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Isn't Speaking a profession too???

I was recently invited by an Association to do a session for them. When I explored about fees, they told me that theirs was a charitable organisation.

What does this mean?
Don't these organisations pay for any services?
What about their Auditors, Accountants and Staff.

Y0u could be part of an organisation that does social service for the community. That's great!!! I am also a part of such organisations but that's my choice.

How can your charity be my charity????
And when will you start valuing "Speakers" and the time they invest?

Doctors charge, Lawyers & Accountants too, cos that's their profession. But Speakers aren't supposed to ... doesn't it sound strange.

Even the Toast Master's expects a Speaker/Trainer to do a session for them gratis. Toast Masters being the flag bearers should understand that they can bring "value" to the profession.

We had started a Speakers Club in Mumbai, India about 4 years back and every "Speaker" we i…

Why are Trainers running behind International Training Certifications

This was a question raised by Naina Mehta in Trainers Forum.

My answer:
Thank you for the question which everyone probably wanted to ask but dared not?

Before we get stuck-up with blaming our Indian fascination for everything 'phoren', let me offer a perspective. As I have been a 'Certified Trainer' in International programs as well as I deliver my own conceptualised "Training Programs", I hope to present a balanced opinion

1. What is an International Certification?A certification allows you to deliver a particular training program with it's modules (this generally is an Intellectual Property program which has it's base on some research, book, thought or philosophy). This certification allows one to deliver this program across the globe or pre-defined areas (as per the contract signed with the intellectual property holder). Usually these modules are very structured (a few cultural variations allowed) but the trainer can't bring in his own content to t…

Is mentioning as Ex employee or associate of an organisation, violates the copyright or patent rights ?

Is mentioning as Ex employee or associate of an organisation, violates the copyright or patent rights ? .... Question asked in Trainers Forum by Manish Agarwal

My thoughts:
As per my knowledge, there is no law in India that prohibits you to use ex-Company as part of your profile. There could be some Companies who may have signed an agreement before you joined saying that you can't use their name in future and there could be non-competing clause too. We may have to check the legal validity of such clauses. I'm unsure but the Constitution of India (especially the Article that gives one a Right to practice a profession or vocation may support one here)

Another thought is - if one can't use it then how come the Past Presidents, Past PM's etc. proudly mention it. Even MP's flaunt it.... and professionally retired Judges use it too. Further let's not forget ex-Army/Navy/Airforce who promptly put up Retd. Colonel / Captain / Cmde etc. in their business cards, letterheads…