently, R3trust has a crypto purchase platform (buyplatform.com), a software wallet (Sphinx) for iOS and Android, as well as a prototype hardware wallet concept that behaves as your go-to crypto safe cold storage.

What do you love most about your job?
I am a firm believer in doing what is right for the world and our future generations. There are several socioeconomic issues in the world that Blockchain technology and bring drastic improvements to. First on that list is banking for everyone everywhere.

As an early adopter of cryptocurrencies; I have been able to watch the developments and progression in the blockchain space. Using my core background in cybersecurity, I can provide companies and startups with a unique perspective on their application of blockchain technology.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I work with industry leaders in several verticals to take advantage of blockchain technology. From Stock exchanges, money remittance, banking, real estate, and compliance; there is never a dull moment!

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I chose very carefully who I spend my time with outside of work – same rule applies for who I work with!

My co-workers are key individuals I can rely on to fill roles I cannot take on. We all share the same visions and ideologies making for a well informed and uniform decision for all projects I work on.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Pranks! Game & Beer nights (lan games), Off-site team building workshops. I work with a fun bunch!

Most of us are also 420 friendly 😉

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are still at an infant stage in its life. Therefore, regulations and compliance rules are not clearly defined. There are several definitions in the space that are up for dispute.

All of this ends up becoming a challenge when it comes time to execute specific tasks. It is definitely not for the faint hearted – we face several roadblocks and work closely with rules makers and lawyers to always find a way to make things work.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Always play in a new space with due diligence and be ready to take corrective actions. When spearheading a new space with multiple parties involved; there are going to be boundaries you will hit and need to adjust your course. Be ready and willing to adjust your sails! You’ll need a good crew with you.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
There is a lot to learn, paths to pave and a ton of amazing people to meet. Be ready to hit the ground running.

On a more specific note:
-Learn all the basics of how blockchain works
-Look at your current industry or industry of interest and see if there is an application
-Bounce your ideas off people in the industry
-Take part in community events
-Be ready to learn on the go.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:
https://www.vnkconsultinggroup.com/about-us/
www.blockchainfortress.com
www.r3trust.com
https://www.instagram.com/kobhi09

Pop Quiz, Monday with Sharifah Hardie

We have a lot of fun at work because we get to be creative. We get to create ideas, stories, projects and just let loose. How hard can it be to make television?

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Sharifah Hardie

Sharifah Hardie
Photo credit: Sharifah Hardie

What is your job role?
CEO

Tell us about your company?
X Roads TV is a content aggregator. We produce content to license to the major networks.

What do you love most about your job?
I love bringing projects to life. I love working with people and being able to live a life that I love.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I get up and go to work every day to motivate others. I want to be a shining example for my children and for entrepreneurs of what is possible after being laid off, after losing everything and after just living life. You take it one day at a time and keep going!

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My coworkers inspire me by keeping me sane. I am known for having these way out ideas that I want to do. I am the creator. My coworkers value my ideas but assist me in bringing those ideas to life in a realistic fashion.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We have a lot of fun at work because we get to be creative. We get to create ideas, stories, projects and just let loose. How hard can it be to make television?

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The biggest challenge is always being able to find funding. It takes a lot of revenue for us to be able to create the projects that we want to create.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
One of my main lessons is never to give up. A project may not turn out the way you expect it to, but don’t give up. Keep trying. Today’s loss may turn into tomorrow’s win.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Don’t be afraid to take risks. You will never win if you never try. Nobody learns how to swim from the side of the pool. You have to jump in, give it your all and don’t be afraid of failing, afraid of losing your job or afraid of success, because success is actually right on the other side of failure.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

xroadstv.com
Instagram: @sharifahhardie
Facebook: facebook.com/ILikeSharifah

Pop Quiz, Monday with Gaby Roman

The best advice I can give is to learn as much as you possibly can about the industry, and then make your primary goal to help people.

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Gaby Roman

Gaby Roman
Photo credit: Gaby Roman

What is your job role?
I’m the Co-Founder of Coaching No Code Apps. I co-manage the company, create course and membership content, and perform high-level application development and consulting.

Tell us about your company?
Coaching No Code Apps is a place for founders, startups, and business owners to learn and build fully functioning apps and software with no coding required. Courses, consulting, and in-depth lessons teach students how to effectively use no-code tools to build, grow, or start their business.

Regarding services, the company offers high-level consulting and development help to startups and founders building web and mobile applications — most of whom are creating industry-wide solutions, like software for hospitals or dentists, for example. They’re working on pitching to investors and scaling their applications, and Coaching No Code Apps plays an integral role in that.

From a products standpoint, the company offers courses, ebooks, video lessons, and even a membership to founders who want to learn how to build their app on their own, at their own pace, and without having to rely on a development team for the life of the project.

What do you love most about your job?
I constantly find myself getting sucked into the most difficult questions or issues during the development of an application. Much of the process is like solving a puzzle, and while it can get frustrating at times when you feel like you’ve gone around and around in circles, I absolutely love the feeling of finally getting to a solution. It’s incredibly gratifying to know a vital element of a client or customer’s app will be able to function without fault.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
More and more people are becoming entrepreneurs these days. They’re building their own businesses and creating revolutionary solutions to massive industry-wide problems. Knowing I’m fortunate enough to play a crucial role in thousands of people being helped is hugely motivating for me. So many people have software or tech-related ideas but don’t have the background to create those ideas. Helping them bring their visions to life is more than enough to get me out of bed every morning.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Seeing their drive to keep pushing the company outside its comfort zone motivates me to do the same. It’s easy to get comfortable in your day-to-day routine, but when things get comfortable, it usually means you’ve stopped progressing. I love seeing co-workers push the limits and try new things because it keeps the business fresh and forward-thinking.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Coaching No Code Apps is run remotely, which means we get to be flexible with our locations and working hours. We keep things fun by playing the work-day by ear. Sometimes, we’ll start work and not come up for breath for 10 hours when we’re feeling especially productive. Other times, we’ll take the day on with a slower pace, grab a coffee, and go out for lunch. The flexibility is what keeps things fun at work.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Each client and customer we work with has their own specific project with their own unique needs, wants, and criteria. Because of the constant progression of technology and software, the process of running this business also requires continuous learning and keeping our ears to the ground on new trends and practices. A challenge is keeping up with everything to provide the high-level help startups, and founders are looking for. That being said, it’s also one of the most fun parts of the job.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned has been to say no when my company isn’t the absolute right fit for a particular client or customer. In the past, I’ve tried to help anyone and everyone, even if I might not have been the best resource for them. I’ve learned that sometimes, saying no (even though it feels like I’m turning someone away who needs my help) is more valuable in the long run than trying to mold my business to fit their needs.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
The best advice I can give is to learn as much as you possibly can about the industry, and then make your primary goal to help people. My main focus has been to provide the most valuable help possible, and I can tell you first hand, customers appreciate knowing you care about them. So, to put it simply, know the trade, and then focus purely on helping people.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

https://www.coachingnocodeapps.com
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTL_mXO3qsgFc_3s2T5wlWg

Pop Quiz, Monday with BJ Enoch

It’s challenging every single day, and there’s never a dull moment. My job is to put a puzzle together every day, and every night the pieces change.

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
BJ Enoch

BJ Enoch
Photo credit: BJ Enoch

What is your job role?
Vice President of Enterprise Accounts

Tell us about your company?
SocialSEO is a full-service digital marketing firm based of Colorado Springs, CO with offices in Denver and Phoenix. We specialize in organic SEO, paid search and display advertising, organic and paid social media advertising and video production. Our client base spans four continents with clients ranging from SMB’s to 10,000+ SKU eCommerce retailers, to global publicly traded companies and everything between.

What do you love most about your job?
It’s challenging every single day, and there’s never a dull moment. My job is to put a puzzle together every day, and every night the pieces change.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The thrill of not knowing exactly what new challenge the day will hold for us.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Watching them get personally invested with their clients and their success. Every member of our team takes personal and fiduciary responsibility for their clients, and watching them throw themselves headlong into strategizing, commiserating, and celebrating with them is incredibly inspiring.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We’ve got an obscenely competitive ping pong circuit (and table) going on in the office. The training room turns into Wimbledon during lunch. We also put on monthly team events, quarterly company events, and regular department activities.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The balancing act between communication, strategy, execution, and documentation is one of the most challenging aspects of our job. Nothing with Google is guaranteed, and their hundreds of factors that can impact how a website interacts with a search engine. We need to not only combat the search engine, but also keep an eye on the competition and effectively communicate to our clients what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and what we expect to happen as a result.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
It’s ok to say no to projects and clients. Especially in the early stages of business growth, there’s a hunger to take on every possible revenue opportunity you can, but the wrong client or project can set things back immensely.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Get your Google Analytics certification and then start reading everything you can, build some basic sites and start testing practical application on the side.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

https://www.socialseo.com
https://www.socialseo.com/denver-seo
https://www.socialseo.com/phoenix-seo

Pop Quiz, Monday with Karen Simmons

We help organisations see what is preventing them from evolving by delving into the big data, uncovering their habits and equipping people with the confidence and tools to fearlessly lead change rather than react to it.

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Karen Simmons

Karen Simmons
Photo credit: Karen Simmons

What is your job role?
Founder & CEO

Tell us about your company?
At The Change Executive, we take the fear out of change. Despite the continually evolving world of work, many organisations are too slow to move. Many remain fearful of change and are constantly caught by surprise, end up being left behind, and increasingly many are losing their talent for future sustainability.

We help organisations see what is preventing them from evolving by delving into the big data, uncovering their habits and equipping people with the confidence and tools to fearlessly lead change rather than react to it.

We creatively blend advisory, coaching, and learning services, to facilitate game-changing conversations and solutions that transform an individual, team and organisational performance.

What do you love most about your job?
When I see someone get a new insight – the ‘a-ha’ moment that shifts their thinking, when they realise what’s been holding them back from reaching their full potential, for me, this can be at individual or whole organisation level – the feeling is the same – great!

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Curiosity! I can’t get enough of asking questions, and there is always some piece of the puzzle missing, solving complex problems floats my boat! With every change project we work on, the journey is unique, every day is different. I love listening and piecing together stories and being with people on their change journey. It’s a privilege to lead or be part of any transformation, and I want every organisation to do it with kindness.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I work with an illustrator who has an extraordinary talent for translating complex conversations into witty, meaningful picture stories. I am inspired to be more creative when I’m working with him – and we have lots of laughs too! It’s not just my co-workers that inspire me, and my clients also do. They inspire me to keep doing what I do!

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Sounds like a cliché – but our work is fun! We don’t need to ‘do’ fun, it just kinda happens!

What are some of the challenges of your job?
We are the CEO! I find the ‘selling’ what we do a challenge – the constant need for a presence in all the various marketing channels out there is exhausting! We don’t sell widgets, and our bespoke services make us hard to compare with others – we are learning though, and we remain committed to owning our uniqueness in this field.

Another challenge is dealing with the complexities of internal politics within larger organisations. Especially in times of change and uncertainty, human behaviour can get very funky, so identifying and supporting the genuine struggles versus the political battles keeps us on our toes.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
My husband often reminds me that ‘just because it’s obvious to you, doesn’t mean it’s obvious to others.’ I worked on a large-scale organisational change project that required a complete 360-degree shift in thinking – beyond re-engineering, this was re-Imagineering! I worked with an in-house team, that had been together for a long time.

My enthusiasm and passion for seeing the change happen tripped me up big time with this team. I had utterly under-estimated the starting point for their journey. I made too many assumptions that they would be ‘on board’ and didn’t spend enough time observing and learning how the group worked before bulldozing in with my grand vision.

One of my strengths is being ‘quick to act’ – I get stuff done! However, I learned from that scenario that our strengths could quickly become perceived as weaknesses in the wrong contexts – what I needed was ‘caution.’ I’m working on that!

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Keep up to date and soak up what is happening in the world of work, across the globe. Be curious about it, read lots, go to conferences. When working on a change project – spend time listening, observing and asking questions – use all your senses – don’t just rely on processes to manage change. Organisational change is complex, and humans are complicated. My advice would be to get as many different contextual experiences under your belt as possible – don’t get stuck in one organisation or one project for too long, it won’t ready you for supporting organisational change at a velocity in this continually changing world.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

www.changeexec.com

Pop Quiz, Monday with Chandra Kumar

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Chandra Kumar

Chandra Kumar
Photo credit: Chandra Kumar

What is your job role?
Chief Mentor

Tell us about your company?
CK Inspires, a practical life learning process which has been initiated by Mr. Chandra Kumar (CK) to impact the lives of many.

CK believes that a person is made up with all the features and abilities, but they need to be known to that fact and make it applicable to themselves.

Now, CK is here to share his life’s learning experiences which can be applied in your daily life to enhance you more.

What do you love most about your job?
Learning and Helping people

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
My Dreams and passion for it.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I don’t know anything, and they begin their role as a guide to me.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
I am having a chat on Tea.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Many people don’t understand what we do and how can we support them.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Stay strong and keep moving ahead.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Think about what you want.
Speak what you Think.
Do what you Speak.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

https://ckinspires.in/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Rassul Fazelat

I love that we can help to help fellow peers in the industry better access their next career move and also help companies understand this niche talent marketplace.

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Rassul Fazelat

Rassul Fazelat
Photo credit: Rassul Fazelat

What is your job role?
I am President & CEO of Data Talent Advisors, a boutique data & analytics talent advisory

Tell us about your company?
We are specialized data, analytics, & AI talent advisory, helping companies understand the marketplace, help with job description analysis/creation and overall talent acquisition.

What do you love most about your job?
I love that we can help to help fellow peers in the industry better access their next career move and also help companies understand this niche talent marketplace.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I love being part of the hottest industry in the tech sector. Something that everyone is talking about and something that is continuing to change the way we exist every day.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
We are only a team of three, but I really like the different perspectives our team members bring to the table.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We will be planning our 1st team Ski trip this year in Sochi Russia.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The biggest challenge of my job is managing expectations and helping guide both candidates and companies for career and talent acquisition success, respectively.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
We as a company are moving into a monthly billing model for our clients. It is a model that we have clients on, and it is a truly a business partnership helping our clients on many of facets or their journey into the data, analytics & AI space.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
For candidates, I can not stress the opportunity to get exposure to as many tools as possible. The number of tools being used is abundant but some industry staples have emerged, so it is paramount to have this experience for long-term career growth.

For companies, I would 1st ask what they are trying to achieve? Many times companies either want to bundle three different jobs into one or don’t have a good handle of their current job market for these niche jobs. It’s a completely new dynamic when companies are having to lure candidates (who have many options) versus candidates being selected by companies.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

www.datatalentadvisor.com – Web
@BigDataVision – Twitter

https://www.facebook.com/Data-Talent-Advisors-1769919759784522

Pop Quiz, Monday with Annette Densham

When someone says ‘I don’t have a story.’ Then we pull out of them enough to write four blogs a month and articles to pitch to the media.

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Annette Densham

Annette Densham
Photo credit: Annette Densham

What is your job role?
Public relations specialist

Tell us about your company?
Publicity Genie is the story whisperers. We pull from small businesses their great stories to share with the media and beyond. Public relations is an incredible way to connect and build relationships … and we are the conduit for that.

What do you love most about your job?
When someone says ‘I don’t have a story.’ Then we pull out of them enough to write four blogs a month and articles to pitch to the media.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
That I have the ability to find, write and share stories. I’m always looking for great ops for my clients, and that’s fun.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I work with Becca McGregor who’s our PR manager. She’s gutsy, talented and tenacious. I love how she sees stories.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We work in different continents, but we talk through messenger… We have fun by getting publicity wins.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Client expectations expecting media wins all the time. It’s our job to educate them that PR is more than the mainstream media and it’s all about relationships. Good PR can take time.

Also, the current state of the media. So much news is now trivial and inane.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
With any PR campaign, be consistent, resistant and persistent. Always follow up … more than once. We had a media win recently where we pitched the story seven times, and on the 8th time, we got a yes.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Look at PR as a holistic beast … incorporate a range of mediums and platforms. A good PR person understands social media, SEO, video, and the media.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:
www.publicitygenie.com
www.facebook.com/PublicityGenie

Pop Quiz, Monday with Scott Nailon

I love that I give people a quality product and that it can sometimes give great results within one month of site launch.

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Scott Nailon

Scott Nailon

What is your job role?
Project Manager & SEO Consultant

Tell us about your company?
Sites By Design uses a simple yet powerful 5 step framework to build a website which is preplanned for search engine success.

What do you love most about your job?
I love that I give people a quality product and that it can sometimes give great results within one month of site launch.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I enjoy what I do. I love the happy look on the faces of my clients when they tell me that they have a stream of sales leads coming into their email all week every week. I have not had employment in many years. I get to run my own business and work when I am happy to work. I also get to spend reasonable amounts of time with my wife and children – family is important to me.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
The people I get to work alongside inspire me because I only work with people who are better than me in their chosen field. I am continually learning new things that I can use to make the lived and online marketing of my client’s websites better.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
The fun I would have at work is more in the meetings with clients. I enjoy lunches and coffee dates whilst we talk about work, family and other topics of interest.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The challenges of my job are ensuring we heard the client right and got the job done well. Being able to translate a client needs to content writers, designers and developers can be a challenge if a quality brief isn’t created first.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
The biggest lesson I have learnt in the web design industry is this: To build a quality website you need to plan it carefully, write good content, once the content is finished (or gathered) – including images – then you look at the design. Once the design is signed off by the client 100%, then it goes to the development team. Too many people these days grab a site builder and build a site hoping the client will love it. Many of the site builders are also SEO killers.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Get into an established agency and learn how it works. Running your own business building websites alone won’t give you success – it will become a headache, and you will end up leaving the industry. You need recurring revenue from other things like Hosting, SEO and Adwords to survive this industry.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

https://sitesbydesign.com.au
https://managedseo.com.au
https://scottnailon.com

Pop Quiz, Monday with Gagan Gulati

Healthy debates about customer problems and their solutions and lively conversations about deep technical issues are what continues to inspire me every day.

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Gagan Gulati

Gagan Gulati

What is your job role?
I wear two hats on a daily basis. One, where I work for Microsoft owning the Azure Information Protection product, and second, where I act as the Angel Investor investing in Seattle based startups

Tell us about your company?
Microsoft is well-known :). Our product, Azure Information Protection, stay both secure and compliant by labeling and protecting their most critical data. My role, as Head of the product, includes what you expect of a CEO of a company — everything from understanding customer requirements to building the product to evangelization, marketing, and sales.

I participate in Angel investing via Alliance of Angels (https://www.allianceofangels.com) where around 150 active investors come together and invest in the best startup companies in the northwest region.

What do you love most about your job?
At Microsoft, I love being part of a passionate team looking to make a difference in the data protection world. We hear about data leaks almost every day now, and it is almost a duty now to help organizations become more secure against these leaks.

As an angel investor, just the entire process of learning about how entrepreneurs approach customer problems and generate new ideas, and seeing their dreams coming true is an outwardly experience.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Working with passionate people with strong opinions – doesn’t matter which job I pick.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Healthy debates about customer problems and their solutions and lively conversations about deep technical issues are what continues to inspire me every day.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Pranks and leg pulling, caring for each other, going out for lunches and team events – there’s never a dull day.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
At Microsoft, customers love our product but are demanding too. Escalations do happen, so do live site issues – those are real challenges and part and parcel of the game.

As an Angel investor, finding the right entrepreneur-startup mix is a hard job. You are going to trust in the founders, and put in your hard earned money as well – that’s a very hard job.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Be passionate about the field of your choice and work hard to make a difference.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/information-protection/