What has luck got to do with it?

I just have no answer to that question which is plaguing me for the past few months, since the run of things are not to plan and not to my favor.

Jumping for joy at one time only to be terribly let down and hopes dashed when things are always too good to be true. I’m just lost for words especially as a fellow muslim, we try our best to fulfill our promise and if we are not able to, then we explain why and try to get an amicable resolution.

In spite of things, even though they are never to plan, occurrences are costly. Those incur expenses which are ill afford to many and to me, especially when the economy is tight and time awasted since a promise is made and contract sealed.

And that I have to be cruel to be kind, as a friend, as a partner and as a lover, that sometimes my acts are trashy and abusive, but I have to do it for the better good, to ensure your own good health and those around us, that of those who we love. Let the pain and slurs of words be upon me only to be satisfied that to see you well and up again.

And for that, I think after all it’s worth, I have to back off after all is well, for I know who and what I am, someone who you did not love and do not desire. For I am often what is excess baggage and a pest.

I know what is what, and why is such, but do you?

Just my dumb Luck right?

Happy Holidays!Wish you be merry and prosperity and Good Fortunes bestow upon you and everyone around you and those who you care.

Live Long and Prosper.

Black Friday Anyone?

It’s the black friday weekend everyone and I think most of the stores, FMCG marketing agencies are busy like heck

Yes. Me too..since I am prepping the Google Sites for the freebies and goodie bags that is in store.

Do check out my other blog at http://azrin12970.blogspot.com and http://businesstoolsmalaysia.blogspot.com for the latest deals, jobs and more!

I will update this once CELCOM is not capping my bandwidth again and after TELEKOM MALAYSIA fixed the line to my place. Yeah..they cut the exchange MDF terminals thinking my port was free to juice out.

What is LinkedIn Signal?

Signal is a beta product by LinkedIn, a social media application targeted for work and professionals alike. Unlike the main site (http://www.LinkedIn.com ) , Signal is more or less something that looks and feels like the Facebook 2.0 Top News combined with New Tweeter where you can see who is talking about what, trending of the the moves by your friends, colleagues and even vendors and networkers alike. As mentioned on their blog, this is a Beta test and looks and feels different from the main desktop page of LinkedIn Home.

Here are the core differences which are prominent: No Invites, Email Messaging or Inbox tab in Signal No Applications, Companies, Jobs, Groups, Answers in Signal No People who you know box in Signal No Group Updates in Signal Different formatting for Tweets in Signal Filter what you want to see and who you wish to follow in Signal A more detailed information of how many updated news are from your 1st, 2nd and 3rd connections in the left tab, and even to the level that you can get a more detailed filter based on Industry you are in, Companies, Time, Region , Tags and School.

Signal also offers real time updates, just as how TweetDeck does as a desktop application and Ajax based pulls for Facebook, which is kind of cool, without the need to refresh the page too often. Likewise, since Signal is a Beta, the Trending Links tab is something I did not manage to understand fully, since I believe it was mimicked by Yahoo! Beta, MSN and Twitter alike, as it would also give a clear indication of how popular a link is within the community, such as YouTube , FourSquare and such. I have not been given an full idea how it works until I typed in a keyword in the search panel up on the top, which will then reflect the trending topics to the search words. Also, since this is a new feature as compared to the main page which restricts to just Q&A, People, Company, Group , it makes more sense as it shows topics and titles other members are
talking about. It is a real shame that I can’t paste screenshots of how this works, but quoting from their press release , this would be a great move forward.

The streams will even show who is sharing links related to the topic you are looking at. Currently Signal is at Beta stage but you can try going to http://linkedin.com/signal/trial if there are slots left.

Having reached another milestone

One year ago, I signed up for an account in LinkedIn and it was because a friend added me to his relation through netlog, another social media application / site. Despite having over 12,000 friends on Facebook which I trimmed a few times to ensure it’s way below the personal threshold limits, I never had over 50 people of direct contact to be on my LinkedIn connection.

Now, as of today, I have reached and surpassed the 300 mark, thanks to joining and peer connections sharing similar work, business or even interests. That is something quite remarkable when I finally found out that with just 300 plus connections at 1st level, I have 11,439 people connected through these contacts whom are able to yield 7,801,400+ connections. Boy oh Boy..that is a huge number.

In terms of activity, with over 50 people looking at my portfolio for the last 3 days, this would generally equate to more than a few million dollars in potential income. To those who are experts in SEO and Meta Advertising on the web, the mass of 7.8 million visitors will at least give an advertising revenue of $78,000 using a low end CPM and CPC values.

Looking further, I saw the demographics of my contacts, 70% of them are from professionals who are in the ‘High Income’ area (meaning US,Canada, EU,the sort) and the rest are either job seekers or people who are professionals of the lower scale. The keyword density is so dense, that the standard word will be jobs, technology, business and finance. Even BAT (British American Tobacco) have been found to be advertising on the LinkedIn Platforms and even the users sites for their recruitment.

Ad space is not cheap on LinkedIn, especially recruitment. However, that is for another rambling but I am personally happy that you guys came to visit me.. know me and hopefully we can yield something far better in the near future.

In the mean time, do check my sites out often for some new stuff.

Using LinkedIn and Networking Sites to your advantage

I have been a member of LinkedIn and many other networking session sites such as Facebook and even Friendster and as such one must know how to capitalise on these networks. I had a nice chit chat session with a prominent networker and business person recently in Kuala Lumpur on how we should capitalise on using these networks to our advantage. The obvious means is to advertise according to the demographic needs of the service or product, but the other part is that using our connections to know more people of our industry and even the competitor.

Likewise, at one time, the person may be a competitor or rival but who knows, despite such scenarios, one can me amicable for we do not know we will be needing their help instead. Like my LinkedIn, I did not realise that I have over 6 million over connections overall , who are just all professionals alike, and not just players of Mafia Wars with just over 250 direct connections. It’s very much useful, as the job boards and discussion boards of the groups are a way to understand and gain new knowledge and of course share them.

I consider friendship and relationship being more of an asset especially in the media and technology industry as they really can bring more good than any monetary rewards, such as insider information,tips and emerging technologies so that we can be well prepped for the launch etc, gaining considerable advantage.

Sometimes, however, we as friends have to tell or blurt out the blunt truth without any sugar on it, hoping for the best of things. And being honest is something we want, such as business and gender opinions in any subject. That sometimes attract the wrong attention but it’s that information we gather and research that is well worth it. The results are always positive such as my latest insider information on doing business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the GCC Region.

And if you wish to add me, it’s http://www.linkedin.com/in/azrinmajid and my address , well, go figure or ask me about on my FB!

Finally, a PROPER update.

Somehow or rather, my LinkedIn account was giving me the headache when I had the itch to import my resume to the new formatting. BAD CHOICE. BAD JOBSTREET. Silly me! It was a mess..and took me ages and alot of tech support to get my resume and other formatting in place. Things and places I don’t like people to know, which includes me as an intel officer back in the army days. No, I’m not a handler if you are thinking that, especially with the SAS.

Sometimes, it’s kind of a bugger to be ‘socialising’ in the social sites but in LinkedIn, which I wondered WHY PEOPLE WOULD PAY for the Premium Edition costing over $50/mth until I found the beauty of the Discussion Groups. Technically, with over few hundred thousand focus groups, mainly these networkers tend to focus themselves in the Business Entrepreneur sections on top of those top notch recruiters hovering about the job forums of Arabia and where their specialty is, such as Tech and Telecom for example, and some, just an alumni site.

Pretty kind of cool when you know how your fellow friends have gone about in their normal working lives and for those who has a HUGE fan following, you can import EVERYONE you know from FACEBOOK into LinkedIn by importing the contact list , however large it is, into your Yahoo or Gmail and cross import it to LinkedIn. Won’t take long, despite having more than a few thousand followers, members, friends alike and suddenly you find out that your pool of friends are far bigger than you think. Me, with currently 203 connections (only 50 or so from facebook..shame on you guys!) ….I found out that I am connected to over 6 Million people through these 200 odd people, with over 9000 new people jumping on board this month alone ! Gosh..and if i am a celebrity, then this is good figures, and mind you converting 6 million visitors to your site in terms of advertising revenue alone based on a 0.01 CTR will yield a good $50,000! Just in impressions alone will make you smile to the bank!

So what you waiting for, Invite Me to your list of good friends….and you will find out, that someone may be peeping about , looking through your profile and history, trying to snag you for a good job. I got headhunted before, so I know how these people work.

Good luck and God Speed.

And to those 12 who perished in the Simpang Ampat bus pile-up accident on 10.10.10 …my deepest condolences.

Dress code in business dealings with Saudi Arabians

Dress code in Saudi Arabia are plain and simple, which put it simply as Smart and Elegant. For the men, as how the Arabs wear robes or jubaah with a sarban is not required for the non-Arab or expatriate but however, one is expected to don a 5 piece suit and tie with proper shoes to go with it. Do ensure that your shoes are NOT MADE OF PIG SKIN like those sold in the UK such as Marks & Spencers , Burtons and many more as these are Haram or forbidden in the country and will get you in huge problems.

Smart Elegance is the key and of course clean shave is not a must but those who have facial hair are expected to have a great care for their beard and mustache. First impressions counts and a proper greeting of Assalamualaikum or Ahlan with a good firm handshake is a must between men and you must point your feet or shoes AWAY from the other people, as shoes are considered very dirty and an insult to the Arabs alike. Women are NOT ALLOWED to be in the company of men and are not welcomed in corporate meetings. Deals are known to have fallen through when women are brought in the presence of the company. However, dealings as such are usually done between women only or a proxy or representative of the company even though the CEO of the company is a woman. This is such a great deal that men are not allowed to look into the eye of another female who are not related by blood and they take very great presidence over this. However, if you need to attend any shows or conferences, the women should cover up, and I really mean cover EVERYTHING UP. An Abaya or women robe is the norm, where the head to toe is covered except for the hands, face and feet. Though some sort of fashionable Abaya are available, these scarves and sort are to be donned everywhere except in private company. From the meetings, there will be drinks served and coffee is normally served. They will carry on serving you till you stay stop or shukran (Pronounced as Shook – Rand) and Alhamdullilah as it is required in Islam for hospitality and trust. With any business, trust is important, and after a few meetings, then they will conclude the business deal, and they expect that the deal to be fulfilled one way or another without any second chances. In Saudi Arabia, payments are very strict and not paying up will land you in prison. So make sure you can deliver on time or give extra time should anything goes wrong as Arabs tend to have VERY LONG HOLIDAYS especially during the month of Ramadan and Hajj periods. One should also take note and be aware that meetings must be stopped or interrupted during prayers time which is about 1pm, 4pm 7pm and 8pm as they tend to their solat.

As such, avoid meetings during these times and they tend to either have meetings that are very early or late about 5pm onwards till late at night for supper. This is not surprising for them as Arabs tend to bond with each other. Respecting one another is very important and without their respect, you can’t deal with anyone else. Please be mindful when dealing with the Arabs and wish you Good Fortunes. In parting, always say Maa Salam and wish them assalamualaikum or Peace upon you for that would seal the bond. Insyallah or God Willing , you will succeed in the easiest and friendliest place to earn a living, Saudi Arabia.

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