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On Air – Interview on Radio ME 100.3

Earlier today someone I knew as a budding professional reconnected with me after more than a decade – back then Kris Iyer had just completed his Engineering Degree and was embarking on a career in Sales & Marketing.

He was a member of the Rotaract Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Trivandrum, of which I was member. We used to interact closely in many cultural and leadership development events that were conducted by the Rotaract Club. In addition to good organising and leadership skills he was a good speaker too – this last skill helped in him achieve success as Compere and Radio Presenter.

Today that young professional is working as the Programming Head of a leading FM Radio Station in Dubai (Radio ME 100.3).

His interest was media and events – after working in the Event Management domain for a while in Kerala he moved to UAE and shifted focus to media, primarily Radio.

Kris (easier on the tongue than Krishnan, which is how I knew him) worked as RJ and Program Presenter before taking on Program Production and grew to the position of Programming Head.

I am sure it has been an exciting journey for him.

But the real surprise was yet to come – he wrote: “Jayadev, I have read many of the articles presented on the Sales Coach Blog and found them extremely useful and interesting.  Please give me your number. I wish to call and discuss a program we can do on Radio ME.”

Around 11:30 a.m. I got this call from a Dubai number and the voice said: “Hi, Jayadev! This is Kris!”

We spent some time chatting about friends and what each of us had been doing in the intervening years. After that he shifted gear and started asking questions about Sales and the subjects I write about.

I did not know that he was setting me up for something – but out of the blue he said: “Hang on! We will be going on air shortly – we have a Business Talk segment in which various Business Managers and other Industry Experts are interviewed and today we are presenting you as the Zig Ziglar of India.”

To say that it was my biggest jaw-dropping moment of the year is an understatement. I did not expect it at all – not right then. I was sure he would do it soon, but not today. Wow! I mean …. WOW!!!

However, all the years spent in training and all the talks I have made before audiences held me in good stead and I could speak with ease and felicity. Kris asked questions regarding Training, Sales Training, Talent Development and the quantum of investments organisations should make on training – he also asked about training agendas of organisations in India and the middle-east.

I answered all the questions with absolute clarity because these subjects are so dear to my heart. I could go on, but I think I said enough to make a start.

If there was a little bit of concern it was the speed at which I delivered the message – I thought I spoke too fast – the next time I would slow down a bit and structure the message some more – this time it was more like a free-wheeling chat. And going by the input received from Kris there are chances of more interviews. But that’s for later.

For now let me just celebrate this achievement and enjoy the moment.

Thank you, Kris …. Thank you, Radio ME …. you made my day!

P.S: I hope to upload the Voice Byte soon!


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  1. August 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Congratulations, Jayadev. That must have been some experience. Hope to hear the voice byte too. 🙂

    • JayadevM
      August 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Sudha

      Quite a buzz. Thank you.

      I am waiting to receive the recording – will post it soon. Inshallah!! 🙂

  2. August 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Congrats Jayadev, Must have been an interesting and fun filled experience. Superb!

    • JayadevM
      August 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Hey Jayashree

      Loved it. Thank you for reading.

  3. August 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Wow! That proves my earlier suspicions weren’t unfounded at all! You are the Oriental Zig Ziglar after all! Bless your friend, you are going to have a new set of fans now!

    • JayadevM
      August 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Hi Umashankar

      Yes, Kris sure needs a huge thanks and a treat for turning up after such a long time with this gift.

      The Zig Ziglar tag is a load which I shouldn’t pick up for the moment – its a huge responsibility. 🙂

      Thank you for the support and appreciation.


  4. August 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Wow, it does feel good to go on-air and speak on a topic which you are quite familiar with.
    Congratulations 🙂
    The sound byte is awaited.


    • JayadevM
      August 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      From one Jay to another,

      Thank you for stopping by to share a kind thought.

      Yes, I loved the conversation because it was on a subject so close to my heart.

      Shall walk the road to the the sanitarium to look for some reading matter.

      Best wishes.

  5. pg
    August 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Jayadev….congratulations!! for your maiden Radio evangalism ,ether is a great medium too eventhough it does not evoke much interest among todays Netizons !! Keep an eye on copyrighting your words, written and spoken!!

    • JayadevM
      August 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Hi PG

      Thank you for the support …. and the caveat!

  6. Jamy
    August 31, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Congrats Jay and well-deserved too! Keep riding cowboy; the stars shall always be there to guide you in the right direction!!

    • JayadevM
      September 1, 2012 at 3:47 am

      Hi Jamy,

      Good to hear from you … one of the stars that keeps shining on this blog!

      Thank you!

  7. September 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Wow, Jayadev. That must have been quite an experience. Out of the blue. Congrats on handling it so professionally. Best wishes for more.

    • JayadevM
      September 8, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Thank you, Paul.

      Have received the voice clip from Kris – will post it soon for all of you to hear.

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