How to Approach Failure: My Narrative!
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by I Am Dan Ram
1w ago
In today’s startup culture the ideas around being open to failure, failing fast, and learning from failure have, in my opinion, been overly romanticized. The question most people are not asking themselves in this amplification of failure is ‘how much am I willing to risk?’ This is an important question because in real life, failure has consequences. On one side of the spectrum there are financial repercussions and on the other end there can be mental health and relational repercussions. I am quite risk averse and to me the conversation on failure is directly correlated to risk. I think with my ..read more
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The Importance of Writing Skills in Personal Branding
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by I Am Dan Ram
3w ago
Guest Blogger: Alina Catherine With the current competitive nature of the job market, the need for brand building extends beyond product and consumer brands to individuals. For thought leaders and entrepreneurs, strong personal branding is vital when boosting your target audience’s perception of you. Increasing your visibility and value will help you reach potential clients and build new business relationships. Branding success relies on a solid reputation, making it essential to maintain good public relations (PR). Media coverage is crucial in establishing credibility, which is why many indus ..read more
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How to Leverage Imposter Syndrome
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by I Am Dan Ram
1M ago
Most people experience personal doubt and insecurity at some point in their professional career. What most people interpret as a negative force I actually see as having potential for so many positive outcomes. I often get asked if I get nervous before going on stage and the question is almost always framed in a negative light. I however have grown to interpret these pre-presentation jitters as having the ability to help me level up my performance. Why? Because if I am nervous it means that I care; And as long as I care I have the motivation to stay the course in that job. The day I’m most worr ..read more
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Are you Holding Yourself Back? How to change your Inner Narrative
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by I Am Dan Ram
1M ago
Are there half truths that you tell yourself that are holding you back? It is easy to see over time that you have put yourself in a box. When we look at the larger than life success of others on social media we then say things such as ‘I’m not Entrepreneurial, I’m not a speaker, or I’m not a leader.’ But it is possible to tell ourselves a different story and become and live out a different reality. You might be restricting your capacity for growth because you are telling yourself that you’re not good enough. In my personal and professional life I live out a different reality believing I can cr ..read more
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The Evolving Definition of Success
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by I Am Dan Ram
1M ago
My viewpoint on success is a work in progress because what defines success for me is always changing. When I graduated from college and began to transition away from being a broke student, success simply meant having an income. Figuring out how I was going to make a living, at that point, being top of mind. I was able to secure a salaried job working for the U.N. and KPMG but the rigors of the system and working beyond the hours of 9-5 caused me to see the commodity of time as more valuable. I made a decent amount of money but I didn’t have time for myself. When I later followed my gut and bec ..read more
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What is the formula for Success?
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by I Am Dan Ram
2M ago
One of the frequent questions I get from college students is ‘How did I reach my current level of success?’ I usually assume the questioner is ambitious, admires my journey, and would like similar results in their own careers. Everyone loves a formula, but for my current success I can’t give you a packaged set of tips and tricks that can be replicated the same way by someone else. What I can share is my journey and hopefully that journey will reveal clues and strategies that you can use in your own life as a formula for success. Many often pretend they know the answer to the riddle of success ..read more
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Increase your Confidence On Stage with this ONE THING
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by I Am Dan Ram
2M ago
If you are like most people you have butterflies in your stomach when you get on stage to speak. When your colleagues find out about your stage fright you will often get a barrage of solutions. Everyone talks about breathing techniques, meditation, calming yourself down, or practicing in front of a mirror. Usually a combination of some or all of the techniques will work. But today I want to share one that you don’t hear much about and has become a core for me. When we are preparing a speech what makes us nervous are the questions revolving around the “WHAT” of our talk. What will I say? What ..read more
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How to navigate the transition from college to Career
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by I Am Dan Ram
2M ago
If you are like most college students in your final year of University your head is probably spinning with ideas of what to do next. Others might be reading this and have NO clue what next steps to take after graduating. Thankfully my advice today will be useful to you if you know exactly what you want to do, and if you don’t. If you are open to experimenting with a new lens to guide you in this pivotal decision you will be rewarded with clarity and momentum toward a fulfilling career and future. Purpose NOT Profession I was very fortunate. Because of the incredible hard work and sacrifice of ..read more
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How To Get Paid For Public Speaking Engagements
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by I Am Dan Ram
2M ago
Guest blogger Kristen White If you have always enjoyed speaking then you are probably curious if it’s possible to get paid for your gift of gab. The answer is YES, absolutely. We’re not talking about voiceover work, podcasts, or radio but there are ways that you can make money from public speaking engagements. Are you interested in standing in front of groups and making a living from the impact of your words and ideas? Read on to learn more. Establish Yourself As An Expert The first stage to becoming a paid speaker is becoming an authority on a certain subject. If you happen to work in a field ..read more
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Handling a Tough Audience
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by I Am Dan Ram
3M ago
Guest blogger: Shil Shanghavi In 2020, I was booked as the opening speaker for an event to present my public speaking story. I was thrilled, because the start of an event is a prime speaking spot. Everybody is fresh, the caffeine has kicked in and people are enthusiastic – plus, it’s a common time to have a full house. As usual, I arrived an hour early to set up, familiarise myself with the environment and meet the crowd. On this occasion however, from the moment I stepped into the room I sensed an air of hostility. Initially, I was surprised by the reception. For weeks I had been liaising wi ..read more
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