Interview with Geetesh Bajaj, a PowerPoint MVP awarded by Microsoft for the last 13 years. He also runs the Indezine.com site.
DNF: Please tell us about yourself
Geetesh: I do presentation design
using Microsoft PowerPoint, have authored 6 books, and have been a PowerPoint
MVP awarded by Microsoft for the last 13 years. I also run the Indezine.com
DNF: When did you started your career and
Geetesh: I started around 15 years
ago creating presentation slides, and have not stopped since.
DNF: Why did you choose career related with
software industry and what inspired you?
Geetesh: My career decision
probably related more to design than software. But yes, it is the software that
allows an expression of design in this case.
DNF: As a technical person, when you have
been assigned a job that you seem difficult, how do you approach it?
Geetesh: Divide a larger task into
smaller tasks, and follow it through one step at a time.
DNF: When you want to learn any new
technology, how do you start? Do you have any strategy in place that you follow
to learn any newer technologies.
Geetesh: I don’t really learn any
new technology unless it has a direct relation to my sphere of work. It’s best
that I do what I do, and specialize in that field rather than embracing
anything and everything that’s new. And newer stuff always evolves even in the
technology area where I am placed right now.
DNF: These days every now and then newer
technologies/versions or new concepts are popping up, what do you think about
it and how do you cope up with them?
Geetesh: Everything has a reason.
Let’s look at tablets as an example. Everyone wants to create and deliver their
PowerPoint presentations via an iPad because it’s so cool to do so. But when
people master the art of iPad presentations, they still like the comfort of
creating their slides on a large, two monitor desktop display that gives them
more creative freedom. So it’s more about what works for you rather than what
is cool. Ultimately, I do think we need to strike a balance – between embracing
new technologies, being aware of them, playing with them, but we also need to
see if that is going to help us or not.
Looking at the iPad
presentations topic again, I still like to do my iPad presentations on a
desktop although the iPad gives me so many more opportunities to deliver that
content in new ways. So that’s balance!
DNF: This is little personal however
if you do not mind sharing, can you please tell us how do you balance personal
as well as professional life when the work is getting demanding now a days and
need to spend more time in office?
Geetesh: First of all, we all must
realize that the time you spend with your family and the time that you spend
alone with yourself is what shapes you as a human being. It’s very important
that you find time for these pursuits. They will end up making you a better
professional as well.
DNF: What technology or software do you
think will be hot in coming 4-5 years and why?
Geetesh: I think the seamless
integration of content via different computing platforms will become something
that we will take for granted.
DNF: When any of the team members is
difficult to manage (technically and personally) how do you tackle them?
Geetesh: You just have to
understand them, and their reasons. Then be open and frank with them, and ask
them to do the same.
DNF: How do you deal with the situation when
your project deliverables is getting delayed?
Geetesh: Be honest and sincere, do
your best so as to not delay. But if things are beyond your control, do share
this information with you client immediately.
Also don’t accept
deadlines that are not reasonable in the first place.
DNF: Do you remember any event/challenge
that you have faced in your career and how did you deal with it?
Geetesh: Challenges show up each
day and you just need to take care of them. Then just think of them as stepping
stones, and move on.
DNF: What do you do in your free times, what
are your hobbies?
Geetesh: I organize! Everything
from my music collection to my books. I read lots of books, and I also love
DNF: Anything else you want to share that
may help the readers of DotNetFunda.Com in shaping up their career.
Geetesh: Believe in whatever you
do because you cannot lead a life that’s someone else’s belief. It has to be
DNF: Thanks for your time for answering these questions. We wish you good luck in all your endeavours and family life. God bless you and your family.