Memories of My First Job in India!

Posted On: July 24, 2014

I was given the amazing opportunity to give a talk on motivation and goal setting entitled “Motivation: Four Keys to Abundance and Success” to 120 students of the MBA program at Jai Bharath College in Kochi, India on July 1, 2011. (This seminar was also given in 2012.)  

The banner the college created to welcome the guest speakers!
The banner the college created to welcome the guest speakers!

I would like to share a few highlights from that, my first job here in India.  

These are the three main points that highlight the cross-cultural aspects of the event as well as my feedback. A video of me talking about these things in more detail is also below the text. 

  • What the seminars were like.
  • Feedback I received during the presentation.
    I share the three types of feedback I got from the students during the seminars: note-taking, reading of facial expressions, and audience participation (sounds!). A true cross-cultural experience!
  •  Feedback after the presentation.
    (a) Student summaries after my presentation as a note of thanks.
    (b) Asking questions after I gave the presentation. (A challenge we can work on – especially for MBA students, our future managers.)
    (c) A unique cross-cultural vote of thanks for me that answers the question “Why and how are relationships valued differently in Asian countries?”
  • My vote of thanks to everyone at Jai Bharath that made this opportunity possible.

Thank you for your interest in my work.

Jennifer Kumar, an American expat living in Kochi, India, the Managing Director of Authentic Journeys Consultancy, based in Infopark provides soft-skills and cultural training for Indians working in global professions.  

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