Theater Workshop at Imperial College of Business Studies

Creative thought process is a continuous evolution process and its importance in management education is widely acknowledged. From business management perspective, when we talk about innovation, we simply promote the importance of creativity in business process.

Theater is an earlier version of creativity and it is still an important creative canvas which depicts the contemporary socio-cultural reflection of a society. Management students can get a good exposure to real-life creative thought process from this kind of Art. Imperial College of Business Studies organized such a Theater Workshop in its campus on 2nd of February, 2013. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Nav Kishlay, a Professional coach, Trainer, Life skills coach, Hypnotherapist, Actor, Director, Writer and Musician.

Mr. Nav Kishlay is a Professional coach, Trainer, Life skills coach, Hypnotherapist, Actor, Director, Writer and Musician

Mr. Nav Kishlay is a Professional coach, Trainer, Life skills coach, Hypnotherapist, Actor, Director, Writer and a Musician

Mr. Nav is a Certified Practitioner and Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) from David J Lincoln International, London, U.K. He is accredited by ANLP (Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming), India Chapter. He is also a certified Trainer in Train the Trainer courses for the same and is licensed to issue ANLP, India Chapter.

Talking about the Art of theater  the basic aspect of this Art is Acting and performance. In this workshop, the participants were shown a glimpse of the skill of theater through the concepts of emoting and body state. The methodologies used are Neuro-linguistic programming, Role play, Games, David Farmer dramatic Intervention.

Students are given their names and they start working on the workshop from the same day. This allows the individuals to work with the team and formulate their own opinion about the story, characters, script and narration.

There were some important out turns from the workshop. The students, if interested in this whole creative art, can get opportunity to work on this line of creative domain as mentioned below.

  • The participants who would be interested further to be a part of the group would get a chance to Perform with Group Called BEING at different places Like In The Pink & Rangashankara in Bangalore.
  • The participants would a chance to be a part of (as Actors, Directors, Script Writers, Musician, Pre & Post Production Members)
  • The Participants would get a chance to be a part of annual Full Length Play HUMMEIRAH which is slated to be performed at Rangashankara (Bangalore), Shri Ram Center((Delhi), Prtihvi Theater(Mumbai) from July 2013 to November 2013.

The students of Imperial College were overwhelmed to learn the Art of theater performance from a very different perspective.  This different technique of learning an Art can give a very different insight in honing one’s management skills as well. After all, management education is not only about developing one’s management skill, but it is more about understanding the whole management development process holistically and trying to use the best out of it. And Imperial College of Business Studies always emphasizes on this fact.

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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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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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Imperial College Students rock at the workshop on Stock Trading

The BBM Students of Imperial College of Business Studies, Bangalore recently (on 28th September, 2012) had a workshop on Stock Trading, conducted by Mr. B.S. Kishore – Program Director (Online Course) & Chief Technical Officer, Stock Market Institute, Bangalore.

Imperial College Students attends the workshop on Stock Trading

Mr. Kishore completed his PGDBM from WLC, Bangalore.  He started his career in 2004 as Zonal In-Charge for Sales and Collections in Reliance Communications.  He subsequently turned entrepreneur and joined hands with Basket Option and Sri Chenraj Jainji, who was known to him since his days at India Bulls.  He has been part of all the Ventures of Basket Option as a Strategic Partner, eventually leading to his current position as Program Director and CTO.  He also takes care of the Online Promotional activities.

The Session began with the introduction to the basic stock market setup in India.  Mr. Kishore gave a brief overview of Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).  He gave insights into concepts of Demand Account, Gambling, Fundamental Analysis of investment options, and technical analysis for making timely calls on stocks.  The bottom line in this line of business, according to him was to avoid emotion, fear, greed and hope.  He advocated a pragmatic and practical approach that required one to be guided by rationality and logic.  He stated that one’s key approaches in doing business should be to be reliable, to understand and to be intellectual.

The discourse was followed by selected videos presented by the Stock Market Institute.  These helped the students understand the present stock market scenario and the economic changes that shaped them.

Once the initiation process had concluded, the students gathered for a Real Time Pit Trading exercise.  The students got engrossed in the activities in earnest, losing track of time and surroundings, involving themselves in the process wholeheartedly.  The furor of the ensuing activities could have put the National Stock Exchange office to shame.

Overall, it was a unique experience for the budding managers, who learned about the nuances, nitty-gritty and boiler room atmosphere of Stock Trading.

Find the live action video covered during the event here