Danielle: Fierce and focused

first_imgBEIJING, China:Fierce and focused, Danielle Williams surprised herself and the rest of us as she hurdled her way to gold medal success in the women’s 100-metre hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.She had crossed the line first, but she wasn’t sure. How could she be? The giant screen inside the Bird’s Nest was not providing the answer fast enough for her to hide the nervous gaze that was stapled across her face.Impossible!Danielle Williams 12.57 PB; Cindy Roleder 12.59 PB; Alina Taley 12.66 NR.The young Jamaican had defied the odds. She was the best in the world.Not even her impressive 12.58 seconds win over pre-championships medal favourite Sharika Nelvis in the semi-final round two hours earlier, could prepare her and most of the athletics world for the results that followed.”I won, I won; I cant believe it!” she exclaimed just under an hour after draping herself in the Jamaican flag. This was after her name had flashed on the giant screen – on top of everyone else’s.”I came into this championship expecting to run a personal best got it in the semi-final and was just hoping I would have the legs to come back in the final since they were so close together,” Williams said or her target coming into Beijing.”In the semi-final, I realised I had the fastest time going in but I was not trying to get ahead of myself and get too cocky, because it was just one race and I was just trying to stay focused and level-headed going into the final,” Williams added.The 22-year-old became Jamaica’s second 100m hurdles world champion and the fourth woman from the country to medal in the event.She is also half of the first pair of siblings to compete in the 100m hurdles at a World Championships final.”It was an awesome feeling having my sister with me. We shall celebrate as soon as I get home. I’m just so sorry she couldn’t be on the podium as well,” Williams added before sharing her sister’s message at the end of the race. “She said ‘great going, proud of you’ and I told her the same thing.”Williams, who admitted that she was surprised that no Americans got on the podium after the dominance of their hurdlers all season, underlined her admiration of American legend Gail Devers while crediting her win to extensive work and improvements to her technique over the past year.Improving technique”We have worked on technique from the end of Commonwealth Games last year straight up to this championships. We have been working a lot on trying to fix my technique. It’s not perfect but it’s a whole lot better and I can attest to that. So, I’m happy that we were able to do that and I think fixing the technique got me the medal here,” said Williams, who says she is confident and motivated heading into the coming season.”I wont focus on increased expectations. I will continue to be my jovial, level-headed self and continue to train hard like everyone else will and hopefully in Rio I will be Olympic champion,” said Williams.One thing is for certain, she wont be catching anyone by surprise in Rio.last_img read more

If You Are Not Asking, You Are Not Selling

first_imgIf you are not “asking,” you are not selling.It sounds nice to say things like, “I am facilitating a buying decision, and I will wait until my prospect tells me that they are ready to take the next step.” It sounds nice, but it isn’t. It’s abdicating your responsibility.Not asking doesn’t make you consultative. First let’s dispatch with the idea that not asking for commitments makes you consultative. It doesn’t. Consultants make recommendations on next steps as a matter of course. Consultants also help organizations change. The very nature of helping a company change not only requires asking for commitments, but it also requires asking for massive commitments of time, energy, money, and political capital.By not asking, you do not establish yourself as a peer. If you want to serve your dream client as a trusted advisor and a peer, you ask for the things that you know you need to make a difference. If you need access to and other stakeholders, you ask for that access. If you need information, you ask for the information. If you need your dream client to take a run through your proposal and presentation before you present, you book time on their calendar. A subservient, non-value creating salesperson who fears damaging relationships by asking for what they need will never be considered a peer.Not asking cedes the process to your prospective client, and it presupposes that you are not necessary beyond whatever point it is where you stop asking for commitments. Let’s say you make a discovery call and your dream client tells you that they will get back to you in the next few weeks. By not asking for a future commitment, you have agreed that you are irrelevant in the process of decision-making that they will engage in during those few weeks. If you make a proposal without asking for the business, you leave open the idea that your prospective client should consider this on their own, potentially looking at other partners. You need to ask for agreement on the process.By not asking, you don’t demonstrate your serious interest in helping your dream client make changes. Asking your dream client for their business shows your serious interest in working with them. Not asking demonstrates your apathy. There is nothing attractive or sexy about someone who is dispassionate about what they sell. People want to work with people who are all in on helping them get the results they need. You cannot be ambivalent. Therefore, you have to ask.Just ask.last_img read more

West Bengal committed to alleviating poverty, Abhijit Banerjee’s theory will help: Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said her government is committed to alleviating poverty and the theory by Nobel laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee on it will go a long way in helping the poor. Ms. Banerjee took to Twitter to express her views and posted some photographs of her visit to the residence of the Nobel laureate’s mother Nirmala Banerjee on Wednesday evening in the city. “Yesterday, I spent time with the family of our very own Nobel Prize winning economist, Abhijit Banerjee. His contribution to the experimental theory of poverty alleviation will go a long way in helping people #Bangla is very proud of him!,” Ms. Banerjee tweeted. On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Thursday, Ms. Banerjee in a tweet earlier in the day said, “…our Govt [government] in #Bangla is committed to alleviating poverty, reducing unemployment, combating illiteracy and upholding human rights.” The United Nations General Assembly had in 1987 designated October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty to promote awareness about the need to eradicate poverty and destitution. During Wednesday’s meeting with Nirmala Banerjee, who herself is an economist, Ms. Banerjee had briefed her about the pro-poor schemes and projects of the State government. Ms. Banerjee had said the West Bengal government may seek her help in various projects of different departments such as agriculture, health, rural development and woman and child welfare as well as education.last_img read more

Athletes are not respected in Delhi: Wrestler Divya Kakran to India Today

first_imgAsian Games 2018 bronze-medallist Divya Kakran urged the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government to give more respect to athletes and provide enough support so that players from the state can achieve more success.At a felicitation ceremony in New Delhi on Tuesday, Divya lashed out at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and told him that she could have won gold at the Games with proper support from the government.In an exclusive conversation with India Today, Divya said that she is fortunate to have a coach who has done so much for her but for other athletes who want to come up, there is no support.Divya cleared the air that she is no more going to ask for any support for herself because she feels she has said enough and did not want more humiliation of not being heard.Also read – Asian Games medallist Divya Kakran slams Delhi government for lack of support”There are many aspirants who are not able to make it big. I don’t want anything for myself but the upcoming talents must get the support, even if it is just pocket money, so that they can make a name for themselves.”When athletes get government support, parents also feel that their kids can stand on their own feet and support better,” Divya said.She complained that athletes in Delhi are not respected and do not get enough support and later, people only claim that players from Delhi do not win a lot of medals.”People complain that Delhi athletes don’t win a lot medals but Delhi athletes don’t even get enough support from the government.advertisement”We don’t even receive our pocket money on time. I am yet to receive the money for Commonwealth Games bronze medal also. Had I got even that, I would have been happy.”I don’t care about the politics but at least they can congratulate us on our wins. Athletes are not respected in Delhi,” Divya pointed out.Also read – Business class for official irks Indian athletes flying back from Asiad in economyDivya, disheartened by the lack of support from the government, said that she is going to believe words from the government only when she receives something. She added that after Commonwealth Games also she was assured of a lot of support till the Asian Games but it’s been four months since her pleas have been heard.”We have been promised a lot earlier as well but I will only believe now when I receive something.”I was earlier asked what support I needed and I sent them everything in writing but yet I did not receive any help.”When asked if she would take her issue and pleas further to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central government, Divya said that she felt good on being congratulated by the PM but she is not going to expect anything anymore and will instead focus on her training.”We met the PM today. He congratulated us and encouraged us. We felt very good.”I don’t expect anything from anyone anymore. If I keep running behind these matters, my wrestling is going to suffer. So, my focus is on my training and I’ll do whatever I can.”On Tuesday, Divya complained directly to Kejriwal and said, “You’ve gathered us today to congratulate us but there’s no support provided when we need it most. If we’re given that support at the right time then we can even win gold.””I’d won a medal at the Commonwealth Games (in Gold Coast, Australia, earlier this year) and you had told me that I will receive more help going forward. I gave all the help I needed in writing but even my phone calls were not answered,” Divya added.Kejriwal had earlier announced at the ceremony that the prize money of the Delhi medallists will be increased and the government will also arrange for their employment.last_img read more