The Future Demands New Skills

Empowering the next gen with future-ready skills to enhance their employability & career success

Over the span of Vivek's career, he has worked with Institutes of Higher Learning like NUS, NTU, SIM, SP JAIN, & PSB Academy and worked with them to empower the young generation to be future-ready before joining the workforce. His work mentoring, interviewing, and researching the mindset of young graduates from universities internationally has made him a global authority in empowering the younger generation.

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Adulting 101: Finding your North Star to live a life of Fun, Freedom, Fortune & Fulfilment

As the economy progressed and people started living more lavishly, the basic motivations dwindled and the younger generation have grown up aspiring more than an iron rice bowl. The Millennials and Generation Z are looking to pursue their passions and monetise them into their professions. However, in their developing years, many got on the bandwagon and did what their peers and parents advised them.

As a result, they find themselves beginning to wonder what is missing despite 'checking all the boxes'. They seek meaning, purpose, and clarity in direction. They want to do work that leaves a positive impact on the community around them. Motivational speaker & Millennial Specialist Vivek Iyyani offers your organisation the ultimate keynote experience that will lead your attendees to a path of discovery to find their North Star (Compass) that will guide them in the journey of life

Learning Outcomes:

From this session, audience members will be able to: 

  • An introduction to the Ikigai concept and how it applies to your life
  • A step-by-step process to identify your Ikigai and find your calling
  • Discover your inner compass as a guide to making big life decisions
  • Learn how to function in the 'real' world and manage a lifestyle that consists of balancing adult responsibilities and achieving our desired dream lifestyle
  • Effective management of time, money and well-being
  • Learn different techniques to relieve stress and anxiety to work more effectively

Personal Branding 101: Making your Mark as a Millennial

Long gone are those days where your first impression is made in person. In today's world of the internet and social media, your first impression is made online. As the saying goes, "You are who Google says you are". Sharing more about yourself online and the work you do professionally will give others a glimpse into your personality and build your influence. The opportunities of tomorrow will go to those who build their personal brand today. In order to make your mark in a VUCA need to build your personal brand today.

Learning Outcomes:

From this session, audience members will be able to: 

  • Discover the key concepts of Branding and Positioning
  • Identify key factors that shape your image as a personal brand
  • Learn how to create a powerful personal branding vision for your life and business
  • How to define what differentiates you from others individuals around you
  • How to be fully engaged and manage your energy more skillfully
  • How to skyrocket your credibility & become more visible at work & in your social circle

Managing Up: Unspoken rules to managing the relationship that matters the most in your career

Any relationship takes intention and effort! And yet, there is very little formal or informal training available about developing a relationship with your manager. Develop your career by managing the relationships with those above you in the organisation. Be seen as the person that can get things done. Learn how to add value so you get recognised not ignored.  Get your superiors to make time for you and what you've got to say. Have your voice and opinions heard and even asked for! Studies have shown that employees with huge potential get bypassed and ignored because they don't know how to make themselves get heard and stand out. As the saying goes...

"Your skills and talents are useless you aren't marketing them"

Organisational theory suggests that managing upward and sideways is good for both the company and the individual leader's career. Are you ready to take charge, do good work, and get noticed for it? If you don't manage up, you may never have the opportunity to manage down.

Maximise your career by managing up and deciphering the management style of your boss. Managing up helps you find common ground with a manager who doesn't necessarily think the same way you do. It can also help improve the relationship between you and your boss, which leads to increased trust and the ability to take on more important tasks.

In this workshop, Vivek shares techniques to build strong relationships as well as key mistakes to avoid when working with your boss.

Learning Outcomes:

From this session, audience members will be able to: 

  • Reduce unnecessary friction and develop harmony with your manager
  • Understand why you don't get listened to
  • Understand common styles managers follow and learn to avoid unnecessary friction
  • Develop mutually rewarding relationship with your boss and managers
  • Show ownership and come across as highly dependable associate for your boss
  • Communicate with your boss in a way that makes you reliable and dependable
  • Adopt your manager as your mentor and secure his/her partnership into your career
  • Undertake next big responsibility of your role and department jointly with your boss

Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: Teaching the missing basics to the leaders of tomorrow

The number 1 challenge with today's young talents is a problem hiding in plain sight: the ever-widening soft skills gap.

Soft skills, contrary to the name, are HARD to learn! 

Soft skills may be harder to define and measure than hard skills, but they are just as critical. People get hired because of their hard skills, but people get fired because of their soft skills.

Managers ask: “Why should it be my problem to teach these soft skills? They should have learned these things from their parents or in school. How can I teach these soft skills when I don’t even remember how I learned them myself?”

Here’s the bad news: Setting a good example or simply telling young workers they need to improve isn’t enough. Nor is scolding them or pointing out their failings in an annual review. According to studies, Managers have complaints about the young generation such as:

  • “They arrive late, leave early, dress inappropriately, and spend too much time on social media.”
  • “They don’t know what to say and what not to say or how to behave in meetings.”
  • “They don’t know how to think, learn, or communicate without checking a device.”
  • They don’t have enough respect for authority, and don’t know the first thing about good citizenship, service or teamwork.”

Today's new, young workforce have a lot to offer - creative ideas, fresh boost of enthusiasm, cool technical skills, unique perspectives and new ways of working. Yet, too many of them are holding back because of their weak soft skills. Soft skills may be harder to define and measure than hard skills but they are as relevant. People get hired because of their hard skills and fired because of their soft skills. Here’s the good news: You can teach the missing basics to today’s young talent.

Learning Outcomes:

From this session, audience members will be able to:

  • Understand the digital native skills gap and how they learn best today
  • Learn 5 steps to teach relationship-building and problem-solving
  • Apply the Platinum Rule to engage and empower employees
  • Use an inside-out approach to develop the whole person
  • Teach the art of self-feedback and instil personal accountability