Thursday, November 3, 2011

Unsubstantiated claims by Trainers: Are we becoming more like products today? Or braggers?

It's hilarious:
One Trainer claims that he is India's No. 1 Train the Trainer. I really don't know who is the Certifying body and what's the basis of this claim but nevertheless the claim is part of the signature line.

Another claims to be Mumbai 1st Trainer in a particular Technique. Till recently he claimed to the only one certified in that technique.

A Intl. Training Co. Franchisee claims to be the Global Top Training Co. They are a listed Co. in US and their financial statement showed that they were a loss making company until a few years back (whereas the claim started about 7 to 8 years ago).

Is this required? And why do we need this? Can't our work speak for ourselves through our clients?
Do we think that Client HR is soooo damn stupid that they aren't going to ask us for the rationale on our claim. BTW, are they asking?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Preps ON!!!!

Yesterday late night, Sunil and I were sitting and planning the flow of the Theater Training workshop on 15, 16.

I am feeling the value and the direction of the training is going on the right track. Most of the participants are trainers and we expect a lot of fun, learning and churning.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Trainers Forum is happy to announce the 2-day workshop on Using Drama and Theater in Training on 15th and 16th October, 2011, at Mumbai.

Perspective :

Dramatics and Theatre techniques are powerful mediums to make individuals reflect on their own behaviours in the organisation.

The workshop is divided into two parts:

1st part – The Actor in you

2nd part – The Trainer as an Actor

On Day 1, the participant refreshes on the basic nuances of Acting and understands the power of “Improv” as a tool of quick responses.

On Day 2 the participant explores usage of theatre in training using methodologies like Role Plays, Role Modeling, Forum Theatre, Scenario building for Skills Practice etc.,

About the Facilitator:

Ajit Kamath, Director, WizTalks - Ajit started lecturing in 1992, and has been in the space of Soft Skills Training since 1996. Since 2002 he started Training for Corporates' on topics such as Presentation Skills, Communication Skills, Team Building & Leadership. He has been associated with Theatre since 1988 and has acted, directed, written One-Act Plays for the amateur Theatre circuit and has also co-facilitated Drama workshops for children and young adults for 12 years. He has been using Theatre techniques in Training since early days and has been a Role-Player and a Forum Actor in International training deliveries.

For Day 1, the Co-Facilitator shall be:

Mr. Sunil Vishrani. Sunil who started as a child-actor has directed, written and acted in Plays. He has modelled for Advertisements too. He has regularly done cameos in "Tarak Mehta Ka Olta Chasma" and was one of the main characters in the popular serial "Papad Pol". He has been teaching Drama since 20 years and has been co-facilitating Drama workshops with Ajit since 15 years.

CONTENTS

Day 1- The Actor Prepares

Module

Description

Breaking Free

Free up your body

Building energy through play

Each part of the body acts

An Actor prepares

Observation

Imagination

Concentration

Body Language

The ‘body’ communication

Action-Reaction

One gives action the other reacts. Audience gives feedback of how the reaction c ould have been different

Non-Verbal

Enacting (no voice)

Perform the given situation within limited time-frame.

Improv.

Improvisation

Each person picks up a chit with a role and has to perform immediately for a minute using verbal & non-verbal communication.

Day 2 - The Trainer Prepares

Objective to Theatre

Training Objectives and conceptualizing usage of theatre

What goes

Which Theatre Format to be used:

Role-Plays

Role-Modeling

Forum Theatre

Skills Practice with Scenarios

Skills Practice without Scenarios (participant situation)

Scene Building

Building Scenarios

Transitioning Scenarios to Acting

Debrief

Debriefing to the objectives of the training

Facilitating the learning’s

Performing

Each participant trainer shall demonstrate usage of at least two formats to the group

Date : Saturday, 15th October and Sunday, 16th October 2011

Venue: Hotel Fortune Park, Eastern Express Highway, Jupiter Hospital Complex, Thane.

Investment

Rs. 7975/- (Seven Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy Five only), which is inclusive of Breakfast, Lunch, Training Material and of course, an eventful learning experience!)

Registration:

For registration please forward a mail to madhura@trainersforum.in before 6th October 2011. We have limited seats available for this workshop and registration will be on first come first served basis.

Please forward your cheque / demand draft favouring “Trainers Forum” payable at par at Mumbai for the above amount to:

Madhura Nene, D-1005/6, Lake Lucerene, Phase III, Lake Homes complex, Chandivali Studio Road, Powai, Mumbai. 400 076.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Theatre in Training by Ajit Kamath on Sun, 29 May

Dear Friends,

We would like to personally invite you all for the Trainers Forum Meet at Mumbai, on Sunday, 29th May, 2011.

Session I –The objective of the session is to understand how Dramatics and Theater techniques are powerful mediums to make a Trainer communicate learning concepts to his participants powerfully.

Theater uses all the 3 elements i.e. visual, auditory and kinesthetic

Session includes:

  1. Introduction
  2. Various Theatre Techniques useful in Training
  3. Role Plays (commonly used)
  4. ‘Improv’ (Improvisation)
  5. Forum Theatre – Trainer as a Role Player
  6. Forum Theatre – Trainer as a Role Player and Action/Reaction as per the audience
  7. Forum Theatre – Professional Actors as Role Players
  8. Skills Practice

Facilitator:

Mr. Ajit Kamath, Director, WizTalks. Ajit started lecturing in 1992, and has been in the space of Soft Skills Training since 1996. Since 2002 he started Training for Corporates' on topics such as Presentation Skills, Communication Skills, Team Building & Leadership. He has been associated with Theatre since 1988 and has acted, directed, written One-Act Plays for the amateur Theatre circuit and has also co-facilitated Drama workshops for children and young adults for 12 years. He has been using Theatre techniques in Training since early days and has been a Role-Player and a Forum Actor in International training deliveries.


Session II-Screening of a special motivational movie, “Pass it on”,

Ruben co-stars in the movie "Pass It On." This ground-breaking feature length movie will reveal the steps necessary to realize your goals and dreams.

In "Pass It On" you will find all the resources you will ever need to win in life.

The world’s leading scientists, authors, businessmen, athletes and philosophers will reveal the universal principles of success. Principles you can use right away to change your life forever…

This session will be conducted by Mr. Arun Vishwanath, Founder Trainers Forum

Where:

Boomerang

Training Center

Main Chandivali Farm Road, Near Chandivali Studio, Powai, Mumbai - 400 072.

When: Sunday , May 29, 2011

Timing : 10 am-5pm

Charges: Rs. 700/- only (inclusive of networking break-fast, lunch and tea)

We request you to send the program charges Rs. 700/- by cheque made in favour of "Trainers Forum" payable at Mumbai for confirmation of your registration and have it sent to:

D-1005/6, Lake Lucerene, Phase III, Lake Homes Complex, Chandivali Farm Road, Powai, Mumbai 400 076 , before 13th May, 2011.

Please also mention your name and contact details on the reverse of the cheque


So, block this Sunday 29th May, 2011 on your calendar and send us your confirmations at the earliest. Kindly send your details to madhura@trainersforum.in indicating your participation. We will send you a mail along with a code to confirm your participation for this event.

Look forward to meeting you on Sunday, 29th May, 2011.


With warm regards,

Madhura Nene
Trainers Forum
Email: madhura@trainersforum.in
Web: www.trainersforum.in
Mobile: +91 98676 35081; +91 98676 35081

Monday, February 21, 2011

Why are we "Trainers" here?

One of my friends & a Faculty in a well-known B-school called me asking for advice:
[He works as a Senior HR in a well-known organisation who also moonlights as a Visiting Faculty in a B-school. He is good in his subject, runs the class with a book and sharing his personal experiences. However energy wise he is low in energy in class (his age being on the higher side of 50)].

He is within a few years approaching retirement. He has an option of accepting VRS too with a good package.

Now his question was whether he should take VRS and enter the field of Training as a Freelancer? For him Training would a good source additional income and would give him an opportunity to relax too.

Now,my thought is "Why are we Trainers here?"

For some of us it is "passion" - we have chosen to let go of our other careers and tansition to this field. And this is where we are going to be till a long time.

However for some - it's a Pension Plan
And for some others - its a Stop-Gap arrangement.
And for few others (this is where a few Training Co's I know fall into) ... just a BUSINESS.

Now those who see our field as a pension-plan or a stop-gap arrangement or a business, would they build value....
And then, how would they treat fellow-trainers,
Why wouldn't they NOT undercut others,
And Why NOT pay a 'commission-bribe' to get the business.

Let's ask ourselves,
"Why Am I Here?"

....and are we gonna devalue this profession.

The Training grass on the other side

w no response or their colleagues inform that they would get back to us soon. They don't even let us know that it is a "NO".

I strongly suspect that this is done either for the 3-quotation requirement (for audit purposes) and therefore they try to source the expensive quotations as they have already finalised their Trainer / Training Company; OR for getting ready-made designs which then they incorporate into their own in-house design claiming it to be their own work.

Now this is not what I am writing for.
I write to make our Trainers aware of something happening later that really amuses me.

Few of these seniors, in recent years have either retired / or gone into independent consultancy..... and some of them have got into training.

Now the fun is that they have come to the other side ("the grass being always greener on the other side!"). Recently a few of them were complaining that clients (Companies and thus naturally their HR's ) do not get back, do not respond to calls and keep on asking for designs & proposals and don't get back at all.

Wow! .... amusing, isn't it?
Warm regards
Ajit

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why Trainers Aren't Synergestic??????


A year ago, my very dear Trainer friend Bhupesh Dave (a Magician too!) sponsored my ticket to a very vibrant session of Deepak Chopra at Shanmukhanand Hall, Mumbai.

After the session, 4 of us Trainers (myself, Bhupesh, Sachin Kamath & Rajesh Tagore had an interesting conversation.

Our observation was that Deepak Chopra in his 3 hour session, in his examples / andedotes / explanations dropped names of some important people like Dalai Lama etc.and surprisingly also of Trainers/Speakers. He also referenced books & articles of fellow trainers/speakers (who probably could be considered his competitors).

Now cut to sessions by an Indian Trainer / Speaker. It's always about ourselves and when we do talk about other Trainers / Speakers, it would be more of Western Trainers/ Speakers/Authors whom either we have/haven't met or the audience may never have met. Rarely have I seen any Trainer mentioning about him/her having learnt from a colleague Trainer/Speaker from India itself.

Now why is this so?
Wouldn't the pie grow bigger if we could reference each other in a gathering. Wouldn't this lead to a better awareness amogst the people about L&D and who would/could specialize in certain topics.

OR are we frightened of loosing our business if we reference others? Why is it that we Trainers try to deliver all kinds of Topics rather than specialze in just a few which are our strengths?

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