Author Archives: Mohibul Nahar

Project Ikigai

Do you ever wonder what you should be doing with your life?  What’s unique about you?  What are your strengths and how can you apply them in order to contribute to the world and yourself?  Welcome to Project Ikigai.

The first iteration of our project will release in early 2018.  If you are interested in testing the service please reach out to us and we’ll send you the link to our beta release to use for free in exchange for feedback.  Email to join us.  Thanks!


Communicating Effectively Using the POETIC Framework

While preparing a new customer presentation recently, I used the POETIC framework as a guide.  During the process I realized that for more experienced presenters and communicators, a focused list of key components to deliver to your audience may be more helpful than the full framework.  For times when you are focused on content creation of your presentation or discussion, I’ve created a ten-point checklist of the key components of the POETIC Framework.  See below and learn more at course link below.

POETIC Framework (Short Version):  A Ten-Point Checklist for Content Creation

  • Meaningful and relevant purpose (Outline):  Why is this topic important to your audience?  Why should they be listening to you?
  • Key messages (Outline):  What do you want your audience to take away from your conversation?  Lead and end with these messages.
  • Uses, limits, and opposing views (Outline): What are the primary use cases for your topic?  What are the constraints or areas where your topic or solution don’t apply?  What are the alternative approaches?
  • Include the history (Outline):  If applicable, include the history around how your topic came to be, or the history of yourself (or your organization) and how that has influenced your topic.
  • Big picture (Outline):  Where does the topic sit in the broader landscape of your audience’s world?
  • Relevant and relatable examples, analogies, and stories (Interesting): Make sure you’ve identified these to include throughout your presentation or as core focus areas of your presentation.
  • Questions to Ask Your Audience (Engage):  Have questions prepared ahead of your discussion that you intend to ask your audience.
  • Present expertise or credibility (Trust): Include why you’re a credible source on the topic OR your organization’s credentials/competencies.
  • Position the new viewpoint (Challenge):  what’s the new view of the world that you want your audience to take away?  What didn’t they know, believe, or take action on before your encounter that you’d like to change?  This is your call to action.
  • Reference Handout (Preparation):  Once you’ve gone through this list and built an overview/agenda/outline of your discussion or presentation, print it out or post it for your audience to access.

Check out our course on communicating effectively using the POETIC Framework posted at UDEMY:


The Teacher & The Salesman

The Teacher & The Salesman: A Communication Reference Guide for Delivering Engaging and Informative Discussions Using the POETIC Framework



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“Title: The Teacher & The Salesman: A Communication Reference Guide for Delivering Engaging and Informative Discussions Using the POETIC Framework

Author: Mohibul Nahar

Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Date of Publication: 23 July 2017

Genre: Self-Help

Rating: 5/5

‘A good talk is like a primer for your brain.’

The classroom is a dynamic space of constant interactions and all those facing a class of beaming students know the importance of maintaining that dynamism in order to uphold the energy of the class. But some Professors are way too boring and do not realise that their real influence upon the students is far beyond the subject lectures. It is in the way they present their ideas, how they talk, how socially relevant they keep their speeches and how far they are able to pull their students out from deep slumber yanking at their eyelids. Their real impact is outside the class in how approachable and open minded they can be. But no matter how much we all understand these, do we know the ways to achieve them?

Pleasantly, Nahar jumps to the help of all such communicators in need to help them realise and prioritise their goals. Using the anecdote of a conversation between a teacher and a salesman, Nahar drives his point home about the importance of salesmanship on behalf of the teacher. Teaching and selling then become twin concepts. While teachers help the youth grow, salesmen drive the economy. He cleverly argues that we are always selling our best to the ones in whose hearts we want to create a special place for ourselves and in return be adored. Explaining how to sell one’s skills then becomes imperative while also teaching them how to be better versions of themselves. The book is very candid and conversational. Nahar confesses that he’s not selling any secret formula or profoundly insightful ideas. It is all a bunch of his own personal observations taken during his engineering and business degrees as well as a lot of field experience. But with a tinge of humour he goes on to mention that his most important experience is with his spouse of ten years that has provided him with ample experience of lecturing, being lectured to and lots of selling.

Nahar goes on to introduce the POETIC framework that should form the basis of logical discussions and fruitful arguments. Bullet points and simple examples make it easier to understand his advice. He stresses on peer to peer teaching for better bonding and clarity of concepts amongst students who may fear their peers as competitors or see them as a threat to their personal development. The knowledge level of students is important and the awareness or misunderstandings they bring with them will shape the way they receive information.

He also adds a word of caution regarding advanced students who are always a challenge (as much as a delight) to their teachers though they usually appreciate the pre-lecture refresher; triggering ideas they may have missed or hasn’t yet occurred to them. They may come across as arrogant, detached and uninterested because they’re mostly self-taught and depend very little upon their teachers. Hence, it may be difficult to pin them down as they’re always on the move but that shouldn’t deter the teacher from selectively engaging in higher order thinking and dialogue. In the most highly engaging classes the teacher should not require participation at all. The students should know the course of events. On the whole, the book is very engaging with quite some practical advice. Though it is targeted towards those in teaching or speaking based professions, consultants, salespersons, trainers, marketers and presenters but it is a useful read for all.”


Welcome to Lincoln Row LLC

Welcome to Lincoln Row LLC: The oar that moves you forward.

We are a solutions firm developing software to address needs in personal communication and development.  Our first solution, the relationship explorer app is currently being developed.  We are in the initial phase.

Our solutions will span the following areas:

  • Personal Communication
  • Individual Potential
  • Broadening the Mind and Spirit through Travel

Nahar Relationship Explorer:  This web and mobile application will allow people to better navigate their personal relationships to their partner.  The application will provide guiding questions, activity prompts, open writing sections, and give you the tools to communicate more effectively in your relationships.

ScenePal – a travel application helping you to tailor individual travel itineraries to your preference and share itineraries with the broader community.  Our team is in the design stages for this application.

Career Finder – a personalized approach to mapping jobs to your particular preferences.  Our team is currently in the design phase.

Please stay tuned as we continue our development.

Our Beliefs:

  1. Clear, Effective, and Efficient Communication is the foundation for progress
  2. Intelligent Logic married to creative imagination births innovative thinking that can solve any challenge
  3. Solutions that focus on functionality and simplicity within given constraints are the most beautiful designs
  4. Kindness and Respect are deserved by all people
  5. Expanding our minds through experience and debate leads to advancement and growth