On 13th August, STCnetwork was invited for a motivational session at Eureka Institute which is a renown institute that offers certificates in English Learning and IT programs. I was invited by Abrar Khan who is the operations manager at Eureka. I had to speak on the topic: "I chose Plan B and became an Entrepreneur". I am not sure whether it was the excitement of independence month or something else, but this seminar turned out to be the most longest and yet memorable event of my life ever! I spoke for over 3.5 hours and this post will share important highlights of the event. This seminar also had one unexpected visitor that I will disclose later :)
Few days before the event I received a surprise visit of a very close friend, named Hussain Kango who works at Mobilink Telecom firm. Hussain is an IBA graduate and has great experience of working in a corporate firm so I requested him to accompany me in this seminar to present his take on whether one should go for jobs or setup their own business. He was kind enough to say: "Sure lets do it!".
Seminar Venue and Timings
- Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016
- Event Page: I Chose Plan B and Became an Entrepreneur.
- Location: 8th Floor, Park Avenue, Block-6, P.E.C.H.S. Sharah-e-Faisal
- Speakers: Hussain Kango (Founder Thinklinkd) & STCnetwork.
Important Highlights Of The Seminar
This seminar was not conducted inside a large hall or auditorium nor was it attended by a crowd of hundreds unlike our previous events because it was not meant for general crowd. Our aim was to motivate developers and youngsters who need proper direction to launch an online business. It was organized inside a small class with no more than 50 participants. Most of these attendees were students enrolled in web development courses at Eureka. But there was something different about it, that made me speak for hours and yet not feel tired at all. This happened thanks to a passionate and actively responding crowd. The crowd kept on asking questions during the seminar and I loved responding them. This is how a formal presentation transformed into a friendly discussion.
This time I shared things on more practical and technical grounds. Following is a bird view:
- Shared some of my ecommerce projects that I am working on,
- Shared marketing strategy of a product that I aim to launch inshAllah, (koti.pk)
- Discussed the basic difference between Assets and Liabilities
- Discussed the difference between victims of PlanA and PlanB.
- Shared example of a French Fries seller to emphasize on "Uniqueness In Business"
- Explained importance of old friends and mentors - Social Interaction
- Shared story of a Blind PHP developer who visited us - "If he can do it then why can't you?"
- Shared basics of setting up an Ecommerce business by sharing examples of sites I optimized.
- Shared how I earned up to $2000 Alhamdulillah within a month by writing just 3 reviews.
- Explained "Search Engine Optimization" in layman terms.
- Shared how to do SEO auditing of any website - Taking Eureka's site as test case.
- Played the SEO Game!
Hussain shared his corporate experience and how to build your own empire through startup businesses. His presentation was really unique and yet engaging. Unfortunately he just had an hour to speak because I had already swallowed much of the time! ;)
I picked Hussain from Central Jail Karachi and it was my first experience going inside the city's most highly secured jail full of top-notch criminals. This is where he actually lives along with his family. His father is a senior Govt. officer, can't disclose the designation for security reasons.
Hussian is also a talented Photographer and Short film maker, so I shared one of his videos with the crowd that you can watch below:
Mud Volcanoes near Kund Malir Beach Balochistan
The seminar was attended by several outsiders which included Mohammad Abid (ACupOfBlog), Mohammad Ibrahim and Abdul Samad Essani (BornBlogger). Meeting Abdul Samad was surely a proud moment to see someone who waited for 4 years just to meet a small man like me. I honestly have no proper words to thank him for his love and respect. Therefore as a thanksgiving I wont share in detail the A-Z of what discussion took place that day and instead I will share Samad's blog post to give you a complete experience of the seminar from an attendee's point of view.
Eureka Seminar Photos
Some random photos from the seminar.
Distributing Gift Hampers!
I asked three questions and distributed three gift hampers.
The first gift was given to a participant for describing the difference between Assets and Liabilities. I don't have his clear photo unfortunately.
The second gift was given to Abdul Samad for correctly pin-pointing up to four SEO mistakes live within 5 minutes in Eureka's official website. Three Contestants tried but only he could spot the knot correctly.
The third gift was given to Mohammad Abid for describing the key marketing strategy for bringing more sales to one of our ecommerce site. He received the most precious gift ever as shown in the video below:
An Unexpected Visitor!
During the presentation, I saw someone sitting at the back row. Upon a close look I happen to discover that it was my childhood friend and best classmate buddy, Muhammad Abbas Naqvi. I was really shocked to see him and yet amazed with this pleasant surprise. I called him on stage, introduced him and hugged him for such a beautiful gift. He works at Habib Bank and is ACCA certified but he came all the way to attend the seminar because he sincerely wanted to hear this little man's success story.
Than you buddy for taking out time and attending the seminar. This surprise will be glorified forever!
He did not choose to sit at front but rather choose to sit quietly at back row. Such is Abbas's humbleness. Love you bro!
Shields & Certificates Distribution
Every attendee was given a certificate of participation by Eureka management. Speakers were given shields and were served with hospitality not once but thrice something that I loved the most.
Thank you Abrar Khan for inviting us and for the wonderful hospitality. Thank you for the refreshments, perfect arrangements, that beautiful standee gift and that punjabi Palao. It was surely not possible without you.
Follow him at @Abrar Khan
I will share our experience of the Country Inn conference in my next post where I happen to meet several TV news anchors, journalists and social activists.
Do share your feedback about this recent seminar that took place at Eureka. I wish the best of luck to all of you. You guys have a brilliant future and abundance of natural skills. It is time to just start using them without fearing failure as I said several times in the seminar: "In business there is either success or experience but never failure!"
If you have any queries, please feel free to post them below. I would love to answer them all. God bless you all buddies! =)