My First Blog Post

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Design Thinking

What is Design Thinking ?

Design Thinking is an iterative process in which we seek to understand the user, challenge assumptions and redefine problems in an attempt to identify alternative strategies and solutions that might not be instantly apparent with our initial level of understanding. At the same time, Design Thinking provides a solution-based approach to solving problems. It is a way of thinking and working as well as a collection of hands-on methods.

What do you believe in?

This was the question asked in class at the beginning of lecture. Most of came with different answers like “Adaptability, creativity, Innovation, Communication, Entrepreneurship” etc. But the most important factor of being an entrepreneur is to have Empathy, having empathy towards others. Empathy is defined as“the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions; and the ability to share someone else’s feelings.” For entrepreneurs empathy is vital for maintaining success in business. From Customers to Employees, Shareholder to Investors it is important to have understanding and making a connection with them. Here is short video we saw to understand what Empathy is.

A short video explaining what empathy is.

The next part was interesting as we had a task to perform. We were pair into group of 2 each and had to design a gift giving experience to our partner who will be a customer for us. The first thing here to do was create empathy with the person as we had to interview him/her.

After the interview we had insights of what our customer wants and how the experience could be more enhanced. 4 mins were given to each of us and had to switch the roles and repeat the interview. Later on we had get dipper insights of what the customer would really be happy with. Once we came with the problem statement we had to present the customer with atlest 5 ideas so he could pick and give the feedback.

Finally the idea was presented to the customer and now it was time for making a prototype. Everyone presented their idea in form of prototype and feedback was taken.

This activity was something which helped us to connect us with customers by showing empathy. Understanding needs of your customer is very important when you design a service or product for your customer. Empathy plays a important part in this as you get connect with your customer.  Empathy is “the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions; and the ability to share someone else’s feelings.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

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