India’s largest network of speakers and thought leaders, SpeakIn, releases the list of top trending speakers for the month of May 2019 – the men and women who are influencing thoughts and actions of the nation.
While the list features the likes of Anand Kumar (Super 30) and Jaspreet Bindra (blockchain expert), the top position goes to Smriti Irani following her landslide victory in the 2019 general elections.
The rankings have been done based on a wide variety of parameters which include both online as well as offline and on- ground factors. Here is the SpeakIn list of ‘top trending’ speakers for the month of May 2019
Rajiv Dingra on Choosing Business over Job. Digital agency entrepreneur and founder of WATConsult, Rajiv started his entrepreneurial journey with a failed start-up. Today he runs the only Indian digital agency to be shortlisted at Cannes Lions 2018, Metals at London International Awards, Lisbon International Awards, Spikes Asia, and has won Grand prix at Prague International Advertising Festival. It all started with the loss of a family member at a very young age when Rajiv decided, “I will not do a job, but I will do business”. He explains, “I didn’t want to do a job because I wanted to have control of my life and not someone else when my family requires me”. Rajiv today continues to motivate, having spoken across conferences in Kenya, Malaysia, Singapore, New York, London, Amsterdam, Sri Lanka and Turkey.
Nirmit Shah on Vocational Training and Primary Education. One of LinkedIn’s Top Voices, Nirmit is on a mission to help students and young professionals grow and improve. He is the founder of The Evening Project, a self-help and productivity website and calls himself a Digital Storyteller. “Considering that India has a significant youth population, vocational skill-based education is an instrumental tool in leveraging this demographic. However, practical implementation challenges continue to be a barrier. I believe increasingly improving online modes of education specific to the Indian context will be a game changer in the education landscape”, says Nirmit on education landscape in India.
Abhijit Bhaduri on Artificial Intelligence. Formerly the Chief Learning Officer of the Wipro Group, Abhijit is an Indian best-selling author popular for his ‘MBA’ series – Mediocre But Arrogant and Married But Available. Abhijit is also a regular columnist with his writings appearing in journals and magazines including The Wall Street Journal and HBR Ascend. On how AI is being used by companies today, Abhijit comments, “Anything that involves a massive search from a very large database, fixing it together for a given criteria, is actually the best way in which AI can be used. So when hiring, you use it for finding the right candidate. People use AI to understand patterns in consumer usage”.
Brigadier Sushil Bhasin on Living like a soldier. Serving over 34 years in the Indian Army, Brigadier Bhasin has a rich experience in training in varying terrains and pedagogies. It was, however, his tenure as Chairman of Army Public School that developed a passion for learning in him. A Master Trainer, Transformational Coach, and Motivational Speaker; Brigadier Bhasin is passionate about making a difference. Today, he works with corporate executives and human resource leaders to create growth hacks for individuals and team leaders. On asking what the most important lesson learned from the army was, he comments “Training in the Army prepares you to live a purposeful life in the VUCA-D3 world. A mission-oriented approach with self-discipline and do-or-die attitude makes life worth living”.
Jaspreet Bindra on Blockchain in the Indian context. Jaspreet is digital transformation expert and one of the pioneers of blockchain in India. Currently serving as the Digital Transformation Advisor to the giant Mahindra Rise, Jaspreet believes that every company, irrespective of sector, needs to become a technology company. On the emergence of blockchain in recent years, Jaspreet clarifies, “Blockchain is not spelled as B-I-T-C-O-I-N”. He explains how blockchain can benefit the farmers – “Blockchain is the ideal technology to create fractional ownership. 11 farmers can own 1 tractor. All the financial complications arising can be taken care of by blockchain technology largely”.
Anil Lamba on Good financial management. Best-selling author and a financial literacy activist, Dr. Lamba is world renowned for conducting finance training programs. With a client list exceeding 1000 corporations spread across India, USA, Russia, Africa, the Middle-East and the Far-East, he has done pioneering work in the field of eLearning and online training. Dr. Lamba says, “The first golden principle of good financial management is to never forget that the objective of running a business is to make a profit and not making a sale. People focus so much on making a sale that they forget that business is all about bottom-line”.
Anand Kumar on Education in India. Indian Educationist, Columnist and the man behind the phenomenon ‘Super 30’, Anand Kumar is globally acclaimed for his effort to mentor students from the underprivileged sections for admission to IITs. “India is thinking only about technology. Very little effort is being made towards learning pure Sciences. There is an urgent need to teach ‘How and Why’ to the students from the start”, says Anand on the importance to basic education. One of the most prolific Hindi speakers of India, Anand continues to motivate and encourage millions with his exceptional service to the Indian society.
Kumar Vishwas on Building national character. The ‘Epochal Poet’, ‘Prolific Performer’ and ‘Dynamic Communicator’, Kumar is presently a member of Aam Aadmi Party and was one of the boldest voices of the Anna Hazare led anti-corruption movement. Kumar is most famous for his soul-touching masterpiece ‘Koi Deewana Kehta Hai’. One of the finest Hindi Speakers that India has seen, Kumar comments, “The process of learning has never been a priority after independence. Focus has been on building on individual character whereas the need of the hour is to build a national character (translated from Hindi)”.
Arun K. Singh on Indo-Pak Relations. One of the finest diplomats the country has seen, Arun has served as the Indian Ambassador to United States and the Indian Ambassador to France. During his tenure, the relationship between India and the U.S. consolidated significantly and is now described as a “defining partnership of 21st century”. On rising tensions at the border, Arun comments, “They [Pakistan] should now realize that India is a rising power. It is better to talk rather act foolishly at the border”. Presently, he is serving as the senior fellow at German Marshall Fund of the United States where he is the voice of Indian global policy and leadership.
Smriti Irani. A prominent leader of BJP, Smriti Zubin Irani created history in May 2019 after winning from one of the most strategically important constituencies – Amethi, which also earned her the title of the “Giant Slayer”. A former television actress and producer, Smriti served as the Minister of Human Resource Development till 2016, Minister of Information and Broadcasting till 2018, and Minister of Textiles till recently after being re-elected, and is fully charged to resume control of her new office. A brilliant orator, Smriti carefully read the pulse of the people and had it raging through her fiery speeches – a true mark of excellence in speech.
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