Personal Training

“English fluency gives professional growth. Due to the Global business transition our country’s lifestyle is changing and we are going through a cultural transition. We are expected professionally & socially to interact in Global English. Though Soft Skills are 40 but English Language Skills is the base of them but still we observe that without standard IPA Spoken & Written English we can’t expect top level growth in the Corporate World. Lets understand why it is difficult to learn English.

“All the personality development & Soft Skills programs are delivered in English and many of the students & professionals can’t even understand what is being said, let alone participating in group discussions etc which is an essential learning tool in such programs. They even hesitate to ask questions overwhelmed with the fear of being laughed at.

Most Indians are not able to converse in Professional English. They lose their confidence and hesitation takes over very early in life. Fear of wrong English pronunciation and the resultant fear of people making fun becomes a paramount issue. I have always advocated that unless the English diction & pronunciation is not improved, the confidence will not boost and fluency cannot be developed.

With the explosion of Multinationals, Call Centers & Startups, English training has boomed but is basically focused on accent for the sake of calling a perticular region of an English speaking country. But at Smart Minds Skills Academy we train you in Neutral or Global Business English removing your Mother Tongue Influence” Sir Avinash K Arvind

Some tips on what you can do?

From my personal experience I can vouch that if one has the will and is willing to work hard and smart, it is actually not all that difficult. I did my entire schooling and college from Hindi & English mediums but even when I was in standard Ten, I was speaking decent English and then it kept on getting better. I would like to share tips on English language learning from my own experience of 20 years in training world which are logical and time tested.

1.Decide and get obsessed. This is perhaps the key. One has to develop an obsession in the mind, take a challenge with self and go all out. Learning any new language is very difficult and requires a strong motivation. One has to resolve that come hell or high water, one is not going to relent.

2. Get prepared for people to laugh at you. I have never been able to understand why people worry so much about others laughing. Look at it this way; laughter is the best medicine. People take so much of pain including going early in the morning and laughing their heart out without reason as a part of the ritual in laughter clubs mushrooming every street corner. They do it because they have realized that laughter is the essence of life. If one can make them laugh just by speaking wrong English, nothing can be better. Think about it. Decide what is better? They laugh at you for three months, or they laugh at you for life. Decide that you will not care for the next three months.

3. Read English Newspaper Editorials loudly. This is perhaps the most useful way to go about it. Everyday take a paper and read loudly for half hour. Does not matter if you do not understand what you are reading, does not matter if your pronunciation is wrong; all that is important is that go on reading. Understand that one of the most critical areas is to break the hesitation of speaking English. Do this for three months and you will be wiser.

4. Read English books & novels which are also translated in vernacular language. To me, this was the greatest teacher. There are writers whose books also get published with translation in various languages. My favourite was James Hadley Chase who has written many books and all of them are available in Hindi also. You may not believe it but I read about 30 of them first in Hindi and then the same ones in English. May not sound very professional but let me tell you what it does? It makes you familiar with sentences and phrases and ways of saying things. It worked for me, it will work for you.

5. Read English books on which movies have been made.  Another great teacher. There are many famous books available which have been filmed. Read the book first and then see the movie. Nowadays it is so easy to get books from small libraries in all localities and so is the case with movie renting libraries.

6. Watch BBC & CNN English news channels. Another great way to simulate listening environment. Slowly you will start understanding what is being said and if you do it with other suggestions given early one it will be of great help.

7. Record yourself and listen, repeat.  This is a little advanced activity but not very expensive. Buy a Smartphone and while you are reading the newspaper, record yourself. Then play it back and you will know where you are getting stuck. It will teach you a lot and will also simulate listening environment.

8. Try this during our training and I can assure you that you will be on your way to break this puzzle of not knowing English. You will be able to frame sentences in your mind based on high frequency words & sentences. But if you don’t push yourself then you won’t be able to speak English properly. My best wishes to you” God Bless You

Sir Avinash

Our Courses:

Enrol for the right course and learn from our professionally experienced faculties holding internationally recognised qualifications in teaching English. Our material gives you practical support and experience to improve your English language abilities.

Our specially designed courses are for adults looking to improve their proficiency in English. Whether you want to improve your overall Corporate communication, Soft Skills, take an English exam, or simply want to develop your Spoken English skills, we have the right course for you. All successful students will receive a signed certificate at the end of the course by Sir Avinash.

Ours Training Modules are an innovative and exciting way of improving your English language skills. Lessons are interactive, sociable and fun with clear objectives that contribute to your overall progress and move you closer to achieving your individual language goals.

Flexible and convenient study options and timings

Combine face-to-face classes, live online classes, as well as online study.

It teaches you real language skills for real life situations.

Listening, reading, writing and speaking, all are practiced.

Communication in real-life contexts e.g. work, travel, shopping…

Improved grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation

Group discussion, interview skills, presentation skills and time management.

Why do our course?

Answer: To build your pronunciation, accuracy, confidence and fluency. We have an excellent track record of students placed in Multinationals in the past 20 years.

Added Support: We’ll bring you lots of articles, audio and video clips alongside study materials created specifically for you by our in-house team of language experts, so that unit by unit, session by session you will be able to improve your grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and comprehension of written and spoken English. Each week, we’ll publish brand new episodes on our regular YouTube Channel.

Admission Fees INR 500/-  and Procedures:

Batch starting dates: 1st and 15th of every month.

Admission on first cum first serve basis. Early applicants will receive priority during registrations. Before enrolling yourself into a course with us, it is important and mandatory to take a Level assessment Test. Level Test is a general English test to help us identify and confirm your correct language level and place you onto a correct course.

Preparation Required:

You do not need to come prepared for the test. The level test covers both written and speaking skills and usually takes approximately 30 minutes. A teacher will tell you the test results after an interview and counselling with you. He will recommend the most suitable course based on your level of English and your learning objectives. After the test our staff will share information on class time, dates and provide further course details to assist in your registration.

Step 1. Level Assessment Admission Test – Duration: 30 Minutes

Sections: Written and English Speaking Skills Duration: 30 – 60 minutes.

level of competence: Tests are conducted to help us define your level of competence. You do not need to come prepared for the test.

Feedback: A teacher will tell you the test results after an interview with you.

Step 2. Interview and CounsellingDuration: 30 Minutes

Once you have been selected; Based on the test results and Counselling your batch time and date for the available classes will be conveyed, you may register in person and pay the course fee. If the course is fully booked, your name will be put on a waiting list. If seats become available within the same term, you will be informed.


Recommendation: The most suitable courses based on your level of English and your learning objectives will be provided.

Further Information: After the test our customer service staff will share information on class time, dates and provide further course details to assist in your registration.

You will be asked to fill the Admission form:

Step 3. Get Registered for Level 1, 2, or 3  

Eligibility: Graduate onwards

Courses Available:

Currently we have three Course Levels; 1, 2 & 3. Over the next few years we are planning to create additional full and short term courses at all levels of English & Soft Skills:

Level 1. ‘Panache’ – Upgrade to Global Spoken English  Level – Beginner  

 Eligibility: For all Students, Executives, Professionals & Corporate

Duration: Three Months


Panache is a Communication programme designed to inculcate a high degree of verbal and non-verbal skills helping one to become a sophisticated communicator. This programme enables participants to replace passive or aggressive behaviour with an assertive personal style that has powerful and positive impact at all levels and situations.

If your level of Spoken English is basic, this course is for you. There are selected units in the course. Each unit is based around a particular topic and practices pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, sentences & Dialogues related to that topic as well as helping you to improve your skills and pronunciation. You can find all our most popular features including interactive materials based on original audio and video, created just for you by our in-house team of language experts.

Methodology

  • Participative lecture mode
  • Interactive learning style
  • Role-play & practice
  • Individual analysis, feedback and correction
  • Audio / video Learning
  • Reading, writing and speech sessions


Program Contents:

  • Transcription
  • 44 Sounds Drills
  • Vowel Sounds Drills
  • Consonant Sounds Drills
  • Syllables
  • Syllable Stress
  • Word Stress
  • Stress Shift
  • Nucleus
  • Intonation
  • Rhyme
  • Rhythm
  • Weak and Strong Forms
  • Pauses and Sense Groups
  • Tone; Rising and Falling
  • Moods, Feelings & Expressions
  • Exclamations
  • MTI Removal
  • Voice Modulation & Control
  • 3000 Words Pronunciation Corrections
  • 3000 Sentences Practice
  • 500 Dialogues Practice

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Level 2 ‘Finesse’ To Develop Soft Skills Orientation. Level-Intermediate

 for all Professional Students of CA, CS, CMA, MBA, BTech, BSc, BArch, BCom,Executives, Professionals & Corporate

Duration: Two Months

Finesse is an exclusive programme in Professional Communication & soft skills. If you are nearly comfortable at English but not fluent. It helps the participants acquire skills which could help them appreciate and learn nuances of communication, body language, behaviour and grooming, thereby developing a personal style which not only jells with the best practices of social and Corporate professional behavior but brings freshness in personal conduct and appearance. This course is targeted at people ranging from aspiring executive & established professionals.

Methodology

  • Participative lecture mode
  • Interactive learning style
  • Role-play & practice
  • Individual analysis, feedback and correction
  • Audio / video Learning
  • Reading, writing and speech sessions


‘Finesse’ A Training Program for the Service Sector Professionals.

Program Contents:

Verbal Business Com: 30 Hours Meeting Skills – 10 Hours
Office Basics & Conflicts Agenda Setting
Late or No Show Setting Structured Flow
Dealing Gossips Agreeing & Disagreeing
Phone Calls & Meetings Managing Interruptions
Email & Computer related Giving opinions & offers
Talking to Boss Any other business
Talking to Colleagues Wrap-up & conclude
Talking to Subordinates M
Business Trips & Targets Telephoning Skills 10 Hours
Explanations Telephone Etiquette
Meeting Management Introduction & Pitch
Client Management Wrong No & Moods
Negotiation Skills Leaving Messages
Recreations Taking Messages
       Timings, Tone & Volume

GD-PI Skills:  30 Hours
Telephonic Interview

Resume & Cover Letter
Dress Code & Body Language Presentation Skills – 20 Hours
Tone & Voice Correction Organizing Your Material
Understanding 50 Q. their traps Making PPT Presentations
Objection Handling Scripting your Presentation
Negotiation Skills & Follow-Ups Connectives & Use of Visual Aids
Reviews & Exit Interviews Body Language & Gestures
Mock GDs – Rules & Techniques Wrap Up & Closing
Entry, Discussion & Exit Strategy    
   

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Level 3 ‘Gentleman’ An Advanced Level for International Businessmen

Near Perfection – Level is AdvancedDemonstrative & Practical International Orientation

Duration: 50 Hours or One Month

Eligibility: This course is for you if you are fluent in English and an International Businessman or a Corporate Professional.

Gentleman is the only course of its nature in the country where the participants are oriented with aspects of Communication and Soft Skills together. This course helps people from across all the life, be it a Businessman, a Corporate Executive, a lawyer, a Doctor, a homemaker or aspiring professionals to achieve upward mobility and leave a distinct impression on every occasion.

Program Contents:

  • Understanding communication process
  • IPA Global Spoken English Communication
  • Mindset & its impact on communication
  • Timing your communication
  •  Presentation Skills
  • Inter-personal communication
  • Relationship Developing
  • Assertiveness            
  • Developing and managing confidence
  • Professional way of conducting oneself professionally
  • Personal grooming
  • Social mannerisms
  • Table manners & eating out
  • Understanding courtesy
  • Protocol Do’s & don’ts of various cultures
  •  Managing your image
  • Social & professional Etiquette

Methodology

  • Participative lecture mode
  • Interactive learning style
  • Role-play & practice
  • Individual analysis, feedback and correction
  • Audio / video Learning
  • Reading, writing and speech sessions

GD & Interview Sills: 30 Hours

INTERVIEW CANDIDATE’S EVALUATION

Name of the Candidate:…………………………………………………………………………………………….. Position Applied:………………………………………..

PD SM D MP OI Sco RK DK AK CT OI Sco L VTR CAL C OI Sco I OS DP C OL Sco GT
                                                 
A                                                
B                                                
C                                                

ABBREVIATIONS USED:

PD-Personal disposition         OI-overall impression                AK-application of knowledge              CAL-clarity, analysis and logic

SM-social manners                             Sco-score                                    CT-coherence of thought                       C-power to convince

D-dynamism                          RK-range of knowledge                L-language                                            I- initiative

MP-mental power                    DK-depth of knowledge               VTR-voice, tone & rhythm                  OS-organisation skills

DP-deciding power              C-character                                      GT-grand total

Note: Readers are advised to do the evaluation and analysis on their own for practice

Vocabulary Development 50 Hours

  • Managing organizations
  • Explaining benefits
  • Talking about products
  • Financial planning and control
  • Current affairs and economic issues
  • Politics
  • The weather
  • Quality
  • TV and TV programmes
  • Project management
  • Complaining
  • Consumer issues
  • Marketing
  • Holiday and holiday problems
  • Marketing
  • Books and reading
  • Meetings and conferences
  • Your Education
  • Public Relations
  • Personal finance
  • Legal issues
  • Personal development

General Business Communication: 30 Hours

  • Describing Places
  • Profiling organizations and products
  • Explaining benefits
  • Building rapport
  • Complaining
  • Persuading
  • Dealing difficult people
  • Reporting Business News
  • Express certainty
  • Explaining consequences
  • Expressing regret
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Future reference-Finalising travel plans
  • Future reference-Describing future arrangements
  • Giving feedback
  • Reporting feedback
  • Reporting and simplifying what others say
  • Getting important messages across

Phone Calls

  • Telephone Etiquette
  • Introduction
  • Arranging call back
  • Redirecting
  • Making a Call
  • Receiving a Call
  • Leaving Messages
  • Wrong No
  • Taking Messages
  • Appointments
  • Making Bookings
  • Sending and receiving information
  • Business Phone Call – Interactive Practice
  • Lets Practice. Listen and repeat afterwards

emails 10 Hours

  • Asking for Email Address
  • Email Related Topics
  • Email – Interactive Practice
  • Email Problems
  • Forwarding Mail
  • General email sentences
  • Reply and Reply All
  • Requesting information through email
  • Sending attachments through email

Meeting Skills 10 Hours

  • Before the meeting
  • Canceling a Meeting
  • During the Meeting
  • Agenda Setting
  • General Statements
  • Agreeing & Disagreeing
  • Managing Interruptions
  • Any other business
  • Wrap-up
  • After the meeting-Follow up
  • Teleconferencing

Presentation Skills 30

  • Preparation
  • Organizing Your Material
  • Making PPT Presentations
  • Scripting your Presentation
  • Connectives in language
  • Use of Visual Aids
  • Body Language
  • Opening
  • Body
  • Closing
  • Presenting-Progress Reports-Pick from 365
  • Presenting-Structuring
  • Presenting-Using Visual Supports
  • Presenting-Structuring

Negotiation Skills 10 Hours

  • Getting started
  • Understanding Negotiation
  • Getting prepared
  • Laying the groundwork
  • Phase one exchanging information
  • Stating positive expectations and preferences
  • Phase two – bargaining and reaching a compromise
  • About mutual gain; win-win situation
  • Phase Three – Closing
  • Dealing with difficult issues
  • Negotiating outside the boardroom
  • Negotiating on behalf of someone else
  • Wrapping Up

 Talking to Co-Workers 10 Hours

  • Asking for help or offering help
  • Complaining about another co-worker to a co-worker
  • Complaining about the company
  • Talking about work experience
  • Talking to Coworkers – Interactive Practice

Talking to your Boss 10 Hours

  • Talking to your Boss
  • Asking for more work
  • Complaining and Showing Frustration
  • Talking to your boss about another boss
  • Talking to the Boss – Interactive Practice

Talking with Directs/Subordinates 10 Hours

  • Status
  • Project Change
  • Deadline
  • Subordinate asking you Questions
  • Encouraging
  • Directs having difficulty
  • Reprimanding
  • Talking to Directs – Interactive Practice
  • Late or No Show 10 Hours
  • Late or No Show
  • Late for Work
  • Leaving Work Early
  • Sick day
  • Vacation
  • Leaving Work Early

Computer Related Talk 10 Hours

  • Computer Related – Interactive Practice
  • General Computer Sentences
  • Hard Drive
  • Internet
  • Intranet
  • Add matter to Intranet Topic
  • Machine Problems
  • Network share and public share
  • Software

Machine Problems Talk 10 Hours

  • Machine Related – Interactive Practice

Business Trips Talk 10 Hours

  • Business Trips
  • First time Business Trips Questions
  • Talking to People
  • Eating during Business Trips
  • Business Trips – Interactive Practice

Annual Appraisals-Reviews 10 Hours

  • Performance Review Period
  • Achievements
  • Self Improvement
  • Compensation
  • Performance Review – Interactive Practice

Quitting or Leaving Work 10 Hours

  • A two week notice
  • Negotiating before leaving
  • General Statements
  • Quitting or Leaving Work – Interactive Practice

Interpersonal Skills: 10 Hours

  • Verbal Non-Verbal
  • Making Small Talk
  • Moving a Conversation along
  • Remembering Names
  • Influencing Skills
  • Bringing People to your Side
  • Sharing your Opinion
  • Making an Impact

Image Management: 10 Hours

  • Clothing & Self Esteem
  • Products & Services
  • CSR, Social & Work Image
  • Manners, Attitudes & Expressions
  • Social Networking & Email

Public Speaking Skills 50 Hrs

  • Organize thoughts & Speech
  • Script & Creative Writing
  • Speaking Practice
  • Understanding Self-Audience
  • Talking Style & Personality
  • Body Language & Humor
  • Audience Psychology, levels & Setup
  • Audience
  • Demographic differences
  • Examples & Humor
  • Statistics & Testimony
  • Vocalization & Speech
  • Non-Verbal- Body Language
  • Visual Aids & Closing 

Special occasions: On Weddings, Birthdays, Graduations, Awards, Graduations, Awards, Ceremonies, Conferences, Talk Shows, Workshops, Panels, Debates, Radio, TV & Public Speech 

We believe in Transparency. Some Other Soft Skills Course Fees Details Below:

 S. N. Smart Professional Soft Skills Courses Hours Fees INR
  Stress Management 2 1000/-
  Meeting Skills 10 2500/-
  Negotiation Skills 10 2500/-
  E-mail writing & Social Networking Etiquette 10 2500/-
  Communication Skills 10 2500/-
  Image Management 10 5000/-
  Business Etiquette  10 5000/-
  Telephonic Skills 10 2500/-
  Sales Skills 10 5000/-
  Interview Skills & Resume Writing 20 5000/-
  Business Writing 50 10000/-
  Personal Branding Skills 50 10000/-
  Oral Business Communication 30 10000/-
  Presentation Skills 30 10000/-
  Speech + Dialogues + Extempore 50 10000/-
  Spoken English 100 10000/-
  Creative Writing 30 5000/-
  IPA Global Spoken English = Phonetics + 5 K Words + 500 Sentences + 500 Dialogues 200 30000/-
  English Grammar 100 10000/-
  Public Speaking Skills 30 10000/-