It takes a lot of email messages to make up a single telephone conversation. I don’t have a mathematical formula, but my guess is that if the conversation is of some small importance, 11 email messages may make up a single, short telephone conversation. If the conversation is seriously important, the number of emails rises proportionally. Why? It’s the wrong medium for the exchange.Oh, you’d rather email someone than bother them with a phone call? It’s bothering someone to have to respond to five emails about the same subject.If it takes a lot of email messages to make up a single telephone call, what’s the math on a face-to-face conversation? If I had to guess, it might be something close to 63 email messages to make up single face-to-face conversation. And the communication, even though it’s in writing, is poorer.The need to have whole conversations over “mail” ended with the invention of the telephone. Email is very much like postal mail. You wouldn’t want to have an important conversation over mail, would you? It would take too long, and it would lose something, wouldn’t it? Email is even more like a telegraph.How to Decide to Use EmailEmail is excellent when you need to send information to another party. It’s also excellent when you need an answer that doesn’t require any real conversation.Email is a poor medium when the topic is important or when a discussion is necessary (like your proposal and pricing). It’s a horrible medium for resolving issues, problems, or challenges. It’s also a horrible medium for many of the sales conversations that are attempted through email.Are you sharing information? Need a quick, easy answer? Nothing easily lost in translation? Send an email.Important issue or request? Requires dialogue? Much of what needs to be communicated can’t (or won’t) be communicated effectively over email? Schedule a face-to-face meeting, a video chat, or a phone conversation (in that order). Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now
One of the major differences between people who are successful and those who struggle to create the success they want is that the successful never have to be told what to do, how to do it, or when to do it. They are self-starters who manage themselves and direct their work.If you study successful people, one thing that you’ll notice is that they’re self-directed. No one has to ask them to set a goal or to decide what outcomes they need to accomplish. Not only do they set their own goals, but the goals they set for themselves are far greater than the goals someone else would give them, were another person directing their work. They also do not need to be told the outcomes they need to generate to reach those goals. They do this for themselves.It is the rarest of occasions when a self-directed, successful person needs someone to tell them what they need to do. Successful people do not have learned helplessness, which means they are willing and able to figure things out for themselves. If they need help, or if they need to improve what they’re doing, they will find someone who is already producing the result they want, study that person, and ask that person for the coaching they need to be able to improve what they’re doing. Because they are self-directed, they find answers for themselves.If you look at any successful person, you will see that they are meticulous about their calendar. They track all of their commitments, and when something is due, they meet that deadline. They do not need to be told, reminded, or motivated by someone else to do the work. Their intrinsic motivation compels them to do what is necessary and propels them forward from one completed project to the next, without interruption, and without fail.People that struggle to create success tend to need someone to lead or manage their efforts. They need precisely the opposite of those who are successful and self-directed. They need someone to tell them what to do, how to do it, and when they need to have something completed. These people will complain of being micromanaged, but the reason they are being given the strong direction is that they’re not directing themselves already.Greater success is available to you. But to have it, you have to direct your own work, possess the discipline to do what’s necessary without being told, and produce the outcomes that success is built upon without having being asked to do so. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
Tulsiram Pawar, a childhood friend of retired Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, said on Tuesday that he would spare no effort in keeping the demand for his friend’s release from a Pakistani prison alive. He has started a signature campaign against the death sentence awarded to Mr. Jadhav.Mr. Pawar, who grew up with Mr. Jadhav in Lower Parel, said he was still trying to come to terms with the news. “I am starting a signature campaign demanding Mr. Jadhav’s release and will be getting in touch with our mutual friends who used to stay here. I am already in touch with a few, and we are planning peaceful protest marches as well,” he said.He is exploring the option of turning to the social media. “I do not have much knowledge about social media or the Internet, and am seeking the help of the younger generation.” Mr. Jadhav, son of a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, stayed in the building behind N.M. Joshi Marg police station, which now houses Unit III of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch. The building earlier had quarters for police officers. Mr. Pawar, who stays in the opposite building, said he had been friends with Mr. Jadhav for as long as he could remember, and that his earliest memories with him are of roaming in the narrow lanes behind Bawla Masjid and playing together for hours. Sources said Mr. Jadhav’s family left the city late on Monday night, and are believed to be in Pune.
Farmers have moved the Bombay High Court against the Nagpur-Mumbai Super Expressway as they are being forced to evict their lands for the project. The farmers claimed that their fundamental rights were being violated.Twelve agriculturists and the Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti, an association of farmers and land owners in Thane district, are opposing the Samrudhhi Expressway project. Around 27 villages in Shahpur taluka and co-operative societies have expressed their objection to the project. The petition challenges the constitutional validity of the provisions of The Maharashtra Highways (Amended) Act, 2016 and the Maharashtra Highways Act, 1955. ‘Illegal methods used’The petition states that the government adopted illegal measures to acquire their land. It claimed that due process of law was not followed and the police force, the paramilitary force and the revenue machinery was used to pressure thousands of land owners to give up their land.The petitions alleges that the proposed project would pass through 155.98 hectares of forest land and the ghat section and it has not received clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.The plea opposes the compensation given to landowners and farmers affected by the project under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.A Division Bench will hear the plea on Wednesday.
For police assistance, people in Punjab can dial a common emergency number ‘112’, which was launched on Monday on trial basis under the Centre’s Nationwide Emergency Response System (NERS) project. Designed on the lines of ‘911’ operational in the USA, the NERS was conceptualised in the aftermath of the 2012 gang-rape of a woman in a bus in Delhi. Under the project, ‘112’ will be the single common number for help during emergency situations. All other emergency numbers such as 100 for police, 101 for fire brigade, 102 for ambulance will be replaced by the common number. A centre is being set up in Mohali for receiving calls from people in distress and the state police is expecting to officially begin the emergency number service in the next couple of months.“The common emergency number ‘112’ is under trial in Punjab and people can dial this number instead of ‘100’ for police help,” said Inspector General of Punjab Police G.S. Dhillon, who is handling the project.A majority of the people are still unaware of he emergency number ‘112’ The common emergency number will be launched in the next six months, he said.“We will initially have 60 call receivers with a capacity of handling one lakh emergency calls per day,” Dhillon said, adding the Centre had provided Rs 9.28 crore for this project.Currently, Punjab police receive about 50,000 emergency calls per day on the ‘100’ number, out of which just about one and half per cent cases are actionable.
An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter Scale hit the Myanmar-India border region in Manipur on January 7.According to the National Centre for Seismology, a unit of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the quake occurred at 12.17 pm at a depth of 35 km.It occurred in the Myanmar-India border region at a latitude of 24.7 N and longitude of 94.7 E, it said.
A multi-party delegation from Goa comprising BJP and Congress MLAs met Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on Monday and urged the Central government to find ways to resume mining in the State. The delegation was led by senior minister Sudin Dhavalikar. On February 7, the Supreme Court directed that all mining activity in Goa’s 88 operational iron ore mining leases be stopped after March 15 and the leases be issued afresh after obtaining new environmental clearances. In the memorandum to Mr. Gadkari, the delegation which also included Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane (BJP), Speaker Pramod Sawant, and Congress MLA Nilkanth Halarnkar, sought mining leases in Goa be renewed by 20 years, instead of being issued afresh.“We have expressed our concerns to the Central government that re-issuing the mining leases afresh, as directed by the Supreme Court, will result in stopping of mining activity for more than a year, which is an economic loss for Goa and its people,” Mr. Halarnkar said. The delegation is expected to meet Union Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar later in the day. However, within the Congress in Goa there is a divided opinion over the renewal issue, with its senior MLA Aleixo Reginaldo demanding that mining leases be auctioned to ensure that the State benefits the most from its natural resources.Goa’s private sector mining is in trouble since 2012 when Justice Shah Commission exposed an estimated ₹35,000 crore illegal mining scam, triggering a ban on mining in the State. The ban was later revoked in 2014 with the Supreme Court laying down strict regulations and a cap of 20 million tonnes of extraction per annum.
After 14 days of fasting, 25-year-old Hardik Patel on Friday was admitted to hospital as his health deteriorated, necessitating hospitalisation. He was rushed to hospital on the advice of a team of doctors after he had stopped water intake also on Thursday.“He has been admitted and is currently being monitored by a team of three doctors,” said a health bulletin issued by Civil Hospital in Sola, Ahmedabad.In last 14 days since he began indefinite fast to press for his twin demands of quota for his Patidar community and a waiver of farm loans, Mr. Patel had stopped drinking water after his ultimatum to the BJP government to hold talks with his Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) within 24 hours elapsed.Condition worsens“We have admitted him to the hospital because his health worsened on Friday,” said Manoj Panara of PAAS. He added that the agitation for quota and farm loan waiver will continue because the Gujarat BJP government was non-committal on the issues.Before his hospitalisation, a key leader of the Patidar community Naresh Patel, held a meeting with PAAS leader and urged him to end his fast but continue his agitation on the issues.
After Jaipur and Ahmedabad, the Union Health Ministry has now sent a team of experts to Madhya Pradesh to confirm and verify reports of Zika virus cases in the state. A central team comprising experts from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Emergency Medical Response (EMR) has gone to the State following information about three persons being detected with Zika virus, a Health Ministry official said.“The team will verify the facts and if the information is true, it will assist the Madhya Pradesh government to replicate the measures and action plan, implemented in Jaipur and Ahmedabad, there, to prevent any possible outbreak of Zika,” he said.“Because the symptoms of Zika infection is similar to that of dengue and spreads through mosquito bites, it raises concerns,” the official added He said the state health department has been asked to keep a close watch on people suffering from symptoms of the mosquito-borne disease. Meanwhile, an intensive screening exercise is being undertaken and vector control measures have been intensified at Ahmedabad after the first case of the mosquito-borne disease was detected this year in Gujarat. Zika virus, transmitted through the aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain. It is harmful to pregnant women, as it can lead to microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller than expected, in newborn children. The state health department has advised pregnant women not to visit the affected areas. During the latest outbreak of the virus in the country, the first case surfaced on September 22, when an 85-year-old woman with no recent travel history tested positive for the virus in Jaipur. Since then, the number of Zika cases have risen to 153 in Rajasthan. In India, the first outbreak of Zika virus was reported in Ahmedabad in January 2017 and the second in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district in July that year. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management. The disease is under surveillance of the Union Health Ministry although it is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern under the WHO notification since November 18, 2016.
The Rajasthan government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it has written to online search engine Google to take down hate videos uploaded by a man accused of hacking and burning alive a Muslim labourer in the State in December 2017. In the videos, Shambhu Lal Raigar was purportedly seen ranting that he killed Afrazul Khan, a labourer from West Bengal, to stop interfaith marriages. The killing was recorded on camera by Raigar’s minor nephew in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district.The State government told the apex court that these videos were hosted by multiple websites and it would take some time to remove them.A Bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi asked the government to file an affidavit about the steps taken by it to remove the videos, including those uploaded by Raigar from inside Jodhpur jail, and adjourned the matter for further hearing. Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Khan’s wife Gulbahar Bibi, said the State government may have taken action with regard to the video uploaded by Raigar before his arrest, but no action has been taken about the video uploaded from inside the prison.
Three youths were killed when they were clicking selfies on a railway track, about 2 km from Panipat railway station in Haryana, a senior Government Railway Police official said on Wednesday. They were clicking selfies on the track between Panipat and Babarpur railway stations on the Delhi-Ambala route on Monday evening, he said. The deceased were identified as Sunny, Chaman and Kishan, all relatives, in age group of 18-20 years, GRP (Panipat) Station House Officer M.S. Dabas said. Sunny and Chaman were residents of a colony in Panipat while Kishan belonged to Uttar Pradesh, he said.The three had gone to a park along with another relative Dinesh, from Delhi, who had a miraculous escape. From the park, the four moved on to the railway track located behind it to click selfies, Mr. Dabas said.Miraculous escape “All the four were sitting on a track and on seeing an approaching train jumped towards the other track without realising that Delhi-Kalka passenger train was fast approaching on it,” he said. While three of them were crushed, Dinesh had a miraculous escape as he jumped on the other side of the track, the GRP official said, adding the body parts lay strewn 10-20 metres from the incident site. The mortal remains were handed over to the respective families of the deceased after the post-mortem examinations on Tuesday.
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India’s domestic aviation market is currently the third largest in the world, and in a few decades the total aviation market of the country will reach that rank, according to recent surveys.India will surpass the United Kingdom, which is at the fifth position, by 2025 and in the next 10 years, it will be the third largest aviation market in the world, a survey by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed. By 2036, India will have 337 million new passengers while the total number of air passengers will reach 478 million. Other fastest growing markets are China, United States, Indonesia, and Turkey. By 2030, Indonesia will surpass the United Kingdom and take the fifth position.China will have 1.5 billion total passengers of which 921 million will be new fliers while the United States will have the corresponding figures of 1.1 billion and 401 million passengers.The survey published by the Canada-based airlines trade association also projects that the point at which China will displace the United States as the world’s largest aviation market (defined as traffic to, from and within the country) has moved two years closer since last year’s forecast. “We now anticipate this will occur around 2022, through a combination of slightly faster Chinese growth and slightly reduced growth in the U.S.,” according to the IATA statement.Many of the fastest growing markets are the ones that have a compound growth rate of more than 7.2 per cent, it added. Sierra Leone, Benin, Mali, Rwanda, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Malawi, Chad, Gambia and Mozambique are among the fastest growing markets.India was also said to have the third largest domestic air passenger numbers, with 97 million domestic passengers in 2016, according to a survey published by Sydney-based think-tank Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA). The country beat Japan to take the third spot, behind the United States (719 million) and China (436 million).“India will become the third largest market 2-3 years ahead of what was projected. This is because the growth has been much higher,” Kapil Kaul, the head of CAPA India, told Livemint. Related ItemsCAPA aviation IndiaIATA report air trafficIndia air trafficIndia air travelIndia aviation marketWorld aviation market
Walmart Stores Inc is in negotiations to become the largest shareholder in Flipkart, India’s largest online retail company. Walmart, which operates wholesale stores in India called Best Price, is the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer. It will acquire 20-26 per cent stake in the Indian e-retailer.The shareholding could go up to 51 per cent later, according to the Economic Times. The initial investment will be around $1-2 billion and could go up to $10-12 billion. The agreement includes sale of shares owned by Japanese telecom giant SoftBank.“The primary investment will be between $1-2 bn, depending on the final size of the deal. The rest will be Walmart buying shares from other investors,” ET quoted a source as saying.With the primary investment, the value of the Bengaluru-based company could stand around $20-22 billion, a significant increase from the $10.2 billion valuation it got in April 2017. Walmart may also take hands-on approach in managing Flipkart.According to the Economic Times, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon led a delegation that visited Flipkart’s Bengaluru office in January. He was accompanied by Marc Lore, the CEO of Walmart e-commerce, and Judith McKenna, the CEO of Walmart International. Walmart’s investment negotiations with Flipkart also include a proposal to open a chain of retail stores in India, ET reported on Feb. 20.Walmart also sees Amazon as an opponent in India in the retail industry. Amazon recently announced that it would be investing $5 billion to grow its business in India. Another competitor in this sector is Paytm Mall, backed by Chinese e-commerce major Alibaba, which may soon have investment from SoftBank too.“As large as they (Walmart) are, Amazon has eaten away a significant chunk of their revenues and I think… they view India as the largest market possibly for this (taking on Amazon),” a source said, Business Today reported.In 2017, Flipkart raised $4 billion in funding from SoftBank, Tiger Global and South African media giant Naspers.Walmart announced in September 2017 the launch of its Cash & Carry business in Mumbai for small businesses. The Cash & Carry would cater to the business needs of small businesses, resellers, kirana stores, office and institutions and HoReCa members of Mumbai city and neighboring areas. Related ItemsAmazonFlipkartWalmart
An Indian man was arrested by Sri Lankan police on Sept.21 for being aware of an alleged plot to kill Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family members, including former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajpaksha. The Indian man, identified by Sri Lankan media as a Keralite named Merceli Thomas, was arrested from the residence of Namal Kumara, Director (Operations) of a social movement called Anti-Corruption Force. However, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera issued a statement on Sept. 27, saying that “there is no reported evidence regarding an attempt to assassinate the President Maithripala Sirisena, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and several others,” reported Sri Lankan news portal Ada Derana. Kumara had called a press conference a few days back and played some recordings to accuse DIG Nalaka Silva for conspiring to kill President Maithripala Sirisena and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The Indian national had said that there was a conspiracy to kill the entire Rajapaksa family and Sirisena, the CID informed Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, according to the Island publication. CID Chief Inspector Ranjith Munasinghe informed the court that they are going to “investigate the statement made by Indian national, identified as M. Thomas, who was taken into custody for his alleged links to Director Operations of Anti-Corruption Movement Namal Kumara, who exposed the plot to assassinate President Sirisena and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa,” the report added. However, police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara called a press meet on Sept.26 and refuted the claims that it informed the court about the Indian national revealing the alleged plot to assassinate Sirisena. He said in the media briefing that the report filed by CID on Sept.25 does not mention anything regarding the murder plot revealed by the arrested Indian person, the Daily Mirror reported. “The only thing the suspect had revealed was that he felt about a threat to several individuals after disclosing the video and audio clip of a telephone conversation by Namal Kumara at a press conference and the media reports on the incident. The suspect had said to the CID officers that he visited Namal’s residence to inquire about it,” SP Gunasekara added, as per the report. Meanwhile, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka issued a statement in this regard, saying that the arrested Indian national has a history of mental disturbance since 2000. “Taking a serious note of the matter and acting on limited information provided to us by Sri Lankan authorities, we immediately alerted Indian counterparts to conduct a background check of the said individual,” the Daily Mirror quoted a spokesperson of the high commission as saying. “Preliminary inputs indicate that the said individual has had a history of mental disturbance since 2000. We have shared the details with the Sri Lankan authorities and have assured them of full assistance and cooperation for conducting a thorough and professional investigation into the matter,” the spokesperson added. Thomas arrived in Sri Lanka in January 2017, and stayed at several places, the police spokesperson was cited as saying. “However, it was yet to reveal how and from whom he received funds. CID is conducting further investigations on a detention order,’ he said, as per the report. Related ItemsSri Lanka