Success Story – Aravali Institute of Technical Studies, Udaipur

                                                                                                                                                                             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.

Boot Camp @ AITS

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.

Students with TrainersThe 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.

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How To Improve Your Business Presentation Skills: I

This article is designed to help you improve your business presentation skills by looking at the presentation from the point of view of the purpose, the preparation, the organization, the support and the delivery.

  1. Presentation:
    1. Determine the Purpose of the objective/purpose of the presentation.
      1. General purpose
        • Informative Transfer of information from speaker to audience
        • Persuasive Attempt to change attitude, belief, or action
      2. Realistically define the results expected:
        • Realistic in scope
        • Realistic in view of receivers’ knowledge, culture, status, etc.
        • Realistic in view of possible actions by receiver
        • Realistic in terms of what you can reasonably expect to accomplish
      3. Specific outcomes you desire from the communication. Very specifically complete the following: When the presentation is finished, the audience will:
      4. Hidden objectives of the presentation that the presenter is aware of but does not share with the audience. Sometimes the presenter has objectives that the presenter chooses not to share with the audience. It is important that the presenter is aware of them and prepares the speech accordingly. For example, if you were training on a safety procedure. You might have as your obvious purpose to inform the audience about the safety procedure. Your hidden objective might be to persuade the audience to follow the new safety procedure.

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Importance of Writing skills

Communication skills, including writing, are one of the most important transferable skills that workers possess. Most business professionals, such as marketing, finance, and research and development managers, need excellent writing skills to properly convey ideas and concepts. There are many reasons that writing skills are important in the business world.

Significance

During a regular business day, bosses write emails to employees notifying them of meetings or providing instructions for specific projects. These written messages must be concise and self-explanatory, so workers can be productive and not waste time asking for further instructions. Business people are busy and well-written communications help save time. Additionally, good writing adds to the credibility of the writer and reflects positively on a company’s image.

Identification

Writing skills are particularly important to advertising copywriters. These professionals create magazine, newspaper, and Internet advertisements to convince readers to purchase a company’s products or services. For example, an advertisement’s headline must grab the consumer’s attention and get her to read the company’s offer. A company’s sales brochures and other advertising materials must also be written effectively.

Types

Writing skills are important in many types of company communications, including emails, reports, presentations, company brochures, sales materials, and visual aids. For example, a marketing research manager’s reports should be comprehensive and informative, yet written on a level that any employee can understand. Plus, as more companies operate internationally, emails are replacing telephone communications.

Function

Human resources managers need excellent writing skills to attract, select, and hire the right employees. It takes a considerable amount of money to place advertisements and hire employees. Job advertisements must appeal to job applicants with the right education and experience. Human resources managers with the best writing skills know how to state specific qualifications in a job advertisement.

Considerations

Employees must not only know how to write effectively, they must also be discreet in their written work. For example, employees should not write emails when they are angry or upset as emails can be saved and later printed. An employee who says inappropriate things in an email can create trouble or even be fired. Jokes, profanity, and crude written communications are also prohibited in the workplace.

Source: http://www.smallbusiness.chron.com