Workshop on Image Management at Imperial College of Business Studies

An exciting workshop on Image Management by Eragam Institution was organized at Imperial College campus on 12th of January, 2013. Image management has become quite an important factor in the present corporate world. The decision making process, most of the time, revolves around individual perceptions and image management is the one solution that have the key to deliver good results in terms of personal accomplishment while working in an organization.

Ms. Kavitha Kahlon was the chief speaker in the event. She is a lead Image consultant at Eragam Institutions. She has extensive experience in image building of an individual. She has been an air-hostess trainer, specialized in soft skills and social skills refinement. She is well-travelled and informed on inter-cultural values.

Ms. Kavitha started the session by explaining the concepts of image management and aspects of image consultancy. Major aspects, as she mentioned, are Artistic Dress Style, Psychological, Physical, Social, Wardrobe, and Personal Style.

Talking about Self-Image, she explained that it represents an individual’s hope, dream or thought. It may consist of three different types: Self-image as seen by an individual to himself or herself, Self-image resulting from how others see one individual and self-image resulting from what one perceiv

Ms. Kavitha Kahlon  is a lead Image consultant at Eragam Institutions. She has extensive experience in image building of an individual

Ms. Kavitha Kahlon is a lead Image consultant at Eragam Institutions. She has extensive experience in image building of an individual

es of what others see him/her.

Ms. Kavitha explained how self-image can go through various process of development and how often one suffer from loss of positive self-image from various hurdles of life. She reflected the essence of education in resurrecting and redeveloping positive self-image from such loss. Moreover, person like Teachers, Mentors can restore the image which loose in some situation and that is how one can make failures into success. Ms. Kavitha, in this context, also gave a few tips on the importance of positive self-image like how to replace criticism with encouragement, remove negative thought and focus on what one CAN do, not what one cannot

She concluded the session by giving suggestion on how to improve self-image in daily life. It can be by changing one’s clothing style, skin care, good haircut, maintaining body odor and acne. maintaining proper self-image brings happiness.

It was a very interactive session on self-development for the student of Imperial College of Business Studies. The attentively attended the session and enthusiastically participated in the discussion that followed.

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Student Speak : How to Give a Speech by Shwetha.S (PGDM – 2nd Year)

You’ve already prepared and rehearsed your presentation. Now the big day has arrived. 

Here’s what you can do to give a speech you can be proud of.

Shwetha.S (PGDM - 2nd Year)

Shwetha.S (PGDM – 2nd Year)

 Arrive early

Check out the room. Make adjustments to the seating and lighting, if necessary. Test the microphone, if you’re going to be using one. Set up and test your audiovisual equipment. Speak to the person who’s going to introduce you. Greet people as they arrive and begin establishing a connection with them. (Leaders take responsibility not just for their speeches, but for the event.)

Adjust your attitude
Remember that the audience wants you to succeed. (What audience really wants to sit through a boring or incoherent talk?) And remind yourself that you want your audience to succeed. (Your proposal or idea is going to help them solve a problem, achieve a goal, or satisfy a need, right?)

Even before you begin your speech, people will be looking you over, checking you out. Look confident – even if you don’t feel it – and excited – as opposed to fearful – and you’ll start on the right foot.

Walk to the podium with confidence
When you’re introduced, walk confidently to the podium and shake the hand of the person who introduced you.

Establish your space
If you’re speaking from the podium, set your notes down. Adjust the microphone so it points to your mouth. Plant your feet. Take a breath. Look up. Take another breath. (This sounds like a lot to do, but it only takes 5 or 10 seconds.) If you’re speaking without a podium, walk to where you want to stand. Plant your feet. Take a breath. Look at your audience. Take another breath.

Connect with your audience
Look at your audience one person at a time. Don’t address the audience as a whole. Speak to individuals. Look at one person. Establish eye contact. And speak to that person for 5 to 7 seconds. Then find someone else to look at and repeat the process.

Speak from notes or memory
Don’t read your text. And, if you’re using PowerPoint, don’t read your slides. You will bore everyone – including yourself – to death. Use the PowerPoint slides, an outline, handouts, or 3 by 5 cards to jog your memory. Remember, your aim is to communicate a message, not say each and every word you planned on speaking.

Speak as if you are holding an animated conversation
Say “I” and “you.” Anything else – “this speaker” or “yours truly” – sounds pompous. Avoid saying “you,” however, in a judgmental or blaming context. (Almost any statement that begins with “you people” is bound to end badly.) Speak in language, images, and terms that the audience readily understands. If you need to use jargon, define it immediately unless you are absolutely convinced that every person in your audience understands it.

Be yourself
If you have a good sense of humor, use it. If you’re a wonderful storyteller, by all means tell a story. Never imitate another speaker, even a good one. You’ll sound – and feel – phony. Don’t try to be unique or interesting. Be as fully and completely yourself, unrestrained by your fears and desire to please others, and you will be both unique and interesting.
If you make a mistake, apologize and go on. Laugh at yourself and your audience will love you for it,

Convey yourself – your feelings and commitment – not just your content
Dale Carnegie wrote, “There are three cardinal rules of public speaking:
1) Speak about something you have earned the right to talk about through experience or study.
2) Be excited about your subject.
3) Be eager to share your talk with your listeners.”

– Shwetha.S (PGDM – 2nd Year)

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A cooking competition was organized at Imperial college of Business Studies-Bangalore campus on 19th January, 2013. The competition was to promote the essence of group dynamics among the students in a competitive environment. A certain set of rules and regulations were set for the participants.

The competition was judged by Chief Guest Ms. Ganga Bhavani Maram, Director Imperial College Of Business Studies, Jayanagar. She is an active management professional also involve in NGO activities like Lion’s International, Managing Partner, Vision India and PT Education. The final judgment was done on the basis of the Presentation, Taste, Hygiene, Time Management and Team Management. The students actively participated in this intra-college event and enjoyed exploring their culinary talents.

A total of 5 teams participated in the competition and each team had 6 members. The Competition was all about “Cooking without Fire” where one could have prepared three dishes according to their wish, which should include one drink, one sweet dish and one spicy dish.

The Rules were as stated below-

“Teams are not supposed to use any kind of Heater/ Stove/ Owen to prepare the food. Even chopping vegetables are not allowed before the competition starts. Only 2 hours will be given to each team to make these dishes.”

The final winners of the Cooking Competition with Ms. Ganga Bhavani Maram (left) and Dr. Maram Sir (right)

The final winners of the Cooking Competition with Ms. Ganga Bhavani Maram (left) and Dr. Maram Sir (right)

The final winners were:

1. Suneel Kumar Chauhan
2. Swathi Vinayak
3. Venkateshwaralu
4. Mohasina Kausar


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Student Managers at Imperial College visit Mahindra REVA Company

Industrial Visit gives a practical exposure to management students imparting to them in-depth understanding of the theoretical lessons learnt in class.

Imperial College of Business Studies Bangalore organizes such industrial trip very frequently and such activities also promote the essence of group learning among the student managers.

In this line of effort, student managers of Imperial College recently visited Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Private Limited on 8th of December, 2012. Previously known as Reva electric car company, it was founded in 1994 as a joint venture between the Maini group of Bangalore and AEV LLC of USA. Mr. Chetan Maini, Chief of Strategy and Technology is the founder. With global patents in energy management, remote diagnostics and battery management to their credit, the company unveiled the two-seater REVA electric vehicle in Bangalore in 2001.

Student Managers at Imperial college at INDUSTRIAL VISIT - MREVA Company

Student Managers at Imperial college at INDUSTRIAL VISIT – MREVA Company

The session was started with introduction of Mr. P.Deep, General Manager-Exports. He addressed the student managers on history of electric cars, usability of solar energy in automobiles, pollution control system in automobiles and traffic control systems and various other important aspects in Automobile Industry. He also accompanied the students to assembly lines of car manufacturing and briefed them about assembly lines and its importance in operational management and efficiency for a car-manufacturing company.

During the session, Mr. Deep highlighted the operating philosophy that Mahindra Reva always adheres to; that is “Born Green”. In this context, he explained how electric cars can be the best alternative to reduce pollution hazards caused by gas emission. Electric vehicle remains Zero-emission for life. He also talked on how MREVA works on using maximum natural resources from unconventional sources without contributing to natural balance by causing pollution  Solar Energy harvesting, water conservation, energy consumption and ventilation, efficient consumption of materials and material movement etc. are various ways of using natural resources in more efficient way.

The student managers of ICBS were overjoyed to learn about automobile manufacturing and the managerial lessons associated with it. It was a good learning lesson for them on effectiveness and essentialities associated with managerial decision making process and its subsequent impacts on sustainability of a Business process and environmental aspects related to it.

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Coffee With CEO – A new initiative at Imperial College of Business Studies

There is an idiomatic phrase which goes, “Anything can happen over a cup of coffee”. A casual conversation over a cup of coffee can give you a nice feel of self-confidence, assertion and friendship. The Teacher-student relationship, in a holistic view, has a profound impact in Indian education system and closer is the bonding, fruitful is the learning process. The tradition “Guru-shishya parampara” has come a long way throughout the rich cultural and heritage of India and in present times, it is something more than spiritual mentorship.

Imperial College of Business Studies, Bangalore, in their ongoing effort to this process, came up with a new concept of “Coffee with CEO” where a student gets an opportunity to converse with CEO of Imperial College of Business Studies, Dr. Hari Krishna Maram. A student is selected from the BBA/MBA batch of  Imperial College of Business Studies and he/she gets an opportunity to have a cup of coffee with CEO. This unique kind of experience gives the student a sense of easiness, responsibility and motivation to

Coffee with CEO with  I st year BBM student M Vinod

Coffee with CEO with I st year BBM student M Vinod

prepare himself/herself well before getting in the vast corporate world after completing his/her education. During the conversation, the student gets a feel of ownership as a part of Imperial college of Business Studies.  This initiative commenced from 7th of September, 2012 and a number of students has participated in this conversation so far.

It has been a consistent effort from Imperial College of Business Studies to impart knowledge to its students with a sense of active participation and interest in the management education.

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Industrial Visit: Karnataka Soaps and Detergents

Industrial Visit imparts practical wisdom of theoretical learning.  At Imperial College of Business Studies, Industrial Visit occupies an important part of the overall teaching methodology. Reinforcing to this unique approach, students and faculty from Imperial College of Business Studies visited Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited on 20th of November,2012.

Student managers of Imperial College of Business Studies at  Industrial Visit session : Karnataka Soaps and Detergents

Student managers of Imperial College of Business Studies at the Industrial Visit session : Karnataka Soaps and Detergents

We bring you a short note from the visit. 

Mysore Sandal Soap is a brand of soap manufactured by the Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited (KSDL), a company owned by the Government of Karnataka in India. This soap has been manufactured since 1916 when Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the king of Mysore set up the Government Soap Factory in Bangalore. The primary motivation for setting up the factory was the excessive sandalwood reserves that the Mysore Kingdom had which could not be exported to Europe because of the First World War. In 1980, KSDL was incorporated as a company by merging the Government Soap Factory with the sandal oil factories at Shimoga and Mysore. Mysore Sandal Soap is the only soap in the world made from 100% pure sandalwood oil. KSDL owns a proprietary Geographical indication (GI) tag on the Mysore sandal soap which gives it intellectual property rights to use the brand name, to ensure quality and also prevent piracy and unauthorized use by other manufacturers.

A session was conducted by Mr. Venkatesha Gowda, Deputy General Manager,  R&D of KSDL. He explained about the manufacturing processes and marketing system of Mysore sandal products. He said the company was a strong market player in the Gulf, Singapore and Malaysian markets. The products of Karnataka soap and detergents are exported to different parts of India in larger level. Moreover, the company is reported to have done business of Rs 205 crore in the last year and expected to reach about Rs. 260 crore in the current financial year, with a growth of 25 to 30 per cent year-on-year.

The overall experience was full of knowledge and fun for the student managers of ICBS.

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Student Speak : Emotional Intelligence by Mr.Y Jyothi Swaroop Venni (PGDM)

Just like everyone else I reached Bangalore with lot of hopes and I am fortunate to find the B- school IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS STUDIES (ICBS). The concept that is lingering me ever since I reached Bangalore is EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE.  I found it to be very interesting, which gave me a new feeling and solved many mysterious questions hither to left unanswered in my mind. Emotional intelligence enables one to deal with any situation and make most out of life.

The origin of my curiosity into this topic goes back to some bad experience I had in my childhood. Ours is a small family that comprised my mother, my father, my sister and me. Like every brother I used to fight with my only sister for several reason

Mr.Y Jyothi Swaroop Venni

Mr.Y Jyothi Swaroop Venni

s and always ended up with lot of counseling from my parents. One day we had a family gathering I was depressed that I don’t a new dress to wear when my father tried to explain me I suddenly shouted at him with a fierce voice and I said “why do you always try to counsel me and keep your daughter comfortable, why don’t you treat me like your son”, with that my dad was upset and left the place in silence, my mother didn’t speak to me for several days. Just like this I had face many situations in my life filled with emotions, but I never had been able to master them but one incident that moved me the most and deep routed in my mind.

I live in a small town in Vijayawada we own a house in the middle of the city. Rent is the only source of income for my family. As usual at the end of the month I went to collect the rent from tenant’s rambabu and Sri Devi a beautiful couple with three children, they told me that they are in financial crisis and requested to weeks’ time to pay the rent or so I returned. To my surprise Sri Devi started quarreling and it went on for hours and next day morning the house was full of silence. Sri Devi hanged herself to death. These questions gave rise to lot of questions in my mind. Only questions and questions without answers. I found the answer almost after 8 years far away from home in Bangalore well it’s never too late to learn emotional intelligence.

Many people don’t know about emotional intelligence. Some people take it lightly. Those are the people who suffer most as emotions get better of them. Emotional intelligence can be defined as.

“The ability to understand, identifies, assess and control the emotions of one self, of others and groups”. Without emotional intelligence we lack self-awareness hence we fail to understand our own feelings. To understand our self and others we have to keep track of certain crucial emotions like

Anger, frustration, depression, anxiety, insecurity, and uneasiness.

Our families help us to shape our attitudes about emotions, our ability to identify emotions, our way of interpreting events and our ways of expressing emotions. In families failure to understand each other’s emotions are likely to have a long term consequences. Children raised by parents who have problem in understanding each other’s emotions are likely to develop emotional problems of their own. So in the above examples even though I shouted at my father, his silence made me to realize that I am supposed to control my emotions while communicating to elders. In other case the reason for the fight between rambabu and Sri Devi is not the question of money but lack of understanding and control in emotions. If they had had emotional intelligence their children would not have been orphans.

The rise in divorce cases suggests that many people lack emotional intelligence. Exposure or training on emotional intelligence will help you encounter situations in life easily. E I helps you to resonate with so many people in effectively. It helps to focus on behaviors of others as well as you. That will help to improve relations in family and at work place.

Many people are disconnected from their emotions due to negative childhood experience which make them bottle up their feelings. Parents should spare some time of their busy schedules to listen to their child’s emotions and also keep track of them to help them learn E.I

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