Weekly Roundup: Susegad, Learning Retreat & Public Speaking
What we learned together on Network Capital this week
Dear community members,
Happy New Year! Hope you had a rejuvenating weekend. This is a quick overview of the week gone by on Network Capital. You can get access to all our offerings once you subscribe.
🚀 Registrations open for the Public Speaking Fellowship.
🧑🏻🤝🧑🏾 Sign up for the Network Capital Learning Retreat
📚 Launch of YouthINK with Network Capital
📅 Upcoming Masterclass: Career Principles with Founder of Robin Hood Army, Neel Ghose
The Public Speaking Fellowship
2020 plunged us in front of the video conferencing tools. We were learning, working and connecting online. There was no option but to get in front of the camera and start talking. While we spoke more, we communicated less. More importantly, communicated less effectively. Things are unlikely to go back to the way they were. In this new normal, it is time all of us adapt our communication styles.
If there is one skill you should work on in 2022, it should be effective public speaking. If you are already good, try and get better. If you struggle, like roughly ~75% of the world’s population, it is time for deliberate practice.
Public speaking is not something you can get good at by downloading an app. Just like you can’t learn driving by reading instruction manuals, you can’t become a good public speaker with a hands-off approach. You need to immerse yourself.
Starts Jan 15, 2021
PS. Here’s a talk by the first cohort of our Public Speaking Fellow
On Network Capital, we want to help you build your category of one not only in terms of what you bring to the workplace but also the values you live by. In this 3 day retreat, we will enjoy myriad outdoor adventures curated by Laidback, a venture by one of our subscribers Nakul.
Through these adventures and activities, we will embark upon the journey from Zoom conferences to the real world. We will learn the art of storytelling not about a third person or an external experience but about our larger vision.
We will consider the retreat successful if you go back with cherished friendships, deeper knowledge about your selves and ideas for connecting with others in order to add specific value to them. Your personal and professional growth will be a natural byproduct.
There will be 4 workshops organized by fellow subscribers
The world in 2022
The adventure kickstarts in a quaint, luxury camp near Chail. See you on 25th evening.
I (Utkarsh) was selected to become an INKtalks Fellow in 2019. Being part of the INK community was transformational as I got the opportunity to learn from and contribute to some of the kindest leaders around the world. I talk about my INK experience in my book “The Seductive Illusion of Hard Work” (Sage Publishing)
INK was founded by Lakshmi Pratury with the mission of democratizing the magic that occurs at the intersection of science, technology, community and culture. Over the years all of us (INK fellows) have been mesmerized by her storytelling, leadership and empathy.
Today I am happy to share that INK and Network Capital have joined hands to set up “Youth INK with Network Capital” to help school students build their category of one. It will be a yearlong immersion program where students will spend an hour every weekend learning from top CEOs, academics, artists, scientists and policy makers.
In the inaugural cohort of the program we will work closely with 100 students and help them identify their core strengths and equip them with the knowledge, network and mental models to build meaningful careers in the twenty-first century.
Our larger goal is to spark a sense of wonder and curiosity among students. They will graduate as top-notch public speakers, writers and thinkers – skills that will be invaluable for the rest of their lives. They were celebrate JOMO (joy of missing out) and abandon FOMO (fear of missing out).
Lakshmi and I will personally teach in this program and we will bring the best of INK and Network Capital for our students.
Neel Ghose is the founder of the the Robin Hood Army, (RHA) a volunteer organization which redistributes surplus food to the less fortunate. With a zero funds policy, the team has served meals to 83.9 million people across 255 cities through a family of Robins across the world - the RHA is now a Harvard case study. From a work front, Neel manages partnerships for Google Pay, he previously launched international markets and worked for Zomato from the seed stage.
Neel has done his bachelors in Shri Ram College of Commerce and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. A passionate fan of cricket, Neel spends most of his free time struggling on the squash court, and procrastinating with friends and his 6 year old niece Tara. He believes the Robin Hood Army's work is just 1% Done.
One of the clearest signs of learning is rethinking your assumptions and revising your opinions. 21 things I (Adam Grant) rethought in 2021.
While both IQ and EQ are still important in the 21st century, it is our AQ that will determine how well we do at work. The good news is that AQ isn’t fixed. There is a way to learn from the future as it emerges.
Susegad comes from the Portuguese word sossagado, meaning quiet. When irritated, Goans often say in Konkani ‘Maka suseg di’ (give me peace or quiet). In other words, peace is what they are optimizing for. That’s their ultimate destination and the most treasured journey.
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✍🏼 Read our founder Utkarsh Amitabh’s Harvard Business Review articles here Building Your Category of One, Should You Choose Passion Over Paycheck, How to Make Envy Work for You?, and The Right Way to Make a Big Career Transition
💞 Read our founder Utkarsh Amitabh’s book Seductive Illusion of Hard Work. The foreword written by Klaus Schwab, the founder of World Economic Forum.