Thursday, November 24, 2011

Email From Farhan Shaikh

I got the below email from a prospective student:  (I wanted to write a comment on this letter for a long time, and I had some free time today, so I thought that I would comment on this exchange.)

From: Farhan Shaikh []
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2011 5:09 PM

hey Vijay,
are you providing free traning for SAP FICO?
i have a degree in accounting and looking for free traning in michigan area
i live in windsor (Canada ) ... please let me know
I wrote back:
On Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 11:30 AM, VXL Training <> wrote:

When did you finish your master's degree?

Vijay Madala

From: Farhan Shaikh []
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2011 11:50 PM
To: VXL Training
Subject: Re:

you fuckin suck.. you make other feel like as if your top of line school and hire the top instructors and yet you are looking for instructors on miindia..
you can keep your fuckin ego and shove it in your u know what

no i don't have a masters degree 
My Blog Entry for this email:
Ok so you got a history of the email between this student and I and there was also a phone call from him in which I talked to him.

Before I take students into training, I have to be able evaluate somebody quickly, weather it is via email or phone call.  So let us assume that you are me in this situation and this student wrote this email to you.  How do you evaluate him?

Here is my evaluation of this student:

He is not detailed orientated.  Notice in his first email and here are the errors I found in an instant, without even trying to find the mistake:

1) Capitalization and punctuation is horrible
2) Training is misspelled twice.
3) Michigan is not capitalized.
4) i should be capitalized and it is not in multiple places.
4) Heading on the email is Hey Vijay.  This is simply not how you address someone when you are emailing for the first time.

Even then I wanted to see if he had a Masters Degree to give him the benefit of the doubt to see how much of a drive he had.  He did not, so there is no way that I can take him into the training.

His caricaturization of my looking for teachers on is absolutely correct.  I am always looking to find the best teachers in the subjects that I offer.  I look on because I want to teach all my classes Live, and not online unless that is the only option I have.  To say that somehow finding teachers locally means that we do not offer good quality teachers or training is absolutely wrong.  I would say that my ABAP, FICO and SD class are in the top 5 in the entire world.  My teachers have been with me for years in these subjects and we have perfected the training for the subjects so that our students are well prepared for success when they leave us.

I would like you to find one student that has finished one of my classes that can say that he was not happy.  Find me one, not two, but one student.  You will be unable to find one.

I do not say things lightly.  If I say something then you know that I absolutely believe it to be true.  I spend an extraordinary amount of money on my training program, because I want my kids to succeed after they finish with me.  That is simply how I operate.  Money is not important to me, but I do strive to be the best in almost anything I do, and anyone that comes to my classes will see that.

So the final analysis I am very happy that I did not take the above student into our training.  He is not someone that would have succeeded and was simply looking for a free handout.  I have seen these types of students frequently and these are the same ones that do not do the work and then still expect success and will blame everybody else for their failure.

Thank goodness I was able to avoid him.  He would have caused me countless headaches.