Weekly Roundup: Jay Z, Public Speaking & Year in Review
What we learned together on Network Capital this week
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Hope you had a rejuvenating weekend. This is a quick overview of the week gone by on Network Capital. You can get access to all our offerings once you subscribe.
🚀 Launch of the Public Speaking Fellowship.
🧑🏻🤝🧑🏾 NC Holiday Dinner: Delhi, Goa, Kolkata, London, Paris, Mumbai, Bangalore, Jamshedpur, Singapore and Boston
📹 New Masterclass: Book Discussion: Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh with Shrayana Bhattacharya and The Art of Becoming a Deep Generalist with HBS Alum Ravi Kyasaram
❤️ NC Salon: The Year in Review
💌 Newsletters: 10 Most Read Newsletters of 2021, Leena Nair, Indra Nooyi, Art of Writing, and How Jay-Z Became a Billionaire: “I’m Not A Businessman, I’m A Business, Man.”
The Public Speaking Fellowship
2020 plunged us in front of the video conferencing tools. We were learning, working and connecting online. There was no option but to get in front of the camera and start talking. While we spoke more, we communicated less. More importantly, communicated less effectively. Things are unlikely to go back to the way they were. In this new normal, it is time all of us adapt our communication styles.
If there is one skill you should work on in 2022, it should be effective public speaking. If you are already good, try and get better. If you struggle, like roughly ~75% of the world’s population, it is time for deliberate practice.
Public speaking is not something you can get good at by downloading an app. Just like you can’t learn driving by reading instruction manuals, you can’t become a good public speaker with a hands-off approach. You need to immerse yourself.
Starts Jan 15, 2021
PS. Here’s a talk by the first cohort of our Public Speaking Fellow
NC Holiday Dinner
Between 17 to 19 Dec, NC Members meet in Delhi, Bangalore, Jamshedpur, Boston, & London. In the coming weeks they will be meeting in Mumbai & Kolkata. If you want to meet interesting & curious people in your city, join in!
Book Discussion: Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh with Shrayana Bhattacharya
Shrayana Bhattacharya trained in development economics at Delhi University and Harvard University. Since 2014, in her role as an economist at a multilateral development bank, she has focused on issues related to social policy and jobs. Prior to this, she worked on research projects with the Centre for Policy Research, SEWA Union and Institute of Social Studies Trust. Her writing has appeared in the Indian Express, the Hindustan Times, EPW, Indian Quarterly and The Caravan. She lives in New Delhi.
The Art of Becoming a Deep Generalist with HBS Alum Ravi Kyasaram
Ravi comes to Edward Jones from Emerson where he was responsible for Growth Strategy for various parts of the organization. He joined Emerson in 2015 after his MBA from Harvard Business School and worked in the Corporate Planning division where he supported the Emerson leadership to build strategies around M&A for both Emerson Corporate and various business units within Emerson.
Prior to Emerson and his MBA, Ravi was a part of India’s biggest conglomerate, the Tata Group. He was a member of TAS, Tata Group’s leadership development program.
NC Salon: The Year in Review
t is that time of the year where we set ambitious goals to reinvent ourselves but setting new year resolutions is the easy part. By January 8, one week from the start of the year, 25 percent of new year resolutions fall apart. And by the time the year ends, we break 90% of our resolutions and fall back into the same old routines and rituals.
Most new year resolutions fail because behavioral change is hard, especially when we are busy, stressed and distracted, the default work mode for many millennials.
Join in for the NC Salon on Dec 22 for a deep-dive into the year that went by.
10 Most Read Newsletters of 2021
We wrote 150,000 words this year. These are some important concepts you may want to keep in mind as you reflect on the adventures of 2021.
Leena Nair, Indra Nooyi, Art of Writing
Leena has built her category of one by being a deep-generalist par excellence.She learned problem solving from engineering, industry knowhow from factory floors where among other things she ensured washrooms were built for women and people management from a wide range of HR roles in Unilever where she championed diversity as a key component of corporate strategy.
The principle of being a deep-generalist is essential for solving complex problems at scale.
How Jay-Z Became a Billionaire: “I’m Not A Businessman, I’m A Business, Man.”
His playbook is simple — pick something aspirational, build it from ground-up, promote it leveraging personal brand and sell it at a premium. He started Rocawear in 1999 and sold it for $204 million to Iconix in 2007); Tidal in 2014 sold to Square for $300 million.
The interesting thing about Jay-Z’s approach is its replicability.
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