Nothing Shameful in Self-Promotion
By A.H. Cemendtaur
A section of
A lecture on “Promoting
Yourself - The Power of Effective Social Networking”
given by Moazzam Chaudry was listened intently by the attendees
eager to gain skills that would give them an edge in an unpredictable
Silicon Valley job market. The lecture was arranged under
Koshish Foundation’s Knowledge Exchange Program
The underlying assumption of this very informative lecture
was that no matter how good you are at what you do you need
to have the marketing skills to sell what you have to offer.
Two people with similar qualifications end up at different
places based on their marketing skills and how they use their
Moazzam Chaudry, a young hardware engineer at the Sun Microsystems,
besides being the Area Governor of the Toastmasters’
club is associated with a number of Muslim and Pakistani organizations.
His association with the Toastmaster’s club has helped
him hone his public speaking skills. Moazzam Chaudry was definitely
one of the better speakers who featured at the Koshish Knowledge
“You have all the resources you need to do whatever
you want to do,” gesticulating Moazzam Chaudry told
a mesmerized audience. “You can
start with as small a group as the people in this room and
then extend outwards.”
Moazzam Chaudry was alluding
to the well-known fact that any two people in this world are
at most six degrees of separation apart. For example, you
and a Chinese farmer unknown to you only have six people in
between: you know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone,
who knows someone, who knows the farmer.
Moazzam Chaudry peppered his
speech with real life examples - mostly on how people landed
jobs by locating the right contact in a company, by picking
up the phone and talking to the right person, or by searching
the email addresses of the relevant people and then contacting
Moazzam Chaudry hinted on several aspects of the social-interaction
science that Dale Carnegie seems to be the pioneer of:
In social gatherings break out of your normal social circle.
Be gutsy, meet new people; get their business cards and then
later send them an email message or call them; make these
Have confidence in yourself.
Whatever you want to do, do it with passion.
When you need people’s help, tell them you seek their
advice. People want to feel important, they want to give advice.
Listen more, talk less. Be genuinely interested in others’
Don’t procrastinate. Use these techniques today to achieve
whatever you wish to achieve in life.