Auto Annadurai Motivational Speaker - Profile
Meet G Annadurai aka Auto Annadurai, a Class 12 dropout, whose passion for his professionalism and the desire to give the best amenities tp his customers has brought led him to have 40,000 Facebook Followers, and more than 40 speeches at corporate organizations and two TED talks to his credit.
Annadurai drives a ‘share auto’ which can carry five to six people on Old Mahabilpuram Road (OMR), where most of the IT companies are located.
His auto is wifi enabled and equipped with a TV set, laptop, tablet and Ipad – the latter three devices being available for customers who like to do some browsing as they travel.
He plays the day’s important news clips on the TV set, which he normally records during the lunch break at home.
He also keeps a stock of popular film songs from major Indian languages and plays them for customers from other states who like to hear songs in their native tongue.
For those who wish to catch up on the news or do some light reading, there is a collection of eight dailies and the latest issues of not less than 35 magazines that are stacked neatly inside the auto.
Last year he installed a swiping machine too so that customers need not worry about carrying change while travelling in his auto. While even major shops discourage shoppers from using their credit/ debit cards as they would have to pay a commission of 1 or 2 per cent on the bill amount to the bank, Annadurai says he feels proud of contributing a share of his earnings to the banks.
Annadurai also offers free or discounted rides on special days. Teachers are offered free rides daily, lovers on Valentine’s Day, and women travelling with their children on Mother’s Day.
“I always look for ways to make my customers happy,” says Annadurai, who earns around Rs 45,000 every month and spends from it about Rs 9,000 on the various amenities he provides for his customers.
He invested Rs 80,000 on the Apple IPad Pro he purchased in January.
For the moment, Auto Anna is preparing for the launch of an app that would enable customers to track the movement of his auto, check seat availability, and book a ride. With his own website and a mobile app, Annadurai is very popular. He also has a Facebook page with more than 10,000 followers, and has given two TED talks. Annadurai intends to change the way autos work. "A lot of things have changed today, except for the auto.
Auto Anna endears himself to his customers so much through his flawless and innovative service, his integrity and friendliness, that “many foreigners who stay in five-star hotels such as ITC Grand Chola, Taj or Hyatt and can get free rides to the airport in luxury cars, prefer to book my auto to the airport. And autos are not allowed at the airport terminals, so they get off, often with their families, and drag their suitcases to the departure area,” he smiles, adding, “Once you travel in my auto, you will not remain a customer; you’ll become my friend!”
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