Learning to RISE with Navhind Times

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Maria Fernandes | NT Kuriocity

The Navhind Times workshop aptly named RISE, was held on July 21 at Dempo House, Panaji. More than 150 students in the age group of 11 to 23 participated in the half-day workshop that was organised to help youngsters reinvent themselves, influence others, and stabilise and excel in different fields. Conducted by Organisational Development consultant and certified Talent analyst, Kishore Shah, the workshop also had a few parents and teachers in participation.

Shah began the session with a short video of the national anthem (without the vocals) by differently abled children which depicted the RISE theme with laser-sharp clarity. This was followed by an ice-breaker session, wherein participants were asked to appreciate their partners and to inspire them to raise the bar. He then explained the significance of the theme ‘RISE’ (Reinvent, Influence, Stabilise and Excel) with examples which made understanding the concept easy even for the younger ones. Highlighting the importance of experiment as a part of our key life skills, he said: “It is vital to reinvent ourselves through experiments. We need to do things differently and in a better way because the law of diminishing utility keeps eroding the value of all things.” Through a few simulations, real life stories and anecdotes from his personal journey, he illustrated his point in a fun and memorable manner. His knowledge of the subject and his sense of humour had participants listening with rapt attention. By the end of the first session they were all on board and charged for the next part which was on building a strong foundation for ‘RISE’.

Through interactive exercises, cases and experiments, Shah gave them a firsthand feel of the impact and significance of a strong foundation. Under this topic, he magnified the crucial role of observation skills, emotional bank accounts, creating an environment and the importance of choice of words.

Once the foundation was in place the ‘STAR-POWER’ life skill was shared; focussing on sequence, concept, clarity, application and impact. The first was on how to build ‘Personal Power’, and using Marston Mouton’s DISC construct, an energetic experiment to understand the ‘DISC’ personalities was conducted with balloons. Participants had fun not just by blowing balloons but also finding them in the game that followed. The laughter and energy was completely infectious! The experiment provided informative insight on personality traits, adaptations, stress management and career choices. This was followed by reward power, position power, image power and networking.

At the end a retention test was conducted and participants were divided into groups to recollect the learning and take away. Almost all the groups crossed 50 points. Two groups stood out with 85 and 73 points and were given prizes. An inspiring film on ‘Finish Strong’ was screened to conclude the workshop.


I attended the workshop today. It was a great investment of my time on a Sunday.

Kishor Shah was brilliant as always and I gained a lot from the session.

Gabe Mendes

Thank you Navhind Times for an excellent talk and inspirational ideas to encourage youngsters to finish strong and RISE above the rest.

Maria Albuquerque

Amazing interactive workshop. Feeling very happy and satisfied that I attended. It showed us how to choose a career besides many other things.

Omkar Govekar

I learned so much about personality types and thoroughly enjoyed the workshop.

Rajendra Z

Beautiful learning experience for me as a parent and teacher. Amazing workshop. Thank you Planet J.

Renita Barneto

It was informative and fun as well. I had a wonderful time.

Gayatri Chari

It was a very interesting workshop. I enjoyed a lot and gained a lot of knowledge.

Dipama Korgaonkar.

It was too good! I learned so many new things. Please have more of such workshops. Would love to attend.


It was one of the best workshops I have attended so far. It has changed my perspective about many things.

Laxmi Kalangutkar

The workshop was worth the time I invested. There was not a single moment I felt left out, it was so interactive.


I have never been to a more innovative, fun and at the same time informative workshop. I realised and understood certain aspects of myself that I didn’t even know about.

Faiz Shaikh

It was a fun and knowledgeable workshop and the things I learned will surely help me accomplish my future goals.

Akanksha Parsekar

This is the first workshop by The Navhind Times that I have attended and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I look forward to attending many more. Thank you so much.

Sujana H

It was enjoyable and I learned a lot.

Supriya Patte

Well organised, fun, superb, exciting and very knowledgeable. Looking forward to more.


Great workshop. Very informative and interesting. Wish there had been some more information about working with other personalities. Had a great time.

Aliana Rodrigues

Gained a lot of information from the amazing workshop.

Diksha Bhomkar

A very helpful workshop.

Resha Satardekar

As a parent I learned how to plan my child’s career based on her interest, aptitude and demand for the same. Really appreciate Kishore’s sense of humour which made the session lively.

Shambhu Calangutker

The session was excellent. Kishore was very innovative and the approach of the activities was amazing. Complex issues were made simpler with humoristic blend.

Cheryl and Venan Dias

It was super! The best part was ‘ROTI’ and then ego management.

Anish Hoble

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