From being put on the spot to being in the spotlight – Kamaraj Mani’s Journey.
Imagine a situation like this. You were in a business meeting with the top officials of your organisation and it was your turn to express your views. When you started presenting your views, you had noticed that everyone’s eyes were on you. Upon seeing them, your body was shaking uncontrollably and your tongue was rolling unnecessarily. Despite your preparation, your mind was keen on searching words. There was no proper mind and mouth coordination. Even in an air conditioned ambience, the fear had made you to sweat immensely. Have you ever experienced this?I, Kamaraj Mani Natarajan, work as a product manager for an IT firm that serves various technology solutions to the Indian healthcare industry. Being a product manager, I am responsible for providing innovative business solutions and IT product ideas for various customer needs. The situation that I have described above had occurred in most of the critical meetings. Every time, the spotlight of mine was stolen by somebody else. I hadn’t realised that I was being pushed to the back seats. While I was exploring the root cause, one of my friends who had also faced similar situations emphasized me that it was only because of lack of language and presentation skills. He was the one who introduced me to the British Council and its courses.When I approached the British Council, the highly qualified language trainers properly assessed my weaknesses and offered me the appropriate courses. The systematic design of the courses and the way in which it was taught really facilitated me to eradicate most of my weaknesses. They taught the best way to initiate any conversation to express my views in a structured way. Now I can proudly say that I can handle any business meeting. All the credits go to the teachers of the British Council.
Apart from language learning, the British Council helped me to build a good network with like minded business people and professionals, who had attended the courses along with me. Many of them are still doing courses with me. All of us meet every weekend and exchange the new things that we learned over the weekdays. My view on learning a language has completely changed after my time at the British Council.
I have found one thing that learning language is neither a single time nor a single course activity. To show your excellence in it, one should learn continuously and practice immensely.
My advice for those who are looking to learn something new is systematic approach and appropriate practice will make you to achieve your goals.
- Kamaraj Mani, English Language Student, Chennai