Kathmandu, August 15, 2016: Kathmandu school of speaking (KSS) recently organized an educational programmeÂ focusing on career counselling and life skills. As the academic knowledge we gain in schools and Universities donâ€™t teach us with the soft skills that we actually need in our life, the session was especially focused on those skills i.e. leadership, communication, and managing work-life balance, among others.
As teaching of the problem solving and stress management skills helps people to make their life fruitful, systematic and more productive, the programme provided a much needed platform to learn these different life skills from two keynote speakers: Mr. Bhanu Dabadi and Ms. Nishi Tibrewal khetan.
The programme saw an active participation of students and professionals from different walks of life, including CEOs, entrepreneurs, teachers, students, lawyers and IT professionals, among others. The main objective of the event was to teach people on how learning and sharpening soft skills develops and enhances their inner abilities which is not taught in an academic institution.
Commencing the programme, Mr. Saurav Lohani, an entrepreneur, teacher and an active member of the KSS talked about the 7 habits of highly effective speakers like identifying own areas of improvement, being proactive, needing to maintain consistency, prioritizing oneâ€™s works, thinking win-win, synergizing and commitment. He shared these valuable and life changing factors in the practical way. â€œWe ourselves are our biggest teachers as well as biggest enemies. So learning about oneâ€™s self is more precious and productive,â€ he shared among the audience.
Giving the keynote speech in the programme, Ms. Nishi T. Khetan shared what she learned in the course of her life. â€œWe learn more from our own wrong choices and mistakes,â€ she said. She further said that it is never too late to start new things. â€œOne effective way would be shutting oneself inside the room and figuring out what is happening, why it is happening, the major cause of the failure, etc. so that one can take the right decision,â€ she added. â€œAs everyone goes through ups and down, everyone needs to learn and improve themselves all the time. Life is all about making adjustments in every situation,â€ she further said.
Today’s youths are mostly driven by technology and they know what they want to do and google has become the revolutionary invention in this competitive world. “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you,â€ she quoted Steve Job and made everyone to realize the importance of having faith on oneself and figuring out what we really want to do.
Saying that perseverance is extremely essential in life and thus, everyone should reflect what he/she has done in their life and stay committed and persistent on achieving what they desire, she explained that we should love whatever we do and should keep doing things with focus. â€œLearn by doing and everything will fall in place. Perform the work with more perfection. Donâ€™t leave anything uncompleted and put your full effort and energy into your works,â€ she requested the participants. She further said that the most important investment is to invest in ourselves and the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.
If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you donâ€™t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you. -Steve Jobs
“As education is the most important thing, donâ€™t let the learning end. Every day is a new learning as it continuesÂ throught our life, we need to be a learner all theÂ time. Learning every small skill like -cooking, washing etc. matters a lot in life. Reading books, YouTube, Google, etc. will be helpful to extend our knowledge and make us aware. So, we should keep learning till the last heartbeat.
Similarly, Shadikshya Singh, coordinator of the programme, explaining the rule of 33%Â sharedÂ that we should spend 33% of our time with smarter people than us, 33% with our friends and 33% with the ones who need to learn from us.
The other keynote speaker, Mr. Bhanu Dawadi talked about learning and trapping ATM within and shared his journey of life as a teacher and a banker. “You cannot teach if the other person doesnâ€™t want to learn,” he explained about the essence of teaching. â€œAnd, the responsibility of a teacher is to simply make the matter clear to the learner,â€ he added. He further said that, as everything cannot be taught, one should have self interest in exploring the things further and perform effectively in every stepsÂ of life.
Through a video, he explained the three steps of the universal law of attraction. â€œIn the first step, weÂ should ask ourselvesÂ on what weÂ really want and immediately write it in the paper or any place for a quick glance. Then, in the second step, we need to believe that we have already achieved our dream. Ultimately, in the third step we need to feel and Act!â€ he explained the process.
When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. – Paulo Coelho
Lastly, the KSS members shared the impact of communication skills in their life and how the platform helped them to nurture in their personal, social and professional life, making them more competitive and confident leaders and brought about a transformation in their life.
By Sangita Tiwari
The writer is an undergraduate level student of Business Administration at Kathmandu College of Management.
She maintains her blogs at www.smartsangita.blogspot.com.