7 Things You May Not Know About Shama

By: Shama Hyder

It’s a blogger chain! You write 7 things that someone may not know about you, and then you tag 7 other bloggers who do the same. Well, I’ve been tagged by the remarkable Kevin Eikenberry. Think email forwards on steroids! I usually pass on these things, but I do get a LOT of questions about what I like to do in my free time, etc. So, I thought this was a good chance to give you a peak behind the curtain.

1. I love country music. No, seriously. You can stop laughing now…When I was a kid, my uncle used to listen to the Judds (Why not me…), and I fell in love with the genre. My favorites: LeAnn Rimes, Taylor Swift, and Brad Paisley.

2. I read ridiculously fast. And I don’t speed read. I don’t even know what that means. I don’t use a technique, I just read fast. 750 pages in 4 hours fast. 400 blog posts a day fast. I retain about 80%.

3. I am NOT first generation. Most people assume that I am 1st generation Indian (or Middle Eastern). I am not. I wasn’t born in the U.S. I was born in Goa, India and spent the majority of my childhood in Bangalore, India. I moved to New York when I was 9. My kids, most likely, will be 1st generation.

4. I am a history buff. Freshmen year in high school, they called me the history channel. Again, seriously. The past holds a very deep fascination for me. I find history alluring. There I said it. If I didn’t run an online marketing firm, I’d most likely be a history professor or a librarian.

5. My mother is an actress. She has acted in several Indian-American independent films and plays. She also wanted wants me to be an actress. = )

6. Astrology is a hobby. When I was a junior in college, I made some friends who LIVED by the stars. I don’t do the same, but it was quite an education. I have never let that go. I enjoy studying the stars. And in case you were wondering…I am a Taurus Sun, Cancer Moon, and Scorpio Rising (just barely-29 degrees).

7. I have only 2 vices. I don’t drink (not even coffee), smoke, or party late. I have 2 vices. Books and Chocolate. People have lured me into doing speaking engagements in exchange for chocolate (not kidding). And, I am addicted to books.

Now, your turn ; )

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She is the founder & CEO of Zen Media. She has been named the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Entrepreneur Magazine and the “Millennial Master of the Universe” by FastCompany.com. Forbes, Businessweek, and Inc have all recognized her as one of the Top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in the field of marketing. Shama has built a global audience and is known for helping brands succeed in the digital age. She is a bestselling author, an international keynote speaker, and has been named one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Marketing for four years in a row.



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