“I’m urging you to be angry”: Kailash Satyarthi live at TED2015

A very interesting outlook.

TED Blog

Kailash Satyarthi speaks at TED2015 - Truth and Dare, Session 12. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED Kailash Satyarthi was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Malala Yousafzai, for his work helping children. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

“All my best ideas were born of anger,” says children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. As the first speaker in the closing session of TED2015, Satyarthi shows how fury can be an underestimated power to make change.

It’s the energy that’s informed his entire career — and led to his winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Says Satyarthi, when he was eleven, he saw his friends forced to leave school when their parents couldn’t afford textbooks – and that made him angry. When he was twenty-seven, he heard a slave’s plight at his daughter being sold into a brothel – and that too made him angry. At the age of fifty, he says, lying in the street in a pool of blood with his son, he was really, really angry.

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Networking is Key!

During my 4 years of undergrad if there’s one thing I’ve learned its that in today’s modern age, if you want to obtain a job in the business world (or any other field in my opinion), there is nothing and I mean NOTHING more important than NETWORKING. In my 4 years of attending continuous networking events, almost every hiring manager and employees from different firms that I have spoken to have told me that networking is key and if you want to land a job in accounting or more specifically, a position with one of the big 4 audit firms, you have to get yourself known with their management.Big-four-logos

Now the reason why I put so much emphasis on networking is due to many reasons and at the end of the day if you really think about it, it does end up making sense. A big part of a job as a staff accountant involves dealing with clients on a constant basis. Since this is a big responsibility, the firm must be able to trust their you to deal with their million dollar clients efficiently, effectively and in a professional manner. The best way for the firm to determine if they can trust you is by getting to know you in advance either through referrals or networking events. A networking event is your chance to shine and to recruiters who you really are. So always remember, the first impression is your last impression and its not only about what you know but also about WHO you know!

5 Quick Presentation Tips for Startup Pitches

Very useful tips for upper year students or anyone who is actively involved in presentations.

David Cummings on Startups

Tonight I had the opportunity to hear startup pitches at the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition regional final at the Atlanta Tech Village. Being a regional final, this group represented the best HBS-affiliated teams from around the Southeast. Here are five quick presentation tips for startup pitches after seeing tonight’s event:

  1. Tell a Story – Most of the pitches were product-heavy and not story-oriented. The winner of the event told the best story and made the problem/solution most relatable.
  2. Invest in Slides – Slides should be visually compelling, even if the investment is modest. Everyone in the audience knows immediately if they’re homemade.
  3. Don’t Read Slides – One of the presenters read multiple slides to the audience, word for word. Ouch. Engage with the audience and don’t read to them.
  4. Max 10 Words Per Slide – Slides to be used as handouts are different from slides for a visual…

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How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators

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Learning_a_languageBy Krystian Aparta

They say that children learn languages the best. But that doesn’t mean that adults should give up. We asked some of the polyglots in TED’s Open Translation Project to share their secrets to mastering a foreign language. Their best strategies distill into seven basic principles:

  1. Get real. Decide on a simple, attainable goal to start with so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. German translator Judith Matz suggests: “Pick up 50 words of a language and start using them on people — and then slowly start picking up grammar.”
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  2. Make language-learning a lifestyle change. Elisabeth Buffard, who in her 27 years of teaching English has always seen consistency as what separates the most successful students from the rest. Find a language habit that you can follow even when you’re tired, sick or madly in love.
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  3. Play house with the language. The more you invite…

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5 Solid Interview Tips

In most cases, you are more than half way there once you have an landed an interview with the job that you are trying to achieve. My past experiences from mock and real job interviews interviewalong with feedback from hiring managers and head recruiters has given me enough insight to draw some conclusions on how interviews really work and what is really needed to make a stellar impression. I feel that most people nowadays tend to over complicate an interview which leads to nothing but negative vibes and feelings such as nervousness, lack of confidence and anxiety. And let’s be honest, it is totally normal to experience all these negative feelings before an interview, especially for one who is trying to land a vital or dream job. However, if you take a deep breath and follow the tips that I have formulated below, you will be much more relaxed and confident. Mark my words when I tell you there is a very thin line between an interview and sealing the deal!

1) Research, Research and RESEARCH!!!

– Honestly I don’t know how much more emphasis and stress I can place on this aspect. Doing preliminary research on the company you are looking to get hired with is as vital as it gets. Analyzing the firm and taking the time to do some research on its presence in the market can go a long way.

2) Create a Solid Personal Statement

– Now this does not need to be your life story. You can make this short, sweet and simple by including the main highlights and the strengths you want the hiring manager to take notice of. If executed correctly, a solid personal statement will give the interviewer a good idea about your character and the skills you possess that make you the perfect candidate for the position. And always remember to just be yourself!

3) The Inevitable Question “What are some of your weaknesses?”

– This question is known to be definitely asked in most behavioural interviews. Let’s admit it, not everyone is perfect. In my opinion, the interviewer here is trying to observe how humble you are and that you can actually admit you have weaknesses just like everyone else. The key here is to complement your answer by letting the interviewer know the steps you take to overcome those particular weaknesses.

4) Dress Professionally and Make a Fashion Statement (This is where you pull off that Harvey Specter look) 

– The more professionally and sharply you are dressed, the more of a positive statement it makes. Make sure the suit you wear is well tailored and your colour combinations are on point. Nothing too flashy, just keep it simple and dashing. Oh and always remember that your belt and dress shoes should be the same colour.

5) Thank You Email

– It is mostly recommended  that you send a thank you email within approximately 24 hours after the interview. This does not have to be anything complicated or long, just a simple email showing your gratitude.

Hopefully after reading some of these tips, you are now well prepared and confident. At times just go with the flow and use your professional judgement. Now what are you waiting for? Carry on and land that dream job!

GST/HST and Fundraising Activities

How NPOs manage their operating budgets and their compliance with the GST/HST legislation

Accounting in Canada

Charities and other not-for-profit organizations (NPO’s) rely on fundraising to generate significant dollars towards their annual operating budgets.  Often, the application of GST/HST to these events is overlooked or improperly executed.  Risks involve not collecting GST/HST on taxable revenue sources and/or over claiming input tax credits (ITC’s) for GST/HST paid on expenses related to tax-exempt fundraising activities.

Fundraising could include admissions to events like concerts, dinners or golf tournaments as well as the sale of goods, like chocolate bars, or rain barrels.  Determining whether you should be collecting GST/HST on your revenues depends first and foremost on whether you are a registered charity.  GST/HST legislation provides a broader range of exemptions for fund raising events carried on by a charity than for other NPO’s.

A charity hosting a golf tournament, for example, would not have to charge GST/HST on the admission as long as the charity is able to issue…

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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME…

Well for some of you who may not know by now, I am an accounting enthusiast. My name is Sohaib Azad and I am current 4th year undergrad student specializing in Accounting and Finance at York University.

accountantIt has been my goal since the 12th grade to obtain the CA/CPA designation. I’ve always been dead set on obtaining my CA/CPA mainly due to the amount of flexibility this designation has to offer. After the rigorous training and examinations, a CA/CPA has the necessary skill set which can be effectively utilized in many industries and fields.

Along with being an accounting enthusiast, I am also a sports enthusiast which means I can strike a conversation on almost any sport (yup that includes curling as well). One aspect of my life that I value immensely are my family and close friends because without them, I would not be half the person I am today.