Category Archives: Soft and Behavioural Skills

Capsule Team Building Workshops as a part of an Event

Hello Peeps!!! I know it’s been a really long time. We have been a little busy with some interesting work recently. Last week we did some team building workshops for a client which I’d love to tell you about.

I know you guys must be thinking “What’s so interesting about a team building workshop?”. But let me tell you, these workshops that we did for this client were not like the ordinary one and two day team building workshops that we generally do. These were small one hour workshops, which were a part of a big learning week event. So it just struck me, why not write about it and share it with you guys!

The participants for these workshops were junior level employees, the youngest of the lot. We all know how hard it is to please young blood! They are always short on time and are on the lookout for quick results. So we were expected to do some really good work.

Coming back to our original topic; these participants were participating in various events at the learning week that was organised in their office. Having plenty of team building experience, we were hired for doing the team based learning part for them.

We were doing these one hour team building workshops back to back the whole day. It was exhausting, but trust me guys, it was super fun. We did four different activities for four different batches. The participants had some real fun doing these activities.

Team Building together

Team building is definitely not something that can be taught inside a classroom and not theoretically for sure! People need to experience the feeling of team bonding. Experience what doing things together feels like. Experiential learning, as we call it.

Such small one or two hour workshops can also make a difference. Of course a full day team building workshop will give the best results. But the smaller one’s can help your teams to take a break from their regular work schedule, have some fun and still gain some valuable insights from it. Can there be a better deal?

We at The Yellow Spot have done countless such outbound team building workshops for many of our esteemed clients. We believe in a complete blend of fun and learning. One can only experience the team bond when they enjoy working with the team.

The activities that we did at the learning week were very interesting. People enjoyed doing these activities and more than that they could easily reflect on what they had learned from them. That was truly the best part about it!

You know these team building workshops can only be successful when the facilitator is really good. Making the participants have fun and bringing out learnings in that short a duration is tough! Such workshops can completely go for a toss.

That’s why we ensure we give our clients the best facilitators. This is why our workshops are always very successful. In fact, our trainers and facilitators can always be trusted with this.

I would also like to share with you about what I realised about our i.e. The Yellow Spot’s team during these workshops. I noticed that we were amazing as a team ourselves. We had everything perfectly managed, right from the activity material to the debrief. We were spot on all through.

That is really what matters the most. When you are about to teach someone something, it makes no sense unless you yourself don’t follow it. As they ‘Practice what you preach’. I was really proud of our team. We displayed true team work to the people whom we were going to teach the importance of team work.

So yes, if you are looking at such learning week events or team building workshops for your team, we can help you with such inbound or outbound workshops. We specialise in giving you the perfect blend of fun and learning using various methodologies, customized as per your need.

Visit our website at www.theyellowspot.com and take a look at our gallery for pictures and videos of team buildings workshops we have done so far. You will definitely enjoy it. You can also check other offerings that match your requirements.

For more details you can always write to us on info@theyellowspot.info or call us at +91 9769733305. We will be happy to associate with you.

Presentation Skills Training to excel at Presentations

Today, our topic of discussion is Presentation Skills Training. This is another very important skill besides communication skills, which is a must these days.

What are Presentation Skills

When you meet someone, the first impression that you create on the person depends on the way you present yourself to them.  That is one of the major factors that creates a perception about you in their mind. That’s the reason why creating a positive impression in the first instance is very important. Like they say, the first impression is pretty much the last impression! This is why honing your presentation skills is so important.

Now the way we present ourselves in various instances is one aspect of Presentation Skills. Another aspect of Presentation Skills is how we present ourselves and what we have to present during a presentation.

Giving Presentations

I’m sure you must have noticed how giving presentations can be a very big deal for some people. On the other hand, its  not that big for others. Did you know that the fear of public speaking is one of the topmost fears that practically every individual possesses. So you’re really not the only one that gets freaked out when they have to present before an audience! In fact the well known Bollywood actor Mr. Amitabh Bacchan admits to still feeling nervous whilst on the stage even after having reached the stardom that he has!

Presentation Skills Training for calming those nerves
Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bacchan still suffers from stage fright

 

So what if you have been able to calm your nerves and are not fearful of presenting in front of an audience? Do you still need Presentation Skills Training? Well not being nervous isn’t the only thing that’s required to make a great presentation is it. There are many more ingredients that need to be added in the right proportion to churn out an amazing presentation.

In fact there many do’s and dont’s that need to be understood carefully. Learning these and implementing them in the right way can give you the presentation skills that you have always wanted and bestow success on you like you had never imagined!

Improving your Presentation Skills

So are you ready to turn your presentation skills completely around?

Let’s begin by me asking you some questions. Well you know me, I always start every change process with awareness as the first step!

So here  goes..

Do you ever face challenges in giving a presentation? Which areas do you lack in? Are you able to say what you have to with confidence? Are you able to put your message across clearly? How does your audience receive your presentations? Do they listen with equal vigour till the end?

Presentation Skills Training

Presentation skills training is booming big time. Why, because the number of presentations  that we have to make to our varies stakeholders is ever on the rise. So whether its a client, a co-worker, our boss or the management committee, presentations are becoming a part and parcel of everyday life.

Now, presentation skills training is not just about the PowerPoint presentations that we often think it to be. Its also about the way you present yourself in front of others.

Talking about PowerPoint Presentations, let me tell you about a time when I was pursuing my MBA. Just like other MBA students, I also had lots of presentations to be given during our course and I used to be very excited about them.

I still remember eagerly awaiting the presentations of one of my classmates. I always noticed the level of confidence he used to display while giving his presentations. It was always well-prepared, to-the-point, with loads of examples and crystal clear concepts. His presentations were always very impactful and everyone could understand with minimal effort what he was trying to say. In fact, not just during presentations but also during my regular interactions with him I noticed how he made it a point to be impressively presentable! He was really strong on his presentations skills, I must say.

Communication skills play a very important role in developing your presentation skills. They go hand in hand. But what is more important is, the Confidence. Confidence is the first and foremost and most essential criteria for good presentation skills. In fact if this important criterion is not ticked off, it’s high time you realize that you need to opt for a good presentation skills training at the earliest!

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Effective Presentation Skills

 

The Importance of Presentation Skills Training

Many organisations today look forward to developing their employees on presentation skills.  They have understood its importance and have rated it as one of the top skills on their list. They understand that being presentable at the workplace, at official events, in a meeting, during a discussion with a client, etc. is essential.

Trust me if you are a good presenter, you will always get first preference. It is also beneficial when it comes to your career. Being a good presenter, you are more likely to climb the corporate ladder faster. Presentation skills will thus help in every aspect of life.

If you are one of those organisations who are looking at conducting presentation skills training for your people, get in touch with us right away. Our presentation skills training will help you take your employees to the next level by being more presentable in every aspect of the word!

Also take a look at our list of soft skills training. Do visit our website www.theyellowspot.com and connect with us at info@theyellowspot.info to explore how we can help you.

Happy Presenting!

Personality Development Training – a Necessity

Hello everyone! It’s been quite some time since I wrote anything for you guys. There was something that I observed in a recent assignment of ours that made me realise the importance of personality development training. So I thought I should share it with all of you too.

So in this assignment we had an opportunity to interact with the participants on a one-to-one basis. The participants were all front line people who deal with customers on a regular basis and are hence expected to be well-groomed and very well behaved at their job. After all, the employee is the Brand Ambassador of the organisation and can make or break it’s reputation, right?

What is Personality?

Most people misinterpret personality as just the physical appearance of a person, but that is far from the truth! In fact its the inner personality or should i say inner world of an individual that creates the real impact on other people. Physical appearance is just a part of it all. This inner world influences the way in which a person acts and interacts and that is what their real personality is all about.

That is why the front line or the people in the organisation who directly interact with customers or clients have to be up to the mark. They are the face of the organisation. This makes personality development training essential for them.

Personality development training builds confidence
Personality development builds confidence

 

Personality Development Training

One can always develop his/her personality by introspecting, reading, noticing others, acquiring more knowledge or by taking formal personality development training.

Personality development training helps a person in practising techniques to look confident. Speaking smartly & dressing in style creates a good impression as it is a normal human tendency to judge a person by his/her looks first. Moreover, looking good makes the person himself feel more confident which in turn will make him look even more confident!

The overall outcomes of personality development training are the benefits that the participants get from it. A proper personality development procedure can make an amazingly positive change in his/her attitude.

Now coming back to my observation during our assignment. Here we interacted with around 12-15 participants on a one-to-one basis. I observed that although some of the participants really knew their job well, there was some serious work that was required to be done on their personality and their confidence levels.

That is when I realised how necessary it was for them to get personality development training on an urgent basis, customer service being such an important part of their job role. Although they had good experience and a lot of knowledge as far as their work was concerned, they had difficulty in sharing their experience with us as they were poor on confidence and communication skills.

What makes up Personality?

Genes, the environment and life experiences till mainly the age of 6 years is what plays a very important role in the formation of your personality. So does that mean that if you have inherited certain not so good traits, have had a bad environment or faced a bad childhood you are doomed? Is there some way by which you can still develop your personality in to a great one?

The truth is that ‘changing’ your personality is a difficult task. But one can always learn, practice and develop it. That is what many great personalities have done in the past and will continue doing. In fact its their ability to learn and consistently strive for the best that makes them great.

So its not just your physical appearance that you have to work on, although that is important to. You have to feel and look confident, talk smart, have a healthy body and adopt good habits. Get aware of the way you think, your attitude and your approach in general to things. As you will eventually become better as a person it will start reflecting in your personality. Then there’s really no looking back from there!

Do you wish to develop your personality and propel yourself to success? Then I suggest you opt for a personality development training for yourself or your employees. You will definitely be able to see the change.

At The Yellow Spot, we conduct Personality Development training that focuses on retraining your inner and outer world. It also helps in increasing  personal and interpersonal effectiveness. This brings about the real change in an individual’s, team’s and organisation’s life.

If you look forward to us conducting a personality development training for you in your organisation, connect with us right away. You can visit us at http://www.theyellowspot.com/ or write to us at info@theyellowspot.info.

 

A different kind of Sales Training

Sales Training programs have been around since many years and have contributed immensely towards how humans now sell their products.

From door to door selling to digital marketing the required selling skills have changed drastically. In the current age of social media it is essential to be seen and known.

So what does sales training require now and how do we succeed in the current situation with the huge amount of competition? How do we make ourselves known?

I feel the answer lies in the way we look at sales and not so much in the skills. In fact to have the required skills is a given, we require much more than that.

Lets understand the current global situation..

The VUCA World

Every moment a new product gets launched and by the time it is introduced another competitor has already either copied the product or has come up with a better one to counter the current product. The term ‘VUCA’ commonly used by the military applies to all of us. We all live in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complicated and Ambiguous world.

Therefore many of the sales training’s we attend and the skills we learn in a classroom or by reading books get outdated and may not hold true for this VUCA world. In fact the situations that are thrown up during your daily sales calls now are probably not something you can easily learn in the books and the programs. They are unique, probably more complex and require solutions that one has to come up with on the spot. It may not be possible to deal with such situations just by using our past experience and conditioning.

The Yellow Spot Sales Training Program

The Yellow Spot Sales Training program hence offers a Sales Workshop which does not only focus on selling skills but also on how to deal with the VUCA situation that we face on a sales call or during the sales process.

It’s about coming up with a here and now solution rather than only relying on what you have learnt from the past experience as the current situation is different and it demands a different approach.

 

Sales Training

 

Hence the first aspect we focus on in our training is to unlearn what we have learnt and get aware of our past conditioning and our biases. This is done by exercises and assessments which make us aware about our state of mind. It also opens up awareness about our blind areas.

It is said that once you get aware of  something, you get the power to change it. The objective is hence to enhance awareness.

So what should one get aware of is the next question.

Awareness

Awareness is of two types,  one is in the form of what is happening inside an individual and the other is in the form of what is taking place outside.

Inside awareness is created by getting in touch with one’s thoughts, emotions and sensations. Outside awareness is about getting in touch with what one senses; which is what one sees, hears, tastes, smells, etc.

The Yellow Spot’s focuses on creating this awareness through exercises, tools and techniques as well as sharing.

The next step of the Sales Training is skill building.  So how do we built the sales skills? Here we focus on group processes.

We, at The Yellow spot, operate from the thought that the team holds the intelligence and the experience of selling their product and service well and if this intelligence is surfaced then wonderful skills can be learned from ourselves and our team members.

In order to facilitate this we allow group sharing and ideating as well as brainstorming processes and utilize the data generated to learn as well as unlearn.

Once the intelligence is generated, the next step is to practice what has emerged. This is done in the form of simulations, role plays, games and activities so that Kolb’s Learning Cycle gets actualized.

The next step is to provide the participants with tools and concepts that are easy to understand and which can be applied in daily sales. Simplicity and effectiveness are the key focus here.

We have designed tools and concepts through our many years of sales experience within The Yellow Spot as well as by conducting programs for our other clients. These tools and concepts are applicable in most situations and are applicable at every step of the sales process.

Post Training

Now, the most crucial part of any program comes in when the learning has to be applied. Hence we also lay a lot of stress on what is done post the program rather than only on what is learnt during it.

Here we provide support to participants in the form of creating learning platforms, conducting review sessions, sending information on the topic and gaining feedback on their action plans.

Applying the newly learnt skills on the field helps in increasing retention of the learning’s as immediate experimentation takes place and makes the learning stronger.

We even suggest going a step ahead and gaining feedback from the line managers on the actioning of the action plans. This ensures that the application of the learning on the field is taken seriously and a transfer climate is provided to the participant by their seniors. It also brings in seriousness in terms of implementation as you have observation and feedback taking place at the workplace.

If you would want to conduct a Sales Training of this kind within your organization, connect with us at http://www.theyellowspot.com/

The future of Soft Skills Training in Mumbai

Hello everyone. How are you doing? Have been going through some news events lately and i thought it would be best to discuss the future of Soft Skills Training in Mumbai with all of you. So let’s begin…

Did I hear you asking what are Soft Skills? Well let me explain…

A computer or a laptop is made up of two parts, the hardware and the software. The hardware has the CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse, hard drive, integrated circuits, capacitors, resistors, etc.  while the software has the operating system along with the programs and applications.

In order for the computer to work, it is essential that the hardware and software work in tandem with each other and communicate well. So while the software sends signals to the hardware and tells it how a command or instruction is to be executed, the hardware executes it. Without either of the two, the computer cannot operate.

 

Soft Skills Training in Mumbai
Computer parts communicating

 

Similarly a human being also has two sets of skills. One is hard skills which are the more tangible and quantifiable skills like operating a machine or typing on a computer, while the other are soft skills. Soft skills are the less tangible and less quantifiable skills like imbibing a positive attitude in one’s self, which usually gets noticed in the form of behaviour and actions.

While Organizations regularly equip their employees with hard skills, they increasingly require more and more people with enhanced soft skills and behavioural skills to make better use of their hard skills.

The world is currently moving from an industrial age to an artificial intelligence age. Frankly, the pace at which the change is happening is rapid and unimaginable! I was just reading yesterday that very soon we are going to be replacing humans with robots in almost every sphere. So we won’t need drivers to drive our automated cars, we won’t need maids to clean our robot-friendly houses and most skilled jobs would now be done by robots. Just imagine what’s going to happen in the future!

This means that the hard skills learnt in the past as well as those one is learning in the present may not be useful in the future. These will get obsolete in a very short span of time. In fact by the time you learn a new skill it might just get obsolete and will be replaced by another skill or should i say by a robot displaying that skill!

In such an era, it is very natural to feel lost with the fast pace of the world. As the world gets more and more digitised, the need for learning hard skills is reducing and employees specialising in certain hard skills may soon be obsolete.

The only way to sustain will be to be agile and enhance your soft and behavioral skills to enable you to have the right approach towards this fast changing world. More and more soft skills and interpersonal skills will be required as they will play a key role in managing the self and being able to cope up with the rapid changes around us.

Wondering which soft skills you need to equip yourself with to shield you in the future?

Some of the top required soft skills of the future are Emotional Intelligence, Imbibing Positive Attitude, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Managing Self and Managing Others, Managing Conflicts, Personal and Servant Leadership, Effective Delegation, Assertiveness, Negotiation Skills, Working with diverse people and Leading and Managing Change.

Wondering how? Let’s look at an example. Let’s see how Emotional Intelligence plays a huge role in managing the self as well as in interpersonal relations:

  • At the first level, it helps create self awareness about how one feels and hence throws light on our thought processes also
  • Second level helps an individual understand how he or she behaves as a result of how he or she feels
  • At the third level, the individual learns about how others respond to them based on their behaviours
  • In the fourth level, the individual learns to manage his emotions and thoughts as a result of his emotional awareness
  • At the fifth level, the individual learns to understand others’ emotions and their behaviours and deals with them as well as his own emotions getting generated out of his interpersonal interactions
Soft Skills Training in Mumbai
Emotional Intelligence

 

Such skills play a very important role in the growth and success of an individual as well as of a team and eventually of an organization. It helps them manage the self, manage others, establish long lasting and meaningful relationships, resolve conflicts, negotiate win-win and grow and lead a rich life.

The current century with its perils and challenges needs an individual to learn and practice Emotional Intelligence to succeed in everything he or she does. Emotional Intelligence can be learned and the learning journey starts with getting awareness, accepting and then taking action. Over a period of time with rigorous practice and awareness an individual can reach the 5th level of Emotional Intelligence.

Just like Emotional Intelligence Training, The Yellow Spot specializes in offering Soft Skills Training in Mumbai and other cities. It also specializes in Coaching solutions, Leadership Development programs, Organizational Effectiveness solutions and E-Learning solutions for its clients across India. To learn more about our Soft Skills Training in Mumbai nd how we can equip you to face the future, do visit us at http://www.theyellowspot.com/

 

Tomorrowland and Change Management Training?

Guess which movie I saw yesterday? Tomorrowland. Seen it? It’s one of those movies which has a deep meaning to it but the meaning can get lost in the Sci-fi action that is shown. Now you must be wondering what this movie has to do with change management training right? Well let me explain.

Movies are a great way of learning. They give you a visual experience and some of them have enough juice in them to allow you to mull over them for hours and sometimes even days together! I still remember when I first saw the Matrix. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for so many days!

Well this movie, Tomorrowland seems to have had a similar effect on me! I saw it last night and am somehow still under its influence! So what was so special about this movie? The foundation of it. For most of the movie, it was rockets flying around and people roaming around in flying machines in a visually appealing location filled with high risers and flyovers. In fact I spent a major portion of time actually wondering what the movie was trying to show and whether it was really going to go anywhere or not!

Change Management Training
The Tomorrowland Movie

 

It was the end of the movie which had its soul, a dialogue given by the ‘so-called’ villain which explained exactly why he was doing what he was doing. This in turn was followed by some other good dialogues on human behaviour. The whole message was very beautiful and it really struck me as it was so true.

What the movie talked about was as I said human behaviour. It spoke about the feedback loop and how we tend to get stuck in it. So in the movie they had this large monitor which was sending out signals of doom to the people on earth. The villain had intended that these signals would actually scare people and they would wake up and do something about the doom that the earth was heading towards. However, instead of taking action on it, people latched on to the negative thought. Instead of fighting against the negative, they now fed into the negative, creating a negative feedback loop which created more negativity. In this manner the negativity just continued and nobody made the effort of breaking out of it! This was until there were some people who were aware of the negativity and still had hope rose up. They realized that feeding negativity would lead to more negativity as what you feed grows. They stood up and fought to save the world with all their positivity and hope. This in turn inspired others and earth was saved.

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The Wolf Story from Tomorrowland

This story is actually the story of our minds. What we focus on grows. If we focus on the negative, the negative grows. Of we focus on the positive, positive grows. Its up to us what we want to focus on. The world is going to keep throwing negative on us as it is what is currently there in the collective consciousness. However if we can stay focused on our path and bring ourselves back to the positive even when we stray, then we will turn out to be the winners.

Another interesting aspect that I found here was the negative monitor which throws negativity. The monitor is definitely out there in the world. The politics, famine, murders, hate and resentment being proof of it. However there is a monitor in our minds too. It’s the tape that keep running in our minds and telling us how pathetic we are. Even if we do something good, this tape tells us that it’s not good enough and makes us feel like losers. It somehow always tells us that we are not good enough no matter what we do!

 It is actually this tape that is responsible for stopping our progress. If we can learn to question the tape and only listen to those things that are true, we can actually make the changes that we want to make in life.

Seeing the link now, the link between this movie and change management training?

So this brings me back to my most favourite model, the model of change.

The Change Model

This model has the following three steps:

  1. Awareness
  2. Acceptance
  3. Action

So what do we have to do to  change? Go step by step. If you directly jump to the third step action then you could be setting yourself up for failure. Why? Haven’t you seen when you try to exercise to lose weight what happens. Most of us are motivated for about a fortnight and then it slowly wanes off! So why does this happen? It is because of the little tape in our minds. It says things to us which make us lode the motivation that we need to go on. It actually resists the forward movement, a sort of anti gravity I would say! So the more you try to move forward the more your mind will pull you back. This makes your chances of being successful at your endeavor very bleak.

So what should you do? Go step by step. First get aware of what your tape is saying. If it’s telling you that you are a lazy person and you will never be able to lose weight then be aware of it. After you have heard it out now accept that it is saying that. What happens with most of us is that we start an internal conflict as soon as we get aware of things. We start fighting with our minds and all our energy gets wasted in fighting rather than moving to the next step. So what we have to do here is to accept what our mind is saying. Tell it that yes we have been lazy in the past but let’s see what happens this time. This will create a certain kind of peace inside which will give you enough energy, clarity and direction to move to the next step of action. Then you can finally take the third step and create the change that you want in your life.

Getting aware of and accepting our minds can be quite a task and takes a lot of practice and motivation. If you want to create a change in your life and need some help with it, we’re always there to assist you. Join us in our change management training where we help in mastering our change management model. Do also visit our website http://www.theyellowspot.com/ to have a look at the areas where you would want to create a change in your life.

Soft skills Training, No More Undervalued

Do you think soft skills training is undervalued even today? It is considered by default that technical skills or hard skills are of great significance in executing or performing any job. I completely agree! But, do you think just knowing ‘how to do the task?’  can help you perform the task effectively?

Well, If you ask me, I don’t think so. According to me, what plays a major role in performing a task effectively are the ‘soft skills’.

I have always read that soft skills training is somehow undervalued in organisations. This was true initially, when technical training was always preferred over soft skills training. Organisations back then had a mind-set, that it was important for an employee to simply get the job done without paying attention to how the job was being done. Other factors like punctuality, taking initiative, team work or the right attitude, were taken for granted and it was expected that these things would be understood by the employees.

But times have changed. Most of the organisations today, have identified the need for soft skills and are looking at soft skills training for their people. Why, because they have now realized that soft skills training plays a very important role in developing and growing their business.

As an individual moves up the corporate ladder, his or her technical skills don’t matter as much. What matters is his /her behavior in the organisation and ability to manage people. If an employee technically fits in an organisation but behaviourally doesn’t, it can get rather complicated for both parties!

What are soft skills?

Soft skills are personal and interpersonal attributes that are necessary for an individual to interact with others effectively. They are crucial for being successful personally and professionally. Some of the soft skills are personal effectiveness, communication skills, time management, stress management, business etiquette, etc.

Achieve goals using soft skills training
Achieve goals using soft skills

Let me give you an example of how soft skills can make a difference. We all had at least one favourite teacher during our school times whose class we really enjoyed, right? We also had at least one teacher whom we did not like. Why was this, because we could connect with one and not with the other one. If both were equally knowledgeable, what do you think was the difference? Why was it that we liked the one we could connect with and disliked the other one?

Let’s take another example. If you had to choose a doctor for yourself, whom would you prefer? A doctor who is patient with you and listens to all your problems and takes time to answer your questions or a doctor who will only treat you like one of the many patients who are waiting in a long queue at his clinic? Am sure you will choose the former.

So what do you think makes the difference?

Yes! You are right, soft skills. Knowledge and technical skills bring a host of opportunities, but its the soft skills that help you in unlocking these opportunities and achieving your goals by having the right attitude.

People with a positive attitude tend to have better interpersonal relations, making them good team members and even better leaders!

Soft skills training doesn’t just help in developing the required skills. It also helps in understanding the importance of these skills and how they can help an individual in getting better and being successful.

An important aspect of soft skills training is the trainer. There are a lot of soft skills trainers that are available in the market which makes finding a good trainer all the more important. After all, the trainer is going to be working on your mind for which you undoubtedly need to ensure that he/she is reliable. A good trainer should be one who experiments on himself and practises what he preaches. He should be able to facilitate learning and encourage participants to learn from themselves and from their fellow participants. Therefore a trainer with the right attitude and one who can create a safe learning environment is essential.

Are you looking for such effective and motivating soft skills trainers who can encourage your team and train them on soft skills in the best way possible? If you are, then we can help you.

We at The Yellow Spot, provide you the best workshops on various soft skills with the best and most effective trainers, with whom you will enjoy learning. Take a look at our list of offerings, specifically in the soft skills training on our website. Visit us on http://www.theyellowspot.com/or connect with us anytime.

The Treasure Hunt, the perfect Team Building Activity

Have you ever played Treasure Hunt?? Have you ever thought of the insights that you can get from it?? Yes? Maybe?

Games can actually contribute big time to learning. I realized this because of my niece.  Let me tell you an incident that led me to this discovery.

We all know how today’s kids are addicted to mobile phones, no explanation needed on that! My story goes back about two years, when my niece visited my place. She was around 10 years old back then and every time I noticed her, I saw that she was playing some game on her dad’s mobile phone. Sometimes in between she would pause to ask a question to her parents and then would get back to her game.

After a while, I got irritated with this behaviour and asked my brother (her dad), “why do you allow her to play on the phone all the time? It’s not good.” He asked me to calm down and said, “She is not just playing, she is learning. The game that she is playing is a word puzzle. By the end of the day, she ends up learning new words, their spellings and their meanings. We let her play various such physical and mobile games. These games help her in learning but in a fun way. That generates interest and unknowingly she learns a lot of new things.” That’s when I first understood the real meaning of ‘gamification’.

Learning is important. But what is more important is, the interest we are able to generate while learning. Only when you are interested in learning something, will you remember it for your lifetime and will you benefit from it.

Games are one of the best methods that can be used for learning. Lot of companies today use and want to use games as a methodology in training programmes for bringing out the learning in an experiential form. People enjoy playing games and if you can bring learning out of it, then there’s nothing like it!

There are numerous games that are used in corporate training and in various events and team building games are the most interesting of the lot. One of my favourites is the Treasure Hunt. Your’s too? Yes, in fact it’s everybody’s favourite.

Treasure Hunt in Team Building
Treasure Hunt in Team Building

A lot of organisations and corporate training companies use the Treasure Hunt as a team building activity in their training sessions. The Treasure Hunt activity is really high on energy and is very exciting, just the way a team building activity should be.  It is also great from the learning perspective as it can bring out learning on various fronts of interpersonal communication, collaboration, planning and strategising, time management, etc.

In fact, the Treasure Hunt itself can be a whole team building workshop if it is planned and executed well and most importantly, debriefed well. The whole activity only makes sense if the facilitator can bring out the appropriate learning out of it, learning which not only showcases what happened in the activity but also helps the participants to reflect on and connect back to their workplace. This helps the participants learn along with having fun.

Everybody knows how the Treasure Hunt goes and some may find the same old way of playing it a drab, having played it in the same way a million times! There is this treasure which everyone is after which the facilitator has hidden somewhere and he gives them a number of clues which they have to solve in order to reach it. The first team to reach the treasure is the winner. Right? Nothing really new in the whole activity is there. We all know this is how it is and this is what we are expected to do. Not exciting enough is it?

So you think the game could do with some revamping and made more fun and exciting?

Yes!!! Well we thought the same and have done precisely that!

We at ‘The Yellow Spot’ have come up with a very unusual and interesting way of playing the Treasure Hunt. We have made this activity even more action-packed and thought-provoking. It definitely makes the participants think completely out of their boxes! There are a lot of amazing ideas that are generated, some which even we could never think of! So our Treasure Hunt is a brainer teaser along with having plenty of physical activity. A beautiful mix, I would say!

Curious??? I am sure you must be eager to know, what it is that we do differently. That’s a secret…

We can however make you go through the experience directly. So if you want to know more about the Treasure Hunt or about what we do differently, feel free to connect with us. Besides the Treasure Hunt, we also have several other team building activities up our sleeve that are even more exciting and fun. We will be happy to share them with you.

Treasure Hunt and other Team Building Activities

Do let us know if you are looking out for team building programmes for your team. Meanwhile, for more information on our offerings, you can visit our website at http://www.theyellowspot.com/ or write to us on info@theyellowspot.info

Happy Gaming:)

Not just another Train the Trainer program

Developing as a Facilitator

What exactly is the difference between a trainer and a facilitator? Think they are the same? To tell you the truth, just like most other people, I was not aware of the difference either before i entered the learning and development space. I actually thought that a Facilitator Development Program was equivalent to a Train the Trainer program!

So let me explain the difference to you. A trainer is one who is well informed about the content that he has to deliver but a facilitator may not be well aware about the content. Confused? I’ll explain. Well, facilitating is basically ‘making an action easier’ and bringing out the learning from it. So, a facilitator is one who helps the participants in assessing the issue and finding out a way to resolve it while point to specific learning outcomes. So a facilitator does not have to be a subject matter expert. He just needs to help the subject matter experts to analyse what wrong and help them reach a solution by facilitating the process.

Beyind a Train the Trainer program
Facilitation at its Best

Facilitation focuses more on the learning aspect of the process rather than focusing on achieving the target. In fact, it is actually about focusing on achieving the objectives from the perspective of a learner.

So a facilitator helps in assessing, planning and guiding in a process by encouraging the group members to participate and contribute their ideas and learn from it during the process. However one thing that the facilitator needs to keep in mind at all points of time that he must carry a non-biased attitude. He must give every member the same opportunity to contribute and should not contribute his own point of view on the situation being discussed, lest he colour the opinions of the members. He is just supposed to facilitate the process of drawing out ideas from the members and bring them to the table, not add his own. Thus a trainer who can facilitate learning engages his audience the most and helps them draw meaning and awareness from activities which they were unable to do in the past.

The FaDP

To facilitate the development of a Trainer into a Facilitator, we are conducting a Facilitator Development program. We call this the FaDP and its going to be held sometime in May in association with Pegasus Institute for Excellence. I am frankly super excited about it and am eagerly waiting for it!!! It’s a great opportunity and am so glad that I am going to be a part of it. To be coached by a person of the calibre of Mr. CK Dwarkanath is a true privilege. He has an experience of around 20 years of service with organisations like IISc, DRDO and ILFS. Currently, he is a senior faculty in Pegasus Institute for Excellence and also is the lead for Knowledge management, Research and innovation. He has special interests in subjects like co-creation, faculty readiness in higher education and employability enhancement of students. As a programme architect, he blends in the conceptual detailing of the program with participative action research and has already coached many participants on the same.

FaDP is about learning the facilitation concepts by experiencing the facilitation practices in a simulated environment for developing oneself in the facilitative process. The methodology that is used is simulations, role plays, narrative inquiry, etc.

So why should you join this program when you are already doing well at what you are doing?

  1. To become more effective in your profession by ‘learning to train’
  2. To learn concepts and professional practices to make your programs more effective
  3. To learn to evolve as a better facilitator or as a better coach

All you have to have to benefit the most from the program is, is the readiness to ‘Know’ things (concepts), ‘Do’ things (practice) and ‘Be’ (self), the three spheres of learning. The ultimate objective of this program is to enable individuals to ‘learn to learn’ and to facilitate learning. Mind you, facilitation development is not just limited to Facilitators and trainers. Anyone could be an eligible participant, be it a coach, consultant, leader, manager at any level, teacher, professor, social worker, tutor, etc. So it is an open platform and anyone can be a part of it. In fact, I myself am a novice in the L&D space, but am eagerly looking forward to program. I know it is definitely going to add a lot of value to me not just as an L&D professional but even as an individual. It perfectly falls under our philosophy of ensuring that we also add value to our clients as well as ourselves.

It would therefore be great if you could join us to be a part of this ‘beyond the Train the Trainer program!’ This developmental program will definitely help you in self-development and become more effective professionally. To know more about the FaDP, you can drop us a mail on info@theyellowspot.info or call us on +91 9769733305. Don’t forget to visit our website http://www.theyellowspot.com/ for more information about us and our offerings:)

 

Taking Transactional Analysis Training Forward

Welcome to Part 2 of our article on Transactional Analysis Training. In the last article we discussed about Life Positions. Let’s talk about Drivers and Ego States in this one.

Drivers

Drivers also play a big role in helping you feel OK or not OK. They are parental messages given to us by our parents or other parental figures in our lives like older relatives, teachers, etc. As the name suggests, they literally start driving us!

Some common drivers are “Please others,” “Try hard,” “Be Strong,” “Be perfect,” “Hurry Up,” “Try Hard,” “Boys never cry.” Sound familiar don’t they?

Now each driver has its positives and negatives, it’s really in the way you perceive it! For example, the positive of “please others” is that you can establish relationships really fast by pleasing others. The negative on the other hand is that you end up trying to always make others happy and tend to make yourself miserable in the bargain!

So where does the difference lie in the perception of the driver? It’s in the life position that you see it from. So if you operate from an (I+U+) position, you will be able to connect with people really fast using this driver. However if you operate from (I-U+), you will land up pleasing others at your own expense. This in turn will take a hit on your self-esteem and you will get stuck in a vicious cycle because you will then try to please others as a means to make yourself  feel good and bring up your self esteem! In this way the driver will really have you  stuck and going around in circles.

“Try hard” is another driver where you keep trying hard all the time forgetting that there are smart ways of doing things and that everything does not need to be done the hard way. It also means letting go if something is not working for a long time.

The flip side of “Try hard” is that it makes you try again and again until you succeed.

Thus identifying one’s drivers and the life positions through which you see them from is of utmost importance.  This then enables us to you use the positives of these drivers and diminish their negatives. However it’s important to remember that it’s a gradual process and takes time as you are trying to change something that you have been following for a major portion of your life. So don’t be harsh on yourself or you will land up pushing yourself to an I am not OK position!

Ego States

As per Eric Berne and Claude Steiner, the 3 ego states are formed over a period of time and we actually operate from either of them in every transaction.

E.g. the Parent Ego state is about what has been told to us by our parents. What we have acquired from our parental figures – the values, beliefs and other things that we swallowed without questioning.

The Adult Ego state is about questioning, inquiring and understanding the reality; keeping in mind the thinking, feeling and behaving. This state depicts a balance. Its the rational or logical thinking state and is an objective state.

The child state is the feeling state. It’s about your own childhood experiences of thinking, feeling and behaving. It feels in the body mainly and is an intuitive thinking state.

Ego states are the building blocks of the personality. Even children have all the 3 ego states in them, however the child ego state is the one that is dominant in children.

The most important thing to understand after you learn about the PAC (Parent – Adult – Child) states is that each state has its positives and negatives and it is up to you to see how you can create a balance between the two.

The further sub divisions of the parent and child state are:

  • Controlling Parent
  • Nurturing parent
  • Free Child
  • Adapted Child

Each of these sub divisions too have a negative and a positive side.

E.g. Let’s look at the Nurturing Parent. A negative nurturing parent is over pampering and behaves as a very soft ego state which can actually lead to the people around the person taking undue advantage of the person’s empathy and over sensitivity.

However a positive nurturing parent will always support the people around appropriately. He / She will create an environment conducive to others growth and will also know when to keep a stand as per the situation on hand.

It therefore greatly helps if one can reduce the dominance of negatives of each ego state by increasing the positive side so that one operates from a healthy ego gram. The best part about an ego gram is that it always looks at creating a healthy balance of each state. So you don’t need to diminish the negative ego state, just enhance the positive side of the same to balance them out.

So a Controlling Parent needs to ensure that he doesn’t keep controlling all those around them all the time, a Free Child needs to also take responsibility some time and an Adapted Child needs to ensure that he does also do what he feels like sometimes!

Ego States in Transactional Analysis Training

Transactional Analysis is thus a beautiful tool to help one with enhancing communication with the self and eventually communication skills with others. It is a tool for enhancing self awareness which in turn helps produce change.

If you feel Transactional Analysis Training can help you in improving your relationship with yourself as well as those around you, do join our Transactional Analysis Workshops.  You can also visit The Yellow Spot website to learn more about the other programs we offer.