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Book worm: Natasha Mannuela: On self-development, business and entertainment

Sebastian Partogi

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, February 13, 2017  /  02:06 pm
Book worm: Natasha Mannuela: On self-development, business and entertainment

Miss Indonesia 2016 Natasha Mannuela (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The life of Natasha Mannuela, a woman from Bangka Belitung province in Sumatra who was the second runner-up in the Miss World 2016 pageant, revolves around two worlds: business and entertainment.

She currently runs her own flip-flop brand Locapoca while carrying out her duties as Miss World 2016 runner-up and appearing in a number of television programs. She also dreams of combining her two interests by setting up her own talent management firm to help underprivileged youngsters develop their artistic talent in singing, dancing or modeling, to improve their livelihoods.

Natasha told The Jakarta Post that she reads books on personal development and business to further boost her own skills as a business woman.

Read also: Miss Indonesia named second runner-up in Miss World 2016

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Author: Dale Carnegie

Networking is obviously an essential element in doing business, whatever field you’re in. This book teaches me that in order to persuade other people to support what we are doing, we must not focus on our own agenda and what’s in it for us. Instead, we have to look at the matter from their perspective and explain what’s in it for them.

Another thing that I learn from this book is how to be a pleasant person. For instance, the book says that when we compliment somebody, it should not be just lip service but it should be truly genuine. The way that we can be genuine in complimenting somebody is by being specific. When you praise a woman for being beautiful, for instance, you can add details that she looks beautiful on that day because of the way she smiles, for instance.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Author: Robert Kiyosaki

This book has taught me a lot about being an entrepreneur, how to invest money wisely and set up a business. This book also sweeps away the conventional perception that being a corporate employee is the only way to find financial security and sustainable prosperity. To attain these things as entrepreneurs, however, we have to set up a long-term investment plan, as explained in this book.

Hi, Miiko!

Author: Ono Eriko

I love this Japanese manga (comic strip) series. The central character, an elementary school student named Miiko, has a very amusing personality. She is bubbly and her moods can change anytime. I love the innocence of her character. The stories are taken from reallife situations, so they feel real. This series also helps me to relive fond memories of my elementary school days.

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