By Mudassir Raja
Life is not meant merely for one to survive. It is actually meant to thrive with a mission and passion. To thrive and to achieve a certain goal, one must challenge one’s abilities and need to go beyond one’s ordinary capacities.
To do so, we need to have constant motivation and inspiration in one way or another. One such way is to get advice from professional motivational speakers.
In this connection, Inspire Training Academy, one of the premier professional training institutes in Doha, recently organised an inspiration workshop titled ‘Go Beyond With Priya Kumar.’ The workshop was meant to provide motivation and inspiration for professionals from different sectors of Qatar.
Priya Kumar is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and the bestselling author of 10 inspirational books. In her 24-year-long journey with motivational speaking, she has worked with over 2,000 multi-national corporates across 46 countries and has touched over 3 million people through her workshops and books, and is the only woman speaker in India to have done so. She is the only Indian author who has won 31 international awards for her books.
The workshop was a day filled with inspiration, passion, motivation and humour at Al Wajba Ballroom, Intercontinental Hotel and Residences. The workshop by the most sought-after personality brought together representatives from different industries of Qatar, ranging from educational institutions, banks, shipping companies, entrepreneurs and businesses.
The host, Inspire Training Academy, has state-of-the-art training facility. The academy carries the expertise to design, develop and deliver courses with their professionalism, passion and love for education.
Prominent among those who attended the workshop were Sheikh Fahad bin Hamad Jassem Bin Jabor al-Thani, National Tourism Council representative; Ashud Ahmed, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Qatar; Surinder Bhagat, First Secretary (Political & Commerce) Embassy of India; Dr. Sameer Moopen, CEO Aster DM Healthcare; and Dr. R. Seetharaman, CEO Doha Bank. The prominent figures also addressed the gathering during the workshop. As many as 150 people attended the workshop. The audience termed the workshop one of its kind to be held for the first time in Qatar.
Priya, known for her unique style, kept the audience engaged and motivated, helping them align her story-telling approach to their vision as professionals. The audience was driven by the motivational speech to outperform themselves. Priya’s power talk covered topics like ‘Start Small – Think Big’, ‘Challenges to Opportunities’, and ‘Commitment to Deliver’. The workshop went hand in hand with experiential activities like board breaking and the most unique and inconceivable – ‘Fire Walk’.
Fire Walk – Priya’s experiential USP (unique selling point) – made the workshop extra special. She said: “Come and walk on fire with me. I have been doing the ‘fire’ work for 20 years now. While some believe it is a symbol of spiritual transformation and mind over matter; for me, it is an analogy that the past does not equal the future. You may have been burnt with fire before. You may have been hurt before. You may have failed before. But, do not allow that past failure or that past accident to set the bench mark for your future and destroy it. Because, if you can take one step forward in seeing the difference between that failure, that heartbreak and the reality that stands before you today, holding an opportunity to change your life. Now, that is an awakening that fire walk (where fire is a positive nergy) promises.
“Do not believe what I say. Believe what you see. See for yourself that this fire does not have a connection with your past burns that this fire does not sell ruins. It invites celebration. Let this be an example that the past does not equal the future because a person who can distinguish his past from the present is a person who is on his way to conquer the future,” Priya said. Speaking on behalf of Inspire Training Academy, its director of Sales & Marketing Minal Saluja said that the academy would continue to evolve with new training and learning methods through the partnerships. She thanked all the participants, guests and the sponsors for making the workshop a successful event.
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