By Nidhi Sapra – Business Skills Trainer
They say success is not a destination it’s a journey, yet another event that proved this true. It was another stepping stone in my journey with PurpleLeap and our many students. This time it was at Aravali Institute of Technical Studies, Udaipur with first semester students. I would call this one as the ‘purple steak’ of our training. With the successful completion of a boot camp we added another feather to our hats. The actual demonstration of what we always teach our students in ‘Team work’.
AITS Udaipur boot camp lasted for three days and ended on a very positive note and with lots of learning or rather I can say a big impact on us trainers and the students. Apart from the regular sessions we conducted group discussions and advertisement activity with the students.
During the ‘Ad Mad’ show on the first day of the bootcamp, the students astonished us with their creativity and agility. No wonder adverts can be more interesting than the daily soaps. Students were given only ten minutes to prepare their ads and what they processed in the 10mins was beyond our expectations. Maybe it’s right when it’s said that ‘crisis energy’ brings out the best in us.
We were amazed at the unique ideas which made the acts not just stunningly delightful but also enlightening. Like in one act, where a student appears with black teeth advertising a tooth powder and then uses the product in front of the audience instantly making his teeth white. Not to stop here, the group distributed tooth powder sachets to the audience to try it for themselves. It only demonstrated the commitment on the team’s part to make the act a hit.
With the task getting tougher, the next day the student’s had a challenge to create adverts on abstract products. The imagination and creativity went to another level altogether. In one of the acts on ‘Faith’ the team enacted a small scene where a student who was ill for many days was losing hope to recover, he would look out of his window and see the leaves falling from a tree and imagined that he will die just like how the leaves were falling from the tree and dying. Another participant in the act then tells him not to look out of the window for 5 days during that time he gets another friend to paint the tree green. When the ill friend looked out of the window again the green tree increases his hope in life and he starts recovering and his friend tells him that it’s not the tree but faith that has given him hope. Incredible message in a short act and beautifully portrayed.
The remaining students participated in a group discussion where a clipping from a famous chat show by Barkha Dutt was played. It was a discussion on ‘The Art of giving’. There were a few students who had seen such a chat show for the first time. When it was their turn to offer their opinion, young boys and girls came up with a discussion involving examples from the history when charity and donations was a social norm, Eg. Sudama. Some families survived only on BHIKSHA which in modern society has been institutionalized in the form of charities, donations and CSR. With a beautiful note the discussion ended with a conclusion that charity is not only donating money but also sharing happiness and being little more sensitive towards the under privileged section of the society.
On the last day and at the next level of performance only two teams were to be selected out of five; however they were so good that we selected three. One of the adverts was on the invention of telephone. After doing a lot of research students enacted the story of the first call on telephone and the landing on moon. Using a story students demonstrated that need inspired the invention of telephone.
The group discussion teams discussed on the topic Indian culture vs the Western culture. They offered suggestions like; western culture has best of technology and east has great minds. They concluded that no culture is bad, what matters is what we want to adopt from others around us.
The bootcamp ended on an ecstasy when the students shared their learnings; like team work, how they fought their fear to come on stage, the ones who never spoke in English did an act entirely in English, and how they handled both victory and failure. They talked about some new traits they discovered about themselves and a new side of their own personality. With a few tokens of appreciation we ended the carnival.
For us PurpleLeap trainers, it was yet another blissful journey in understanding young minds and discovering our own potential as trainers. I want to say passionately that we are still learning…and learning indeed is a wonderful thing.