“One don’t suffer from Autism but do suffer how others treat them”
February edition of our e-magazine ISHKAMA GLOBAL CHANGE on Page No-3
Seetha Sagaran “Digs Deep” into her mind and answers:
1. “Where in your life do you have complete peace of mind?”
2. “How & when can you peacefully co-exist with uncertainty?”
3. “What is the earliest memory that you can remember of your childhood?”
4. “What prevents you from being in the moment more than anything else?”
5. “What do you usually think about whenever you are alone?”
6. “What questions or doubts are currently unresolved in your heart?”
7. “What is your effect on those around you?”
Thank you very much for the recognition of membership and the certificate, Education Influence.
It is a great honour to be a part of a global team of educators who passionately believe in the goal of bringing about positive changes in our world through education.
Being a Global Education Influencer has provided me with a phenomenal opportunity to know, interact and learn from brilliant creative educators worldwide.
Thank you very much, Anusha 💜 Shrestha and Gavin ❤️ McCormack, for this opportunity and privilege. I greatly appreciate the welcome to be a part of an inspiring global movement that aims to create a kinder and better world for all through education.
Thank you very much Vivian Cliff Ezekwasiri , Jude Ediae and the GLOBAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS (GYMHA) INCORPORATED Team.
It was a privilege to be a part of this annual global mental health awareness summit!
Much appreciate the welcome and the opportunity to be a keynote speaker at this year’s Global Hybrid Stress Management Revolutions Summit 2022, thank you.
Wishing GLOBAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS (GYMHA) INCORPORATED , the very best in its inspiring endeavor to create greater global awareness regarding mental health and its management.
GLOBAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS (GYMHA) INCORPORATED
Thank you EduDrone – WE CONNECT and Author Kajal Chhatija , for the warm welcome and the invitation.
It is an honour to be a part of a literary project that narrates real life anecdotes of inspiring global leaders from varied professional backgrounds. Wishing EduDrone – WE CONNECT and Author Kajal Chhatija the very best for this book’s publication.
My very best wishes to all the coauthors as well!
I look forward to yet another enlightening experience of learning and insight.
It is a privilege to be a member of a forum that promotes literature globally and more importantly encourages budding writers and poets to write and develop their literary skills. With accomplished writers and poets actively encouraging, supporting and guiding this forum, this is an excellent platform that offers its members amazing opportunities to be inspired and learn.
I look forward to the enlightening and insightful learning experience.
Thank you very much, Education Influence, Anusha 💜 Shrestha and Gavin ❤️ McCormack, for the fantastic opportunity to present my session in our spotlight episode.
‘Pitfalls of Favouritism – Its Impact on the Student and Teacher’ dealt with a challenging yet sensitive subject that affects our educational institutions and life.
Favouritism often emerges due to various perceived disparities, ranging from economic, religious, racial, language, colour, ethnic and even political differences. Usually, it is a toxic attitude learnt from observations, experiences and learning through conditioning. By condemning students based on false perceptions of their identity and background, teachers disrupt not only their educational progress but also their self-belief, sense of responsibility and the impact of the individual contribution to the betterment of the world. Teachers play a critical role in teaching children the values of respect, fairness, integrity, compassion, trust, freedom, and objectivity.
Some of the questions that were addressed during my session were:
1. Why is favouritism a sensitive subject in educational institutions and society?
2. How do prejudice and bias affect our learning and relationships?
3. How can teachers and parents play a more active role in eliminating discrimination in the classroom and at home?
4. How can schools equip teachers to overcome the pitfalls of favouritism and discrimination?
Appreciate being part of the Education Influence team! I had an inspiring learning experience yesterday – thanks to BarbaraSchindelhauer’s brilliant creative session on teaching Maths to children, the ebullient Anusha 💜 Shrestha and our fantastic audience.
Thank you all!
Pitfalls of Favouritism – Its Impact on the Student and Teacher
Thank you very much, Education Influence, Anusha 💜 Shrestha and Gavin ❤️ McCormack, for the warm welcome and opportunity.
I look forward to presenting my session titled – ‘Pitfalls of Favouritism – Its Impact on the Student and Teacher.’
My very best wishes to Barbara Schindelhauer for her brilliant session too!
On behalf of Education Influence, Anusha 💜 Shrestha, Gavin ❤️ McCormack, Barbara Schindelhauer, and myself, we invite all teachers, parents and caregivers to this month’s spotlight episode.
The Global youth mental health awareness (GYMHA) Incorporated, Australia Registered Charitable Organization presents a 2-day hybrid Stress Management Revolutions Summit 2022.
It’s a pleasure to be once again a part of The Global Youth Mental Health Awareness (GYMHA) Incorporated, Australia Registered Charitable Organization’s 2-day hybrid Stress Management Revolutions Summit 2022.
Thank you GLOBAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS (GYMHA) INCORPORATED and Jude Ediae for the kind invitation to be a part of this year’s global mental health awareness summit.
This hybrid event will help attendees to identify different ways to overcome stress in their personal lives.
Education Influence’s Spotlight | A Free Global Teacher Training Workshop
It is an immense pleasure to invite you all, our #linkedinfamily to Education Influence ‘s another spotlight episode on the 18th of July (2022).
Along with the dynamic and amazing storyteller Anusha 💜 Shrestha, the creative and enterprising educator and author, Barbara Schindelhauer, I welcome you to join us for an inspiring evening of education and engagement.
An award-winning Personal Development Trainer, Lifestyle Consultant, Motivational Keynote Speaker, and Author with a background in English, Psychology, Counselling (including Trauma & Crisis Counselling), Hypnotherapy, Metaphor Therapy, and Teaching Children with Special Needs, Seetha Sagaran is also a Licensed Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) from The Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (U.S).
A recipient of the Global Training & Development Leadership Award – 2017, Exceptional Women of Excellence Award – 2020, and Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All Award – 2020, she specializes in –
1) Workplace Management Training Programmes – some of the Workshops in this series are:
Positive Psychology in the Workplace, Effective Communication, Customer Care and You.
2) Personal Development Training Programmes – some of the Workshops in this series are:
Public Speaking, Stress Management and Art of Self-Motivation.
3) Career Development Training Programmes – some of the Workshops in this series are:
Creative Problem Solving, Time Management & Negotiation Skills, Assertiveness & Self Confidence.
4) Mentoring Program (For Personal & Professional Development & Growth)
Her philosophy for well-being can be summarized as Individual Excellence, Personal and Professional Enhancement of Knowledge, Wisdom and Happier Living.
We are extremely delighted to welcome Global Education Influencer, Seetha Sagaran from the #UnitedArabEmirates to our platform (educationinfluence.com).
She is an amazing educator and someone who uses her influence for the betterment of everyone!
Welcome, Seetha, we welcome you to our newly designed platform! You are one of the official Education Influencers from the #UnitedArabEmirates
If you’re like Seetha and wish to make a difference, you’re just one click away! We are looking for influencers just like you.
Thank you very much, Anusha 💜 Shrestha, Gavin ❤️ McCormack and Education Influence, for the warm welcome; much appreciated. I am humbled by this opportunity, and it is a great honour to be a member of a global group of brilliant and inspiring educators worldwide.
Education Influence is a company spanning the length and breadth of the globe to link teachers and educators who are influencing change in the way we deliver and monitor our education system. The Influence is designed to acknowledge those who are making innovations in the classroom and beyond to provide a network of highly accomplished teachers who can pave the way for others.
I look forward to supporting the cause of education and learning from you all. Thank you, once again!
The Significance of Cornucopia in Life
Thank you, Adam Smith and MedConclave, for the invite and welcome to be a part of the “3rd World Mental Health Congress” webinar. I look forward to presenting my “The Significance of Cornucopia in Life” session.
My very best wishes to all the speakers and the organizing team of this global event that promotes mental health awareness and wellness.
The Global youth mental health awareness (GYMHA) Incorporated, Australia Registered Charitable Organization presents a 2-day hybrid Stress Management Revolutions Summit 2022.
This summit will provide an incredible platform for people from various countries and Stockholders to engage, socialize and interact with extensive experience guest speakers from all over the world. It will help the participants to focus on how to manage their stress and build an unshakable inner strength.
Role of Self-Compassion in Wellness Management
It was a pleasure to present my session, “Role of Self-Compassion in Wellness Management”, at the 4th Webinar on #internalmedicine and #primarycare organised by Longdom Conferences on #May 26, 2022.
Longdom Conferences aim to bring together professionals and scientists from different disciplines to understand and discuss during programmed topic sessions and informal gatherings. Through its webinars and conferences, the organisation seeks to support the professional growth of younger scientists that will promote future collaborations and enhance participation and contribution to their respective areas of study.
Lively and well-attended poster sessions offer students and postdoctoral fellows to exchange ideas with each other and with subject experts.
Thank you, Emily Scarlett and Longdom Conferences, for inviting me to speak at this wellness and health promoting webinar. I enjoyed one of the most stimulating Q & A sessions in recent times!
I also take this opportunity to thank the engaging and enthusiastic audience for their contribution to my session.
Secrets Of Progress Beyond Expectations
Thank you Femi Awoyomi, PhD and African Young Brains for inviting me and the CEO, MIO Consult Ltd (Germany), Michelle Olufeso to be a part of this interactive session that promotes youth empowerment and engagement. It is a pleasure!
African Young Brains (AYB) is a registered social enterprise. The organisation is focused on and commitment to searching for, showcasing and unveiling brilliant young leaders and emerging professionals of African descent.
The organisation conducts high impact monthly, quarterly and annual meetups, brainstorming & experience sharing sessions, workshops, trainings and bootcamps.
Wishing you and your organisation the best in your efforts to enlighten the dynamic youth of Africa for a progressive and sustainable future.
Annual Summit On Positive Phycology And Psychological Resilience
It is a pleasure to be a speaker at the prestigious global event, Annual Summit on Positive Psychology & Psychology Resistance” (Toronto, Canada), on May 19-20, 2022.
STAR ICON virtual event platform facilitates global networking, knowledge sharing and learning from experts, leaders, peers, innovators, startup entrepreneurs, and key influencers across the globe. The conferences include expert sessions covering Mental Health, Resilience, Tele-Health, Emotional Intelligence, Healthcare, Leadership and Influencers, and focused sessions surrounding key issues and challenges currently facing around the globe.
My appreciation to Dr. Prasad Varma … Kovvuru, and the conference organisers for their efforts to promote resilience for universal wellness.
Thank you, STAR Conferences Inc, for the welcome.
Wishing the organising team, delegates, and speakers the best for yet another successful STAR Conferences Inc event.
Certificate Of Recognition
It was a pleasure to participate and present my keynote speech, “Stress Management Through Emotional And Mental Wellness”, at the #AddictionTherapyMeet2022Webinar #April 28, 2022.
Privileged to be a part of a panel of global speakers and experts on the subject of mental health and wellness.
Thank you, Clara Martin , Vasantha K and
Conference Series LLC LTD. for the opportunity.
Forgive and Thrive Podcast
Life is a process of exploration, learning and seeking excellence, in what we do, for ourselves and others. The Forgive and Thrive Podcast is one initiative that uniquely promotes wellness and awareness through discussions emphasizing the self-discovery and realization of life in the guest as much as for the listeners of the show.
Thank you dear Rossana and the Forgive and Thrive Podcast, for your interest and compassion to help and motivate all to lead happier and purposeful lives. It was a pleasure to interact with you during our episode – thank you for the opportunity and the privilege to enjoy the wisdom you shared.
Wishing you and all the wonderful guests who had appeared on your amazing show, the very best always.
Conducted the motivational session, “Pets Matter” (April 2022), from Work-Life balance webinar series for attendees from India, U.A.E, Nigeria and Canada.
It was a joyous experience to conduct the motivational session, “Pets Matter” (April 2022), from Work-Life balance webinar series for attendees from India, U.A.E, Nigeria and Canada. The session dealt with the contributions that pets make to our lives through the enhanced quality of living they infuse into our lives. By making our daily routine more purposeful and disciplined, pets make wonderful companions and promote our social interactions with others too. The session’s highlight was the valuable and informative discussion on the health benefits of having pets by Dr Moti, a specialist paediatrician from Mysore, Karnataka (India). One of the prime objectives of this session was to answer some of the misconceptions and concerns about keeping a pet. My immense gratitude to him for sharing his insightful expert knowledge and experiences as a doctor and counsellor during the session. Thank you very much, Dr Moti, for the wisdom you shared with us during the session.
Speaker at the two days GYMHA Summit, “Finding the Mindset Tools to Overcome Challenges” today, (April 2022).
It was a privilege to be a speaker at the two days GYMHA Summit, “Finding the Mindset Tools to Overcome Challenges” today, (April 2022). My session “Acquisition of Inner Strength Through Wellbeing” dealt with the key strategies promoting resilience and strength in our lives. Thank you, GLOBAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS (GYMHA) INCORPORATED and Jude Ediae, for the warm welcome and opportunity to present my session at this summit. The wellness session highlighted the initial investigation of our reasons for acquiring inner strength and our relationship with ourselves through anecdotes. The session stressed the importance of the desired action after decision-making, the decluttering of the mind for productive thinking, and embracing fears during the measures taken for personal and professional growth and progress. I want to take this opportunity to appreciate GLOBAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS (GYMHA) INCORPORATED and Jude Ediae for their dedicated efforts in promoting mental awareness as a global subject of significance.
EduDrone – WE CONNECT’s book, ‘WE ARE LEADERS’.
Delighted to be a part of EduDrone – WE CONNECT’s book, ‘WE ARE LEADERS’. On behalf of all the illustrious writers of this book, a huge thanks to you, Author Kajal Chhatija. We appreciate you for the immense support, the thoughtfulness and the infectious enthusiasm that you and your team has continuously reflected in the creation of this book. My experience as a co-author of this book was one of an insightful revelation of how learning and understanding propels creative teamwork into the realization of dreams for all. It is an honour to be one of the co-authors of this beautiful book on leadership – a book that reveals the leadership journey from an experiential and evolutionary perspective. The wisdom of the written word only emerges when it promotes an improved perception of our purpose. The strategies we consequently undertake for our purpose and it’s realization needs to positively impact us and the world we are a part of. My gratitude to all who were a part of this literary journey, thank you. As Robin S. Sharma once said, “Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration”.
The global event “Read for Peace”.
It is an honour to be working alongside 49 volunteer storytellers for the global event “Read for Peace”. With wars raging across the planet, we want to join forces to “Read for Peace”. Join us as we read stories of Peace to the world’s children. Bring your class, family, and friends to experience the global reading initiative where we cultivate the understanding of peace, love, and empathy. Education is the greatest weapon to combat ignorance and aggression, so let’s use it to make the world a better place. Click the Zoom link below to register for attendance: https://lnkd.in/eywYJpbr’.
Participated in the global peace initiative, ‘Read for Peace’.
It is a pleasure and privilege to participate in the global peace initiative, ‘Read for Peace’. As a concept, we associate peace with absence of violence and aggression in all forms. It also highlights the harmony and societal friendship that emerges from the absence of hostility. If we look deeper, being at peace also implies that we are also calm within. Any destructive toxic emotions if allowed to flourish can destroy peace. Peace has to arise from within for there to be peace in the environment. As we say in the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit, “loka samastha sukhino bhavanthu”
“May everyone, in the whole world, be happy”.
Keynote session at the 6th International Conference on Addiction Therapy (April 2022).
Looking forward to presenting my keynote session at the 6th International Conference on Addiction Therapy (April 2022). It is a pleasure to be part of a plethora of speakers and mental health professionals who promote well-being as a key to the attainment of personal and professional harmony. As a conference that also highlights the importance of overcoming the challenges that can lead to addiction and other toxic habits, let us all together strive to create a greater global awareness of maintaining mental health like physical health. Both are interdependent and complement each other. My very best wishes to the speakers, delegates and the organizers of this conference.
Speaker at the GYMHA 2-day Summit – Finding the Mindset Tools to Overcome Challenges 2022.
It is a privilege to be a speaker at the GYMHA 2-day Summit – Finding the Mindset Tools to Overcome Challenges 2022.
The Global youth mental health awareness (GYMHA) Incorporated not-for-profit in collaboration with Wellbeing Health Retreats, presents a 2-day summit About Finding the Mindset Tools to Overcome Challenges.
This FREE summit will help attendees Find the Mindset Tools to Overcome Challenges.
Date: Saturday April 23, & Sunday, 24, 2022
7:00 pm Melbourne, Australia
8:00 am GMT
2:00 am Dallas, USA
11:00 am Kenya
9:00 am Nigeria
10:00 am Zimbabwe
1:30 pm IST
For more details and registration, please click on the link below:
The summit will help the participants focus on managing and coping with life challenges, building an unshakable core of inner strength, and thriving in a challenging world.
During this FREE 2-Day online summit, participants discover different ways of finding the Mindset Tools to Overcome Challenges through presentations from experts, including:
1. Understanding the nature and different levels of challenge
2. Highlight Major challenges affecting young people and their significant causes
3. Youthful ways to find inner strength
4. Minding your thoughts, they might come true
5. When things go in an unpredicted way
6. Finding your path even when everything seems dark and gloomy
7. Positive mindset
8. Youthful ways to find Responsibility
9. Youthful ways to find unconditional Love
10. You are not alone
This summit will provide an incredible platform for people from various countries and industries to engage, socialize, and interact with extensive experience speakers worldwide. It will help the participants to focus on how to manage and cope with life challenges, build an unshakable core of inner strength, and thrive in a challenging world.
Register today to “Change your mind to change your world”.
For any enquiries, please inbox us at email@example.com or WhatsApp at +61481857086.
Conducted the “Importance of Cultivating Healthy Friendships” session for the Ambadi Seva Kendram Orphanage children in Kerala, India (April 2022).
It was a pleasure to conduct the “Importance of Cultivating Healthy Friendships” session for the Ambadi Seva Kendram Orphanage children in Kerala, India (April 2022). Positive friendships can help us lead a more purposeful life. They also promote wellness and contribute to our existence by helping us manage stress better and make wiser lifestyle choices. By relieving loneliness, our friendships can inspire us to become better and more responsible members of society. Through group activity, the children were encouraged to discuss the nature of their existing friendships and any concerns they may have regarding these relationships. Using examples and anecdotes, the session also highlighted the dangers of toxic friendships and their destructive effects on personal and professional life. My appreciation to Mr Unni and the Ambadi Seva Kendram Orphanage management for the welcome and the fantastic opportunity to interact with the exceptional children of the orphanage during the session; thank you.
Conducted an interactive motivational workshop on wellness and spirituality, “Lessons of COVID”, for the elderly residents of S.M.M.I House (Home for the Destitute & the Aged), Kerala, India (March 2022).
The COVID Pandemic taught us many unforgettable significant lessons on living more mindfully and conscientiously. It was a pleasure to conduct an interactive motivational workshop on wellness and spirituality, “Lessons of COVID”, for the elderly residents of S.M.M.I House (Home for the Destitute & the Aged), Kerala, India (March 2022). The session engaged the elderly participants by discussing their personal experiences while relating them to the lessons that COVID globally taught us. The discussion included the cruciality of recognising vulnerability in existence, our purpose, what we cherish, and the importance of love and human compassion. The importance of collaboration and cooperation was highlighted while discussing the concept of freedom. The deprivation of freedom that was appreciated and considered to be ours to enjoy, with the arrival of the pandemic, brought about a harsh perspective on how much we take it for granted. The session concluded with the role of self-care in our effectiveness as responsible members of society and the support that we owe to others and the environment that we are a part of.
Guest on the Forgive and Thrive Podcast.
The Forgive and Thrive Podcast is a podcast for those who feel stuck in their lives and want to understand how to shake their world and move to the next level in their lives. Most episodes start from real-life experiences to know how challenging situations can be overcome. Developing a state of gratitude enlightens our life in more ways than one. We consciously strive to recognize, cherish and value the goodness we observe around – in people and the world we are a part of. Through a conscious reflection and process of self-awareness, we can decide whether we wish to develop an attitude of gratitude or an attitude of entitlement towards life. Our tenacity improves as we cultivate an attitude of gratitude as part of our daily existence; we begin to project the state of gratitude that we have acknowledged and take accountability and responsibility for our present and future. The power of gratitude is such that it enhances our focus on what we do and take up; it empowers our spirituality hence promoting confidence to develop our personal and professional life continuously.
GYMHA and Wellbeing Health Retreats, 2-day Summit About Finding the Mindset Tools to Overcome Challenges (April 2022).
Looking forward to participating in the GYMHA and Wellbeing Health Retreats, 2-day Summit About Finding the Mindset Tools to Overcome Challenges (April 2022). This summit will provide an incredible platform for people from various countries and industries to engage, socialize, and interact with extensive experience speakers worldwide. It will help the participants to focus on how to manage and cope with life challenges, build an unshakable core of inner strength, and thrive in a challenging world. The Global youth mental health awareness (GYMHA) Incorporated (formerly known as the Global youth mental health awareness limited) Vision was developed in response to the growing need to communicate and engage with professionals and the youth of the community to tackle the issues associated with Youth Mental Health, and the stigma associated with those individuals who may seek aid. GYMHA aims to inspire the youth with the vision to drive change and broaden the understanding that without good mental health, we won’t have future leaders of tomorrow.
This FREE summit will help attendees Find the Mindset Tools to Overcome Challenges.
Date: Saturday April 23, & Sunday, 24, 2022
7:00 pm Melbourne, Australia
8:00 am GMT
2:00 am Dallas, USA
11:00 am Kenya
9:00 am Nigeria
10:00 am Zimbabwe
1:30 pm IST
Keynote speaker at the Barcelona – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH) today (March 2022).
It was a pleasure to present a keynote speech at the Barcelona – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH) today (March 2022). My topic, “Developing Cross-Cultural Intelligence for Personal and Professional Success” addressed the importance of our ability to thrive in multiple cultures and cross-cultural boundaries with diplomacy and tact. Promoting cultural intelligence in organizations enhances the opportunities for success in global markets through greater efficiency, interpersonal skills, negotiation effectiveness and innovation. The session also highlighted the strategies for increasing our cultural intelligence, including how this ability can increase our tolerance in deploying anger and conflict-ridden situations in personal and professional life. The acquisition of cultural intelligence impacts life since it contributes to peace and harmony globally from a societal perspective. Today more than ever before, collaboration and teamwork are essential for our world to thrive and even exist. Thank you, Eurasia Research, for providing the valuable opportunity to contribute to this enlightening conference.
Participated in the Art Dubai Members’ Exhibition at Dubai International Art Centre.
As a Dubai International Arts Centre (DIAC) member, it is a privilege to participate in the Art Dubai Members’ Exhibition. This exhibition that began on the 19th of March 2022, will conclude on the 26th of March 2022 at The Dubai International Art Centre, Dubai, U.A.E. I’ve always admired dancers and their ability to reflect their soul through this creative performing art form. Dancers create hypnotic magic on stage through their symbolic and aesthetic synchronized movements and grace. My artwork, a diptych, is titled “Dancers”. Dance nurtures our soul by promoting discipline, flexibility, courage, self-confidence, and teamwork. Historically, dances personify the impact of ancient cultures and traditions of a country or society and remind us of the impact of talent on life and relationships. Thank you, Dubai International Art Centre, for being a part of the nostalgic history of Dubai and, more importantly, for promoting art and culture in this region for decades.
Art Dubai members exhibition at Dubai International Art Centre.
Art becomes a powerful form of communication when it inspires us to spread optimism, appreciate life, showcase culture and traditions through creativity and highlight the significance of challenges that face humanity and existence. As a Dubai International Arts Centre (DIAC) member, it is an honour to participate in the Art Dubai Members’ Exhibition that begins at The Dubai International Art Centre, Dubai, U.A.E. Established in 1976, the Dubai International Arts Centre (DIAC) has grown and flourished with the eventful and progressive ’80s and ’90s in the Arabian Gulf region. Offering a range of excellent quality art courses and promoting a phenomenal artistic output in Dubai, DIAC conducts regular vibrant local and international art exhibitions in Dubai’s growing cultural calendar. I want to take this opportunity to thank the management of Dubai International Art Centre for encouraging art enthusiasts and artists with opportunities to present their creativity during these extraordinary events. On behalf of the Dubai International Art Centre team, members and the participants of this exhibition, it is a pleasure to invite all of you to this event that celebrates reflections of life and imagination.
Conducted an interactive webinar,’Approaching Life Through Kaizen’ (March 2022).
Conducted an interactive webinar, ‘Approaching Life Through Kaizen’ (March 2022), which elaborated on the Japanese business philosophy and its ability to positively impact an individual’s personal and professional development. The word “Kaizen”, derived from the Japanese, translates to “change for the good” or “continuous improvement”. Japanese management consultant and organisational theorist Masaaki Imai popularised the Kaizen philosophy through his book, “The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success, ” translated into fourteen languages. As a philosophy that primarily focuses on productivity and efficiency management, the Kaizen philosophy, when applied to life, enables steady conscious improvement to emerge through deliberate steps of progress while prioritising desirable actions through habits and actions that lead to success. The webinar discussed the principles of Kaizen, relating to life situations and their implementation to resolve barriers to growth and progress. It furthermore stressed the importance that every step towards improvement counts.
Participated in Women-R.I.S.E-W.I.S.E-S.H.I.N.E Congress 2022, March 8th 2022.
It was a pleasure to participate in the Women-R.I.S.E-W.I.S.E-S.H.I.N.E Congress 2022 that took place on March 8th 2022, on World Women’s Day. It was a beautiful learning opportunity to be part of an inspiring event with numerous insightful presentations by accomplished global speakers. Thank you, STAR Conferences Inc, and Andra shanthi, for the enlightening experience.
Participated in 26th TESOL Arabia International Conference and Exhibition.
It is a privilege to participate in the TESOL Arabia International Conference and Exhibition on 11th March.
The TESOL Arabia Conference has been an anticipated annual event for the thriving community of English language teaching professionals in the UAE and the region for over 25 years. The Conference provides a platform where professionals can offer their views, exchange research and teaching experiences, network and develop a global perspective through exchanging ideas and practices. Looking forward to yet another informative and engaging TESOL Arabia Conference in Dubai this year (March 2022).
Wishing all the presenters, delegates and the organizing team of TESOLArabia2022 the very best.
Speaker at 13th Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Conference [WLEC2022].
The 13th Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Conference [WLEC2022] that took place from the 1st of March to the 3rd of March (2022) focused on providing opportunities that promoted innovation, and explored the integration of knowledge through collaboration. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the program director of Tomorrow People Organization, Vladimir Ilić and team for inviting me to present my session, “The Power of Vulnerability – Strength Through Compassion And Values for Global Change”. It was a privilege to contribute to an event that promoted women’s leadership and societal development through the active support of a team of accomplished global speakers and leaders from diverse backgrounds. My appreciation to all the entrepreneurs, policymakers, research scholars and experts in the field of leadership, empowerment of women, diversity and inclusion, for their inspiring and enthusiastic participation in making this event a grand success.
The Women-R.I.S.E-W.I.S.E-S.H.I.N.E Congress 2022.
The Women-R.I.S.E-W.I.S.E-S.H.I.N.E Congress 2022 will be taking place in-person and online mode on March 8th 2022, on World Women’s Day. Thank you, Andra shanthi, and STAR Conferences Inc, for the welcome. My best wishes to the organizers and the fantastic speakers of this societal empowerment promoting event. It is a wonderful privilege and learning opportunity to be part of an inspiring plethora of accomplished global speakers. Looking forward to attending and participating in this conference virtually the day after – March 8th 2022.
Keynote speaker at the Barcelona – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH), 08-09 March 2022.
It is a pleasure to present a keynote speech at the Barcelona – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH), 08-09 March 2022. My topic, “Developing Cross-Cultural Intelligence for Personal and Professional Success”, seeks to address the significance of cultural awareness and tolerance in our communication comprehension and its crucial role in deploying anger and conflict-ridden situations in personal and professional life.
Keynote speaker at “Life Transformation through Ownership and Accountability” at the Berlin – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH) today – February 2022.
It was a pleasure to present my keynote session, “Life Transformation through Ownership and Accountability” at the Berlin – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH) today – February 2022. Through personal and generic anecdotes, the importance of accountability and responsibility towards life was elaborated on why this approach is critical to our personal and professional progress. The benefits and the steps to build an approach of accountability in existence were also stressed to highlight its transformative powers to enhance our life. Implementing a sense of accountability into whatever we do, is a consciousness that emergences out of our self-awareness and self-discovery. It is also an outcome of our mindfulness, belief in our convictions, continuous development, acceptance of our vulnerability and values. Thank you Eurasia Research for the welcome.
Participated in the Art Exhibition at The Al Jalila Cultural Centre For Children, Dubai, U.A.E.
As a Dubai International Arts Centre (DIAC) member, it is a privilege to participate in the Art Exhibition at The Al Jalila Cultural Centre For Children, Dubai, U.A.E. Thank you, Dubai International Arts Centre! Art is and always has been, an intriguing revelation of the world that we are a part of. During my visit, I enjoyed the tranquil experience of leisurely appreciating the myriad artworks on display, each a visual story of exploration. My gratitude to all the wonderful artists for providing a glimpse of the beautiful identity that each of them represents. My artwork, “Hope”, attempts to reflect an expression of the eternity of life as a journey of hope and aspiration through the rootedness of existence. The awareness of rootedness and grounding enables the inherent coping mechanisms to be focused and heighten the consciousness of the present. This connection to reality initiates the realization of the contribution of our senses. This phenomenon enhances visualization, self-compassion and practising positivity as a way of living. The exhibition that started on 13th February concludes on the 20th February 2022. On behalf of the Dubai International Art Centre team, members and the participants of this exhibition, my gratitude to all the visitors who had graced this event too, thank you. As a non-profit organization committed to culturally and creatively enrich the local community by nurturing, and promoting artists, enthusiasts and art, The Dubai International Art Centre (DIAC) offers a spectacular range of professionally taught courses and workshops for art enthusiasts. For queries/details regarding the available courses and workshops, please email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitation to participate in the Art Exhibition at The Al Jalila Cultural Centre For Children, Dubai, U.A.E.
As a member of the Dubai International Arts Centre (DIAC), it is an honour to participate in the Art Exhibition at The Al Jalila Cultural Centre For Children, Dubai, U.A.E. Established in 1976, the Dubai International Arts Centre (DIAC) has grown and flourished with the eventful and progressive ’80s and ’90s in the Arabian Gulf region. Offering a range of outstanding quality art courses and promoting a phenomenal artistic output in Dubai, DIAC conducts regular vibrant local and international art exhibitions in Dubai’s growing cultural calendar.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the management of Dubai International Art Centre for encouraging art enthusiasts and artists with opportunities to present their creativity during these extraordinary events. My special thanks to the friendly Sahira Ameen, the Centre Manager and the jovial Centre receptionist, Myla, for their enthusiastic support and assistance. On behalf of the Dubai International Art Centre team, members and the participants of this exhibition, it is a pleasure to invite all of you to this event that celebrates the reflective beauty of art and life.
Keynote speaker at the Berlin – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH), 22nd-23rd February 2022.
Thank you, Eurasia Research for the gracious welcome to present a keynote speech at the Berlin – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH), 22nd-23rd February 2022. My topic, “Life Transformation through Ownership and Accountability”, seeks to address the significance of asserting accountability where personal responsibility plays a crucial role in facing the outcome of any situation or choice.
Taking ownership of our actions and words enables us to enjoy more significant leadership opportunities and improve our personal and professional lives. A leader’s accountability and ownership approach also act as a powerful incentive to build team accountability through implementing The Five C’s Framework (relating to purpose, expectations, communication, collaboration, and outcome).
Through this life approach, we cultivate healthier relationships, become enthusiastic and responsible team players, learn to manage time better, and earn better respect and trust in our social interactions. Also, a realistic and compassionate understanding of our limitations will enable us to be more prepared to accept and work on our shortcomings through support and develop our ability to find solutions to challenges and crises.
Conducted the interactive and motivational webinar, “Why Self-Leadership?” as part of the monthly ‘Work-Life Balance Webinar Series’.
It was a pleasure to conduct the interactive and motivational webinar, “Why Self-Leadership?” as part of the monthly ‘Work-Life Balance Webinar Series’. The session highlighted the cultivation of self-leadership skills as a critical strategy for our recognition of goals, self-awareness, personal and professional progress.
Through discussions and team activity, the role of self-awareness and the characteristics of leaders for the effective implementation of their responsibilities were elaborated. The comprehension of EQ was specifically emphasised, keeping in mind the leader’s responsibility in imparting the subject of Emotional Intelligence to the team members. The role of EQ was highlighted for its contribution in creating a workplace culture that promotes a robust communication style, excellent individual progress of every team member and, of course, in the process enabling their outstanding contribution to the organisation. The importance of trust, identity, social awareness, conflict management and development of team norms to create a workplace that promotes empathy and interaction was also emphasised as a leader’s priority in team management. The tools to enhance team optimisation were discussed, considering the significance of recognition, appreciation, stress management and commitment to organisational learning and development.
The session concluded with a narration of anecdotes relating to the conscious self-improvement and development of the leader and how the leader is in an impactful position of powerful influence through behaviour and actions. Through self-awareness and consciously influencing the leader’s thoughts and code of conduct, the leader develops self-leadership skills to achieve the organisation’s target and personal goals.
Attended the ‘Annual Summit on Positive Psychology & Psychological Resilience’ in May 2022, (Toronto, Canada).
It is a privilege to attend the ‘Annual Summit on Positive Psychology & Psychological Resilience’ in May 2022, (Toronto, Canada). With presentations by a plethora of accomplished Leaders, Influencers, Doctors, Medical Nurses, and Industry Experts, the event promises to be an inspiring learning and networking experience. Thank you Andra shanthi and STAR Conferences Inc ,for the invite and the warm welcome! Looking forward to this amazing global event in May 2022. For more information please visit the website: https://lnkd.in/gzxvkEZ
Attended a lecture that counts towards continued professional development in counselling courtesy of Counselling Tutor (January 2022).
Delighted to have attended a lecture that counts towards continued professional development in counselling courtesy of Counselling Tutor (January 2022). Thank you, Colette Kelly, for the invite and the welcome to be a part of this continuous development webinar. I appreciate Rory Lees-Oakes, for the engaging and insightful lecture, too; thank you.
Keynote speaker at ‘The STAR Women RISE Conference’ on March 08-09, 2022, in Paris, France.
Much appreciate the honour to be a participant and keynote speaker at this prestigious conference promoting women empowerment and societal progress, ‘The STAR Women RISE Conference’ on March 08-09, 2022, in Paris, France.
Women’s Day is a day that is recognized worldwide as a day that celebrates women. This day aims to rejoice in the potential, abilities and talents that resides in every woman. Yet, I would like us to consider the depth of the term ’empowerment’ here. The empowerment of any gender is not complete if we do not work unanimously as a team for this cause. If we approach empowerment from a societal perspective, the responsibility of its effectiveness and success lies with both genders. The more we choose to respect and acknowledge the contribution of both genders for societal empowerment, our society stands to make tremendous progress in social, economic, cultural, humanitarian and political spheres. Empowerment is essential for all of us to live in harmony and peace. Looking forward to an enlightening and reflective conference that promotes tolerance, learning, development and, most of all, awareness of the areas that we need to work on. Let us celebrate this day and every day of the year by reminding ourselves of the importance of cooperation, mutual support and guidance to nurture and develop a society that we and our future generations can be proud of.
Certificate of Excellence awarded to Seetha Sagaran by Education Influence.
My immense gratitude to Education Influence, Gavin McCormack and Anusha Shrestha for the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the ‘World Education Empathy Week’. Thank you very much! I look forward to contributing to the promotion of more effective and supportive global education initiatives with educators from around the world. Thank you for inspiring me, all the educators who were part of this amazing program and everyone who believes that education is the key to a better and kinder world for all.
GYMHA Annual Awards And Musical Extravaganza, (December 2021).
Global Youth Mental Health Awareness (GYMHA) Incorporated is a Not-For-Profit organisation registered in Australia and a proud member of the United Nations Association of Australia Victoria Branch. The GYMHA Vision was developed in response to the growing need to communicate and engage with professionals and the community’s youth to tackle the issues associated with Youth Mental Health and the stigma associated with those individuals who may seek aid.
I was privileged to participate in the “GYMHA Annual Awards And Musical Extravaganza” December 2021. This global event featured artists from different genres, nationalities, ethnicities, and purposes. The function felicitated the GYMHA team of volunteers and members for their work around the year. Thank you very much, Jude Ediae and GLOBAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS (GYMHA) INCORPORATED, for the invitation and the kind recognition, much appreciated. For more details to know how you can help and support this wonderful charity organisation and their noble work, please click on the website details given below: https://www.gymha.org Or kindly contact – email@example.com
‘GLOBAL DIGITAL ANNUAL WOMEN ECONOMIC FORUM WEF – 2021’, Bangalore, India, (December 2021).
As a member of Women Economic Forum (WEF) and ALL Ladies League, the largest global women chamber in the world with 1000 chapters and having outreach to 150,000 inspiring women in 150 countries, it was a pleasure to participate in the ‘GLOBAL DIGITAL ANNUAL WOMEN ECONOMIC FORUM WEF – 2021’, Bangalore, India, (December 2021) . Our session, ‘Creating Joy in Twilight Years – Caring for the Elderly’, was an interactive and enlightening experience with a panel of speakers from varied specialised fields of healthcare, medicine, assistive supportive technology and elderly care facilities focusing on the wellbeing and health of the elderly. I appreciate our esteemed panel speakers and our charming moderator, Megalai Senthilkumar, for making our session an interesting one.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr.Harbeen Arora, Lakshmy Shankar and Sandhya Rao and the organising team of ‘GLOBAL DIGITAL ANNUAL WOMEN ECONOMIC FORUM WEF – 2021’ for the informative, vibrant and engaging conference.
Speaker at 2nd World Mental Health Congress 2021 (7th December 2021).
It was a privilege to attend the 2nd World Mental Health Congress 2021 as a speaker (7th December 2021).
Thank you, Adam Smith and MedConclave, for inviting me as a speaker at this global event. My session, “Mindfulness in Crisis Management”, highlighted the benefits of mindfulness in combatting the stressors of the trauma of crises, with anecdotes and examples. It also stressed the strategies that could be incorporated for tackling possible impending crisis management. With a plethora of global speakers and mental health experts presenting in this international event, the two-day global conference (December 6th & 7th, 2021) strives to create greater awareness and compassion regarding the subject of mental health. Understanding this subject further will promote societal sensitivity to overcome the mental health stigma that still exists, causing many to suffer in silence and stress globally. This will also initiate those who need treatment and professional help to seek the support they need for their mental health, wellbeing, and overall health. As someone once said, “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” For more details, please send an email to – firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaker in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Workshop for youth presented by The First Step, in association with MUN Impact.
Honoured to have been a speaker at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Workshop for youth presented by The First Step, in association with MUN Impact yesterday (December 5th 2021). It was a well-organised and well-planned event conducted and presented by children. The excellent teamwork and coordination displayed by Hasini LakshmiNarayanan and her team reflected commitment and dedication to the purpose behind the event. For the adults who had the opportunity to speak during this event, it was a reminder that the wisdom of children is often overlooked. It also reminded me of the unfortunate fact that, to date, societal youth involvement and support is globally unfortunately minimal. I do not doubt that if global leaders decided to involve their nation’s youth, our world would hugely benefit from the support, assistance, and knowledge of youth – including achieving the SDG goals too!
Thank you, Hasini LakshmiNarayanan, for inviting me; I found the workshop immensely inspiring and engaging.
Conducted a motivational webinar, “Finding Yuuki!” (November 2021).
It was a pleasure to conduct a motivational webinar on a subject that equally impacts our personal and professional lives. The session, “Finding Yuuki!” aimed to promote wellness and courage through the understanding of self-discovery, (November 2021). Derived from Japanese, the word “Yuuki” can be defined as courage or boldness. The session dealt with how the process of self-discovery can have a far-reaching positive impact in acquiring courage and resilience to face our life. As a process, self-discovery enables us to benefit from the comprehension of our abilities and emotions. It also allows us to understand our personality and help us leverage and develop our potential. The session highlighted the power of our self-discovery in our life and its inspiring consequences in our existence. Steps to help us make this discovery was also elaborated on with an interactive group activity on acceptance, acknowledgement and identification of fears and their nature. The role of self-awareness and self-identity was also discussed following the activity for promoting the awareness of responsibility in the quest to attain courage. Being afraid is a natural human tendency, as long as the fear does not challenge us from doing what we need to do to achieve our purpose. Courage also implies being what we are meant to be while respecting values and maintaining integrity.
Keynote speaker at the 7th Kuala Lumpur – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH), November 27th 2021.
It was a pleasure to be a keynote speaker at the 7th Kuala Lumpur – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH), November 27th 2021. My session, “Mentoring – Facilitating Change through Support and Guidance”, dealt with the benefits of mentoring in our personal and professional life.
The session highlighted the significance of mutual respect, transparent communication, discussing strategies for growth and development, identification and utilization of innate potential. It also stressed that the empowerment gained through the win-win professional relationship benefits both the mentor and the mentee.
Mentoring provides a valuable opportunity for the mentor to give back to society by sharing knowledge and experience, learning fresh perspectives through the interaction with the mentee, improving communication skills and motivating validation of leadership skills.
The interactive session also dealt with the crucial role of overcoming cultural, religious, gender, and racial prejudices in helping and supporting mentees effectively.
The session’s focus was not just on how mentoring can benefit the mentee but how the relationship can lead to mutually empowering life-changing revelations of new enlightening pathways that lead to the desired personal and professional goals.
Thank you, Eurasia Research, for the gracious invitation and welcome to be a part of a conference with expert global educational professionals and speakers.
Speaker at the TERA International Summit 2021, “Team Optimization Through Effective Leadership”.
It was a privilege to be a speaker at the TERA International Summit 2021 today. My session, “Team Optimization Through Effective Leadership”, dealt with some of the preparatory steps to be undertaken by leaders to guide thinking and behaviour for the effective optimization of the team to take place. To build more robust, successful relationships with the team and create an inspiring workplace, Self-Awareness and the understanding of Emotional Intelligence were highlighted as two of the critical areas of study for the leader. The implementation of the principles of these two subjects in grooming and empowering the team for their personal and professional goals was also briefly elaborated on. Some of the strategies to enhance team optimization were also discussed with examples and discourse with the audience. I appreciate TERA’s Technical/ Scientific Conference Committee for inviting me as a keynote speaker to this event; thank you.
Keynote Speaker at the TERA International Summit 2021 tomorrow (November 15th 2021).
Privileged to be a Keynote Speaker at the TERA International Summit 2021 tomorrow (November 15th 2021). I look forward to the learning and insightful interactions with global expert speakers, Dr Rebecca Natrajan (Senior Lecturer Roehampton University, London, UK) and Dr Patama Satawedin (Assistant Professor, Bangkok University, Thailand). Teaching and Education Research Association (TERA) is an international community of Researchers, Practitioners, students, and educationists to develop and spread ideas in teaching and education. TERA aims to bring together worldwide researchers and professionals, encourage intellectual development and create opportunities for networking and collaboration. I take this opportunity to convey my appreciation to the Technical/ Scientific Conference Committee of TERA for inviting me as a speaker to this august international summit; thank you very much.
Session, “Organisational Success Through Efficiency and Time Management” at ‘The Southern African Society For Quality (SASQ) 8th Annual Quality Conference 2021’.
It was a pleasure to present my session, “Organisational Success Through Efficiency and Time Management” at ‘The Southern African Society For Quality (SASQ) 8th Annual Quality Conference 2021’ today. The Southern African Society for Quality is a professional body for the development and registration of Quality Practitioners. My session attempted to highlight the importance of the human element in improving organisational effectiveness and time-management efficiency. The session also discussed the strategies and tools to achieve corporate and personal development of employees through organisational success. The steps to implement an Integrated Management System with a Business Quality Management System as its component were also discussed to enhance overall corporate quality and excellence.
Honoured to be a speaker at the SASQ 8th Annual Quality Conference 2021.
Honoured to be a speaker at the SASQ 8th Annual Quality Conference 2021. Thank you very much Vanessa Kilian, Professor Roy Ramphal and the SASQ Team for the warm welcome. It is a privilege to be a part of a team of accomplished and brilliant speakers from around the globe. Wishing the event, speakers, delegates and the organisers the very best for a successful conference.
Honored to be included in “The World Book of Hoinser Queens 2021”.
Honoured to be included in “The World Book of Hoinser Queens”. The Hoinser Queens Book 2021 features many of the top globally influential women selected through their success stories and professional values. Thank you very much, H.E Denisa Gokovi, for kindly inviting me to be part of this inspiring initiative. Hearty Congratulations H.E Denisa Gokovi and to all the dynamic Hoinser Ladies Together, let us strive to continue our efforts in contributing to societal wellness, development and progress! I wish all of you accomplished ladies the best in your personal and professional endeavours.
The motivational session, “Self-Sabotage – Barrier To Progress” yesterday (October 2021).
It was a pleasure to conduct the motivational session, “Self-Sabotage – Barrier To Progress” yesterday (October 2021).
The session aimed to comprehend how we can manifest challenges in life and steps to overcome this tendency. The session recognized some of the significant reasons for self-sabotage and the characteristics of self-destructive behaviour and thoughts. The reasons discussed included the after-effects of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and childhood trauma. A group activity relating to the analysis and discussion of self-sabotaging variables in life highlighted the significance of mindfulness in desirable behavioural change and thought patterns. The strategies to support positive lifestyle changes, including pairing meaningful goals with action plans and therapy, provided practical resolutions for personal and professional progress.
South African Society for Quality 8th Annual Quality Conference (SASQ 8th Annual Quality Conference 10 – 12 November 2021).
Delighted to be participating in the South African Society for Quality 8th Annual Quality Conference (SASQ 8th Annual Quality Conference 10 – 12 November 2021). It’s a privilege to be a speaker at this conference alongside a plethora of accomplished renowned global speakers and experts.
‘Sagas of Destiny’ powered by Innovative Authors International Forum.
Delighted to be a part of the soon to be released anthology of shortstories, ‘Sagas of Destiny’ powered by Innovative Authors International Forum . Great to be part of this writing venture with a unique and creative team of authors – Sindhu Nandakumar, Kriss Venugopal, Kaavalloore Muraleedharan, Rupoja Sengupta, Aryan Sarath Chandran, Abhilash S.K, Vinod Kumar, williamsji maveli and Aleena Thomas.
Keynote session, “Creating Serendipity for Personal and Professional Empowerment” at the 3rd Istanbul – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH), 05-06 October 2021.
It was a pleasure to conduct the keynote session, “Creating Serendipity for Personal and Professional Empowerment” at the 3rd Istanbul – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH), 05-06 October 2021. Teaching and Education Research Association (TERA) aims to bring together worldwide researchers and professionals, encourage intellectual development and create opportunities for networking and collaboration. These objectives are achieved through Academic Networking, Meetings, Conferences, Workshops, Projects, Research Publications, Academic Awards and Scholarships. With an audience comprising of participants and presenters from nine countries, the session engaged with discussions and valuable input from a vibrant audience. Serendipity as a phenomenon is treated as an unexpected event or discovery that is beneficial to us. Yet, it is valuable in its contribution to progress, growth and development. Session highlighted how conscious awareness of the strategies and techniques of serendipity could infuse our personal and professional life with more extraordinary desirable opportunities and possibilities.
Keynote speaker at the 3rd Istanbul – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH) tomorrow – 5th October 2021.
A pleasure to be a keynote speaker at the 3rd Istanbul – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH) tomorrow – 5th October 2021. Session, “Creating Serendipity for Personal and Professional Empowerment”, aims to discuss how serendipity can favourably influence at the individual, organizational environmental,/external levels.
Conducted a session on the importance of mindfulness in personal and professional life, October 4th, 2021.
It was a wonderful experience to conduct the session, “Benefits of Mindfulness in Professional and Personal Life”, for the management, teachers and parents of Sneha Kiran Mysore Spastic Society (Karnataka, India). The session highlighted the importance of mindfulness in promoting self-compassion, societal compassion and awareness of ourselves through feelings, thoughts, emotions and the environment we are a part of. Apart from discussing some of the benefits, the critical practices of mindfulness, strategies to teach children mindfulness, the session also dealt with how mindfulness can help us with crisis management and how mindfulness can support the communication with parents of children with Special Needs through kindness, patience and understanding. My appreciation to the Principal, Mrs Sonia Jacob and the management of Sneha Kiran Mysore Spastic Society for the gracious welcome; thank you very much.
Gavin McCormack’s ‘World Education Empathy Week’ from September 20th – 24th, 2021.
It is a privilege to be a part of Gavin McCormack’s ‘World Education Empathy Week’ from September 20th – 24th, 2021.
Thank you very much, Gavin McCormack and Anusha Shrestha, for the opportunity and for making a global educational event of this magnitude possible. I am honoured to be working alongside 350 volunteer educators to provide free education to the world’s children during World Education Empathy Week. With over 3 million children in lockdown across the globe, the need for us to work together has never been so critical. I urge you to invite your friends, family, and even whole school institutions to attend. With 350 free live lessons happening over the space of 1 week, this event will shape the future of education for the world. On behalf of Gavin McCormack, Anusha Shrestha and the 350 teachers who are ready with their unique and creative sessions to make this the most incredible week of free education on Earth, we are pleased to welcome you all to this inspiring educational event. Education is the greatest weapon globally, so let’s use it together to make the world a better place.
Anthology of short stories, ‘Sagas of Destiny’ powered by Innovative Authors International Forum.
“What you decide becomes your fate, and it’s your fate to decide so… strange but true. Here ten writers come together on a decision to give you ten stories and leave the fate to your reading… Tales of life, destiny, hope and despair… above all, fate. Be ready to open Pandora’s box called life if you want to hear emotional hearts speak!” Delighted to be a part of the anthology of short stories, ‘Sagas of Destiny’ powered by Innovative Authors International Forum. Great to be part of this writing venture with a unique and creative team of authors – Sindhu Nandakumar, Kriss Venugopal, Kaavalloore Muraleedharan, Rupoja Sengupta, Aryan Sarath Chandran, Abhilash S.K, Vinod Kumar, williamsji maveli and Aleena Thomas. A special thanks to Gunjan Shrimal for our book cover artwork. I would also like to take this opportunity to appreciate and thank all who have encouraged and supported my journey, especially my Dad, who inspired me to love reading and writing through the incredible magical stories he would narrate to me during childhood.
Gavin McCormack’s ‘World Education Empathy Week’ from September 20th – 24th, 2021.
It is a privilege to be a part of Gavin McCormack’s ‘World Education Empathy Week’ from September 20th – 24th, 2021. Thank you very much, Gavin McCormack and Anusha Shrestha, for the opportunity and for making this event possible!
There are millions of children in lockdown around the world, and this could literally change their lives. And now we are ready! We welcome you to invite your family, friends, schools and educational institutions to participate in this exciting, spectacular educational event. This will be a great insight into what the world of online learning looks like around the globe. On behalf of Gavin McCormack , Anusha Shrestha and the 350 teachers who are ready with their unique and creative sessions and make this the greatest week of free education on Earth, it is our pleasure to welcome you all to this; an inspiring educational event that is innovative, free and amazing!
The motivational webinar, “Leadership Through Self-Awareness” (September 2021).
The contribution of Self-Awareness to Leadership is significant since it enables leaders to discover themselves. It questions them why they decided to lead, what impact they wish to make, and what leadership means to them.
The motivational webinar, “Leadership Through Self-Awareness” (September 2021), focused on critical areas of Self-Awareness and related to the core competencies of leadership, including strategies for goal achievement, communication transparency, performance and productivity. Through a case study discourse on the 2008 terrorist attack on the iconic The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (Mumbai) and its aftermath, the democratic style of leadership approach of India’s legendary value-based corporation, the Tata Group, was discussed. The team activity that followed the discussion focused on the long term effect of the mission, vision and values of a customer-centric organisational structure. The session also highlighted how knowledge of Self-Awareness could enhance our personal and professional growth and support societal progress in the process too.
Keynote speaker at the, “London- International Conference on Social Science and Humanities (ICSSH)”, on the 10th and 11th August 2021.
Privileged to be a keynote speaker at the, “London- International Conference on Social Science and Humanities (ICSSH)”, on the 10th and 11th August 2021. Thank you, Dr Flora Charles and the conference organisers, for the honour. Social Science and Humanities Research Association (SSHRA) is an international community of researchers, practitioners, students, and educationists to develop and spread ideas in social sciences and humanities. SSHRA is promoted by Eurasia Research and aims to bring together worldwide researchers and professionals, encourage intellectual development and create opportunities for networking and collaboration. These objectives are achieved through academic networking, meetings, conferences, workshops, projects, research publications, academic awards and scholarships. The driving force behind this association is its diverse members and advisory board, who provide inspiration, ideas, efforts and drive collaborations. Scholars, Researchers, Professionals are invited to become a member of SSHRA and join this ever-growing network, working for the benefit of society and research with the spirit of sharing and mutual growth. For more details, contact: email@example.com
Online session on Work-Life Balance Webinar Series, “Attaining Mindfulness” (June 2021).
When experienced in its purest form, mindfulness is bliss. Its ability to make us better aware of ourselves and the world makes us more responsive than reactive and inculcate a non-judgmental approach to life and people. As part of my Work-Life Balance Webinar Series, it was a joy to conduct the interactive session, “Attaining Mindfulness” (June 2021). The workshop highlighted some of the critical components of mindfulness, including its ability to nurture kindness, compassion in us and its inherent power to manage stress and anxiety. Through engaging group activity and introducing simple daily exercises, strategies to incorporate mindfulness in the family environment and children were also stressed to enhance physical and emotional health.
The cultivation of mindfulness at a societal level can harness a consciousness of tolerance and clarity to our responsibilities as global citizens.
Motivational wellness session,”Renew, Redefine and Revitalize!” 11th of June, 2021.
Thank you, Nayana Shaiju and Brainciti, for inviting me to present on the 11th of June, 2021 motivational wellness session as part of the 5 AM community program, initiated by Brainciti, “Renew, Redefine and Revitalize!”. So much appreciate the warm welcome! As an organisation that strives to promote knowledge acquisition and wellness, ‘Brainciti’ is focused on providing education at an affordable cost. Their 5 AM community program is well-known for its empowering and vibrant sessions and has completed 380 non-stop successful days! Their structured program for people development pays critical attention to work-life balance while focusing on their mental, physical and spiritual well-being. The global pandemic has brought in greater awareness of the impact of our actions and words in our life and that of others. My session’s focus will be on some of the steps we can make in maximising our potential and abilities so that we continue to face life with greater tenacity, optimism and enthusiasm. By showing compassion, care and kindness to ourselves, we initiate the power to make desired improvements and changes in ourselves while guiding others in their journey of progress and wellbeing. Wishing Brainciti, Nayana Shaiju and Team the very best in promoting knowledge and empowerment for all. For more details regarding the amazing personal and professional development programs, Brainciti offers, please contact Nayana Shaiju – firstname.lastname@example.org
Conducted the session “The Importance of Mindfulness Today”, 8th June 2021.
Delighted to have conducted the session “The Importance of Mindfulness Today” as part of “The 100 days to a Leadership Transformation” societal empowerment campaign initiated by the Global Council for the Promotion of International Trade (June 8th 2021). It was a privilege to a part of a global event that seeks to provide knowledge with wellness for all. My appreciation to Santosh G., Aparna G Kumar and the Global Council for The Promotion of International Trade for their commitment and perseverance in successfully implementing a dynamic enterprise of this stature. My special congratulations to Aparna for her charm and enthusiasm as the session’s moderator; you were terrific! Thank you for giving me a gracious welcome and the thoughtful encouraging call after the session, much appreciated. I wish this fantastic societal wellness initiative that you both have boldly undertaken the very best.
“Annual Summit on Positive Psychology & Psychology Resilience”, on May 19-20, 2022 (Toronto, Canada).
Thank you, Andra shanthi and STAR Conferences Inc, for inviting me to be a part of the prestigious global event, “Annual Summit on Positive Psychology & Psychology Resilience”, on May 19-20, 2022 (Toronto, Canada).
My appreciation to the conference organisers for their admirable efforts to promote resilience for universal wellness and wellbeing, especially during the current global crises.
Online webinar series ‘Work-Life Balance Series’ -“The Art of Delegation” (May 2021).
This month’s webinar from my ‘Work-Life Balance Series’ -“The Art of Delegation” (May 2021), dealt with the significance of practical delegation skills for attendees from diverse professions, including students.
The session dealt with the subject of Delegation through a methodology of discussions with a fun interactive group creative activity. The engaging activity aimed to stimulate the creative, problem solving, strategic, and critical skills of the leaders and their teams while facing the challenge of time restraint and a hindrance in communication in the face of an imagined situation of adversity.
The workshop dealt with the term delegation from the perspective of work and home. It highlighted the skills and benefits of delegation in our life. It also dealt with the core elements of delegation while discussing the key ways delegation can help us lead a more productive and mutually beneficial life. The empowerment comes from an effective delegation process that includes skill development and prioritisation of tasks (effective time-management).
Some of the critical reasons for failure in the delegation, such as Ego, Authority Threat, and Accountability, were also highlighted. The session concluded with an informal discussion relating to the group activity and the learnings acquired by the participants through the involvement.
Online Session, “Why connect Resilience to Happiness?”, The World Mental Health Congress Conference, June 21-22, 2021.
It is an honour and pleasure to be part of the World Mental Health Congress Conference held online on June 21-22, 2021. This program includes Motivational, Interactive and Research Talks & Sessions. The subject of Mental Health needs to included in conversations unapologetically and unashamedly. Just like how concerns relating to physical health are addressed, we need to encourage the care and attention of mental health wellbeing too. My session, “Why connect Resilience to Happiness?” focuses on the significance of resilience in mental health management (including wellness and wellbeing). The talk will also highlight how parents can nurture resilience in children from a young age to inculcate the tenacity to face challenges in adulthood.
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Speaker at the World Mental Health Congress on June 21-22, 2021.
It is a pleasure for me to be a speaker at the World Mental Health Congress on June 21-22, 2021. My interactive and motivational talk, “Why Connect Resilience to Happiness?” highlights the significance of psychological, emotional and social well-being. It furthermore seeks to throw light on resilience and its positive impact on happiness. Caring for mental health as much as our physical health is vital in all stages in life, starting with childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Thank you, MedConclave and Ayesha Soni, for the invite. It is wonderful to be a part of a global event that promotes the importance of mental health, especially during this pandemic crisis. For more details, please log on to: https://lnkd.in/dq3WguN.
Annual Summit of Positive Psychology and Psychology Resilience 2022 (Toronto, Canada).
Thank you very much, Andra Shanthi and the organizers of Star Conferences, for the warm welcome, greatly appreciated. I look forward to being a part of the Annual Summit of Positive Psychology and Psychology Resilience 2022 (Toronto, Canada) and the opportunity to interact and learn from a gathering of global mental health professionals. The connection between gratitude and resilience is intriguing to observe. Infusing appreciation into our lives and relationships can indeed transform our life – makes us bolder and stronger. How? Gratitude is about noting what is working for you, the areas and relationships in life that provide joy, satisfaction and peace. The development of a gratitude mindset calls for patience and self-motivation. It calls for patience because it is during challenges that gratitude can give us the desired tenacity and courage to overcome problems. The process of experiencing gratitude is like cultivating any habit. By steady conscious nurturing and encouragement, our mind can be trained to focus on gratitude and appreciation. It then becomes a powerful approach to life – to look for light even when what we see is darkness. Let us change our perception. Let the change we seek begin with us.
Recognized for volunteering services by the India Club management in Dubai (UAE).
I am humbled and honoured to be recognized for volunteering services by the India Club management in Dubai (UAE).
The felicitation function conducted on 24th April (2021) recognized all the volunteers supporting and assisting India Club with the numerous Club related activities. It was an unexpected privilege to receive a certificate of appreciation and memento from the India Club Honorary Chairman, Mr Siddharth Balachandran. I want to take this opportunity to thank the CEO of the India Club, Mr Bharat Chachara and the India Club Management team for their continuous assistance. I would also like to convey my gratitude to DTM Usha Udayshankar for laying the initial foundation of our Gavel Club. As the Club Counselor of the Young Voices Gavel Club in India Club premises since 2012, it has been an unforgettable journey of enlightenment for me. A journey that has been insightful and interesting, thanks to the vibrant children that have been part of the Club. The Club would not have flourished if I had not received the generous assistance from our past and current Club Mentoring Team, TM Bismi Sadasivan and DTM Vinod Warriath. My special thanks and gratitude to both of them for their dedication as Club Mentors and the valuable guidance they provide our Gavel Club and members.
Session on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness from Work-Life Balance Webinar Series.
During a crisis, one of the least discussed yet impacting challenges is social anxiety. Sadly, for many, social anxiety and shyness are part of life. They silently lead their lives, suffering the stress of this anxiety as it erodes the quality of their personal and professional life. As part of my ‘Work-Life Balance Webinar Series’, this month’s session was on overcoming social anxiety and shyness. The session accentuated the definition of ‘Social Anxiety’, keeping in mind the causes, including its affectation on our body and mind. The consequences of social anxiety and its impact on assertiveness, self-esteem, social skills, and relationships were also discussed with interactive discussions relating to the attendees’ personal experiences. A group activity that explored possible social anxiety in social situations, career choices, and personal relationships was held, followed by an insightful appraisal and deliberation by the participants regarding their performance in the activity. The session discussed the possible strategies to help individuals overcome social anxiety, including conscious positive lifestyle changes.
Conducted the stress management workshop, “Music – Promoting Wellness Through Melody” (April 2021).
Music is known to transform the listener as much as the musician. Music Therapy today has been recognised for its undeniable health-promoting benefits to wellbeing and stress relief. As an individual who enjoys music immensely and promotes its benefits, it is a pleasure to conduct the stress management workshop, “Music – Promoting Wellness Through Melody” (April 2021) for the members of the Indian Musicians Forum (IMF). My appreciation to Salim Bhai and the executive members of IMF for inviting me to conduct this session; thank you for the warm welcome.
Womenpreneur Ambassador – Seetha Sagran.
Honoured to work with the Womenpreneur Digital Hub, a knowledge and resource platform that provides free access to entrepreneurship skills, financial education, tech literacy, series of events, networking and skills development opportunities for women across the MENA region (the Middle East and North Africa). Thank you, Womenpreneur-Initiative, Sana Afouaiz and Louise Clayette, for the opportunity. My appreciation to Alice-Nicole Chempf, too, for elaborating on Womenpreneur Digital Hub’s efforts to promote development, empowerment, and progress in the MENA region and beyond; thank you, Alice.
Online session on Work-Life Balance.
Thank you, Kishore Dharmarajan; I appreciate the invitation for conducting a session on Work-Life Balance this month. As part of the continuous societal empowerment initiatives by Kishore Dharmarajan and the ‘Digital Marketing Dubai’ group on Facebook, it is my pleasure to share some of my insights, experiences, and learnings in this session, especially relating to why Work-Life Balance is crucial in our life. One of the most commonly asked questions to me is the relevance of developing our personal development as much as our professional development. Upgrading ourselves no matter what juncture of life, profession, or age we are in is critical to our holistic wellbeing and progress.
To know more, I welcome you to attend my session, ‘Strategising Wellbeing in Personal and Professional Life’, on the 21st of April at 4:00 PM – U.A.E Time.
Conducted an interactive motivational webinar, ‘Vulnerability and Emotional Wellbeing’ (March 2021).
Conducted an interactive motivational webinar, ‘Vulnerability and Emotional Wellbeing’ (March 2021), from my Work-Life Balance Webinar Series, for ladies and teenagers on the importance of the utilization of vulnerability for self-improvement and emancipation. Through impactful group activity and discussion in understanding the benefits and ways to strengthen vulnerability, the session highlighted the ignored significance of vulnerability on our self-growth, environmental understanding and relationship management.
Vulnerability is a quality often observed with scepticism and contempt. It is related to hurt, weakness and inability to face challenges. But what if vulnerability becomes a tool for us to lead a happier and more empowered life?
The day we embrace our vulnerability to comprehend the greater purpose of our existence as much as our happiness is the day we accept and embrace who we are. Vulnerability is a strength when we acknowledge the importance of fragility to live life to the fullest, without fear and with joy.
The session, ‘Secrets to Happiness”, organized by Global Education and Training Institute (GETI India), Saturday, March 20th 2021.
For anything to be different, change is a must. The universe communicates this to us generously. 2020 was a revelation – a powerful lesson of change to humanity. Achieving a state of happiness, too, is a lesson in change. To what extent does intrinsic and extrinsic motivation affect the happiness we enjoy? How do our self-awareness, purpose and focus in life and the world affect our joy?
On the occasion of ‘International Day of Happiness,’ I warmly welcome you all to join me for the session,
‘Secrets to Happiness”, organized by Global Education and Training Institute (GETI India), Saturday, March 20th 2021. It is an immense pleasure for me to conduct this session to support GETI’s active and continuous efforts in promoting societal enlightenment and empowerment on a global scale.
My appreciation to GETI (India) and Shilpi Srivastava for the invitation and welcome; thank you.
The motivational book “Women Who Inspire”
On behalf of all the twenty-six authors of the motivational book “Women Who Inspire”, I am delighted to welcome you all to read our chapters, which narrate some of our cherished insights and personal perceptions of life.
My chapter pays tribute to some of the most influential individuals in my life, who have kindly mentored me with their wisdom from experiences. It gives me immense joy to share with you all the valuable contributions some of them have made to make my life what it is. I am honored to be a part of a book that narrates amazing women’s inspirational learning experiences from different parts of the world.
Thank you, Ahad Al Zabidi, Amal Alnuaimi, Aziza Bouabdallah, Hanane Benkhallouk, Kayleigh Fazan, Muna Al Harbi, Natalie Khounago, Nourah Feteih, Saana Azzam, Vanessa Abou Sleiman, Inger Högström- Westerling, Atiyya Dudhat, Laura Biclea, Lorate Hamzeh, Dr Hanadie Basil, Maya Taher, Shaikha Khodr, Mezyan El Cheikh Hassan, Eman Al Shamsi, and Diana Roman.
‘Intellectual Foundation Endowment’. Founded by the late Mr Sundeep Bedi.
In January 2021, I enjoyed interacting with Sakina Bedi, the graceful spokesperson for NFBM Jagriti School for Blind Girls and Consultant. A courageous woman and a believer in altruism, Sakina impressed me with her remarkable dedication and commitment to her charity wellness-promoting organization, ‘Intellectual Foundation Endowment’. Founded by her husband, the late Mr Sundeep Bedi, his noble work today continues to flourish under the leadership of Sakina.
I’m delighted to include an article on today’s youth’s admirable attitude towards societal emancipation and progress in the March issue of this organization’s newsletter, ‘Pure Fundamentals’. Thank you, Sakina, for welcoming me to contribute to your thought-provoking newsletter. It is a privilege to be a part of your compassionate initiative to promote positivity and goodwill. Wishing you the very best to continue the wonderful work that you do.
Speaker at the Blue Ocean Women Leadership Development (BOWLD) EmpowHer Conference (March 8, 2021).
Enjoyed the wonderful experience as a speaker at the Blue Ocean Women Leadership Development (BOWLD) EmpowHer Conference today (March 8, 2021). It was inspiring to listen and interact with the accomplished and dynamic women leaders and speakers who supported this event with their wisdom and experiences – Annabel Harper MA, FRSA, Alice-Nicole Chempf, Bandana Jain,Kelly Lundberg, Dr. Thoraiya Kanafani, Noha Hefny, Julie Lewis, Marina Wanny, and Ahlam el Tohamy.
My thanks to Biji Devassy Moonjelil, Rosa Ravindran Noba Norbert, and the Blue Ocean Management Training team for initiating an event that celebrates societal empowerment, progress and universal harmony. A special note of appreciation to my amazing panel speakers, Annabel and Alice and our panel moderator, Biji. Despite the brief interaction, I immensely enjoyed the camaraderie we shared before and during the session; thank you!
Speaker at the Blue Ocean Women Leadership Development (BOWLD) EmpowHer Conference on March 8, 2021.
It is an honour to be a speaker at the Blue Ocean Women Leadership Development (BOWLD) EmpowHer Conference on March 8, 2021. Thank you for the invitation and welcome, Blue Ocean Management Training. As one of the most trusted organisations in corporate training for more than 20 years, Blue Ocean Training & Consultancy is a pioneer organisation developing initiatives for developing leadership in women and recognising their efforts.
I look forward to the opportunity of listening and interacting with the accomplished and dynamic women leaders and speakers who will support this event with their wisdom and experiences – Annabel Harper MA, FRSA, Alice-Nicole Chempf, Bandana Jain, Kelly Lundberg, Thoraiya Kanafani, Noha Hefny, Julie Lewis, Marina Wanny and Ahlam El Tohamy. My appreciation to Biji Devassy Moonjelil, Rosa Ravindran, Noba Norbert, and the Blue Ocean Management Training team for initiating an event that celebrates societal empowerment, progress and universal harmony.
India’s Global Education & Training Institute’s (GETI) International Women’s Day online event.
Honoured to be a part of India’s Global Education & Training Institute’s (GETI) International Women’s Day online event that promotes global awareness of empowerment and emancipation (March 8th 2021). GETI’s mission is to give every child access to effective and transformational education. As an organization that strongly promotes the role of teachers and educators as critical catalysts of improvement and transformation, it is a pleasure for me to participate in a global panel discussion, ‘Choose To Change’, with international educational leaders and speakers who believe in progress and education, Brian Collyer, Shirin Abbas, Jaqueline Francis, Fatima Haideri and Shilpi Srivastava.
Thank you, Shilpi Srivastava, for the enthusiastic welcome. My appreciation to Jitendra Srivastava, too, for being the kind well-wisher that he is.
Conducted a motivational session for attendees from Dubai, India, and Europe on Personal Development’s significance in our life.
The introduction of the session, “Self Empowerment For Societal Progress” started with an invitation for a debate. The subject that was the topic of this discussion was the contribution of Abraham Maslow’s, ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ in the comprehension of goal achievement and self-motivation. To what extent does it hold meaning in the context of each of our life?
The session then moved on to the importance of Personal Development and its process. The individual and societal gain in the process of Personal Development was highlighted with anecdotes. Its affectation on our life with the impact of gender empowerment on society was considered at length with the attendees’ personal and professional experiences. Melinda Gates’s inspiring book, ‘The Moment of Lift,’ was briefly discussed to emphasis how empowering women could change the world. The session concluded with an activity enhancing the attendees’ inner belief to strengthen belief in life progress and goal achievement.
Motivational session, “Acquisition of Inner Strength through Wellbeing” at the GLOBAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS – GYMHA’s SUMMIT (February 20th & 21st, 2021)
It’s an immense pleasure to present my motivational session, “Acquisition of Inner Strength through Wellbeing” at the GLOBAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS – GYMHA’s SUMMIT (February 20th & 21st, 2021) to create mental health awareness as a subject of global significance. A huge thanks to all the speakers for sharing their learning and techniques. My appreciation to Jude Ediae and the GYMHA Team, once again, for their dedication and commitment to organising this empowering event.
Interactive session with the congenial Abhinav Lahori.
Looking forward to an interactive session with the congenial Abhinav Lahori, to discuss the importance of positivity, overcoming fears and combating inertia on February 14th 2021. Today, more than ever before, we are reminded of the wisdom of Socrates, “The secret of change is to focus all of our energy not on fighting the old but on building the new”. There is no better time than now, to adapt to global change, learn, thrive and grow. Let us be optimistic, overcome our fears and battle any lethargy that prevents us from achieving our goals. Thank you very much, Abhinav Lahori for the warm welcome!
GLOBAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS – GYMHA’s noble movement to create mental health awareness as a subject of global significance.
Privileged to be a part of GLOBAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS – GYMHA’s noble movement to create mental health awareness as a subject of global significance.
Thank you very much, Jude Ediae and the GYMHA team for the warm welcome to be a part of this international summit, (February 2021). Appreciate your continuous dedication and commitment to support and guide the many who suffer in silence, and even more during the current pandemic crisis.
A huge thanks to all the speakers for sharing their learning and techniques in making mental health a top priority for societal well-being and happiness.
Conducted an interactive webinar, “Teaching Children Joy”, (January 2021).
We often associate joy with children. A child has the immense beautiful capability of being happy and joyful. So what exactly happens when this innate joy in children disappears in the process of growing up? How can we help children become happy adults?
In the desire to ensure that children become successful, many caregivers and parents forget the importance of their child’s emotional state as they grow into adulthood. Through a celebration of life with gratitude and compassion, prioritising essential in life, expressing emotional serenity, empathy, effective communication, and acknowledging that every child is special and unique, nurturing joy in a child can contribute immensely in a child’s long term emotional well-being.
Conducted an interactive webinar, “Teaching Children Joy”, (January 2021) involving inspiring insights from teachers from Kenya, Pakistan and India in helping children retain their innate joyful nature well into adulthood. Strategies in assisting children in growing into positive, benevolent society members were also considered during this session.
As Alexander Den Heijer once said –
“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.”
Guest at ‘The Inside Project Podcast’ with the effervescent Abhinav Lahori.
It is a pleasure to be a guest on ‘The Inside Project Podcast’ with the effervescent Abhinav Lahori.
Our session titled –
“Gaining Enlightenment Through Habits of Excellence”,
will be discussing some of the challenges relating to performance, fear and the gaps that education can create. This session aims to highlight the contribution of positive thinking and emotional intelligence in our personal and professional life.
Abhinav has close to 7 years of experience around sales and consulting roles with various organizations worldwide. He’s also a professional fitness coach and an Achology certified NLP Practitioner. His aim through ‘The Inside Project’ is to promote personal growth and cover some of the most powerful ideas that can bolster our personal, professional, and spiritual lives and get us results that raise our overall consciousness to do better at work, health, and life.
To be enlightened with some freshly seasoned perspective, we welcome you to join us on Sunday, the 14th February 2021!
Keynote Speaker , “Loyalty – Creating Personal and Professional Progress Through Commitment” at the online 2021-International Conference on Research in Life-Sciences & Healthcare (ICRLSH), Paris, France.
Delighted to begin 2021, with the keynote, “Loyalty – Creating Personal and Professional Progress Through Commitment” at the online 2021-International Conference on Research in Life-Sciences & Healthcare (ICRLSH), Paris, France.
My session aims to explore just the extent to which we relate the term ‘loyalty’ in our existence.
As a characteristic, “loyalty” is synonymous with noble qualities like integrity and honesty. Its role in building character is undeniable, and developing this quality can help us grow personally and professionally.
Loyalty stands for dedication and commitment while involving trust and respect too. By having loyalty for the individuals, we interact within our lives, the work we do, we create more loyalty around us. The loyalty we show in our life affects the behaviour and actions of those we associate or interact within our personal and professional life. By fostering an environment that promotes mutual well-being, progress, and development, through the loyalty we promote through our words and actions, a societal responsibility towards greater compassion for humanity is also awakened.
Conducted an interactive workshop, “Why Friendships Matter!”, that highlighted the significance of healthy friendships in our life and its contribution to our well-being and happiness (December 2020).
The session discussed the ways we can promote and maintain healthy friendships and also dealt with the ways to cultivate friendships that can enrich and empower lives. The significance of nurturing friendships, strengthening relationships with acquaintances was also stressed through the implementation of practical techniques, suggestions and narration of personal anecdotes. The identification and comprehension of toxic friendships were also briefly analysed with examples.
The workshop concluded with a discussion on how by consciously improving our attitude and understanding of people can enable us to improve our friendships.
Conducted a workshop, “Creating Joy in Twilight Years!”, that honoured the elderly and how we can take better care of them, (November 2020).
The elderly loved ones in our life – whether they are our parents, grandparents, uncles or aunts or even neighbours truly enjoy companionship and attention. With the passing of years, many become silent because their environment consciously or unconsciously discourages them from expressing themselves or communicating with others. The session touched upon the ways we can improve an elder’s quality of life and how to respond to elders suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The importance of finding meaning in life along with a healthy diet and exercise was also emphasised for finding purpose in the twilight years. In this context, the ancient Japanese philosophy of well-being, “Ikigai” was highlighted along with its health benefits and ways to awaken it in our lives. Keeping in mind the possible cognitive impairment that affects many elders, the need to prioritize emotional connection and reassurance over rational explanations in our communication with them was also discussed in detail. The session concluded with tips to celebrate their presence in our lives.
Motivational session by the charity organisation, Box of Hope, “Change – Acceptance, Growth and Acceptance“ at 7:00 PM – U.A.E Time on November 4th, Wednesday, 2020
Today, our society faces the unpredictability of change amidst uncertainty and realisation. How do we cope with change? Is change only creating stress for us, or is it bringing myriad growth opportunities? In the process, are we also learning something invaluable about ourselves and life today than ever before? By acknowledging and proactively addressing the transformation that has taken place, we are faced with the crucial challenge of changing our attitude and course of future action. To know more about change and the possible strategies we can implement to cope with this process, I welcome you all to join me for the motivational session organised by the charity organisation, Box of Hope, “Change – Acceptance, Growth and Acceptance“ at 7:00 PM – U.A.E Time on November 4th, Wednesday, 2020. My appreciation to Harmeek Singh, founder of Plan B Group, Mrinalini Saha and the Box of Hope Team for inviting me to conduct this session, as part of their noble initiative to support society through enlightenment and empowerment.
Conducted an interactive communication and activity-based workshop, “Your Voice Speaks!”, for high school students, and educational professionals, (October 2020).
Conducted an interactive communication and activity-based workshop, “Your Voice Speaks!”, for high school students, and educational professionals, (October 2020). Someone once said, “Be a voice and not an echo”. As members of society, we are conscious of speaking to be heard, yet are we effectively using our voice for effective communication and maximum impact in our personal and professional life? Our voice is significant not just for its role in communication, but for its ability to portray our personality and establishing the desired connection with others. It is a pathway that allows the world to get a glimpse of our identity, our emotions and energy. The workshop dealt with why our voice is crucial to our communication skills, types of voices, ways to use our voice effectively, and the strategies to implement it in our personal and professional life. The session also highlighted how we could take care of our voice, just like we take care of our health and well-being.
Motivational book, “Women Who Inspire”.
Honoured to be a part of the motivational book, “Women Who Inspire”. Thank you, Saana Azzam, of MENA Speakers and co-founder of the tech platform, Experts Market, for welcoming me to be a part of this beautiful positive venture. It is a privilege to be a part of a book that narrates the inspirational learning experiences of amazing and brave women from diverse cultures and professions. Appreciate Ahad Al Zabidi, Amal Alnuaimi, Aziza Bouabdallah, Hanane Benkhallouk, Kayleigh Fazan, Muna Al Harbi, Natalie Khounago, Nourah Feteih, Saana Azzam, Vanessa Abou Sleiman, Inger Högström- Westerling, Atiyya Dudhat, Laura Biclea, Lorate Hamzeh, Dr Hanadie Basil, Maya Taher, Shaikha Khodr, Mezyan El Cheikh Hassan, Eman Al Shamsi, and Diana Roman for sharing their wisdom and valuable life lessons through this book. On behalf of all the wonderful authors, I welcome all of you to read our thought-provoking compilation. Our book, “Women Who Inspire” narrates some of our most cherished insights and perceptions of life and how they helped us develop, grow and enhanced our well-being.
Speaker at TESOL Arabia 2020 Conference (October 2-3, 2020).
Delighted to be a part of the TESOL Arabia 2020 Conference (October 2-3, 2020), that has been supporting English language educators and professionals for over 25 years in the UAE, the Gulf and MENA Regions. My session on “Culture and Intercultural Communication” is a conscious effort to promote harmony and peace in societal interactions.
By keeping in mind the United Nation’s theme for 2020, ‘Biodiversity’, this session seeks to create awareness and understanding of the communication based on the myriad cultures and diversity that exists in the world that we are a part of. The comprehension of intercultural communication today is not just essential but an existential requirement for sustainability in our society. The world has become further inextricably linked since the arrival of the global pandemic. This has lead to an unprecedented change in our lifestyle, work, and education – a change that we can understand and cope better through greater universal tolerance and respect for people. For more details of the TESOL Arabia 2020 Conference –
Conducted an interactive workshop on abuse prevention for a diverse audience, comprising of adults and teenagers from the U.A.E, India and Poland, (September 26th, 2020).
Abuse is a subject that many endure in silence and in shame. One of the goals of this session was to highlight the importance of timely intervention in preventing abuse. It is neither to be experienced in silence or embarrassment as many victims sadly believe but responded through meaningful and purposeful strategies. Keeping in mind that many suffer even more today from abuse due to the restrictions caused by the global pandemic, this session discussed the types of abuse and mechanisms for its prevention. Through insightful discussions and narration of observations, the session concluded with suggestions regarding how much each of us can contribute to society in creating awareness and effectively combat this critical societal issue. As someone once said, “It is easier to build up a child than it is to repair an adult”.
Speaker at Global Youth Mental Health Awareness (GYMHA) Stress Management Revolutions Summit 2020, (Sunday, October 2nd, 2020).
It was an honour and a pleasure to be a part of the Global Youth Mental Health Awareness (GYMHA) Stress Management Revolutions Summit 2020, (Sunday, October 2nd, 2020). Global Youth Mental Health Awareness (GYMHA) is an initiative directly supported by the Global Socio-Economic & Financial Evolution Network (GSFEN). It is a crucial initiative associated with their Sustainable Development Goals. The GYMHA Vision was developed in response to the growing need to communicate and engage with professionals and the youth of the community, to tackle the issues associated with Youth Mental Health, and the stigma associated with those individuals who may seek aid. Thank you, Prof Jude Ediae, GYMHA Founder and CEO, for inviting me to be a speaker at the summit. I was delighted to share my learning and experiences relating to my topic, ‘Gratitude’ and its impact on our well-being. It was an enlightening experience to listen and share knowledge with many accomplished and inspiring speakers from all over the world. Thank you, all!
Speaker at the ‘Stress Management Revolutions Summit’, (19th & 20th September 2020)
Delighted and honoured to be a speaker at the ‘Stress Management Revolutions Summit’, (19th & 20th September 2020). The impact of stress during this global pandemic is a subject that needs greater understanding, tolerance and compassion than ever before. The GYMHA Stress Management Revolutions Summit aims to address the need to engage, create awareness and exchange ways to tackle stress with the youth and global mental health professionals. Global Youth Mental Health Awareness (GYMHA) is a non-profit organisation and a proud member of the United Nations Association of Australia, that is committed to offering mental health support and assistance to youth and society.
Please register for free today at –https://lnkd.in/dRDVUmD
University website editorial page, (Revista CIES (Volume 11 Issue 2, July/December 2020).
My appreciation to Laura Gaviria #Laura Marcela Gaviria Yepes.
and ‘The Escolme University Institution’, Medellin, Colombia, for inviting me to write the University website editorial page, (Revista CIES (Volume 11 Issue 2, July/December 2020).
Founded in 1970, the University holds the position of being the first institution in Colombia that offered an academic program in the subject of Marketing. The Escolme University Institution is also a pioneer in initiating a positive impact on the local students to promote a transformational approach to conducting business.
Wishing the University the very best in their focus on providing quality global education to the youth in Colombia.
To quote Nelson Mandela,
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Sharjah Malayalee Association’s summer program, “Oonjaal” session on “Creating a Resilient Generation”, (14th August 2020).
Delighted to be a part of Sharjah Malayalee Association’s summer program, “Oonjaal”.
Look forward to conducting the session,
“Creating a Resilient Generation”, (14th August 2020).
for parents and children tomorrow.
My appreciation to Reena, Joy and Team for the kind invitation to share my insights and experiences during this session.
keynote speaker at “Enhancing Self-Motivation for Personal and Professional Progress”, at the Amsterdam – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH), 11-12 August 2020.
The level of self-motivation that we have can not only help us achieve our goals but enhance the quality of our life and to lead a more fulfilled existence.
Look forward to presenting a keynote speech,
“Enhancing Self-Motivation for Personal and Professional Progress”,
at the Amsterdam – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH), 11-12 August 2020.
Our comprehension of what motivates us and how can we stay motivated can help our personal and professional life immensely. For many, self-motivation is dependent significantly on external factors. However, relying a great deal on external factors can prove to be challenging and not beneficial for us in the long term.
Some of the ways to stay self-motivated can be through goal setting, learning new skills, consciously being positive and of course, maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
For more details, please check the website: https://lnkd.in/dBM7Yi6.
“Stress Management Revolutions Summit 2020”, (September 2020), organised by GYMHA.
Global Youth Mental Health Awareness (GYMHA) is a non-profit international organisation, established to promote the awareness of wellness, issues associated with mental health, development and progress.
It is a privilege and pleasure for me to be a part of the “Stress Management Revolutions Summit 2020”, (September 2020), organised by GYMHA. My thanks to Jude Ediae for the gracious invitation.
My session, “Gratitude” focuses on the many gifts we unconsciously enjoy every day. It is easy for us to consider our challenges and ignore what we enjoy. Some of the questions, my session will attempt to answer are –
1) Can we cultivate gratitude?
2) How do we instil an appreciation for what we have in life in children?
3) How can a sense of thankfulness affect our resilience to face challenges?
Register for this amazing event and enjoy interacting and listening to an array of international speakers and professionals, who will share techniques and tools to manage stress and lead a fulfilling personal and professional life.
Received the “Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All” Award at the Digital Summit WEF Bangalore, (July 2020).
Honoured and humbled to receive the “Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All” Award at the Digital Summit WEF Bangalore along with other inspiring and accomplished ladies, (July 2020).
I thank Dr Harbeen Arora, Founder & Global Chairperson, ALL Ladies League (ALL) & Women Economic Forum (WEF) and her team for this kind recognition.
I also take this opportunity to convey my appreciation and gratitude to all my family, friends and wellwishers, who have shared their wisdom, knowledge and of course time with me. Thank you very much, for the guidance, support and generous encouragement.
Being a part of WEF Bangalore 2020, through session, “The Happiness Factor – Teaching Children Joy”.
My appreciation and gratitude to Dr.Harbeen Arora, and the WEF Team – I enjoyed being a part of WEF Bangalore 2020, that celebrated sharing knowledge, learning and camaraderie. It was a pleasure to share my life experiences through my session,
“The Happiness Factor – Teaching Children Joy”.
Would also like to convey thanks to Ms.Lakshmy Ravishankar for graciously assisting me with all my queries since registration. Our session moderator, Sachdev Ramakrishna, was brilliant for his ability to make the speakers comfortable and the entire session lively. I was fortunate to listen and enjoy the session following mine too. The session, “Faith in times of crisis – the power of positivity & conviction” was presented by two charismatic and poised speakers, Marnie Joy Swedberg and Sharmee Divan. With personal anecdotes and the wisdom from their life experiences, they provided valuable insights into the importance of optimism during challenging times. For all those of you who had attended my session, thank you for your kind feedback.
Thank you, ALL, for contributing immensely to yet another stimulating and enjoyable WEF experience. I enjoyed interacting with many of you and look forward to staying connected.
Wishing each of you, the very best for a beautiful and fulfilling life ahead.
Conducted a motivational and interactive webinar on stress management, “Why Hygge?”, (July 2020).
The session laid emphasis on the lucid positive approach of “Hygge”. A beautiful lifestyle philosophy that originated from Denmark and Norway, its practice is interestingly more prevalent in Denmark today. The session was introduced with the definition of Hygge, its practice and simple implementation techniques in our daily existence.
The connection between Hygge and stress management was then followed by the highlight of the strategies and techniques to cope with stress and the approaches to eradicate it as much as possible from our daily life. The webinar was graciously contributed with critical medical insights by Dr.Sabine (from India) relating to the facts about stress and burnout. Mrs.Asha, a high school English teacher (from India) also kindly shared some of her valuable learning in the discussion regarding strategies for coping up with stress and its amazing impact on family members and home environment.
A group activity that focused on the easier management of stressful factors finally concluded the workshop, laying stress on the value of our existing (in some cases untapped) social and personal support resources in our life.
Speaker at e-Bookery Show, 18th July 2020.
Delighted to be a part of this one of a kind online event, along with the talented and dynamic Cheryl P Pinto, that promotes reading as a passion and a tool for enlightenment. My appreciation and thanks to Saneesh Babu and the members of the E-Bookery Club for welcoming me to be a part of next week’s event, (18th July 2020).
I will be reviewing the book –
“Kamala Das – Selected Poems”
Edited with an introduction by Devindra Kohli, the book offers an illuminating glimpse of the poetical explorations of bilingual (English & Malayalam) writer and poet, Kamala Das (also known as Madhavikutty and Kamala Suraiyya).
I look forward to sharing my insights and perceptions of Das’s poems during this session.
Speaker at the WEF (Women Economic Forum) Digital Summit 2020 (Bangalore, India).
The topic that I will be presenting is -“The Happiness Factor – Teaching Children Joy”.
My selection of topic has been influenced by my observation that teaching children to be happy is critical for building a harmonious and peaceful future for the world we are a part of. Why is it important that we nurture children into adults who are happy and know what happiness means? Happy children, who grow up to be happy adults are more positive and their positive disposition more likely enables them to focus on goals with better attention and clarity. They are less likely to be prone to stress and more prone to build resources and work with the support of their network to achieve their goals successfully. I implore parents and guardians, in their focus on improving their child’s grades and success in their growing years, to consider the importance of raising happy children as crucial too. As someone once said,”Do not educate children to be rich, educate them to be happy, so that when they grow up, they will know the value of things and not just the price”. For more details – https://lnkd.in/dSA2n55
Conducted the webinar, “The Anger Trap”, an anger management workshop, from “The Work-Life Balance Webinar Series”, (June 2020).
Mark Twain is known to have said, “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured”. Anger, as we all know, can be destructive and lead to unnecessary complications in our relationships and life. How can we ensure that we are angry for the right reason, at the right time, at the right person and using the right and appropriate style of communication? This workshop aimed to throw light on some of the fundamental challenges caused by anger and how anger can be managed effectively. Storytelling and personal anecdotes along with activities were used to define the concept of anger and its effects on oneself and of course on others. Some of the causes of anger, anger triggers, symptoms and practical techniques to process anger were discussed during the course of the workshop. Practical strategies for transforming anger into healthier positive feelings were also highlighted for enhancing personal and professional well-being and happiness.
Conducted the webinar, ” Motivation & Productivity During Crisis”, from “The Work-Life Balance Webinar Series”, for professionals belonging to the fields of medicine, education, finance, art, engineering and media, (May 2020).
The interactive workshop incorporated psychological tools in aiding behavioural change and achieving goals during challenges and otherwise. The relationship between self-motivation and its fluctuation based on personal and environmental factors were discussed through the inclusion of our social/ecological strengths, confrontation of unresolved external and internal conflicts, appraisal of self-perspective and role of positive affirmations. Practical strategies for enhancing personal and professional productivity, emphasis on positive daily habits (and self-care) and the importance of time management were highlighted too during the workshop.
Online webinar, “Rebuilding and Reinvigorating the State’s Economy Post COVID 19″, with Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala (India), Mr Pinarayi Vijayan.
I was privileged to attend the special online webinar, “Rebuilding and Reinvigorating the State’s Economy Post COVID 19″, with Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala (India), Mr Pinarayi Vijayan. Organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI Kerala State Council), the session was well organised and presented. The Kerala Chief Minister elaborated on the various humanitarian, health and state infrastructure-related initiations and strategies that Kerala has undertaken to tackle the challenges caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. The session that followed the Chief Minister’s address was led by industry leaders on key focus sectors of Kerala. Experts from industries relating to Tourism, Education, Sports, Health Care, Information Technology, Human Resources, Electronics, Space & Defence Sector and Retail sector discussed valuable proposals that could effectively promote development and progress in Kerala (and India) presently and post the pandemic situation. The management of the current crisis in Kerala has undoubtedly been a reflection of extraordinary leadership and brilliant teamwork. Indeed, “Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation and talented people working together.”
Online motivational Personal Development workshop, “Life Management and Positive Thinking during Crisis” , (April 2020).
Like the creepers that arch over walls that offer them partial rays of sunlight and air, during challenges in life there, lie opportunities to learn and unlearn. These creepers do not have the advantage of thriving under the beaming rays of the sun. Yet with the available light and air, they thrive in the best way possible. Nature has a way of teaching us through experiential learning, and this was the concept that was emphasised through my online motivational Personal Development workshop, “Life Management and Positive Thinking during Crisis”, (April 2020).
Conducted for an audience that consisted of nationalities/ residents of Kenya, Pakistan, India, Canada, Colombia, Italy, UK, Bahrain, and of course the U.A.E, this interactive session primarily dealt with practical tools and techniques to cope with the stress and anxiety of a crisis, including the significance of the Japanese concept of IKIGAI in this process. Post-session activities were ones that aimed to help overcome mental blocks that prevent relaxation, positive thinking and acceptance of current challenges. Last but not least, a detailed Q & A session with discussions and methodologies in solving personal and professional matters concluded the workshop.
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Let us continue to learn, grow and succeed, together.
Interactive session, “A Creative Approach to Life and Time Management”, (February 2020)
My thanks and appreciation to ‘Smart Champs’, the brilliant lifestyle coaching institute and their teachers, Sasipriya and Shahira, for the delightful experience. My interactive session, “A Creative Approach to Life and Time Management”, (February 2020), dealt with managing personal and educational challenges that included Goal Setting, Leisure Activity Management, Child Parental Relationship Management, Maintaining Self Esteem and Techniques to Build Confidence, through Creative Thinking. During the session, a (probably bored!) 7-year-old’s innocent question, “Ma’am, what is your name?”, hilariously reminded me to keep my focus on entertainment instead of merely focusing on the process of learning. Every opportunity to interact and communicate with children provides us with innumerable ways for us, as adults to humbly learn and unlearn.
Motivational book, “Your Dose Of Motivation”.
Wonderful to belong to a team of accomplished and amazing authors who share one beautiful dream through this book – to motivate and inspire. Our book seeks to encourage readers to manifest wellness, joy, abundance and compassion in their successful existence. Through the candid narration of our learning experiences, we urge our readers to believe in their inner power, wisdom, awareness, strength, brilliance and shine.
To quote Rumi, the famous 13th century Persian poet and a believer of positive thinking,
“Shine like the Universe is Yours”
“Exceptional Women of Excellence Award” at the WEF-Madurai 2020 (January 25th & 26th).
Meeting inspiring women who have beaten odds to emerge victoriously into the best version they can be, my WEF-Madurai 2020 experience was humbling and rich with insights of the human determination to survive . Privileged to have shared the stage with Legends and Changemakers like Lt Commander Patarlapalli Swathi, Saraswathi Sankaran, Dr. Harbeen Arora, Dr. Mamta Fomra, Punitha Thangarajan, Jayashree Patil, Kiran Sangeeta Murali, Vanitha Choudhari, Khushnuma Khan, Deepika Ahuja, Dr. Sankaran P Raghunathan, Leslie Atkinson, Dr. Manvir Bhatia, Jollean Matsen, Dr. R.Thiruchelvi, Ezhil Caroline, Trina Talukdar and many more stars who shine by setting an incredible example through their life.
Thank you all, for the learning. Immensely grateful for the opportunity to listen and learn from you all during the two days. Each of you is an inspiration, not just to me but to all who were present at the conference and the world we live in.
My special thanks and appreciation to Global Chairperson, ALL Ladies League (ALL) & Women Economic Forum (WEF) Founder President, Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WICCI) Founder, BIOAYURVEDA; Chancellor, Rai University, India, Dr. Harbeen Arora and to ALL Madurai Chapter Chairperson & WEF Madurai 2020 Convener, Designer & Creative Head at brand MAMTA FOMRA (since 1995), Founder of Mamta Fomra Institute of Fashion Management and Arts Founder, Mamta Fomra Foundation and Entrepreneur/Academician/Humanitarian/Community Leader/ Philanthropist/ Mentor/Guest Lecturer/Motivational Speaker, Dr. Mamta Fomra for inviting me to a conference that prides itself in being a reflection of excellence, learning and mutual empowerment.
Inauguration of the new premises of Centena International Services Pvt.Ltd in Chennai (India).
During the event, I immensely enjoyed interacting with the ladies of Centena (Centena Team and Spouses) when I conducted the motivational session,
“The Empowerment Workshop – Create the Life that You Want”.
The workshop emphasized the process of Personal Development in achieving Personal and Professional Growth. A brief elaboration on what can constitute “Success” was also conveyed through examples and anecdotes. The importance of adding value to others’ lives, the significance of mistakes in progress, the effectiveness of Time Management, the value of humility and compassion were all addressed as invaluable keys for growth and goal achievement. The systematic critical analysis of assessing personal skills and abilities for the purpose of determining the areas that needs development and progress were also discussed during the session.
My thanks to Shaji Abdul Kadar, Executive Board Member of Centena International, for inviting me to conduct this session for the remarkable and motivated ladies who were present that day. Thanks to Sri Venkatesan, Director of Centena International and his Team too, for the warm welcome and hospitality I received at the event.
Enjoyable sunny afternoon yacht trip with the lovely ladies of the Centena Group, organised by “Centena Colours”.
Inspired by Centena’s Chairman and Managing Director of Centena Group, Sanjay Raghunath’s mission of transforming societies and changing lives for the better, the company’s unique wellness committee, “Centena Colours”, came into existence in 2015. Established for the purpose of promoting interaction and the upholding the well-being of Centenians, the committee strives to make the Centena workplace, a happier one.
The dynamic “Centena Colours” President Amaara Khalid, describes the goal of the committee with profundity –
“To empower every Centenian and put a smile on their face”.
My interactive and motivational session,
“L.I.V.E (L.I.V.E – Lead Invigorating Valiant Existence)– Journey to Well-being and Happiness”,
dealt with personal and professional life enhancing tools to enhance the pleasure of existence, well-being and progress.
WEF Madurai 2020.
Keynote speaker at the 5th Dubai – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH) in Dubai (U.A.E), December 2019.
My speech, “Role of Individuation in Learning & Societal Growth”, through a series of entertaining and creative activities and team building games, conveyed the critical process of personality integration, development and the focus on growth as a journey rather than a destination. My appreciation to the fantastic educational professionals and academicians I was honored to get to know that day. A day that was what it was, because of the inspiring group of passionate learners and conference organizers, who conveyed their zest for positive living as much as they had for their love for knowledge. Thank you all, for a fabulous day of learning.
Conducted a motivational and interactive empowerment workshop for ladies, “W.I.N.G.S FOR WOMEN”, (December 2019).
The session highlighted the acronym of W.I.N.G.S (Wellness, Inspiration, Nurturance, Growth and Success ) and discussed at length the challenges women may face in their journey towards emancipation and empowerment. Tips to enable them to make smoother transitions in life were also discussed including the importance of self-care. The workshop also engaged the ladies in entertaining and insightful team activities relating to the barriers to growth, eg: the need to overcome prejudices and assumptions and effective techniques to manage toxic relationships and situations. The significance of time management, conflict management and personal development were also emphasized during the session. My appreciation to the ‘SmartChamps Lifestyle Coaching Team’ – the charming and dynamic ladies, Sasipriya, Rejisha and Shahira.
Delighted to be part of a beautiful literary venture with a great team of accomplished and inspiring individuals.
Our motivational book, “Your Dose of Motivation” shares our experiences, learning and what has made us take up the journey we are in today. As someone once said, “Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul” Saana, Iman, Ify, Naveen, Amal and the rest of our team, thanks for the nourishment!
5th Dubai – International Conference on Social Science and Humanities (ICSSH) – December 2019.
It was the Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Carl Jung and founder of analytical psychology who coined the term, ‘Individuation’.He eloquently defined it as the ‘realization of the Self’. My session, ‘Role of Individuation in Learning & Societal Growth’, aims to convey the significance of Individuation and its revelation of who we are and the world we belong to. The effects of Individuation in our learning, its positive impact on societal progress and our individual responsibility as global citizens will also be addressed.
Please refer to the link given below for more details of the event – https://lnkd.in/fguS3J8
Conducted a motivational and interactive stress management workshop for the support staff of, “The Chendamangalam Government Lower Primary School”- Kerala, India (October 2019).
The dedicated support staff who attended the session consisted of the Kindergarten Classroom Support Team, Admin Support Team, and the Transport Management Team. Keeping in mind the personal and professional challenges they faced daily, the workshop elaborated on the definition of stress, its causes, and simple stress management techniques. The session also conveyed the importance of stress management and its effects on physical and psychological health. Tips to effectively manage stress in personal and professional environments were also discussed with suitable examples. Substance abuse as a factor for promoting stress and disharmony was also briefly addressed. The workshop concluded with a critical analysis of non-verbal communication in the management of stress and its effects on family and workplace relationships. Kudos to the school management for their commendable attention, and interest in the welfare and happiness of their non-teaching support team.
Conducted a motivational session, “Personal Development – Gateway to Success”, (October 2019 – London, UK).
It was a pleasure to interact with visionary individuals like, Pierre Armstrong (Human Resources Professional and Yoga enthusiast) and Martial Ribeiro (Digital Marketing Professional and Entrepreneur). The session dealt with the implementation of the core values of Personal Development. It also dealt with learning from life experiences and lessons, the significance of internalizing Austrian Neurologist and Psychiatrist, Victor Frankl’s philosophy, purpose of life and its role in motivating us everyday. The session also highlighted the crucial learning of Personal and Professional development skills. The consequence of altruism in our existence, our responsibility in the development of society during our journey of progress was also emphasized.
Conducted a motivational and interactive workshop, ” Road to Happiness & Success – Through Avoidance of Peer Pressure & Substance Abuse”, for the children of “Ambaadi Seva Kendram”, Kerala, India (September 2019).
The session involved candid discussions and team building activities promoting the importance of healthy Peer relationships and the avoidance of the dangers of substance abuse. Hypothetical examples were also highlighted during the workshop to convey the positive impact of forming healthy relationships in life and how leading a life of discipline, purpose, hard work and altruism promotes a holistic and invigorating approach to life. The workshop also sought to remind the children that our life is an invaluable opportunity to lead a noble existence that achieves success – both at a personal level and as a conscientious member of society. Thanks to Mr.Unni and his Ambadi Seva Kendram Team for the wonderful morning that I had enjoyed with these brilliant children.
Conducted an interactive and motivating session, “Caring for the Disabled”, for the caregivers of “Asraya Bhavan”, Kerala, India (August 2019).
The session dealt with discussions relating to the consideration and respect for the personality when communicating with individuals who have physical or mental disabilities. The importance of sensitivity, patience and reward in verbal and non-verbal communication was also highlighted using examples and real life situations. My appreciation to Biju and his dedicated Team for the compassion and care they have for the residents of this charity home. Thank you Biju, for the opportunity to interact with the courageous and amazing ladies of “Asraya Bhavan”.
Conducted a customized leadership workshop, “The Leadership Quotient”, for entrepreneurs in various industry sectors ranging from PR to logistics and from SEO to business transformation, (July-2019).
The interactive workshop was presented during the meeting of the business networking group, “Likeminds”. The group comprises of like-minded individual entrepreneurs with a common goal of interacting, sharing individual industry knowledge and generate business through networking. The session stressed the behavioral and motivational aspect of organizational progress and dealt with strategies for leadership excellence and development for success. This included leadership growth and organizational success through “Experiential Learning”, the importance of a “Learning Ecosystem” within the organization, the significance of teamwork, communication skills and planning for the implementation of effective leadership policies and the consequences of creating resilience in Teams. The role of self-motivation was also discussed as an indispensable quality of an effective leader. Throughout the session, the emphasis lay on learning through creative and engaging team activities and discussions.
As a tribute to the U.A.E’s “Year of Tolerance 2019”, conducted an interactive and motivational session, “Virtue of Tolerance – Its Role in Personal & Professional Success”, for the volunteers of the Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs, during the Annual Al Noor Volunteers Party – June 2019
The session promoted the importance of “Tolerance” in our Personal and Professional Life. “Tolerance” can help us find the meaning, harmony, and success in our existence. Its practice in our life can be cultivated with mental and emotional perseverance. Best of all, practicing “Tolerance” in our life teaches us about our relationship with ourselves than others.
5th International Conference on Research in Life-Sciences & Healthcare (ICRLSH), today (4th of May 2019) in Rome, Italy.
Delighted to present my motivational Keynote Speech on the importance of Personal Development Plans for Healthcare and Social Care Professionals.
The speech primarily dealt with the crucial and positive impact of Personal Development in Personal and Professional life.
The importance of “Reflective Practice” in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) was also emphasised with the suitable examples. Personal life anecdotes were sprinkled in the speech to convey the value of a Personal Development Plan in life. The speech was presented keeping in mind the role of interaction, fun and creativity in learning and success.
Had the privilege to meet some wonderful and inspiring individuals during the event. Thank you for the great time
5th International Conference on Research in Life-Sciences & Healthcare (ICRLSH), on the 4th & 5th May 2019 in Rome, Italy.
Look forward to presenting my motivational Keynote Speech on the importance of Personal Development Plans for Healthcare and Social Care Professionals.
Conducted the interactive session,
“Education – Through Self-Acceptance & Development”,
at the 24th TESOL Arabia International Conference & Exhibition at The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dubai, UAE today, Thursday, 21st of March – 2019.
The session’s highlighted the essence of education in our life and its role in society. The talk also touched upon the significance of Self-Acceptance and Development in our quest for educating ourselves, becoming whom we want to be and how we can help others too in the process.
By involving the audience in creative individual and group activities, the session concluded by emphasizing our role in achieving Personal & Professional Goals and Progress by acknowledging the uniqueness that each of us has.
Each of us is special in our own way and it is up to us to focus on our strengths and work on the areas that need improvement – to become the best versions of ourselves.
24th TESOL Arabia International Conference & Exhibition at The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dubai, UAE on this Thursday, 21st of March – 2019.
Look forward to sharing the role of Learning and the significance of Experiential Learning in our quest for Personal & Professional Growth and Development, through my synergistic workshop, “Education – Through Self-Acceptance & Development”
Attended “Tolerance Talks 2019” , hosted by Khaleej Times under the patronage of the U.A.E Minister of Tolerance, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan.
Enjoyed the intellectual and philosophical talk on Tolerance by His Highness Sheikh Nahyan and the inspiring and motivational talk by charismatic Emirati Woman Film Director, Nayla Al Khaja. Also had the pleasure to interact with the dynamic Social Media Manager, Tanja Risilla of Hopscotch, an international network organization that supports and connects women who help businesses achieve greatness.
Conducted an interactive workshop,
“Understanding Generation Z – For Mutual Growth & Progress”,
for the teachers of the Chendamangalam Paliam Higher Secondary School, Kerala, India (March 2019).
The session sought to throw light on one of the biggest challenges that prevent us from respecting and learning from others – assumptions, prejudices, and false beliefs.
The significance of building rapport and trust with Parents for greater communication between teachers and students was also discussed. The critical attention regarding confidentiality relating to matters of students was touched upon during this session. The management of inappropriate teenage behavior was elaborated through a Q & A session and concluded with a creative Team activity.
Conducted a fun and entertaining workshop on healthier living,
“Leading a Life of Happiness & Wellness with Care”,for the elderly residents of S.M.M.I House (Home for the Destitute & the Aged), Kerala, India (February 2019).
The session highlighted the importance of wellbeing, healthcare, and fulfillment after retirement. Emphasis was placed on exercise, intellectual and social stimulation and interaction.
Memory games and joyful activities involving music and dance enhanced the role of entertainment in effective learning during this workshop
Conducted a synergistic workshop, “Youth Empowerment – Parental Role in Teaching the Importance of Tolerance” for Parents at the Raffles World Academy, Dubai (U.A.E) – January 2019.
The interactive workshop attempted to celebrate the uniqueness of human identity, spirit and the importance of compassion.
Fun and creative activities during the workshop focused on the power of tolerance to lead happier and successful personal and professional lives. The event elaborated on the value of tolerance as a tool for teaching children to become peace promoting global leaders of tomorrow.
Interactive and Creative Motivational Workshop, “Youth Empowerment – Parental Role in Teaching the Importance of Tolerance”
Keynote Speaker at the 5th ICRTEL 2018- International Conference on Research in Teaching, Education & Learning in Singapore (November-2018).
Delighted to have had this wonderful opportunity to meet, know and learn from educational professionals from all over the globe.
Keynote Speaker at the 5th ICRTEL 2018- International Conference on Research in Teaching, Education & Learning in Singapore (November-2018).
The session was titled –
“Education – Through Self Revelation & Happiness”.
This creative and motivational session dealt with the importance of learning and the significance of the holistic approach to education.
How to love oneself and the steps to the acceptance of oneself was also discussed as an enlightened route to effective Personal Development and Happiness. The process of Personal Development was highlighted using personal anecdotes and a fun interactive group activity.
Keynote Speaker at the IIIrd International Conference on Business, Economics, Law, Language & Psychology (ICBELLP),
Oct 02-03 (2018), Dubai, U.A.E.
The topic of the motivational keynote speech was –
“Empowerment – Relating Personal Development to your Learning Style”
The keynote conveyed the importance of Personal Development and Learning. Adaptation of learning styles and techniques to create our own unique learning style was also discussed at length. To conclude, the value of a Personal SWOT Analysis in the creation of Personal and Professional SMART goals was highlighted through a creative and fun team building activity.
Conducted a student-focused educational workshop,
“Relating Education to Communication and Harmonious Living” for teachers of the Chendamangalam Government Lower Primary School in Kerala, September-2018
The workshop touched upon the importance of teacher-student respect, focus on conversation objectives, body language, anger management, and conflict management. The significance of Bloom’s Taxonomy Theory and it’s emphasis on education as a holistic tool to student empowerment and personality development was also discussed during this session.
Examples of the utilization of verbal and non-verbal communication techniques in the effective management of conflict provoking scenarios were also highlighted during this workshop.
Conducted an interactive and engaging Youth Leadership Workshop, “Importance of Skill Development in Success Attainment” for Ambadi Seva Kendram Orphanage in Kerala, July 2018.
The session dealt with the implementation of goal focus, growth through mutual support and shared knowledge. The session touched upon the pitfalls of conventional education and the significance of learning through social interaction in personal and professional success. The challenges created by peer pressure and bullying on confidence and self-image were also discussed.
Through the concluding Q & A session, the children’s questions pertaining to the relationship between subject aptitude and selection of ideal career choices were analysed and the possible solutions were explored.
Keynote Speaker at the,”04th International Conference on Education and Distance Learning” (Academic affiliation with National E-Learning Resource Center [NELRC] in University of Kelaniya), on the 18th May 2018 at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The topic of the motivational keynote speech was –
“Creative Thinking – Farewell to Stress & Hello to Harmony”
A pleasure to have been part of an event that celebrates knowledge. This enlightening conference was also a reminder to all those who attended that our World stands to gain immensely through harmony, shared wisdom, insight, and education.
It is only by promoting peace and learning that we can achieve tolerance and by working together make development, growth, and progress in our World a reality.
Conducted an interactive and engaging Youth Leadership Workshop,
“You for the World, the World for You” for Middle and High School Students, at the Courtyard Marriot Toronto Brampton, as part of the 30th Anniversary celebrations of Mississauga Kerala Association, Toronto, Canada (April 2018)
The session focused on the transformational impact of the word “E M P O W E R”. The word was used innovatively as an acronym for leading a happy and successful life. The workshop also highlighted the impact of Discipline, Goal Focus and Time Management in life. Creative activities that promoted the significance Self-Belief, Motivation, Reflection and Team Building were included in this workshop.
The Vishu special episode on Madhurageetham Malayalam Radio (CMR 101.3 FM), Toronto, Canada (April 2018)
The discussion during the show touched upon the subjects of Personal Development and Personality Development. Goal Focus and the development of Personal Development skills in the acquisition of key Professional Development skills were also discussed in detail.
The significance of Self-Motivation and the impact of life experiences in Personal and Professional growth was also highlighted during this interview.
My gratitude to the Madhurageetham Radio Station Team (Suma, Karthik. Mridula and Vijay) for having me as a guest in the “Parijayam” segment of this special festive program. Special thanks to dear friends Renjith and Divya too, for their support and encouragement.
Youth Leadership Workshop, “You for the World, the World for You” on Saturday, April 14th (2018) in Toronto, Canada.
Thanks to the Mississauga Kerala Association, for welcoming me to be a part of their 30th-anniversary celebrations.
Conducted the Youth Leadership Workshop, “You for the World, the World for You” on Saturday, April 14th (2018) in Toronto, Canada.
Keynote Speaker at the 2018 – 3rd International Conference on Business, Economics, Law, Language &
Psychology (ICBELLP), Oct 02-03, 2018, Dubai, U.A.E.
How can we realize our maximum potential in our quest for personal and professional growth and development?
One of the key tools to effectively grow and develop ourselves is dependent on our awareness and comprehension of our unique learning style.
For more details – https://lnkd.in/fqjcNTN
Conducted a Youth Motivational Workshop, “For a Brighter Tomorrow” for the senior students of the Raffles World Academy (an authorized IB World School and a member of the Middle East International Baccalaureate Association (MEIBA)), as part of the school’s 2017-2018 RWA Careers Day on March 20th (2018).
This interactive workshop included creative self-belief and self-esteem enhancing activities and discussions. The session highlighted the importance of taking responsibility for actions and developing others as we grow. The significance of Wellness, Positive Lifestyle and Relationship Management was also emphasized during this workshop. The “BBHAS” concept of goal achievement in the journey of success was also elaborated on, with suitable examples and anecdotes.
Conducted a Motivational and Creative Workshop for the residents of the SMMI Convent and Home for the Elderly, Kerala, India – March 2018.
The workshop highlighted the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, including the significance of gratitude, sense of humour and regular sleeping schedule in life. The session also touched upon the ways to help the elderly be happier.The value of regular physical and mental activities with positive communication was also discussed. The effectiveness of enhancing the support system of the care center through a regular volunteer program was explored before the workshop concluded. The finale of the session was an entertaining singing session that saw some of the residents enjoy singing their favourite songs for their friends in an atmosphere of camaraderie and fun.
4th International Conference on Education & Distance Learning (ICEDL) 2018.
Great to be a part of the 4th International Conference on Education & Distance Learning (ICEDL) 2018.
It is a privilege to be a Keynote speaker in an event that is dedicated to education and celebrates its impact on society.
Keynote Speaker at the 4th ICPLR 2018 – International Conference on Psychology & Language Research (UAE), 19 February – 20 February 2018.
It was wonderful to meet, learn and interact with a diverse multicultural group of academics and educational professionals.
Conducted an Interactive Corporate Workshop -“Impact of Creativity on Workplace Productivity”, for Award Winning Advertising Company, “VIBRAND CREATIVE AGENCY” in Dubai, U.A.E, (January,2018)
The session dealt with the impact of Creativity in our Personal and Professional life.The powerful technique of Visualization along with fun group activities, like “Automatic Writing” and “Oath of Creativity” were combined with engaging discussions on the key elements of Creativity. The steps leading to a more creative and happier workplace were also highlighted during the session. The importance of transparency in communication, inspiring office environment, building a diverse team and training workshops on innovative techniques like Lateral Thinking, Mind-Mapping and Brainstorming were also discussed as strategies for incorporating a culture of creativity and excellence in the organization.
Conducted an Interactive and Creative Workshop,”Career Choices & Future Happiness”, for children in the age group of 11 to 16 years in Dubai, U.A.E (December – 2017)
The session highlighted the definition of career and its impact on life and well-being. It also dealt with the crucial role that both children and parents play in children’s career aspirations. The most common influencers that play a role in career selection and the possible drawbacks that can occur due to them were also discussed. The effect of culture, values and parental expectations in a child’s choice of career and the role of self-esteem in well-being and development were addressed through fun and engaging group exercises.
Conducted a Life-enhancing Interactive Workshop,”Empowerment – The Road to Success”, (November, 2017).
The concept of Personal Development, as a factor leading to a fulfilling life was explored in this workshop. From the context of empowerment, it’s contribution in life was also analysed, keeping in mind the aspect of development and growth.
The session stressed the role of Self – Esteem and Confidence in Personal and Social Life through group discussions. Strategies initiating Self Motivation and Determination in life were examined from the perspective of enjoying harmony in life.
The significance of Effective Communication Skills, Assertiveness, Goal Focus, Discipline and Time Management in the pursuit of Happiness and Success were also highlighted.
The WOMEN SME Conference – 2017
An exciting two day action packed event for professional & personal growth and development, improving business acumen, seeking business opportunities, upgrading knowledge and skills and networking.
Pleasure to be a part of this inspiring event.
Conducted the workshop, “Anger Management for SEN Professionals” for Teachers and Therapists, at the Dubai Centre For Special Needs -(September -2017)
The session dealt with the Effective Management of Personal and Professional Challenges arising from Anger. Behavior Management Techniques , Behavior Conflict Resolutions, Strategies for dealing with Anger and Confrontation, Strategies for dealing with Parents and Tips for increasing Students’ Self-Esteem were also discussed. The significance of temper control and rational thinking was emphasized through an interactive role-play skit, followed by brain storming discussions on attaining harmony and success through the mutual support between staff, parents and school management.
Conducted a Motivating and Interactive Workshop, “Women Empowerment Through Personal Development”, at Change Works Human Resource Consulting, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E (August – 2017).
The session dealt primarily with Well being, Life Goals and its realization through Personal Development. The workshop also stressed the importance of the Strategy and the Tactics involved in the Process of achieving Goals. Some of the fundamental personal skills that develop Personal Development Skills were discussed along with the attainment of key Professional Development Skills.
Conducted an Innovative Role play Workshop, “Confidence – Impacting Our Life, Development & Growth” for Teenagers and Children in Dubai, U.A.E (July – 2017)
Synergistic role play techniques and games were used to convey the importance of Confidence and Self – Esteem in Personal and Social Life. The session also highlighted its influence on Goal Focus, Discipline and Time Management. The gravity of Assertiveness, Verbal & Non Verbal Communication and the effect of Positive & Healthy Relationships in our life were also discussed.
Conducted a Fun & Interactive Workshop, “Joy of Public Speaking” for children at India Club, Dubai, U.A.E (July – 2017)
The session dealt with the fundamentals of Public Speaking along with creative group and individual activities. Tips to enjoy speaking in public were also highlighted during this engaging session.
Conducted an Interactive Corporate Workshop -“Excellence – Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary”, for Award Winning Advertising Company, “VIBRAND CREATIVE AGENCY” in Dubai, May-2017.
The session dealt with the significance of incorporating a culture of excellence, along with strategies for the development and growth of the company. Employee empowerment was also highlighted along with these strategies as a factor for corporate success.
Customer Service, Value of Human Resources in Professional and Personal Growth, Importance of Communication and Success through Time Management were some of the other subjects that were discussed during the workshop.
Conducted a session, “Personal Development – Helping You Achieve Success” at
the “Dubai International Arts Centre” on April -11th, 2017.
The session dealt with the importance of changing our life through Personal Development. It also highlighted the significance of the primary motivational drive as a force and its relationship with “meaning in life”, in achieving happiness and fulfillment. Goal Focus , Realization of Personal Development Skills and the Attainment of Professional Success were also discussed.
Conducted an Interactive Session For the Staff & Management Of “Senses Residential & Day Care For Special Needs, March 26th – 2017
Conducted the Workshop, “Organizational Success Through Efficiency & Time Management” for the Management & Staff of Gover Contracting, (February -2017)
As a well known construction company in the U.A.E, “Gover Contracting” specializes in Construction Management, Interior Designing and Building Maintenance. The session highlighted the importance of Efficiency in an Organization’s Success. The Core Values of an Organization, Creating a Culture of Excellence within the Organization, Importance of Time Management and Tools & Techniques for improving Project Management were also discussed in this interactive workshop.
Conducted an Interactive & Motivational Workshop, “Personal Development – The Journey to Professional Development” & “Creating a Harmonious Work Environment” for the Staff and Management of “Synergy Healing Centre” in Fujairah, U.A.E (January-2017)
This Interactive and Motivational Session highlighted the significance of Personal Development and its importance in the attainment of Professional Competency. The session also discussed Goal Focus, Realization of Personal Development Skills, Promoting Harmony in Workplace and tips for Enhancing Workplace Happiness and Well-being in Work Environment.
Guest Speaker at the “Dubai Business Breakfast Forum” Meeting, December 2016, Dubai, U.A.E,Conducted a session on “Personal Development – Helping You Achieve Success” for Professionals and Entrepreneurs.
The talk dealt with the significance of Personal Development and Personality Development in our life. Goal Focus, Realization of Personal Development Skills and Tips for Attaining Professional Success were also topics that were discussed during this session.
Conducted the Inaugural Session of the Student Empowerment Program, initiated by Model Service Society – MSS (Recognized by the Government of Dubai & Community Development Authority) in Dubai, U.A.E ,November 2016
The session, “The Benefits of Reading & The Role of Parents & Child Relationship in Tackling Peer Pressure”, was conducted for Children and Parents.This conscious initiative by MSS was conducted, keeping in mind the U.A.E Government’s visionary drive proclaiming that 2016 is to be commemorated as the year for reading.
The interactive session dealt with the benefits of reading for the individual and the enhancement of family relationships in this process.The critical role of the parents was also highlighted during the session relating to Peer Pressure. The Importance of Transparency in Parents & Child Relationship and the Parent’s Role in Creating a Positive Self – Image through a close relationship with children was also discussed.Factors helping teens to resist Peer Pressure were addressed while creative activities involving the children were conducted with the focus on enabling them to tackle this challenging issue.
Conducted a Corporate Interactive Workshop on “Effective Communication” at Adam Global, Dubai Branch,U.A.E,October 2016
Considering that Adam Global is a leading Corporate Services firm that seeks to assist companies and entrepreneurs establish and expand their businesses internationally, the Communication Workshop focused on the nuances of Communication – the basic disciplines of communication, importance of body language and the effective steps to communicate. The interactive and engaging session dealt with the significance and understanding of cultural, language and ethnic diversity. Communicating in different business environments, keeping the focus on client demands was also addressed.The workshop also highlighted the importance of emotional awareness and the barriers to communication. The significance of stress management in relationship with harmony and communication was also touched upon during the session.
Conducted a Fun & Interactive Workshop, “Tips for Enjoying Your Exam Experience” for Children and Parents in Dubai, U.A.E,September 2016
The Fun & Interactive session dealt with the significance of exams, how it impacts our understanding of the subject and the world, the significance of attention in class and the importance of Tony Buzan’s thinking technique of “Mind Mapping”. The workshop also extensively discussed the benefits of Mind Mapping while preparing for presentations, tests or exams.
The concepts of “Buddy System” for improved academic performance, social integration, better classroom management and developing leadership skills were also highlighted through activities. This discussion also focused on relaxation, enjoyment and self motivation while facing exams.
Conducted an Interactive Workshop on “How does Personal Development help our Personal and Professional Lives?”, for the Management and Staff of Sneha Kiran of Mysore Spastic Society, Mysore, Karnataka, India
The session dealt with the importance of Personal Development and its impact on our life. The process and benefits of Personal Development were also discussed, keeping in mind Maslow’s Self Actualization Theory of Motivation.Interactive fun sessions were conducted during the course of the workshop, emphasizing the steps to Personal Development and harmonious existence.
Conducted an Interactive Workshop,”Enhancing the Twilight Years”, for the Management, Nurses and Staff of The Health Center Department, “Family Gathering” (The Al Mamzar Community Health Centre),Dubai, U.A.E – July, 2016
The Workshop dealt with the ways of enhancing the quality of the support and care of the Elderly at the Centre. Several suggestions were discussed during the session for the overall improvement of the working environment of the Staff. The session also discussed tips with the Staff regarding supporting the Elderly and the role of the institution in helping them give their best in this process.
Conducted an Interactive Motivational Session,”Dreams & How to Make Them come True”, for Volunteers of Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs,June 2016
This session dealt with the importance of Dreams and how Dreams can be accomplished. The interactive talk also focused on the possibilities to achieve them and the steps to make them come true. The role of beliefs and habits in achieving dreams were also topics that were elaborated on. The session highlighted the importance of strategies, tactics and the process of making dreams come true with a few examples of those who believed in their dreams enough to make them come true.
Conducted an Interactive Corporate Workshop on “Customer Service, Time Management & Sales Motivation” at SAVINGTON INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE BROKERS LLC, Dubai,U.A.E, (May 2016)
The workshop dealt with the significance of Customer Service and maintaining Customer Relationship.The session also dealt with the challenges faced by Insurance professionals and the crucial factors that enhance customer relations.The session on Time Management elaborated on methods to effectively manage time and improve existing Time Management skills.
Conducted a Workshop, “Zeal for Tomorrow“at S.M.M.I House (Home for the Destitute & the Aged), Kerala, India (April,2016)
The Workshop was conducted for the Staff and Elderly Residents of the S.M.M.I House (Home for the Destitute & the Aged). The session primarily focused on the Elderly Ladies (50 to 70 years) residing in the Home. The session dealt with Changes during Old Age, Myths about Old Age, Focusing on the Existing Happiness, Critical Factors to consider during Old Age (e.g.: Staying Healthy, Being Sociable, Importance of being Active, Eating the Right Food and Taking care of Well-being during Old Age. The Talk also discussed tips for the Staff regarding supporting the Elderly and the role of the institution in providing Emotional and Spiritual Support.
Conducted a Workshop, “Creating Workplace Harmony” for Teachers and Staff of “Ambassador School”, Dubai, U.A.E,March 2016
The Workshop Dealt with Creating an Ideal School Climate, Factors for Fostering Respect in School, Importance of Anger Management for Harmony, Factors that Promote Workplace Happiness, How to Effectively Communicate in Workplace and to Recognize and Manage Stress.
Conducted a Talk on ” Pregnancy – An Emotional Journey” for Ladies in Sharjah, U.A.E,February 2016
Conducted a Talk on ” Pregnancy – An Emotional Journey” for Ladies in Sharjah, as part of the initiative by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), in support of “Baby Friendly City Sharjah”
The Talk dealt with the Emotional, Mental and Physical preparations that a pregnant Mother requires to undergo before the arrival of the baby. Topics such as Lifestyle Changes, importance of the Support System, Stress management including the importance of Meditation, Tips for coping with Office Stress and Awareness of Job Safety from Chemical Exposure, Time Management were discussed in this interactive session.
Guest Speaker on NTV Program, “Mizhiyoram”,February 2016
The Talk focused on “Personal Development” in Life, its Significance.
The Discussion also dealt with the Difference and the Similarity between Personality Development & Personal Development, the Benefits, the introduction of Personal Development in Children at a young age and the Myths regarding Personal Development.
The DIAC Career Fair – 2016 (As a Strategic Partner & Sponsor),February 2016
Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) in collaboration with JOBHUNT HR & Management Consultancy (www.Jobhuntgulf.com), hosted the DIAC Career Fair 2016.The Career Fair provided great opportunities to students to begin their careers. Career workshops were arranged to help the students to identify their strengths, understand and learn some of the techniques of presenting themselves to prospective employers and help them get into the corporate world.As a platform for Employers, Recruiters and HR Professionals, the DIAC Career Fair provided a fantastic opportunity to students and graduates to become part of organizations through Internship and Freelance Programs, Fulltime and Part-time Job Opportunities.
Conducted an Interactive Workshop, “Challenges of Peer Pressure”, Dubai, U.A.E,January 2016
The Workshop lay emphasis on Importance of Teaching Children “Refusal Skills” while handling Peer Pressure, Importance of Family, Involvement of Parents in Child’s Life, Significance of Child’s Development of Positive Self Image and Positive Peer Pressure. This Workshop was conducted for Students (Age group of 10 to 15 years) and Parents.
Conducted a Fun & Interactive Workshop, “Magic of Creativity”, at KERALA MUSLIM CULTURAL CENTER, Dubai, U.A.E,December 2015
Interactive and Entertaining Workshop on Creativity was conducted for 80 Children (Age group of 11 to 17 years) and Parents. The session highlighted the process of Creativity, its significance and its practice as a way to lead a more fulfilling and happier life.The Workshop also dealt with a series of activities and techniques that encourage the untapped potential to develop memory, associative thinking, effective exploration of inner self though artistic and written exercises and more.It’s primary aim was to help children understand their inbuilt ability to be creative and help them become more confident and bold to tackle challenges both in their personal and academic life and also enhance their future as a professional too.
Conducted a Workshop, “Creating Customer Service Culture & Workplace Harmony”- November, 2015
Conducted an Interactive Workshop on the Significance of Workplace Harmony and Effective Customer Service Culture in Hospitality Industry for the the staff and management of “Midnight Cafe”, Dubai, U.A.E
Conducted an Interactive Workshop on the Importance of Personal Development, “The Joy of Personal Development” for 10 to 13 year old Students and their Parents in Dubai, (U.A.E) October 2015
The workshop also dealt with the significance of Parent & Children Communication, Goal Focus and Self Motivation. The Workshop emphasized the Effects of Positive Attitude & Creating Positive Environment in our Life.
Conducted an interactive Workshop on Creativity and its value in professional and personal life, “The Candle versus A Mirror” for the Senior Management of the international freight forwarding company, “Freight Systems” in Dubai (U.A.E) September 2015
The workshop also dealt with the importance of Customer Service and significance of Conflict Management in the workplace.
Conducted an Interactive Workshop on the value of creating a positive school environment for the Management & Staff of Sneha Kiran of Mysore Spastic Society (SEN School), Mysore, Karnataka (India) August, “Creating a Positive School Climate” August 2015
The Workshop dealt with the Roles and Responsibilities of the SEN Teacher, Significance of Communication, Importance of the IEP in SEN Schools, Role of Parents in SEN Education, Significance of Effective Parent & Teacher Interaction, Effective Interpersonal Relationship of SEN Teacher with School, Parents and Children and Ways to Motivate SEN Teachers.
Conducted an Interactive Workshop on the Value of Excellent Customer Service for the Management & Staff of Crystal Graphics Printing Press L.L.C, Ajman, – “Keeping Your Customers Happy” July 2015
Some of the key topics that the workshop dealt with are -Importance of Customer Service Policy, Measurement of Customer Service, incorporating the Passion of Customer Service in the Culture of the Organisation, Handling Unsatisfied Customers and usage of Positive & Effective Verbal Communication to improve Customer Satisfaction.
Conducted an Interactive Motivational Session,”Taking the Road Less Travelled”, for Volunteers of Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs June 2015
Conducted an Interactive Motivational Session for Volunteers of Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs, June,2015-This session dealt with the possibilities we face everyday that we need to choose in our journey of life.It spoke of the importance of Goal Focus and development of Personal Development Skills.
Working on inherent strengths, having an open universal attitude to learning, being positive and kind and a life long commitment to Personal Growth were some of the factors discussed, to enhance quality of a person’s life and overall well being.
Conducted a Workshop for Teachers and Therapists – “Stress Loss” May 2015, Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre, Dubai, U.A.E
The Workshop conveyed the ways of reducing Stress in daily life and at work – keeping in mind the significant challenges faced by Special Needs Education Professionals
Conducted a Workshop, “For a Better Tomorrow”, for Teachers of the “Baie Lazare Primary School”, Mahe, Seychelles – April 2015
The Workshop accentuated the significance of Stress Management, Anger Management, Time Management and gave insights into the concept of Leadership in Professional and Personal Development of Educational Professionals.
Conducted a Workshop for Parents -“Bullying – Ways to Combat and Eliminate it” April 2015, Emirates International School, Jumeirah, Dubai, U.A.E
The aim of this Workshop was to help prevent bullying through joint partnership between Parents and Schools. This included the ways to promote a culture of harmony while tacking bullying, including proactive strategies as solutions.
Conducted an Interactive & Creative Workshop, “Developing YOU & Developing the WORLD” for LETERS (Youth Empowerment Foundation), Dubai – March 2015
Workshop on Self Empowerment – Impact on our Life and our World ( Adults and Teenagers)
Conducted a Seminar ” Dream Discover Develop” at CORE International Institute of Higher Education FZE in association with BIRLA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, RANCHI (International Centre – Ras Al Khaimah) – March 2015
A Seminar aimed at enabling Personal and Professional Success through Creative Visualization, Discovery of Strengths and Development, conducted for BBA, B.Com, MBA, B.Arch and Engineering Students.
Conducted a Workshop on “Personal Development & You” at The Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre, Dubai – January 2015
Conducted a Workshop for Teachers and Therapists.The Workshop highlighted the importance and the essence of Personal Development in life and it’s contribution in achieving success.
Conducted an Interactive Workshop, “Adolescents” for Parents and Teachers as part of the educational event, “Understanding Adolescents” at Rayan Hotel, Sharjah -November 2014
Conducted the Workshop for an audience comprising of Parents and Teachers.The session was aimed for improving Parents – Adolescents relationship.
Conducted a Workshop on “Positive Psychology in Workplace” at Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre, Dubai- November 2014
Positive Psychology in Workplace Workshop conducted for 50 Therapists, Teachers and Volunteers.
Conducted a Workshop, “Communication & You” at Purna Chetana Public School, Mysore, Karnataka, India- July 2014
An Interactive & Fun Workshop for students of grade 7 and 8 ( 12 to 13 years).
The workshop conveyed the significance of communication and it’s impact on the quality of life through group and individual activities.
Conducted a Corporate Workshop “Efficiency & You” at THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND (RBS), Dubai- June 2014
Time Management & Effective Communication Training Workshop (Workplace Management) conducted for the IT Department of RBS.
Conducted a Workshop on “Effective Communication” at Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs, Dubai – April 2014
Effective Communication Training Workshop conducted for 60 Teachers and Therapists.
Conducted a Corporate Workshop on “Effective Communication” at CATERPILLAR DISTRIBUTION SERVICES EUROPE, Dubai Branch,U.A.E – March-2014
Effective Communication (Workplace Management) conducted for Management and Staff Members.
Conducted a Workshop on “Parents & The Adolescent” at KERALA MUSLIM CULTURAL CENTER, Dubai-February 2014
Conducted 2 Workshops on:
1) Parents-Guides and Friends during Adolescence
2) Relating to Your Adolescent Child
Conducted on a mixed group of 80 (Parents and Children)
Conducted a Workshop on “Effective Communication” at New Indian Model School, Dubai -December 2013
Effective Communication Training Workshop conducted on 50 students in the age group of 15 to 17 years.
OUR AWARENESS THAT EVERY DOOR REPRESENTS A PURPOSE AND DECISION WE NEED TO TAKE IS CRUCIAL IN MAKING LIFE DECISIONS.
It can imply a symbol of transition or a pathway onto another road we may need to take for further enlightenment. It may bring us numerous possibilities or can indicate the end of an opportunity or even captivity. How has our perception of the door changed our life? Do we tend to open a door with joy and interest or with trepidation?
Whether in the field of spirituality, or global literature, a door signifies a pathway or a journey we need to undertake. Yet, it is insightful for us to observe not just the doors that lay unopened but also those that have closed, forever shutting us out. Doors remind us that our perception of our experiences always needs to be grounded in reality, not based on imagined scenarios that may have no relevance to reality.
Hence, knowing when to build a door in the absence of one is as crucial as recognizing that some doors are meant only for closure.
BY OPENING OUR EYES TO THE BEAUTY IN OUR WORLD, WE BECOME MORE CRITICAL OF OUR THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS IN LIFE. WE ALSO BEGIN TO QUESTION THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF OUR EFFORTS TO IMPACT SOCIETY AND EXISTENCE POSITIVELY.
The ability to notice beauty in the environment, people, experiences, and life is part of the innate natural personality of a child. Sadly, this beautiful ability often gets diminished over the years unless adults consciously choose to retain this approach. Children look at possibilities in anything they perceive, are keen to appreciate and love, and help us view existence through humility and kindness. The joy they derive from every moment is truly inspiring.
To some, this unpolished giant decorative urn may appear to have a unique charm brought about by its design, shape, colour and even the environmental exposure to the natural elements. Yet to some, it is merely an item that appears to take away space and nothing else!
To observe beauty, we are consciously and unconsciously led by harmony, symmetry, proportion and our beliefs. The comprehension of beauty relies on our sensory awareness: our personalities, cultural background and today’s influential role of media influence the beauty we see.
To what extent do we wish to perceive beauty? Are we merely appreciative of the “obvious” beauty? Do we look at a more profound or more in-depth exploration of our understanding of beauty? The ability to notice beauty in the environment, people, experiences, and life is part of the innate natural personality of a child. Sadly, this beautiful ability often gets diminished over the years unless adults consciously choose to retain this approach. Children look at possibilities in anything they perceive, are keen to appreciate and love, and help us view existence through humility and kindness. The joy they derive from every moment is truly inspiring.
To some, this unpolished giant decorative urn may appear to have a unique charm brought about by its design, shape, colour and even the environmental exposure to the natural elements. Yet to some, it is merely an item that appears to take away space and nothing else!
To observe beauty, we are consciously and unconsciously led by harmony, symmetry, proportion and our beliefs. The comprehension of beauty relies on our sensory awareness: our personalities, cultural background and today’s influential role of media influence the beauty we see.
To what extent do we wish to perceive beauty? Are we merely appreciative of the “obvious” beauty? Do we look at a more profound or more in-depth exploration of our understanding of beauty?
THE WORD “IDEA” REFLECTS A COURSE OF ACTION INITIATED FROM A THOUGHT. IDEAS ARE INSTRUMENTAL IN THE PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT WE AS HUMANITY HAVE WITNESSED SINCE ANCIENT TIMES.
Ideas must permeate all areas of life and existence to allow improvement and development. The emergence of an idea has an undoubted emphasis on factors like time, situation and, of course, the individuals involved. As a species, humans are unique for the innate ability to come forth with ideas and utilise them for a greater purpose. Unfortunately, some are not beneficial for existence but destructive, like in the atom bomb’s creation.
Yet ideas enable humanity to be who we are since our ideas have evolved life into what it is today. While some ideas like Charles Darwin’s “Evolution of Species” lead to an awareness of our existence, some can inspire an entire generation to adopt a positive and life-changing habit! Such as the brilliant idea that led to the emergence of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books, which paved the way for a generation’s greater motivation and interest in reading.
In the words of H.G Wells,
“Human history is, in essence, a history of ideas.”
ATTITUDE IS A LITTLE THING THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
We often come across the quote that “Attitude is a little thing that makes a difference”. This quote often accompanies an image of a cat staring at a mirror with a reflection of a lion.
Why is it critical to see ourselves more than we are? Is self-acceptance not important for us to grow into what we desire to become? Imagine if all the inspiring personalities the world has ever known saw themselves as lions way before they became one – in action and thought? Would they reach the pinnacle of excellence they achieved unless they had worked on themselves painstakingly and determinedly?
Self-Acceptance is our recognition and “acceptance of all our attributes, positive and negative”. It enables us to embrace our areas of improvement as much as recognising our strengths. The process of self-acceptance occurs when we do not just learn to accept who we are but simultaneously conscientiously work on improving ourselves and believe that development is a lifelong process.
The more we learn to accept who we are, the more focused we become regarding our purpose and life. This acceptance makes us more humble, tolerant, and less vulnerable to criticism. After all, we are equally conscious of our areas of improvement as our strengths.
Let us train ourselves to be happy to see our reflection in the mirror and not feel comfortable being someone we are not. Through Self-Acceptance, we recognise the potential to become whom we want to be. In the process, we can also appreciate others and their efforts while respectfully acknowledging the beautiful Universe we are a part of.
A TREE IS A PERSONIFICATION OF BENEVOLENCE AND TOLERANCE IN EXISTENCE- A COMPASSIONATE SYMBOL OF SHELTER AND SUPPORT.
A tree’s shade provides us not just shelter from nature’s elements but provides comfort to the surrounding environment too.
It’s lush green canopy of branches enable the birds and all other living creatures to benefit from its soothing shade. A tree’s symbolic analogy comes from its very existence in our life.
From the leaves on the branches that provides us the shade, to the roots that reflects the importance of being grounded and humble, the tree is a reminder of what we are privileged to enjoy. The privileges includes the people in our life – the kind unsung loyal heroes who care for our wellbeing and the individuals who taught us valuable lessons. As a woody perennial plant, it is also a gentle reminder to us about the extent that we offer shade and support to those we know and we don’t know.
WHY IS HOPE SO POWERFUL TO OUR EXISTENCE?
Hope is a vital part of our existence and the desire to anticipate an improvement in life in one way or another. In the darkest circumstances, hope resembles a beacon that radiates with an incandescent glow, shining through the darkness to make the situation more tolerable.
A few years ago, when my Father was battling lung cancer, his deterioration was tragically visible to all except himself. I marveled at his enthusiasm daily, even though each day became more and more physically intolerable for him. Days before his demise, his Doctor quietly told me that it was merely Father’s hope keeping him alive at that stage. A couple of days later, one morning during our visit to see him in the ICU, we painfully noticed (and to my Father’s immense disappointment) that he was unable to speak anything through his NIV mask – it had finally become impossible for him to breathe and talk at the same time. That was the first and last time I saw my Father’s eyes fill with desolate tears of disheartenment and look away from us. To me, he appeared to have lost hope at that very moment and gave up his fight. Within minutes, he lost consciousness, and within hours, his organs began shutting down. He left us all that same day. I realized the wisdom in the Doctor’s words on the day my Father passed away.
Unlike optimism, hope concentrates more on a particular matter or desired outcome. It spurs us into a tenacious state of preparation and implementation of the necessary steps that can enable us to achieve the goal we set out for. Hope is what makes the vision of our future brighter since it provides us with a vision of creating a better tomorrow for us.
Hope is part of human existence and what makes us celebrate life and living.
THERE IS VALUE IN THE WISDOM OF INNOCENT MISCHIEF AND THE PROCESS’S RESULTING ENLIGHTENMENT THROUGH AN ADVENTUROUS, EXPLORATORY EXPERIENCE.
A few weeks ago, I caught our pet cat, sitting dignified and a picture of poise next to my plant – his favorite object to chew. Both of us knew that he was eyeing my plant to bite into the leaves and walk away calmly after the task was done. But his mischievous pretentious demeanor next to the plant was so quaint and hilarious, and I captured that moment forever before scolding him!
As a characteristic, ‘mischief’ has received more brickbats than analysis. An element of endearment draws our attention to those who cause mischief through annoying; it is a trait seen in those who love to be harmlessly reckless and enjoy having fun by annoying others. For children, the display of mischief reflects their abundant energy and innate curiosity to understand boundaries and seek the extent of the freedom they enjoy. By displaying a mischievous nature, a child expresses the true self, creativity, and boldness to face the unexplored world. Whether in the case of children, adults, or even other living beings, like my pet cat, mischief personifies a streak of humor and the indomitable joyful spirit of living and life.
WHEN WE CONSIDER THE ROLE OF FISH IN OUR JOURNEY OF ENLIGHTENMENT, THERE IS MUCH THAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THE WISDOM THEY CONVEY.
Their ability to value the importance of simplicity in existence reminds us that the matters that add actual value to our life may be far less complicated than we imagine. Fish are continuously in a movement process, no matter whether the situation is conducive. They remind us that whether we are experiencing times of joy or challenges, we must face the reality of our situation – the present.
By living amongst different species of its kind, varied sizes and brilliant colours, fish reminds us that while we need to appreciate our uniqueness, we must always consider the importance of harmonious coexistence in the Universe. They are an insightful reminder that aggressiveness in the form of territorial conflict or vindictiveness helps none of us to live the beautiful life we deserve. Everyone deserves to live well and happily.
Perhaps most importantly, fish reminds us, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”.
THE HUMBLE DRIFTWOOD PERSONIFIES AN EMBODIMENT OF LIFE AND EXISTENCE.
While its reflection of the eternity of life and decay is obvious, it provides a deeper insight to us in many ways. Through its connection between land and water and its role in sustainability, its symbolic relationship between the sea and forest is that of a provider of sustenance for birds and creatures of the ocean. Its decay nourishes the living creatures as it gradually decomposes into nature from where it came from once and for all. Yet through creativity, driftwood can elegantly personify its personality as a piece of art that enhances the interiors of our homes, offices, and anywhere we like to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
The natural driftwood reminds us how every moment is precious and provides opportunities for us to be valuable to existence in ways that may appear impossible yet intriguingly possible. It also reminds us that there is meaning in death as much as in the living.
INSIGHTS INTO CAREER CHANGE
Whether personal or professional, any decision to make a change in life involves considerable thought and analysis before moving toward the preparation and, finally, the implementation stage. Making a career change can be particularly daunting for several reasons, starting with the appraisal of the present career, the nature of considering the change, career goals and expectations, and analysing the current skills and qualifications.
Despite its challenges, career transitions are gaining popularity because there is greater awareness regarding the significance of a positive work environment, values, flexibility, and work-life balance.
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN OBJECT ARE REFLECTED IN THE VISUAL AND TACTILE QUALITIES OF ITS TEXTURE. THE TEXTURE OF ANY OBJECT PROVIDES US WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF ITS PHYSICAL STRUCTURE, WHICH INCLUDES OUR ENHANCED PERCEPTION THROUGH THE SENSORY EXPERIENCE WE ENJOY.
Our beliefs, habits, attitudes, emotions, life philosophy and experiences add to the texture of our life. By challenging ourselves to observe our feelings and physical and emotional experiences, we can gain insight and wisdom from the textural qualities in life and existence. With the support of our sensory experiences, the vast spectrum of experiential learning enables our sensory and emotional awareness to awaken and seek a more in-depth meaning and fulfilment of our purpose.
Our memories, moods, and consciousness provide immense opportunities to explore the value and texture of the present. The realisation of this paves the way for us to understand better who we are and what we can do with our lives and the world.
INNER GLOW RADIATES WHEN THE LIGHT WITHIN GLOWS, UNAFRAID AND CONSTANTLY ON A HUMBLE PATH OF LEARNING AND ENLIGHTENMENT.
Whenever I think of “Inner Glow”, my thoughts go to my childhood years when I first met Radha Chechi. After I met this stunning genteel middle-aged lady, I began to understand the impact of the inner glow. She was a neighbour of my grandparents and lived in a small, humble, tidy hut. As a small child, I would love to go and meet her whenever I would visit my grandparents.
With faded photos of her ancestors and ancient spiritual texts adorning her walls, she had a vast repertoire of personal stories and stories from the ancient epics. Her spotless home would always have a faint welcoming fragrance of incense sticks, while her smile was always radiant. Her conversations were enlightening (even to me as a child!), and her simple attire was immaculate. I was in awe of her appearance and home as much as in the stories she would narrate. Radha Chechi was (she sadly passed away years ago) and is an example that while societal expectations may prompt us into seeking an outer glow, the importance of an inner light on the outward appearance is undeniable.
So what is this inner glow? How can we define it?
Inner glow can be defined as a radiance within an individual. More often than not, it emerges from conscious and deliberate changes in lifestyle and thinking. It generally appears from a state of gratitude, wisdom, and experiential learning and is complemented by a disciplined approach to existence and life.
LIKE THE GLASS IN THIS IMAGE MARRED BY WATER DROPS, HOW DO WE ALLOW SUBJECTIVITY TO AFFECT OUR PERCEPTION OF OUR VIEW OF LIFE?
As forms of perception, whether we indulge in objective or subjective perception, our perception creates a massive difference in our interpretation of the world and life. The accurate appraisal of a situation can help us understand reality far more effectively than an analysis based on our personal assessment of the scenario.
Being conscious of the affectation of bias, prejudice, emotions, past experiences and interpretations when assessing personal or professional matters is a skill that can be cultivated over time. Through self-awareness, refusal to sway to expectations in the name of culture (and traditions) and by questioning the righteousness of an act, emotion or situation, we recognize the contribution of our valuable senses and, through their exploration, develop our intuitiveness as well. The emerging compassion and kindness we stand to experience from this freedom can promote societal compassion and empathy as a universal way of existence, peace and progress.
THE MORE WE CONSIDER THE SUBJECT OF CONNECTION, THE MORE WE RECOGNISE THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF CULTIVATING AN APPROACH OF GRATITUDE.
We are all connected to the Universe. The way to acknowledge this phenomenon is to develop an attitude of gratitude towards everything and everyone who share the beautiful world we are a part of.
Our definition of life emerges from the outcome of our belief in the connectivity we have with existence and the resulting exploration we undergo to understand this connection. Our investigation thereafter will then reflect the understanding of our purpose and contribution to the world. Our journey is never about us alone, but one that emerges from the extent of our belief in our belonging to the Universe that connects us all.
Enlightenment results from acknowledging this vibrating energetic universal connection. This awareness leads us onto a pathway of discovery and eventually enables us to experience the meaning of existence and what peace is.
WAVES PROMOTE SOUL-STIRRING INSPIRATION TO OUR IMAGINATION; THEIR POWER POSSESSES THE POTENCY TO ENGAGE US IN THOUGHT AND REFLECTION.
A wave in the ocean provides us with an insight into the journey of life. Waves are one of the most exemplary representations of change; they reflect the pathos of our experiences in life. Waves convey passion, the passion we need to have to make the best of the life we are blessed with; they are purposeful from a larger perspective of life and bold and fearless. Waves can be turbulent, yet their turbulence belies their peace too. No matter what storm may arise, the waters will triumphantly become calm again – a storm never lasts forever.
Waves remind us of our connection to the Universe and that our focus needs to be on collaboration and mutual support to thrive and succeed.
After all, we are all personifications of life and the living.
LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD
Along with exercise, and wellness techniques for stress management, eating healthier food is gaining attention through the emerging field of Nutritional Psychiatry.
As Hippocrates once said,
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.
As a field that believes in integrating food into treatment plans, Nutritional Psychiatry supports us in understanding our food habits. Its comprehension is a critical step in our grasp of the influence that our food choices have on our behaviour and mental state.
Healthy eating habits reflect our focus on imbibing strategies for a positive outlook on life, but food also becomes a tool to help us focus on what is essential and what is not. A balanced diet improves our overall well-being, mental health, and physical health.
Apart from the fact that what we consume affects our mood, energy levels, sleep, and general health, our food is a powerful revelation of what we seek from existence.
PETS ARE HUMANIZING. THEY REMIND US THAT WE ARE OBLIGATED TO PRESERVE, NURTURE, AND CARE FOR ALL LIFE
Having pets is a learning experience for us in more ways than one. The learning becomes more so when the experience involves a cat and dog – two beings with such diametric yet adorable personality differences! They are not only a valuable support system for wellness and joy but a bountiful treasure trove of wisdom for us to become more conscientious and compassionate as members of society.
As James Cromwell once said,
A LEAF TEACHES US MANY VALUABLE LESSONS ABOUT THE FUNDAMENTAL PHILOSOPHY OF EXISTENCE.
Their ability to respond to challenges with tenacity and flexibility is an inspiring lesson to humanity. They believe in the wisdom of teamwork; they are aware that their survival is dependent on the health of the whole plant; it is never about themselves alone. The innate ability that leaves must gravitate towards what matters and helps them become their best version reminds us that we need to be aware of the nature of influence that leads us in life – instant gratification is never a solution for happiness.
The transitions through the stages in life deserve not just acceptance and dignity but about rising to the demands of what is needed. For the positive realisation of our potential, our aim needs to be one of consciously working on our qualities to enjoy life-long progress and growth. The most important lesson that leaves probably teaches us the role of humility in the continuity of life and how death is part and process of life.
THE BEAUTY OF THE PAST IS AN INSPIRING REMINDER OF HOW HOPE, PEACE, HARMONY AND PROGRESS CAN ILLUMINATE OUR WORLD.
The beauty we appreciate in art and architecture reflects our awareness and respect for the past. The more we discover history through the timeless works of art, we build the empathy we need to appreciate the diversity of global ideas, traditions, customs and culture. Furthermore, we recognise them for the meaning they gave to those who created them and the time they were made.
We also develop our understanding of the struggles and mistakes that people have experienced, their identities and the vision they had to create the beauty we enjoy today.
We see the possibilities and the inspiration that the past can pave for a better present and a promising future.
NATURE IS NOT A PLACE TO VISIT. IT IS HOME.
There is a sense of genuineness and uniqueness characterized by nature.
As members of society, many of us are tempted to base our actions on the expectations of others. Few of us are emboldened from an early age and set out on our journey of self-realization or discovery because we believe in our unique calling and purpose. Nature reminds us of the significance of embracing our uniqueness and imperfections while being trustworthy and credible.
Nature is inspiring and possesses unexhaustive patience and unconditional love for all despite its simplicity. Being amidst nature during moments of stress and anxiety can be a revelation for the peace we can procure from our experience. Humanity is constantly reminded that nature believes in the freedom to be and thrive.
The more we understand and respect nature, the greater our awareness of its mighty existence will be.
There is much that nature generously provides and much that we need to consider while enjoying its abundant bounties respectfully. Nature is what a home needs to be, a place that nourishes, nurtures us and teaches us values and respect for all.
PETS – TEACHERS OF LIFE LESSONS
Pets can bring the most unexpected changes to our lives, from how we view animals to how we understand the world we are a part of. They are divine reminders for us to be more humane and responsible in our role as living beings who share this beautiful world with many other incredible species.
In the case of children, the presence of a pet in life can bring in many positive life-changing learnings. These changes will help them become a more compassionate and conscientious member of society.
DREAM IT. BELIEVE IT. BUILD IT.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer who dares to dream.
Dreams have the power to inspire us, motivate us to realise our potential, and help us find our purpose in existence.
They also enable us to become aware of our concerns, warn us of matters that we wish to ignore, and can sometimes guide us to make critical decisions.
Dreams can become powerful visualisation tools and promote the positive affirmations we give ourselves. Our attempt to interpret our dreams provides insights into our unconscious mind, and the knowledge we derive becomes a reason to courageously pursue the vision and make it come true.
SITUATIONS THAT MAY APPEAR AS STARK AND EMPTY CAN PROVIDE INSIGHTFUL REVELATIONS OF WHAT WE ENJOY DESPITE THE APPARENT VOID WE OBSERVE. IN SOME OF THE DARKEST MOMENTS IN LIFE, WE ARE REMINDED OF BLESSINGS THAT WE HAVE A LOT TO FEEL GRATEFUL FOR.
This tree here appears to reflect the metaphorical barrenness of winter that is soon to be relieved by the arrival of the colours of spring. This photo also represents the change in life through the cheerful yellow daffodils. Life is eternal and continues, and never does it stop for anyone or anything. The more we appreciate the magic in living and existence, the more we recognise the miracle of life.
Change is also a process for us to realise our potential and become what we are meant to be. It teaches us that it’s not our focus on the present and the past that matters but the anticipation for the unknown future. Change is a reminder for us to acknowledge our imperfections as much as others. The inevitability and acceptance of life is one more teaching of the philosophy of change.
Change teaches us about the significance of timely action and finding our purpose during the time we exist before we become a memory.
ONE OF THE EXPRESSED METAPHORICAL REPRESENTATIONS OF RESILIENCE AND TENACITY IN OUR COMMUNICATION COMES FROM PILLARS.
We have so many abundant yet silent pillars that support and provide joy in living when we consider our lives. The list could go on from sound health, harmonious family relationships and good friends, a satisfying job, and an integral values and beliefs system.
Emily Esfahani Smith, TED speaker and author of “The Power of Meaning”, provides a meaningful glimpse of what provides us with the strength to move forward, overcome challenges and make the best of our life. She talks of the key pillars in our life that give us meaning and well-being, namely a sense of purpose, belonging, the story that we tell ourselves and others of our lives so far (the lesson we learnt from any crisis or trauma in life) and our comprehension derived from our experiences and existence (transcendence).
What resonated with me was her observation that for many, the outcome of a crisis provided a foundation for a more purposeful life or what she calls “post-traumatic growth”. The occurrence of a traumatic life incident in the case of many individuals is interestingly seen to result in a more conscious and pragmatic approach to life, opportunities and hope.
Like how we term love and compassion as the pillars for world peace, we all have unique, intriguing experiences that enable us to understand the pillars that promote our wellness and tranquillity in life. In my life, I’ve often considered the wisdom and guidance received from inspiring, loving individuals who have motivated me through their life, delightful memories that provide sustenance and light during demanding or exhaustive circumstances and the unconditional love I have been privileged to receive in our past, all as empowering pillars.
It is gratifying to appreciate the presence of the pillars that have enriched our existence. Their influence improves us each day, reminding us of our humble responsibility as members of society and grooming us into what we are meant to be.
MOST OF ALL, OUR INTUITIVE SENSE CAN LEAD US ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY AND ENLIGHTENING CONSCIOUSNESS.
We learn to tap the inner wisdom that resides in us through intuition. The guidance and support from our intuitive thoughts are derived from our inner instincts. Intuition offers no analysis or logical explanation, yet it becomes a source of strength and inspiration to us for growth, progress and empowerment.
EVERY FACE HAS A STORY TO TELL, BUT MUCH LESS THAN WHAT THEIR HEART IS SAYING.
As an astonishing “organ of emotion”, the face provides innumerable glimpses of the emotions that lie within. A face also has the uncanny ability to portray the elusive story of its owner – the feelings and emotions it is used to reflect, the thoughts that guide our words and actions, the life experiences so far and more. I call this story “elusive” because it is not easy for us to decipher the story’s magnitude behind any face we see.
Since it is one of our most essential reflections on the world, it is worth considering what we would like our face to reflect. Especially since our face is used as a protective defence mechanism to consciously and unconsciously portray what we wish to show the world. How many of us can declare that our face reflects what we indeed are – at least most of the time?
Do we dare show the true face we have, without apprehension, fear of rejection, or anxiety? The immense strength and confidence we stand to gain from such a bold step is liberating.
The day we do so is when we begin to live and live with passion, purpose and courage.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE EMBROIDERY ON YOUR CANVAS OF LIFE TO REFLECT?
A piece of embroidery can reflect the opportunities we have to explore and create meaning on the canvas of life.
Our art and life management skills, along with eye-hand coordination, planning, design skills, including manual dexterity and fine motor skills, are required to harmoniously work in symphony for the final embroidered design to emerge.
The threads that get woven into a design provide exciting life lessons. Specific designs sometimes allow us to work on something better than initially considered. At other times, the error made can lead to a further enhancement of our design. Working at a manageable and conscious pace ensures quality maintenance since tangled threads can slow down work.
An embroidered design can be perceived as a metaphorical representation of life. It is an artistic portrayal of the painstaking efforts that have gone into its intricate design creation.
WHAT MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS IS MORE SUNLIGHT, MORE CANDOUR AND MORE UNASHAMED CONVERSATION.
As our kitten sat beside the window the other day, I had the opportunity to gaze at his still posture as he gazed outside the window. For him, the solitude was momentary; in a few minutes, he was up and about!
Yet, from a human perspective, our association with solitude is intriguing.
While many of us consider solitude a state of no social interaction, many believe that a periodic experience of privacy enables intellectual contemplation and opportunities for empowerment. Solitude can build our mental strength by recognising our potential, and it can allow us to delve deeper into the nature of our personal and professional relationships. Our mental wellness is also an area that benefits from the additional attention we give ourselves during moments of solitude. Some of our creative ideas and thoughts can emerge out of quietness, promoting our innate productivity. Our ability to understand ourselves can become sharper during isolation as we scrutinise life questions relating to purpose and goals.
For some, solitude sadly implies experiencing the horror of sheer loneliness and undisclosed disturbances in their life.
While we accept that solitude can have different meanings for all, let us not hesitate to reach out whenever possible. Mental health wellness and wellbeing are as critical as physical health. When we are concerned about others, let us be unafraid to ask what their silence or solitude implies. Their reasons for solitude may reveal far more than we realise.
FOR MANY, BEING COMFORTABLE WITH WHO THEY ARE IS A LUXURY.
The ability to recognise and accept who we are, acknowledge our strengths and work continuously on areas of improvement take time and patience.
As someone once said,
“To be comfortable in your skin is the beginning of strength.”
The desire to be whom others want us to be, be accepted and appreciated, and be seen as significant in society are all factors that prevent us from being whom we can evolve into.
Accepting the imperfections and flaws and still see the beauty within reflects the comfort we experience being who we are. It is an exhilarating state of mind that can free us from the futile efforts to be who we are not.
The time to be ourselves is now – enjoy the freedom.
UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF IS POWER. LOVING YOURSELF IS FREEDOM. FORGIVING YOURSELF IS PEACE. BEING YOURSELF IS BLISS.
Many of us build an invisible cage during the course of our life. A cage that prevents us from being true to ourselves, prevents us from communicating to ourselves and others, prevents us from valuing who we are, and prevents us from being unhesitatingly expressive when it comes to our feelings.
This cage is built from childhood so that by adulthood, this cage is sadly secure in place.
How can we ensure that we do not live in a cage?
By remembering the freedom we deserve and are entitled to, we value who we are and others better, we recognise our potential to make a difference to the world we are a part of, and we cherish the existence we are a part of.
EVERY CULTURE HAS SYMBOLIC REPRESENTATIONS THAT STAND FOR THE ANCIENT, BEAUTIFUL TRADITIONS AND LIFESTYLE OF ITS COMMUNITY.
The Dallah represents the famed generosity and heritage of Arab hospitality. The traditional coffee pot is used to brew the fragrant Arabic coffee, Qahwa or Gahwa. Arabic coffee is traditionally prepared and served to guests reflecting a ceremonial custom of hospitality in the Arab society.
The appreciation of individuals and their backgrounds stems from tolerance and compassion. Our desire to find reasons to appreciate often changes the dynamics of our relationships most of the time.
Cultural diversity ought to be a reason for humanity’s unity and strength.
How can each of us, as members of society, be instruments of peace, harmony and empowerment?
THE WORLD IS A WOVEN BASKET. EVERY STITCH COUNTS.
It was Alexander Lawrence Posey, the American poet, humorist, journalist, and politician, who once said,
“The world is a woven basket. Every stitch counts.”
If we look at the differences between people, nations, religions, cultures and races, we can find plenty. Yet, if we were to consider the benefit the world stands to reap if each of us looked at humanity as one, it is life-changing!
Imagine the collective global impact of eliminating diseases, poverty, illiteracy, ignorance, conflict, and promoting human rights in our world?
Every member of society would be emancipated and empowered. There would be harmony and respect on earth. Best of all, like a woven basket, each of us would have been responsible for this tremendous change – accountable for the delicate stitches that have made the basket complete.
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS LED THEIR LIFE LIKE THIS ROSE?
For many, adversity is a way of life, and yet they go on to prove to the world that they can thrive and celebrate their existence, like Malala Yousafzai.
This red rose away from its natural habitat is an illustrative example of how life can be for many souls. With its tired petals, the rose still defies the darkness surrounding it.
When was the last time you had experienced adversity that you overcame and succeeded?
Life is meant to be celebrated with kindness, enthusiasm and spirit. It is also sometimes finding beauty in adversity and darkness and never giving up.
Here is a toast to all we know, and we may not know, who defies odds and lives life the way it is meant to be.
HOW DOES YOUR TREASURE TROVE OF MEMORIES HELP YOU TODAY? MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHAT ARE THE MEMORIES YOU ARE CREATING TO CHERISH TOMORROW?
We often associate memories as priceless treasures. Talking of treasures, this little trinket was my 10th-grade farewell party memento that we had received after the party. My association with my school years was related to the fun we had, the joy-filled childhood and the teenage years.
Many of the treasures we may value today are cherished by us for the lessons and times they evoke. Our memories reflect the journey we have made so far – from the recollection of the individuals who impacted our lives to the adventures we have had. Memories give us a glimpse of who we were, who we are and who we can be.
OUR MIND IS A CUPBOARD, AND YOU STOCK THE SHELVES.
Our cupboards reveal a lot of what we hold onto and do not need. Our mind, like our cupboard, is a revelation of our personal deep-rooted desires, hopes, and even idiosyncrasies!
A periodic sprucing up of the “shelves” and removing the stored “clutter” can make way for more significant matters to thrive and flourish in our minds.
This conscious rearrangement can lead us into enhancing our resourcefulness, focus, compassion and love for life and people
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN A FEATHER?
A feather is known for being light, delicate, yet strong in its purpose. Feathers are associated with growth, freedom and hope. They are also a reminder that every time there is a fall, the opportunity to rise awaits.
A feather can also symbolise life, the unpredictability that exists and our existence in the vast universe. Feather symbolism has intriguing meanings in different cultures. It can portray the ancient Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang, a concept of dualism. In ancient Egypt, feathers represented justice and truth, while peacock feathers symbolized immortality in ancient Greece.
Any metaphorical representation of an object can interestingly be based on our motivated perception too.
OUR FEET COMMUNICATE THE VULNERABILITY AND SENSITIVITY THAT WE, AS HUMANS, INTRINSICALLY POSSESS.
There is an authenticity that we associate with walking barefoot, a humble reminder that we are as natural as the universe that we are a part of. We are a part of something so much more mighty and yet capable of much goodness during our existence than we imagine.
Humility is often unfortunately misinterpreted as meekness; on the contrary, it is far from it. Being humble is a realistic assessment of oneself, aware of our areas of improvements as much as our virtues. It is also a reflection of gratitude and compassion towards life, people, and everything we are a part of.
TIME IS YOUR FRIEND; IMPULSE IS YOUR ENEMY.
We often hear the remark that “time flies”. A more profound observation of this flippant remark reveals stress and pressure as the culprits for this belief. How many of us believe that we are in a caged existence as far as time is concerned?
Effective time management ensures greater efficiency, productivity, opportunities, better stress management and personal and professional progress.
To make our life experiences valuable, let us proceed with purpose and practice mindfulness so that our days are memorable.
HOPE IS A FERTILE SOIL WHERE FLOWERS BLOSSOM.
Hope is undoubtedly a powerful motivator. As a cognitive-emotional belief, ‘Hope’ triggers our feelings and thoughts into spurring us towards the desired belief.
Like the soil that enables the seeds to bloom into what they were meant to, the work and efforts we put into what matters need to be transformational in nature. By taking initiatives and risks, each of us sows the seeds of positive change.
Together, let us work towards bringing about compassion, acceptance and inclusiveness of all as members of society.
Let us nurture a kinder, tolerant and peaceful world for tomorrow.
BE LIKE A TREE. STAY GROUNDED, KEEP GROWING AND KNOW WHEN TO LET GO
Trees symbolize hope, humility, strength and endurance. Trees stand for legacy, legacy is not what we make for ourselves, but it is the wisdom that we nourish the individuals of tomorrow for their growth and development. Trees also remind us that we need to grow trees not for ourselves but for tomorrow’s generation, to enjoy the shade and breeze below its branches. They are symbols that teach us the wisdom and values of our ancestors and the eternity of change in existence.
What does a Tree mean to you?
WHAT DO WE DO TO PROVIDE JOY TO OTHERS?
Years ago, I had picked up a trio of small watercolour paintings from a garage sale. It appeared to have been one of those rare finds that still had the artist’s faded signature on the corner of it.
I have wondered about the identity of this mysterious painter. Did he paint for a living? Did he paint these as an expression of his artistic creativity?
It is difficult to say, yet his work merely reiterates the beautiful fact that art has the eternal ability to provide joy and appreciation to the beholder.
Any artwork asks us all a profound question relating to our existence in this Universe,
“What do we do to provide joy to others?”
It’s not about whether we may be known for our work, but like the mysterious painter, each of us can contribute to our world in our own unique way.
A SEASHELL IS NATURE’S WAY OF REMINDING US OF THE INSPIRING CONCEPT OF LEGACY. SOMEONE ONCE SAID, “SEASHELLS REMIND US THAT EVERY PASSING LIFE LEAVES SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL BEHIND”.
A legacy can be appreciated as the values, vision, and nonmaterial inheritance a person leaves behind. As members of society, whether we have a family or not, we are a part of humanity and the universe and therein lies the reminder for us to leave a legacy of hope, optimism and joy.
A beautiful legacy is not about our achievements or the efforts we made for ourselves; instead, it is the lovely impact we made in the lives of others and the world that we are a part of.
How would you like your legacy to be?
NATURE, LIKE TIME, HAS THE CAPABILITY OF HEALING, CONVEY ASSURANCE AND CONFIDENCE. NATURE ASSURES US THAT SPRING WILL COME AFTER WINTER, A NEW DAY BEGINS AFTER A NIGHT, TEACHING US THE IMPORTANCE OF HOPE AND THAT CHANGE IS ONLY WHAT IS CONSTANT.
With change comes the need to adapt and grow; there is no option for stagnancy and inactivity. Nature is an inspiration, has always been and will always be, for being one of the greatest examples of resilience and strength.
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
As an ancient percussion instrument, the bell has always been symbolic in its purpose and meaning. Amongst the various meanings, it has, its reflection of a joyous beginning or a sombre conclusion is the most well-known. In Ernest Hemingway’s novel, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” or John Donne’s poem of the same name, the emphasis on human lives and relationships is not lost, we are all indeed connected, and the human link we share is true and undeniable.
As we continue with the second year of the global pandemic, we need to ask ourselves just how we choose to respond to crisis? Whether in a journey of development or a crisis, the outcome’s success depends on the valuable mutual goodwill, support, and guidance we give and receive.
To quote the first line from Donne’s immortal poem, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”,
“No man is an island….”
May the bells we toll and hear always ring hope, joy and peace.
AN OPEN MIND IS LIKE AN OPEN WINDOW. IT LETS THE FRESH AIR IN.
An open mind is insightful, courageous, joyfully anticipates new learning adventures, believes in development and celebrates positive thinking. Being open-minded is also a state of realisation that enables us to acknowledge the role of unlearning in learning. Our beliefs and prejudices can limit us from truly exploring the world, learning and supporting others in their journey too.
As someone once said,
“An open mind is like an open window. It lets the fresh air in.”
Do we enjoy keeping the windows of our mind open at all times, or only for the occasional breeze?
LIFE IS NOT BE EQUATED TO A BEAUTIFUL FRAME THAT WE WANT OTHERS TO NOTICE AND ADMIRE
What truly matters is what we want to have in the frame.
What do you want your frame of life to hold?
Is it a painting of your unique original ideology or the dazzling dream of others?
Let our painting speak, and not the frame.
WATER IS SOFT AND HUMBLE, BUT IT IS THE MOST POWERFUL AND IS THE MOST ENDURABLE.
Someone once said,
“Water is soft and humble, but it is the most powerful and is the most endurable.”
Indeed, water teaches us about existence, strength, gentleness, determination, tenacity and endurance.
Like water, do we make paths with fortitude and persistence when there are none?
Like water, do we know when to be forceful and flexible in our relationships and reach our goals with purpose and conviction?
Water possesses some of the all-encompassing wisdom of a true teacher – wise, nurturing, engaging and always ready to teach the wisdom to those who seek to learn.
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT
We are often led to believe and accept the well-known phrase, “The sky is the limit”. Yet, in reality, we know that the sky is not the limit and that it is our mind that can limit us from achieving and attaining what we can.
Each day when we rise, we have the opportunity to make the day the best it can be.
Let us make every precious wonderful day count.
WE ARE LIKE SCULPTORS, CONSTANTLY CARVING OUT OF OTHERS THE IMAGE WE LONG FOR, NEED, LOVE OR DESIRE, OFTEN AGAINST REALITY, AGAINST THEIR BENEFIT, AND ALWAYS, IN THE END, A DISAPPOINTMENT, BECAUSE IT DOES NOT FIT THEM
How much can we relate to this quote?
Are we led by an unreasonable desire to expect more from people? A desire that corrodes our happiness?
For many, an endless unrealistic desire for gratification in their relationships leads to the absence of gratitude, appreciation for what exists, and the relationship’s inevitable deterioration.
Once we carve out what we expect from anyone, we have lost the opportunity of knowing what they could become to us.
This loss is ours as much as theirs.
Within us lies the power to choose, accept or let go of our relationships; the attempt to change people into what we want them to be is not the solution.
BE A LAMP IN SOMEONE’S DARK WORLD -MATSHONA DHLIVAYO
How many times have we come across individuals who happily lit our path during moments of darkness? We owe it to those amazing lives to continue lighting up the world, for others to find their way out of gloom and into light.
THE DESIRE FOR SYMMETRY, FOR BALANCE, FOR RHYTHM IN FORM AS WELL AS IN SOUND IS ONE OF THE MOST INVETERATE OF HUMAN INSTINCTS. – EDITH WHARTON
Are we unconscious of what we seek? Are we conscious representations that arose from the exploration in our self-actualization journey?
Our imperfections lead us to emancipation and empowerment!
THERE IS MORE POWER IN A MOTHER’S HAND THAN IN A KING’S SCEPTRE. (BILLY SUNDAY)
ATTRACT WHAT YOU EXPECT, REFLECT WHAT YOU DESIRE, BECOME WHAT YOU RESPECT, MIRROR WHAT YOU ADMIRE
LET US BEGIN OUR JOURNEY OF NOURISHMENT AND MUTUAL GROWTH, TODAY, TOMORROW, AND ALWAYS!
“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.”
– Earl Nightingale
TO PLANT A GARDEN IS TO BELIEVE IN TOMORROW
VISUALISATION IS DAY DREAMING WITH A PURPOSE
KINDNESS UNLOCKS DOORS THAT WERE THOUGHT TO BE CLOSED FOREVER
WHAT WE SEE DEPENDS MAINLY ON WHAT WE LOOK FOR
THE MOST TREASURED HEIRLOOMS ARE THE MEMORIES OF OUR FAMILY
PEACE IS A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES AND IT MUST BE TAKEN ONE STEP AT A TIME
OUT OF SUFFERING HAVE EMERGED THE STRONGEST SOULS; THE MOST MASSIVE CHARACTERS ARE SEARED WITH SCARS. (KAHLIL GIBRAN)
OUR DEEPEST FEARS ARE LIKE DRAGONS, GUARDING OUR DEEPEST TREASURE
THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE ARE LIKE THE PILLARS ON YOUR PORCH. SOMETIMES THEY HOLD YOU UP, AND SOMETIMES THEY LEAN ON YOU. SOMETIMES IT’S ENOUGH TO KNOW THEY ARE STANDING BY
WHEREVER YOU GO, NO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER, ALWAYS BRING YOUR OWN SUNSHINE. (ANTHONY J. D’ANGELO)
UNDERSTANDING THE VALUE OF TIME IS UNDERSTANDING THE TRUE ESSENCE OF LIFE. (SUNDAY ADELAJA)
TODAY A READER, TOMORROW A LEADER. (MARGARET FULLER)
KEEP YOUR FACE ALWAYS TOWARDS THE SUNSHINE – AND SHADOWS WILL FALL BEHIND YOU. (WALT WHITMAN)
REMEMBER THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A SMALL ACT OF KINDNESS. EVERY ACT CREATES A RIPPLE WITH NO LOGICAL END. (SCOTT ADAMS)
AS WE WORK TO CREATE LIGHT FOR OTHERS, WE NATURALLY LIGHT OUR OWN WAY.(MARY ANNE RADMACHER)
PURPOSE IS THE REASON YOU JOURNEY. PASSION IS THE FIRE THAT LIGHTS YOUR WAY
TRAVEL AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, AS FAR AS YOU CAN AND AS LONG AS YOU CAN
TO PLANT A GARDEN IS TO BELIEVE IN TOMORROW
ALMOST ALL CREATIVITY INVOLVES PURPOSEFUL PLAY
FESTIVALS ARE OCCASIONS TO BRING YOU CLOSER TO YOUR FAMILY AND LOVED ONES
WISDOM IS A BEACON OF LIGHT THAT SHOWS US THE WAY TO ENLIGHTENMENT
KNOWING YOURSELF IS THE BEGINNING OF ALL WISDOM
TIME IS LIKE A MIRROR. YOU CANNOT TOUCH THE SAME RIVER TWICE, BECAUSE THE FLOW THAT HAS PASSED WILL NEVER PASS AGAIN. ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE
PEACE IS NOT ABSENCE OF CONFLICT, IT IS THE ABILITY TO HANDLE CONFLICT BY PEACEFUL MEANS
A BOOK IS A DREAM YOU HOLD IN YOUR HAND
EVERY ROOM HAS A STORY TO TELL
EMBRACE YOUR INNER CHILDHOOD DREAMS
WHAT SUNSHINE IS TO FLOWERS, SMILES ARE TO HUMANITY
DON’T WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO BRING YOU FLOWERS. PLANT YOUR OWN GARDEN AND DECORATE YOUR OWN SOUL
CRYSTAL REFLECTS THE LIGHT THAT SHINES INTO IT. IF YOU SHINE LIGHT UPON THE WORLD, THAT LIGHT WILL SHINE BACK UPON YOU
SET A GOAL THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO JUMP OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING
LIFE IS WHAT YOU BAKE OF IT
IDEAS SHAPE THE COURSE OF HISTORY
THE SKY IS A REFLECTION OF THE VASTNESS OF OPPORTUNITIES. IT IS ALSO A BEAUTIFUL REMINDER THAT THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING FOR US TO AIM FOR
APPRECIATE THE SILENT SHADOWS WHO QUIETLY LEAD THEIR LIFE. CELEBRATE THEIR LIGHT AND RECOGNIZE THEIR POTENTIAL
BE AN OPENER OF DOORS
IT’S YOUR LIFE, PLAY YOUR MUSIC AND LIVE IN HARONY
STAINED GLASS – A METAPHORICAL PORTRAYAL OF BEAUTY & LIFE, THROUGH THE PLAY OF LIGHT WITH COLOURS.
WHATEVER YOU DO, FOCUS ON DOING YOUR BEST. PLANTS CONVEY A GOLDEN PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE – SEEK A LIFE OF FULFILLMENT JUST AS SUNLIGHT IS CRUCIAL TO OUR PLANET
LIKE TREES, OUR FAMILY SHELTERS US. WE ARE LOVED, NURTURED, ENLIGHTENED AND INSTILLED A SENSE OF BELONGING AS WE GROW IN ITS SECURE SHADE
THE ROAD TO SUCCESS IS ALWAYS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
POSITIVE THOUGHTS HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE – VISUALIZE YOUR DREAMS.
The book, “Your Dose of Motivation”.
Shamshad Syed, Marketing Manager –
At a time when the pandemic had shattered the lives of so many people around us, the race to create a vaccine to fight the virus had been the priority of Pharmaceutical companies.
Having received both vaccine doses, I sat with self-assurance that my antibodies will enhance my immunity; however, my mental vulnerability still existed, and the current situation was draining my energy.
It was then that I got hold of a copy of the book – YOUR DOSE OF MOTIVATION. I was excited to know that seetha had shared some of her life experiences as book’s co-author.
As I started reading the book, I felt energized reading all stories of the fantastic authors who had stood tall in the face of the challenges of life.
The chapter written by Seetha especially reignited me as it narrates the importance of a disciplined journey to readjust our daily life to generate long term positive results.
1.Mental strength – copying with the traumatic situation and coming out stronger.
2.Time management – realizing the importance of time and not wasting it.
3.Self- Belief- instilled by her father at an early age which she carries in maintaining self-esteem and as super-mentor. The fact that her father kept reminding her to be a better version of herself is a great motivaton.
As a Mentor and as a person, Seetha exudes the qualities required to uplift people who need a spark of motivation to change their lives.
I appreciate your approach as a Mentor in shaping people; since you have mentored me through my Toastmasters journey, I have always felt that you are a powerhouse of motivation.
I think below saying fits well in your personality as a Mentor: “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” – Bob Proctor.
The books “Your Dose of Motivation” and “Women Who Inspire”.
Radhika Annamraju, Deputy Manager –
The two books “Your Dose of Motivation” and “Women Who Inspire” are relatable yet very inspirational.
The formidable resilience that these inspiring authors found in their life makes us aspire to be better.
As a co-author, Seetha’s chapters are impressive and thought provoking. Her chapter in the book “Your Dose of Motivation” is the story of an underdog – a child not “exceptional” or “gifted” yet someone who grows into a successful person – serving people and actively pursuing purpose in life. It is an inspiring journey of personal growth and transformation. In this, the most impactful takeaways for me are the strength of beliefs and the positive effect of encouragement.
“Women who inspire” is about the impact of mentors in her life. She breaks the conventional stereotype of a mentor as she describes the mentors she’s had in her life – from esteemed professional colleagues to an 11 year old child. My favorite takeaway from this chapter is the concept of “conscious vulnerability” – something I would like to develop!
Inspiration and motivation that comes from real life stories fortifies our resolve to work on our self and help us breakthrough from our old selves. These two books have done that for me, and I am sure I will re-read them!
The Book, “Women who inspire”.
Lester Denzil Pinto, Relationship Manager – Wealth Management | ICWIM –
I had a recent opportunity to read the motivational book “Women who Inspire”, co-authored by 25 women who have shared their inspirational stories of rising above stereotypes and leading change.
In her chapter, “Mentors- Promoting Enlightenment and Empowerment”, Seetha Sagaran has highlighted the importance of mentorship and has also introduced the main anchors in her professional and personal journey who have helped her grow throughout her life.
Seetha has conveyed her thoughts and relayed her emotions with simplicity and elegance. The narrative is fluid and allows us to effortlessly relate to the content and draw a comparison to our own lives.
Her story shows us that we can draw inspiration from our surroundings, and we should always have an open mind to absorb and learn life lessons from those around us.
Her observation is praiseworthy as she manages to explain that we are surrounded by teachers and mentors, and all we need to do sometimes is to look up from our digital world and pay heed.
She encourages us to focus on the present and treasure every interaction no matter how small it may be and no matter who it maybe with.
I recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn success secrets of successful people.
Swapna Nair, Business Head –
‘A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself’ – so said legendary Oprah Winfrey.
When Seetha Sagaran wrote about Mentors in her chapter from the motivational book, “Women Who Inspire”, the aforementioned quote and many more danced around in my thoughts. As soon as I got my copy of the pretty petite book, I hurriedly flipped through the pages to reach my friend Seetha’s chapter. The book contained inspiring stories from 26 amazing women from around the world who shared their valuable life lessons through their chapters.
I was very much eager to see what it was that Seetha had written about this time around. Often Seetha’s literary works takes one on a personalized journey through many characters and times. And this composition too did just that. Through her chapter, Seetha takes us on a walk through her life with an opportunity to meet the many mentors who shaped her into what she is today. You get to meet her parents, children and other impressive personal and professional mentors – each one leaving a unique blessing in Seetha’s pilgrimage of life. As we advance through the chapter, we tend to glance into our own lives and remember fondly and gratefully the wind beneath our wings too – some with fantastic lessons on how to be and some with even more important lessons on how not to be.
I particularly loved the idea of how one could converse with an ideal mentor the way one would converse with God and secretly wished that I had one in my life too. Then again as the saying goes ‘Be the Mentor You Wish You Had’. I guess its true when they say in today’s times…Real Heroes don’t wear Capes, they Mentor! After all what can matter more than the thought that we actually made a difference in someone’s life. Well Written Seetha!
Conducted a workshop, “Creating Joy in Twilight Years!”, (November 2020).
Sandhya.S, Senior IT Executive-
“It was a wonderful session, Seetha.
Your cheerful disposition all the time was also a treat to watch”.
Conducted the webinar, ” Motivation & Productivity During Crisis”, from “The Work-Life Balance Webinar Series”, for professionals belonging to the fields of medicine, education, finance, art, engineering and media, (May 2020).
Dr Mothi SN, Mysore (Karnataka) India –
Greetings from Mysore!
*Your description of intrinsic and extrinsic aspects of motivation and the various factors which impact was made so simple to understand and relate to.
*Largely prevalent’ anxiety ‘ in day to day life and the importance of appropriately addressing it , so that the true potential is discovered.
*Setting goals and identifying dreams are so essential to scale higher in life.
*The importance of persistence perseverance and enjoying the entire journey, Seetha, you conveyed many simple messages and guided the participants how to recognise their inner strengths and work towards their goals.
*Your narrative was quite engrossing.
*The intensity and passion in whatever you do is so palpable and I’m sure someday you will become a ‘ transformational leader ‘
*Even a single ordinary person can make a difference, remember you are out of ordinary.
*Continue your good work.
“L.I.V.E (L.I.V.E – Lead Invigorating Valiant Existence)– Journey to Well-being and Happiness” – Centena Ladies Event (January 2020)
Ammarah Khalid, Business Development Executive, Atlab –
“Two main things that I’ve learnt from this session is –
1) Never be judgemental.
2) Be comfortable in your own skin.
The way you brought in the energy and positivity with your session, not just made me learn these important things in life but also gave me so much more confidence to be who I am. Thank you so much for the motivation”.
Leena M.V, Sales Coordinator, LAS –
“It was a pleasure to attend your session. It was a good session with team building activities. Felt the session ended quickly due to time constraints. Look forward to more sessions!”
“Exceptional Women of Excellence Award” at the WEF-Madurai 2020 (January 25th & 26th).
Deepika Ahuja – Author of ‘Demystifying Happiness’, Happines Coach, Life Skills Trainer, Entrepreneur (Founder of ‘Deliversmiles’, a company that aims to create happier work-cultures and conducive work-environment of resilience, compassion, and altruism.)
“I met Seetha at Women Economic Forum in Madurai and got opportunity to attend two of her sessions : “Life Transitions – How to flourish and not flounder” and “Get rich slowly – Sleep and Lifestyle.”
She is an extremely eloquent speaker and her grace is second to none. She has a unique ability to instantly connect with audience. Her talks with her real life examples leave a deep and lifelong impact on listeners. She gives practical and easily implementable ideas and solutions to deal with big issues in life.
In her session on “Sleep and Lifestyle”, she mentioned very easy and yet effective ways to enhance sleep and have a better lifestyle. A very inspiring, motivating, graceful and a humble lady who radiates a lot of positivity around her – That’s Seetha for me.
I wish her all the very best for all her future endeavours”.
“The Empowerment Workshop – Create the Life that You Want”, Centena India Workshop (December 2019)
M.V. Manochithra (Senior Manager – Finance & Accounts), Centena Group, India –
“I like your way of explaining things and especially your session on Personal Development”.
Akshaya Gowtham, Executive Officer, Office of International Relations, IIT Madras –
“This talk was a special element of the event. I personally loved the talk. Hoping to meet you again soon! ”
“W.I.N.G.S FOR WOMEN WORKSHOP”, Dubai, U.A.E, December 2019.
Sasipriya Vinod, Entrepreneur, “Smart Champs Lifestyle Coaching”, U.A.E –
“You are a true inspiration to many. I am really blessed to have been in acquaintance with a wonderful, kind-hearted and knowledgeable person like you.
A real transition was setting in within us, as soon as your words flowed. Your adroit speaking skills and amicable communication with your audience is highly appreciated. Highly inspired by your ideas, I am sure all the attendees of today’s Smart Moms session will be a star one day. Your words are so powerful.
Thanks a ton for enlightening us on the smooth transitions we could make as individuals , to attain the highest version of ourselves. We have now set the goal, to become the best version of ourselves. Keep inspiring and creating a change for the better, in more and more individuals.
You made us feel awesome!”
5th Dubai – International Conference on Social Science; Humanities (ICSSH) in Dubai (U.A.E), December 2019.
Sumedha Ganjoo, Research Scholar, Greater Noida, India –
“It was such an interactive session, enjoyed every bit of it! It gave me food for thought to realize my own strengths and weaknesses. How motivating others and your own self is important for personal development.
Hope to attend more such motivating and energizing sessions”.
Jose Palmeira, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. (Political Science & International Relations), University of Minho, Portugal-
“I appreciate your presentation very much.
You are very clear and your speech motivated me and my colleagues. For me, it made me realize that I need to have a nice reflection about myself, to be better with others
A motivational session, “Personal Development – Gateway to Success”, October 2019 – London, UK.
Pierre Armstrong (Human Resources Professional, Yoga Enthusiast – Germany).
“I was reminded of the goal of being a Toastmaster. Also, the activity is a very good tool to help reveal our subconscious view of ourselves. Thanks for sharing and reminding me to keep believing and to pay it forward”.
Customized leadership workshop, “The Leadership Quotient” , July-2019.
Kishore Dharmarajan, CEO of SeoSouq.com
I had the opportunity to attend Seetha’s customized and interactive leadership workshop for entrepreneurs, “The Leadership Quotient”. While most sessions on ‘Leadership’ are quite conventional, Seetha has mastered the art of keeping the audience engaged with activities and challenges. At the end of the session, we found new insights and ideas that we hadn’t thought of before the session started. Seetha’s workshop, “The Leadership Quotient”, is recommended to everyone looking for ways to improve themselves and achieving leadership excellence and development for success.
Mr.Vinay Prakash (Digital Marketing & Design).
“The workshop had good games-based learning and interactive sessions”.
The 5th International Conference on Research in Life-Sciences & Healthcare (ICRLSH), in Rome, Italy, 4th May 2019.
Erin McGarvey – RN, Project Manager, Healthcare Consultant, Nurse Educator TRU. – Joslyn Conley – Nephrologist, Clinical Professor UBC, British Columbia, Canada.
“We liked the segment on Self Reflection, the relating group activity, the interaction with the audience and the tips for Personal Goal Planning.”
Conducted the interactive session, “Education – Through Self-Acceptance & Development”, at the 24th TESOL Arabia International Conference & Exhibition at The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dubai, UAE today, Thursday, 21st of March – 2019.
Mr.Mohammad Al Gadi –
“It has been a really inspirational session. It helped me discover and think about my hidden potential. It has given a push to rethink where I am and where I need to go forward, thank you”
Ms.Eman (Al Maaly International School) –
“I like Seetha’s way of speaking. It is now clear to me how to like myself and believe in myself. I also liked her smile very much.”
Synergistic workshop, “Youth Empowerment – Parental Role in Teaching the Importance of Tolerance” for Parents at the Raffles World Academy, Dubai (U.A.E) – January 2019.
Dr. Aimeena Tabassum, Vice Principal, Raffles World Academy, –
“The workshop was highly interactive. There was a high degree of respect for different perspectives brought up. The workshop leader allowed the opportunity for participants to reflect on their thinking.
The concept of Tolerance was well explained by the workshop Leader”
5th ICRTEL 2018- International Conference on Research in Teaching, Education & Learning in Singapore (November-2018).
Ms. Luxika Nagendiran (Professor) –
“It’s was our great pleasure to be with you. Your keynote speech was amazing and motivational.
Thank you for the opportunity.
Waiting to see you at other conferences too in the future”.
Ms. Anukriti Madhupam –
“The keynote speaker opened the session with vigorous energy which is indeed required in an international conference as participants are from different countries, have language barriers and new to the host country. The sheer energy display of Miss Seetha in her opening remarks brought the concept of involvement of motivation in personal and professional life. The international audience could relate personally to the examples illustrated by her. Her energy and charisma appealed to all participants of different ages and background. The entire presentation was so pragmatic that everyone felt that it was an inset of a great day, full of learnings and new concepts of life, beyond life.”
The IIIrd International Conference on Business, Economics, Law, Language & Psychology (ICBELLP), Oct 02-03 (2018), Dubai, U.A.E.
Preksha Jain & Urvashi Rathore – India
“The time and energy you devoted to the preparation of activity and discussion questions were clearly well received by the delegates. The Activity seemed to be very productive and most of the participants participated with meaningful comments and good answers. The opening points of your speech were very interesting and we could see how they were related to the presentation”.
Siddharth Renjith, Grade 8, Emily Carr Public School, Oakville, Canada
“I have learned a lot from my session such as ways to manage time and how to work with partners to solve various problems. To sum it all up I have learned a lot during this session. Thank you.”
Student-focused educational workshop, “Relating Education to Communication and Harmonious Living” for teachers of the Chendamangalam Government Lower Primary School in Kerala, September-2018.
Radhika Nair – Teacher (Std 2)
“Today’s session on “Relating Education to Communication and Harmonious Living” was very effective. Thanks to Seetha Madam.
The point that caught much of my attention was that we should be very patient, even if the speaker is in a bad mood. And also I agree to your point that we should give much importance to students who are very mischievous”
Interactive and engaging Youth Leadership Workshop, “Importance of Skill Development in Success Attainment” for Ambadi Seva Kendram Orphanage in Kerala, July 2018.
Rohith C , XB, GGVHSS Kaitharam.
“I understand the success of life in this class. My desire is to become a Malayalam Master I realize now how to bring life’s success in our palm”.
Global Academic Research Institute (GARI) Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka – May 2018.
Ms.Roshana Kamran (Lecturer Communication Institute of Business Management Karachi, Pakistan)
“On the scale of 10, I would grade your speech a 10. It was not only interactive and engaging but was highly apt for the event. All the participants were a bit overwhelmed by the scenario but your speech really eased off the stress to an extent. It was an innovative way to start a conference which I am sure everyone present in the room would agree, including myself. Your speech was exceptionally timed and well delivered. I was particularly impressed by the well-balanced way you delivered the key points especially using anecdotes from your personal life it really resonated with the audience. I am sure everyone present would agree to it.”
Interactive and engaging Youth Leadership Workshop, “You for the World, the World for You” for Middle and High School Students, at the Courtyard Marriot Toronto Brampton, as part of the 30th Anniversary celebrations of Mississauga Kerala Association, Toronto, Canada (April 2018).
Siddharth Renjith (Grade 8, Emily Carr Public School, Oakville, Canada) –
“I have learned a lot from my session such as ways to manage time and how to work with partners to solve various problems. To sum it all up I have learned a lot during this session. Thank you.”
Youth Motivational Workshop, “For a Brighter Tomorrow” for the senior students of the Raffles World Academy, Dubai (U.A.E) – March 21st, 2018
Renu Murali | Psychology teacher | TOK teacher | Extended Essay guide| Raffles World Academy, Dubai, U.A.E.
“Seetha Sagaran’s motivational talk to our students, was an experience well worth storing in our memories of the mega-event ‘Career’s day, which the higher education team put together under the leadership of the school counsellor Sulakshana Divekar.
Seetha was an inspiration in action, as she embedded learning, in ‘fun’ activities that students thoroughly enjoyed. My take away from her ‘EMPOWER’ talk, was the respect with which she treated them. Their honest opinions on life were given full value, as she floated around and put them at ease with her smile and her kindness. She also shared her own experiences as a students which allowed them to understand that even if they face stress and are flooded with problems, there is a way out. It can be done by developing great habits, managing relationships, respecting oneself as much as respecting others and above all by developing ‘others’.
I thank her for having taken her time off to spend it with us.”
The 4th ICPLR 2018 – International Conference on Psychology & Language Research (UAE), 19 February – 20 February 2018.
Ms.Vidhi Gupta –
“I liked the enthusiasm, voice modulation and politeness”
Ms.Grace Koh Su-fen, Senior Manager SMU-X, Office of Provost (SMU) –
“Thank you for giving us an inspiring talk. I have taken back much to think through and apply it in my work.”
Interactive Corporate Workshop -“Impact of Creativity on Workplace Productivity”, for Award Winning Advertising Company, “VIBRAND CREATIVE AGENCY” in Dubai, U.A.E, (January,2018).
Mr.Abdul Shafeeq (Managing Director, Vibrand Creative Agency) –
“A very inspiring, very thoughtful and very positive session”
Ms.Smitha (Vibrand Creative Agency) –
“First of all, am very thankful to God to have met you in my life. I learnt a lot of things to think in a positive way. Thank you for coming and thanks for spending time with us”
Interactive and Creative Workshop,
“Career Choices & Future Happiness”, for children in the age group of 11 to 16 years in Dubai, U.A.E (December – 2017)
Sneha Roses Shaju (Grade 10) –
“This session was motivating and helped me to know how to communicate with parents”
Hemjith Pranav –
“I liked the fact that everyone was open, no one judged anyone during the session”
Parvathi Hemjith –
“I liked the fact that I could tell whatever I want and Ma’am told me that you can be whatever you want”
Fiza Zameer –
“It was cool and made me more interested in my career”
Sam Savio Shaju –
“It was good, motivating and funny”
Life-enhancing Interactive Workshop, “Empowerment – The Road to Success”, (November, 2017).
Mrs.Nimitha Hemjith –
“Thank you Seetha. It was wonderful to listen to you. This session brought to light many issues faced by ladies in Dubai now. Keep up the great work!”
Mrs.Ganga Giridhar –
The readiness and the willingness with which you approached us and your confidence in presenting ideas impressed me”
The WOMEN SME Conference – 2017
Ms.Bindu Krishnan Roy –
A speech is effective when you can relate to it, you are touched by it. I met Seetha and heard her speak at the SME 2017 and was really touched by her kind gentle tone and authentic sharing of her life anecdotes. Wishing her the very best always.”
Workshop, “Anger Management for SEN Professionals” for Teachers and Therapists, at the Dubai Centre For Special Needs -(September -2017)
Louise (Class Teacher – Pre-Vocational Session)-
“I enjoyed sharing ideas with my colleagues on how we can better support each other over the course of the day. Especially with regard to the behavior we deal with”
Mohammed Zia (Class Teacher – Functional Academics Class) –
“I enjoyed how everyone started opening up and they all agreed that they need to be part of a team and need to have better communication. I’m pretty sure they all enjoyed the day”
Motivating and Interactive Workshop,”Women Empowerment Through Personal Development”, at Change Works Human Resource Consulting, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E (August – 2017)
Ms.Debra.C (HR Business Partner – Sanpellegrino (Nestle, Italy) –
“I really appreciated your communication style because it was inspiring and very emotional. Good insights and suggestions. Thank you so much Seetha! I wish you good life!”
“Thank you so much for sharing this vital information in an organized manner while highlighting the importance of each topic. I enjoyed each exercise as it reinforced what we had learnt. You are an inspiration. I appreciate your kind heart,sincere smile and passion for what you speak. I hope to see you again in near future”
Innovative Role play Workshop, “Confidence – Impacting Our Life, Development & Growth” for Teenagers and Children in Dubai, U.A.E (July – 2017)
Deena Suman Sunil (Grade 11, Indian High School) –
“The session was very informative and helped me understand how to cope with my emotions. It made me understand how to stand up for what I feel and how building up a strong relationship with my parents is very important in being confident”
Aaron Biju John (Grade 7, Kohinoor American School) –
“Today’s session with Mrs.Seetha was really informative as she had explained the topics with examples. Therefore, I had really loved the class.
The two things I learned –
1) We need to be open minded.
2) We have be cautious about what we talk about and whom we can trust”
Fun & Interactive Workshop, “Joy of Public Speaking” for children at India Club, Dubai, U.A.E (July – 2017).
Sara (Grade 4), Horizons English School-
“I liked understanding the concept of public speaking, calming myself and that we did not do any work!”
Nicole, (Grade 5), Gems Wellington School-
“I liked your lesson because it helps me feel confident when I speak in front of an audience”
Interactive Corporate Workshop -“Excellence – Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary”, for Award Winning Advertising Company, “VIBRAND CREATIVE AGENCY” in Dubai, May-2017.
Ms.Sreejisha.S.Kurup (Advertisement Account Executive, VIBRAND ADVERTISING)-
“The “Elements to Move Up in Life” was impressive and I feel this can much difference in a person’s life, both professionally and personally”
Mr.Abdul Shafeeq (Creative Director, VIBRAND ADVERTISING)-
“I found the discussions on “Customer Service” and “Time Management” excellent. Thank you Seetha!”
“Personal Development – Helping You Achieve Success” at the “Dubai International Arts Centre” on April -11th, 2017
Ms.Swati Golyan –
“Loved the way the session was conducted in such a friendly and practical manner. The talk certainly helped me to have more insight into the areas I need to work on and the conscious efforts needed to make this change in our lives. Thank you so much Seetha.”
Interactive Session For the Staff & Management Of “Senses Residential & Day Care For Special Needs,(March 26th – 2017)
Aristotle Mangune (Senior Physiotherapist)-
“Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom. It helped me a lot to realize how beautiful life can be. I hope you will visit us again to enlighten our souls. You’re such an amazing motivational speaker. May you continue to inspire people.”
Raghi Sibu (Physiotherapist) –
“Its been a great pleasure to be part of this workshop. Your session was really motivational. Certain aspects of the workshop really motivated me, like:
– The need to say “No”
– High expectations from others often lead to disappointments
– Time Management
These are aspects I would like to change in myself. Hope to hear more from you.”
Workshop, “Organizational Success Through Efficiency & Time Management” for the Management & Staff of Gover Contracting, (February -2017)
Mr.Mohamed Riyaz Resul (Business Development Executive)-
“The training was very interactive. You made sure each and every person participated in the training. Employee Recognition and Motivation is important and you made us aware of how critical this is for the company’s growth. You also made us aware about the importance of defining the Mission and Vision of the organization, implementing Project Management Tools for greater efficiency and defining the role and responsibility of each member of the organization.”
Ms.Maria Teresa E Fausto (Secretary/Accounts Assistant) –
“The topic that I liked the most in the discussion is proper delegation of work and time management. I found that setting a goal as an individual or as a team is very important too.”
Interactive & Motivational Workshop, “Personal Development – The Journey to Professional Development” & “Creating a Harmonious Work Environment” for the Staff and Management of “Synergy Healing Centre” in Fujairah, U.A.E (January-2017).
Mr.Jijith (Ayurveda Therapist)-
“I enjoyed your class and your good presentation. Keep smiling always and thanks Ma’am for the wonderful class”
Mrs.Prathibha (Spa Therapist) –
“Our teacher is talented and has an amazing personality. She gave us many energetic positive thoughts to lead a better life. Thanks Seetha”
“Dubai Business Breakfast Forum” Meeting, December 2016, Dubai, U.A.E,
Ms.Amber Jabeen (Co-Founder/Creative Director TET FZ LLC)-
“Thank you so very much for the session today. If we put even 10% of what you’ve talked about in action, our lives would improve immensely. I greatly enjoyed your session – very engaging and useful”
Mr.Ansari Abdulaziz (FA-Financial Archtecture)-
“It was an extremely impressive talk on Personal Development, especially when you conveyed that we basically control the situation when there is conflict of emotions – the time when you hold yourself and visualize your ideal reaction”
Inaugural Session of the Student Empowerment Program, initiated by Model Service Society – MSS (Recognized by the Government of Dubai & Community Development Authority) in Dubai, U.A.E ,November 2016.
Mr.Muneer (Parent & MSS Committee Member)-
“On behalf of MSS, let me express our sincere gratitude for being with us. Moreover for brilliantly managing a ‘diametrically’ opposite audience through your powerful words and interactive approach. From the feedback of the listeners, we were able to understand that you have perfectly conveyed the message to our children regarding how to manage peer pressure. You also touched upon the importance of Parent & Child relationship in the overall development of children. Your interaction with children as well as parents were very effective and helped them to understand the topic clearly. Thanks and thanks.”
Corporate Interactive Workshop on “Effective Communication” at Adam Global, Dubai Branch,U.A.E,October 2016
Mr.Anoop (Business Consultant)-
“Ms.Seetha is such a dynamic, engaging speaker that we felt very lucky to have her in our Adam Global office in Dubai on 29th October 2016.Seetha was able to present various aspects of communication in an interactive and interesting manner. Our team was actively engaged through out the session.”
Ms.Smita Choudary (IP- Associate)-
“Thank you” is a small word to say. Your session was highly informative and energetic. I really liked the way you delivered the aspects of “How to Communicate, What to Communicate, When, Where and Why do we need to Communicate. It will help me more in achieving my goal. Politeness and Happiness were also included and those were pivotal. A BIG THANK YOU.”
Fun & Interactive Workshop, “Tips for Enjoying Your Exam Experience” for Children and Parents in Dubai, U.A.E,September 2016
Mrs.Nimitha Hemjith (Parent) –
“Attending the talk with my daughter was very informative and entertaining. Children have absorbed the tips that you have given and hopefully will follow them in their daily routine. Your presentation was very impressive and the ability to engage children was really admirable. Hope to see you again soon.”
Sam Shaju (Grade-6, Ambassador School, Dubai)-
“This class about exams and Mind Mapping was interesting. I also enjoyed knowing about the creator of Mind Mapping.”
Interactive Workshop on “How does Personal Development help our Personal and Professional Lives?”, for the Management and Staff of Sneha Kiran of Mysore Spastic Society, Mysore, Karnataka, India-August-2016
Ms.Lakshmi M.V (SEN Teacher)-
“Seetha Madam, I’m impressed by your session. We came to know the importance of confidence and strength in our conviction regarding what we do.”
Ms.Shoba (Therapy Assistant)-
“Thank you Madam, for the good information on how to improve our body language and how to communicate with everyone. It was very impressive. We also came to know how to interact effectively with our children, parents and everybody through the discussion of Personal Development”.
“Thank you, the session was very impressive and informative regarding many subjects. Looking forward to much such sessions in future. Got a good idea about body language too”.
Ms.Poongothai (SEN Teacher)-
“Thank you for your wonderful session on Personal Development. I liked the way you communicated with a smiling face. I am impressed by the way you communicated your email address with us. Any person can write your email address without saying “Can you repeat Madam?”
Ms.Veena (SEN Teacher)-
“Thank you Madam. You have given abundant knowledge which is really helpful for our profession as well as life. It has enhanced my skills and my views regarding living. Through this, we would be able to teach our children in a better and influential manner”.
Interactive Workshop,”Enhancing the Twilight Years”, for the Management, Nurses and Staff of The Health Center Department, “Family Gathering” (The Al Mamzar Community Health Centre),Dubai, U.A.E – July, 2016
Ms.Violet Shanthi Quadros-
“You explained well the sensitivity of old age to us and also gave a good presentation.”
Interactive Motivational Session,”Dreams & How to Make Them come True”, for Volunteers of Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs, June 2016.
Mrs. Kabanyana Francoise-
“Keep it up and help people discover themselves”
” I am generally not fond of inspirational talks, but loved the way you inspired everybody with a short crisp talk. Thank you Seetha!”
Workshop on “Customer Service, Time Management & Sales Motivation” at SAVINGTON INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE BROKERS LLC, Dubai,U.A.E (May, 2016)
Soniya Dattwani (Relationship Manager)-
“Your session made me realize how crucial and important the role of our personality plays in the overall success of a relationship, both professional and personal. I enjoyed your motivating talk a lot”
Shalini Purohit (Relationship Manager)-
I liked the way you conversed with us a lot. It was very nice. It gave us confidence and motivated us too.”
Workshop, “Zeal for Tomorrow”at S.M.M.I House (Home for the Destitute & the Aged), Kerala, India (April,2016)
Sister Pauline –
“Your session was inspiring and enriching. You provided us with useful and good information regarding regulations that an institute for the Elderly needs to follow and the importance of listening and giving emotional support to our elderly residents.”
Workshop, “Creating Workplace Harmony” for Teachers and Staff of “Ambassador School”, Dubai, U.A.E – March 2016
Mrs. Hanna Bakour (French Teacher, Ambassador School)
“Thank you for the precious advice!”
Mrs. Sateesh (Teacher, Ambassador School) “
Thank You, for the wonderful way in which you brought all the team together, the positive energy and atmosphere prevailed during your session was a thumbs up”
Interactive Workshop, “Challenges of Peer Pressure”, Dubai, U.A.E. This Workshop was conducted for Children (Age group of 10 to 15 years) and Parents, – January 2016
Ashwathi Murali (Grade-11, JSS Private School,Dubai)
“The session was very informative as well as interactive. Got to learn how to maintain good relations with both parents and peers”
Aaron Biju John (Grade-5 F, Delhi Private School, Dubai)
“It was a very good experience. Mrs.Seetha is a good psychologist. We got to know about a very good topic that happens to all of us, “Peer Pressure”
Nimitha Hemjith (Pharmacist)
“Thank you Seetha for an enlightening talk on a very valid issue for both kids and parents. Your tips are helpful and hopefully the children can apply it when dealing with their peers”
Arti Bhatia (Handicrafts Business)
“I am very happy to have attended this session with my son. It is very helpful. It helped me to understand my child and hopefully will improve my communication with him”
Interactive Workshop on Creativity and its value in professional and personal life, “The Candle versus A Mirror” for the Senior Management of the international freight forwarding company, “Freight Systems” in Dubai (U.A.E) – September 2015
Mr. Poulin Claura Rani, Deputy Manager, Freight Systems
“Good to be in this training. Till date I never felt like asking or thanking customers once shipment is done, that was a good suggestion. Appreciation to be conveyed within the team was a good idea too.”
Interactive Workshop on the Value of Excellent Customer Service for the Management & Staff of Crystal Graphics Printing Press L.L.C, Ajman, – “Keeping Your Customers Happy” – July 2015
Abdul Rasheed, Managing Director, Crystal Graphics Printing Press LLC
“I am very powerful now, very wonderful workshop, very effective, now I am very confident as it taught us a lot of valuable skills that can be used in day to day situation at our work space and also in personal life, It was a highly interactive session which made it even more effective, many thanks, God bless you”
Workshop on “Positive Psychology in Workplace” at Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre, Dubai, UAE – May 2015
Sajitha Gopal, Class Teacher – ILG-1
In the Workshop, I liked how we got to think about the day’s activities and what we are not able to do. I also liked the ideas on how to manage stress”
Ritu Chaturvedi (Art Teacher)
“The Workshop was extremely useful and very informative to balance a healthy life and stress free lifestyle. Thanks a lot!”
Workshop for Parents – “Bullying – Ways to Combat and Eliminate it” at Emirates International School – Jumeirah (Dubai, U.A.E) – April 2015
Halima Nayeed, Parent Of Aimann Nayeed (8 H), Class Teacher – ILG-1
”I liked the ideas to train the staff and school”
Jannie Nielson, Parent Of Primary School Grader
“Thank you for the good ideas on how to prevent bullying and build self-confidence”
Interactive & Creative Workshop, “Developing YOU & Developing the WORLD” for LETERS (Youth Empowerment Foundation), Dubai, UAE – March 2015
Vivek (Bank Professional)
” The program is very transformative. Makes one think about pursuing positiveness in everyday life”
“Simple, to the point and most effective life skills that everyone needs to practice and follow religiously. This will surely create wonders in one’s life”
Seminar ” Dream Discover Develop” at CORE International Institute of Higher Education FZE in association with BIRLA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, RANCHI (International Centre – Ras Al Khaimah) – March 2015
Maria John – MBA Final Year (Finance)
“I like the session a lot. The overall session was amazing and meaningful. I got new ideas and understood many things which I need to do in my life”
Divya Varghese – MBA Final Year (HR & Marketing)
This phrase out of you was really inspirational. At times I stop myself from getting along with people, it’s actually taking away my own happiness! Now on…I will take care. Thank you!”
Workshop on “Personal Development & You” at The Rashid Pediatric Therapy Centre, Dubai, UAE – January 2015
Twariq Faraj- Volunteer
“It benefited me and my collegues a lot and especially Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre.”
Ghado Hammami – Occupational Therapist, Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre
“It was inspiring time! Thank you so much, I think, as a member of Rashid Centre Team, that we need to arrange this kind of workshop from time to time, because it is helping us to have a positive attitude via the centre and the work here which can enhance our performance”
Workshop, “Communication & You” at Purna Chetana Public School, Mysore, Karnataka, India – July 2014
Dhamini.M – 8th Grade Student
It is very helpful to us because you teach us nicely. It is very helpful to each and every one and I am very happy with you – you teach us nicely and it was not boring. My small request is please visit school monthly once and attend all the functions celebrated in our school.”
Ritu Chitti – 7th Grade Student
“I felt happy to spend to spend our time with you Maam. You inspired us and helped us communicate well with others. Thank you and please keep touch with us. We love you.”
Workshop “Efficiency & You” at THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND (RBS), Dubai – June 2014
Divya C L, IT Location Manager, Middle East & Africa, Royal Bank Of Scotland
“Seetha Sagaran is an excellent Personal Development trainer with in-depth knowledge of the subject. Her pleasant and positive attitude is a great asset in addition to her willingness to tailor the training programs to one that suits the client. She conducted a workshop on Effective Decision Making, Time Management and Body Language for my team in RBS, and I was impressed at the way the workshop was designed with a perfect blend of theoretical and interactive sessions covering all three subjects adequately and within the designated time. She was able to connect well with each person attending the session, which made the session even more interesting. I must say that the workshop she conducted for my team has helped in instilling confidence and encouragement that will help them work more diligently. I would like to wish her success in all her future endeavors.”
Workshop on “Effective Communication” at Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs, Dubai – April 2014
Elsayad (Teacher At Al Noor Training Center For Children With Special Needs)
“It was very good. It helped me to know how I can communicate effectively with parents and my friends”.
Corporate Workshop on “Effective Communication” at CATERPILLAR DISTRIBUTION SERVICES EUROPE, Dubai Branch, U.A.E – March 2014
Sreejith Kumar, Manager – Operations, Customs & Traffic
Seetha’s workshop on “Communications” conducted at our facility was very educational, reflective and fun. It taught us a lot of valuable skills that can be used in day to day situations at our workplace and also in personal life. It was a highly interactive session which made it even more effective. Many thanks for providing insights, tips and information that will enable us to perform even better as a team.
Workshop on “Effective Communication” at New Indian Model School, Dubai, UAE- December 2013
Sumayya Abdul Latheef (Grade 12)
“I would love my school to conduct such workshops again. It’s because this session has got out some percent of the stage fear I had in me. It was a wonderful session.”
Naira Fathima (Grade 10)
“Very Wonderful Workshop, very effective, very confident, so close to audience!”
Mrs. Ammani Justin (Head Of Department – English)
“The session was very interesting which made the students more confident and involve themselves completely without any fear”
Raghunath Divekar, Project Manager at Scan Technology LLC, Dubai, UAE
Seetha Sagaran, she has tremendous knowledge which shows in her articles….. I can say unlimited……I have read some articles published by her….Just Great….!!! Very good subject knowledge. Salute!!!
Swapna Nair, Chief Dream Doer at Dream Doers Training & Management Consultancy
Seetha is a very versatile and passionate personal development trainer and motivational speaker. It’s quite difficult to keep count of the qualification & achievement feathers in her hat. With qualifications ranging from educational degrees in English Literature, Psychology, Guidance & Counseling to Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA) & Hypnotherapy. Similarly as wide is her professional experience from holding various positions as office bearer in Toastmasters International and going on to win several contests demonstrating her speaking prowess whether it be evaluation, table topics or international speech contests. Seetha works as a part time volunteer at the Al-Noor School for Children with Special Needs and is also the Club Counselor for the Young Voices Gavel Club in Dubai. Apart from all this, she also finds the time for her aesthetic escapades including reading, writing, painting, singing, music and interior designing. And today she runs her own business as a Personal Development Trainer. Simply WOW! Seetha recently conducted the ‘Developing You, Developing the World’ personal development seminar, a joint effort between charitable trust LETERS and Dream Doers Training & Management Consultancy. Here I had the good fortune of watching her in full action while she weaved magic with her words. The one hour long seminar was rich with insights and lots of practical tips and techniques for the delegates to take home and apply to their lives right away. A veteran toastmaster, Seetha was completely in the zone delivering the seminar effortlessly interspersed with numerous little interactive exercises giving plenty of time for the audience to digest and reflect upon the discussed ideas. Also the interaction and comfort level between Seetha and the audience was fantastic where we could see the audience eagerly lapping up the various shared thoughts. Every single person walked out the seminar feeling grateful for the time well spent and heads brimming full of ideas and motivated hearts to reach their absolute bests. I wish Seetha every personal and professional success and would whole heartedly recommend her to any individual / organization requiring her skills and services in the future.
Renjith Venugopal, IT at Canada Cartage
An Excellent trainer, in-depth knowledge on the subject.
OH I am amazed wow …. You have always inspired me and been my motivation ………. stay blessed like always….loads of love and best wishes to you Mam…..God Bless !
Kannan Shanmugam, Training Specialist At ADNOC Distribution, U.A.E
“Seetha Sagaran is a creative, enthusiastic, honest, and hardest working leader. Always cares about her work, team members and clients. She is a quick study and a very pleasant person to work with. As a natural mentor with tremendous compassion for humanity, Seetha Sagaran has helped Toastmasters to fulfill their desires. Also, she is passionate about helping others to improve their communication and leadership skills. Seetha Sagaran is a visionary leader who persuades people to do things optimistically.”