Why I Joined LearnEd – Yash Maniar
At school, I was very shy and never interacted with anyone a lot. Things changed with my interactions during college festivals, while giving presentations during the Management course I did and while studying at an entrepreneurship programme in the US.
While I have been fortunate to have these experience, there are many friends who haven’t been abroad or have been ridiculed for their ‘poor English’ and many more who don’t express their ideas and don’t step out of their shell because of this fear.
While researching a bit, I was shocked to read some of the stats – Out if 1.2 billion population, there are just 125 million who can understand English (as per 2012 reports). This is when majority of the social media happens in English and most of the consumers have smartphones, when the world is becoming smaller and trade with international companies is growing each day! It made me think of the fact that there is a need for people to learn how to communicate, both on and off social media.
Often, It isn’t even about speaking the language ‘English’, but about having the confidence to share ideas, express opinions and create an aura that helps people achieve their dreams and inspire others around them. In many ways, it’s about empowering people to live their lives fully!
Communication for me is constant work in progress – to practise and learn to speak effectively. How can I give a Ted-like speech? How can I be a good story-teller? Learning has always given me a high. Trying new things, discovering new processes and skills. It’s like a magical box that you open up and it equips you with different kind of powers and I feel I am striving to become a brilliant orator that can inspire people. Hence, I always look for opportunities like these.
I came across LearnEd while speaking to a friend about the ed-tech industry and how technology is educating millions of people around. When she mentioned LearnEd’s focus on English education, my first thought was about the impact such education can have on youngsters.
A little bit about me – I am passionate about Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Food amongst many other things. I have always believed in the power of businesses and how it can be used to do good in the society. With this idea in mine, at LearnEd, I look after implementing the online projects contributing to the growth of the company . The journey so far has been – exciting, challenging as well as fulfilling at the same time.
LearnEd has taught me that it is not about Communicating, but the fear of Communicating, and that there is a huge difference between the two. It has exposed me to the various aspects of Communication and helped reflect on what it is that I can work on.
The vision of LearnEd to use gaming and new learning techniques to teach effective communication inspires me to create a beautiful, enriching experience for the participants. Our game LeapOn is the new way of learning. In today’s time, where travel and time is limited, LearnEd is taking risks to bring people online to interact, learn and become pros at communicating in English. A huge help is that the team is on board with the vision. That’s half the battle won, and that’s the best thing about working at LearneEd. LearnEd has given me the chance to explore different ideas, be experimental and take risks, and I hope to inspire the same in all our clients as well!