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Ajay Chabbria, Intime Travels by Design #RiseLikeAPhoenix

‘Networking is about helping others. Don’t ask what they can do for you. Ask yourself what you can do for them.’

Since childhood, Ajay Chabbria, Director, Intime Travels by Designaspired to get into the Bollywood due to his excellent acting skills and charming looks. However, at the age of 16, he ended up doing a part-time job at his family-run pastry shop in Mumbai and dating his lady-love Hema full-time. After 10 years of courtship, they got married and she started In-Time travels from home in 1994. However, it was only in 2009 when Ajay accompanied Hema for an event and won a trip to Arabian Travel Mart that he realised his love for travel. He said, “That one lucky draw opened a whole new world for a person like me who loves networking and making friends. It was on this trip that I learned two things – social media is important for business growth and second, not everyone is here to help you.”

Post that trip, Ajay joined Hema full time in the travel business and focused strongly on social media marketing and networking at events. “We learned it quickly that not everyone is willing to help in terms of connecting you with the right people for business queries. Everybody projected themselves as friends but never helped and acted discrete as they felt threatened with our business and maybe with my charm,” chuckles Ajay. In the past 11 years, he has indeed made a good number of friends but has ended up making many enemies.

“I’m old school and believe in helping others. But I hate that people immediately take my help with the idea that I’ve ulterior motives. Sometimes you help someone and still become the bad one, which is not a good feeling. Sometimes people think I’m trying to act intimidating and tag me as a party icon and all but who cares, I am who I am,” believes Ajay.

Today Hema & Ajay owns an elite travel company which offers experiential holidays & events services for premium holidaymakers.

Networking is an investment in your business. It takes time and when done correctly can yield great results for years to come. So till things go back to the new normal, get on social media and start some quality networking to build your brand and #RiseLikeAPhoenix
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