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Amit Soundalgekar empowering soft skills worldwide

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The art of communication and presenting oneself before prospective hirers/bosses is very important. You might be an all rounder when it comes to academics, but if you fail to impress your interviewer/boss with the right CV and the right words; your knowledge is of no use. Communication skills are very authoritative as they are required to go through the Group Discussion /Personal interview while chasing their dreams of landing at a leading business school of their choice. Directors, deans and professors of leading business schools, have reiterated the fact that one of the factors they see in GD/PI is how well a candidate can express himself.

Amit

Amit Soundalgekar is an entrepreneur adept on communications and soft-skills training. Amit has a Bachelors degree in Science from GSS college Belgaum and a Post Graduate Diploma in business management from Local self GOVERNMENT. He did his schooling from Oriental School Belgaum and has corporate training experience of over 9 years. An excellent motivational speaker with a specialization on communication skills, team building and body kinesics. In addition to training for ICMIS, he is associated as a corporate trainer with Kotak Life insurance, AKP Foundries, JP Foundries, Hewlett Packard, Goldman sachs, CRISIL, GeneralMotors, Duke University ,Goodrich, Convergys,IBM,Novell, Identified as the Training partner for Linfox of Australia & other organizations.

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A Corporate Consultant with wide experience in corporate training and consulting with a range of industries, across levels and functions. Experienced in strategizing, pre-validating, designing customized training interventions and facilitating for development of skill and effective behaviors to help organizations meet defined objectives. Addressed areas of Sales Effectiveness, Customer-ism, and Behavior Management, using Classroom and Outdoor Adventure based training interventions.

Amit has previous manufacturing experience in water treatment equipments and sales experience in the pharma industry. Through his personal and professional experiences, Amit gradually became a specialist in Negotiation skills, Project Management, Leadership programs, Focused groups, Cross culture Communication, Communication skills, Presentation skills, and Team building

Amit has been part of c2c since its inception with other expert trainers at C2C Training & Consulting Pvt. Ltd.

He has experience working with clients in Europe, Middle east, Africa, Far east. He has made presentations in Netherlands for valve Manufacturers and Amit was invited for a Management talk show on Radio Mirchi and Radio Indigo.

Some excerpts of an interview:

What made you take up Corporate soft skill training was it an accident or you wanted to be one?

Amit —> It is a shear accident. Because before getting into training I was into manufacturing of water treatment equipments. I accidentally took up an assignment at the cyber college in Kolhapur. Their i met the branch manager of Kotak life insurance, who mentioned that they were looking for some trainers in Insurance. That was the beginning of a long and pleasurable journey. I always had a flair for public speaking but never did it cross my mind that I can make a career out of speaking to people. Because I started as a automotive paints seller then pharma sales and even toilet cleaning acid.

How important is communication in the field of management, according to you?

Amit —> I feel communication is a tool to inspire people.

I would say the more articulate, patient and assertive you are, the more you can gather information and make the best out of communication. To me communication is to achieve shared understanding At the same time I always say “communication is not what is said, but what is heard and understood”. To me in management communication is a very important skill and especially kinesics. I am almost branded in Belgaum as Body Language

How can an individual overcome their spoken English and bad body language?

Amit —> First is the willingness to better your speaking skills and then the resilience to keep reading and being bold to communicate in English. Not shying away at every learning opportunity and be willing to fail. Beyond that one technique that I suggest is that one should read a article and then try to speak out the gist of it into a recorder. Then play it for yourself,or even share it with someone whom you consider is better in language skills. Persoanly I have seen people finding amazing results for themselves.

And when it is about body language, we all are aware that a chunk of the meaning in communication is understood through body language. Be a good observer and a quick learner to adopt different postures and expressions or hand movements. I am a big fan of body language as a study. I am almost branded as Mr Body language in Belgaum. Every act or mood of an individual is easily reflected through body language. You can see through a person through his or her Body language.

Any idols that you admire?

Amit —> I definitely admire Gandhiji for the simple fact that he was able to inspire an entire nation singlehandedly and at the same time inspired some world leaders of his own generation e.g. Nelson Mandela,Martin Luther king. To me that is amazing, being able to inspire a whole generation of leaders.

You have given training in many corporates in India and abroad is there any difference?

Amit —> Culture is the biggest difference. Every individual from a different culture reacts in a different way to the same information. Thats one challenge which I usually cherish. I need not stereotype my experience but it’s a general observation. Because I get to train people from various organization and at different levels. To name a few would be ABB,CRISIL,LINFOX,HEWLETT PACKARD,IBM,NOVELL. Every organization throws a different challenge in terms or organization culture and national culture.

Do you think being in Belgaum is advantageous or otherwise?

Amit —> It’s a definite advantage. On a very positive note I am able to devote a lot of time for myself and my family. Not spending time in traffic is the biggest advantage and my sole purpose of being in Belgaum is that I wish to share my experiences with the industry or student fraternity of Belgaum, everything that I keep learning world over.

How was the Radio experience and speaking there?

Amit —> My radio experience was one of a kind. Going live on air was like”I cant go wrong”.I was nervous the moment I was introduced as a management consultant and a corporate trainer. But as we progressed through the talk I received a few compliments by the editor of the show and that eased my nerves. But honestly speaking I felt like a kid getting some well deserved gift.

How is the family support when u took this job?

Amit —> I cannot ask for more from my family. I personally believe that the biggest sacrifice anyone makes for your success is your family. Hats of to my wife and my parents for being exceptionally supportive. I need to make a special mention that my wife having worked for a multinational herself and studied in Italy as an Italian language specialist,Understands how demanding my profession is. The best part is everybody including my brothers and their family stay involved about what I am doing,where I am traveling,and feel proud about the small things that I have achieved till date.

You travel a lot how does your family take this?

Amit —> I sometimes come home only to exchange my baggage and leave for another destination.

I work hard and at the first opportunity I spend most of my spare time with my family. Though they don’t complain I know I am falling short in spending some quality time with my kid,wife and parents.

What would you say to other enthusiast trainers out there who aspire to be what you have achieved?

Amit —> Be passionate. Being ready to learn and not hesitant to accept mistakes,will ensure that you would go a long way in being a good trainer. I am at my motivated best the moment I enter the training room.

Your favorite place / food in Belgaum?

Amit —> Ramkrishna ashram and in particular the room where Swami Vivekanad stayed.

As far as food in Belgaum,it cannot be any better place than my own house as I am hardly home. I love home made food but if I still need to make a choice I would say Sun n Sand,and Rasraj (a small Savaji outlet near Ushatai Gogte Grils high School).

Your views on ITBelgaum group and its effectiveness?

Amit —> I see IT Belgaum group gathering momentum in their activities and It Belgaum becoming a brand.

In your view is this website(AAB) doing good for Belgaumites?

Amit —> I need to congratulate Uday on coming up with the idea of ABB. I first got to know about it through a friend of mine and then when I visited the site I felt it was worth. One other thing that I need to share is ABB has helped me know Belgaum better than ever before. I am sure most Belgaumites who visit ABB regularly share the same view.

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91 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Sir,
    I was very impressed by your real personality at the time when I came in belguam.I am a brother in law of Eshwar Sontake.I am also in the training profession. please send me your number then i could take consultation about training industry.
    thank you.
    regards
    Santosh kudalkar
    9665347500

  2. Hi Amit,

    I am Prof.Rashmi Harti working at Jain College of Engineering, Department of MBA, affiliated to VTU in Belgaum. Our objective is overall development of Student professionally as well personally. For the same through understanding of Soft skill is very imp. Request you sir to share your contact number, as we want to invite you to share your valuable knowledge and experience with our student.

  3. Deat friends,
    Felt very happy after reading the comments of people ftom different fields about you and your profession. Keep it up.

  4. Hi Amit,

    Nice to see you long time.
    Congrats, this is excellent and fantastic growth.

    Lets catchup and all the best.

  5. Hi Amit,

    It was an insightful interview, I like the lucidity and openess in your interview. I was one of the lucky trainee who experienced your way of corporate training and the important thing that I have learnt that Life gives your opportunities, but you should have the ability to understand your skills and grab the opportunity and make the best use of it…Its wonderful to know a charismatic person like you and get inspired…my best wishes for your bright future 🙂

  6. Amazing humility and fantastic growth trajectory, from student to a professional sales guy, “a man on the street on the feet”, now a charming trainer, what a transformation I must say.

  7. can this interview be updated and add the latest achievements.Though it gives a fair idea it still is a old info.

  8. Amazing journey from a being an automotive paint seller to inspiring and motivating people and now to take it forward to giving hope through your coaching… great going … Unique brand name – Body Language Amit… I’m sure you’ll be a great coach

  9. CONGRATS, AMIT WE ARE PROUD OF YOU,
    WE REALISED THAT WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT AMIT WAS VERY LITTLE,
    BUT NOW WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT MISSING YOU IN THE MEETING,
    WHENEVER WE MEET WE LEARN LOT OF THINGS FROM YOU
    WE HOPE U WILL KEEP GUIDING THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED.
    AMIT YOU ARE SIMPLY GREAT AT PRESENT I AM FAR AWAY BUT IN TOUCH WIYH OUR BELGAUM THROUGH THIS WEBSITE

    • Dear Amit

      Great Job and Excellent Soft Skills. Also teach us a few when you have time. Great Progress and We are proud of you.

  10. Hello sir,
    Have you published any books based on your lecturers, interviews etc?
    If yes where can I get it ? Hope your inspirational message should reach every Belgaumite. Hope the kids, youths of Belgaum should follow your foot steps. Al d best.

  11. Amit sir…..
    ur talk was awesome today at KLESCET. U r an inspiration to me n all of us.It's the 1st time i've ever met someone like u!!!!!!!!!! a very last and the best induction programme i've ever had.''Great people don't do different things,they do things differently''
    ALWAYS ''INSPIRING & MOTIVATING''….
    HARSHA……………full name 'Harshavardhan'
    thanq.

  12. Hi Amit… am amazed by ur interview..i was unaware of your talents.As a friend you are so great.Now i really feel proud of you .Being from such a small city u have achieved so much that is in such a small span of time.Now i am sure youth of small cities will dare to dream big…hats of to you…..you are a real youth icon….keep it up ..you have long way to go.

  13. Was very inspiring interview and need to learn a lot from you.happy to have known you as a family member.all the best and I know you will do well.

  14. Congratulations Amit Sir..
    it was an insightful interview.. i was one of those lucky students who could experience your way of teaching at the Induction Program held at our College.. wishing you all the luck ahead..
    Ankeeta
    ( BBA, CBALC)

  15. Congratulations Amit! You've always been an inspiration to all those who have been successful the hard way. You are a role model and my hero. Wishing you all the very best in life.
    Bhavesh Doshi.

  16. Hi Amit,
    I have always known you more as friend than a corporate trainer, one important thing i have learnt through your association is to "Live life to Express and not to Impress" B'cos if the expression is from the heart you are bound to impress. I also admire your dedication and commitment to your work. May the blessings of the almighty be always on you.
    shashank lengade

    • Shashank,
      glad that you posted your subtle views.i appriciate the encouragement you all give and also the amount of interest shown in a friends life.Its been a wonderful association.as you said “Lets the blessings of the almighty be always with everyone of us”.

  17. Amit you personify the Chakra "there is life in movement and death in stagnation" also said beautifully in the song Mera Jootha Hai Japaani "chalna jeevan ki kahani, rukhna maut ki nishaani" — Please grant me the boasting rights of "I know Amit – the Amit Soundalgekar"; it will be in my resume for sure as an added qualification/trait. Proud of you, very happy for you and wish you the best.

  18. In fact I am amongst few fans of Amit. Amit has been always a core trainer in Department of Biomedical Engineering KLECET, Belgaum. In fact his one session is enough to keep my students UP at least for a semester. I feel Amit should start a proper academy for all his activities.

  19. Mr Soundalgekar

    It was indeed interesting to know that my hometown has such an eminent Trainer in Soft Skills.I cam upon this when I was doing research about the impact of soft skills training.

    Would be honoured to have your comments and have your feedback and views.

    Rita

    • Hello Rita.
      Good to know that you are doing research on the impqact of soft skills trainingi would also appriciate you for taking time out to go through
      my interview.
      I would be happy if I can be of any help in your research

  20. Dear Amit,

    I am posting a message for the 2nd time & this time I have a question for you.
    Do you cover topics on e-mail / blog / sms etiquttes. Is there any platform where U can share such things with the public in general.
    I have a general feeling & also given to understand that not only e-mails but even blogs also have to be correct in terms of grammar, punctuation, spellings, content & style.

    • Hello Deepak
      I am realising that there is a lot of interest in the kind of work I do and thank you for acknowledeging the same.And yes I do share my views on all the above topics that you mentioned.

  21. CONGRATS, AMIT WE ARE PROUD OF YOU,
    INTERVIEW WAS MIND BLOWING,
    WE REALISED THAT WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT AMIT WAS THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG,
    BUT NOW WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT MISSING YOU IN THE MEETING,
    WHENEVER WE MEET WE LEARN LOT OF THINGS FROM YOU
    WE HOPE U WILL KEEP GUIDING US IN THE JOURNEY OF EXCELLANCE
    AMIT YOU ARE SIMPLY GREAT
    THANKS,

  22. amit,

    i was really inpressed with ur presentation,u really stand out amongst we cousins.As ‘pra’ said sky should be the limit. Great going.keep it up.

  23. Hey Amit,

    Great interview. I like the lucidity and openess.
    And yes, our family is one making the most sacrifices for us to keep moving ahead.

    Godspeed !!

    – Vinodh

    • Vinod.thanks for taking time out and going through the script.Am sure you stand testimony to a lot of things that appear in the script

  24. Hey Amit, finally i read ur interview n u r very good n u know that!!!!!
    Here is something i learnt from u n our friendship…..IF YOU REACH FOR GOAL,YOU MAY NOT GET THERE,BUT AT LEAST YOU`LL GET A LOT FURTHER THAN IF YOU HADN`T REACHED AT ALL!
    Thanx for everything n all the best always.

    • Hey thats amazing…You summed it up so well that i am overwhelmed.Being a adolescent psychiatrist,You have always added value and given a psychological view to our discussions.
      Thanks for all the contribution you have had through my journey.

  25. Your interview is really very impressive.Within a short span of time you have achieved a lot and my best wishes are there with you for all your future endeveours
    I think your achievement is inpiring for all those who would like to take up the challenge to excel in other field
    which is not their own field of interest.

  26. Hello Ashutosh
    You have been one amazing guy whom i have known in my recent past.Thank you for taking time out and going through the interview.

  27. Reach out & touch the sky, that's what left to do. Are we looking at next Shiv Khera? Great going buddy, its amazing to see you scale new heights. Best wishes to you.

    • Hey Prasanna.
      I could never Imagine this.My cousin sitting in the US and keeping a tab on whats happening in my life.You are a worthy bro.Thanks….And i still have a long way to go..

    • God i never realised what i was doing when i was giving all that info.But thanks for helping me realise the impact…Very honest and genuine…feels good

  28. Dear Amit,

    Its wonderful to know about a talented personality like you originating from Belgaum. I think Belgaum folks not only the student community even the professionals or for that matter all working people will be greatly benefited. Way back 20 years ago we did not have such professional advice & had to pursue on our own.
    All the Best.
    Cheers Belgaum.

    • HI Deepak,
      Thanks for the cooments.My intentions are to give back to Belgaum city whatever experience i gain outside.

  29. Hey Amit…..

    I thought I know you well……I was dead wrong !!

    There is still so much to learn….so from next time we will have more sessions of 'Amitism'

    Keep it up man…

    Cheers mate

  30. " Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It' is a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment."

    Congratulations for all your good work and wish you all the best :))

    • Thanks .Am sure those nice lines will remind me that i have a well wisher who wants me to do well.

  31. Hi Amit… very nice interview….This shows a perfect example of hardworking and smartness.Congrats!!!!!
    Well life gives us lots of opportunities, but we should have the ability to grab those and make the most of it, as you did. I hope with which people you are connected are highly benefited by you.

    • Hey thanks a lot.
      Those are nice comments.Feels good
      I am amazed with the amount of interest people have shown in this interview.I also need to thank UDAY of AAB who made this possible

  32. AN EXCEPTIONAL PERSON THAT BELGAUM PEOPLE SHALL BE ALWAYS PROUD OF,
    WISH YOU THE BEST IN YOUR CAREER.
    YOU ARE DOING VERY WELL. KEEP IT UP

    • Thank youu so much for crediting me on my success.Its a great feeling that belgaumites have taken such keen interest in my journey.
      Thanks

  33. Mr. Soundalgekar, was the first personality development trainer I introduced at our college, (Pretty sure he doesn't remember me). I have attended everyone of his training sessions in Belguam.
    You sir have come a really long way 🙂 'What you see is what you get' with him..
    After three years of attending a lot of training sessions in India & US, I can happily say, you are the best we've got!
    Proud of you and proud to be a Belgaumite! Keep up the good work.

    • Hello
      That was very nice of you to have remembered me and even felt that i am one amongst the better once.I know for sure that i still have a long way to go.But with all the wishes i am getting through this site,am sure i am left with only one option and that is to better what i have done in the past.
      One other thing you need to help me recollect when and where was the training that you participated.
      Thank you

      • Man-o-man, a reply from the man himself 🙂
        You conducted sessions @ BIMS, Gogte. introductory classes at IMER & a few other places I don't exactly remember. Although I was from BIMS and IMER, I got an opportunity to be there @ the other places as well. Most of them were the body language workshops. Although redundant (which most workshops are), the way you said it was different, and that's what made it fresh every time. Trust me, this is a compliment, most trainers don't make it fresh, its the same old drill always.
        Best of Luck in all the future endeavors! Cheers!

  34. I am not surprised with Amit's achievement. We have witnessed his social skills way back in the 90s, when we studied together at GSS college. By the way, he is an ace carom champion as well. Congrats Amit!

    • Hey Vilas
      It cant get better than this that my college mate makes such wonderful comment.
      Thanks vilas and yes the carrom thing makes me feel very nostalgic.

      • namaskar saheb 🙂
        You doing a great job buddy.
        Looking forward to see you very soon.
        Do let me know when u in Bangalore.

        Cheers .. keep it up !

  35. Great. Giving an interview is also a skill & you have mastered that -:) You are not only teaching Interpersonal skills but also practicing it…Proud of you..

    • Hello Vinayak.
      I am glad that you are able to keep tab on things from Roterdam.I dont have any hesitation in saying that whatever i have done till date has been with a lot of contribution from you.You definately have had a very positive impact on my life.
      Thanks for being such a wonderful friend.

  36. Excellent,Mind Blowing.

    I dont miss a single opportunity to attend the soft skill trainings conducted by Mr.Amit whenever its in Belgaum and I also like his BODY LANGUAGE class wherein you will end up with lot of exercise to your JAWS.

  37. Well, My friend Amit , nice to hear about your views. you see, whenever we meet (in lodge meetings-mostly), we learn a lot from you. we still have got to learn more and more. you share your experience from India as well as from abroad, and its always nice to hear about it. My good wishes are always there with you and I know that you will get what you seek.
    Well about AMCHI BELGAOU, , this site is wonderfull. It has got all the information needed and is a well kept site. I always recommend-this site to my friends.
    ALLLL THE best.

    • Hello Raja
      Its so encouraging that a lot of my well wishers have taken such interest in this Interview and believe me its very motivating.As far as this wonderful site that i connecting belgaumites together,i agree with you on every word that you have mentioned.
      Thanks

  38. very insightful… “communication is not what is said, but what is heard and understood”. never came across such a simple and apt definition of communication… will definately try the “recorder technique”

    • Hello alka,
      The recording technique has helped a lot of people and if you find it interesting then do experiment and keep me posted about the benifits.
      Thanks for your comments.

  39. Congrats Amit for being on this wondwerful site, Hope ppl will knw more and more about you and u will further not hv any free time to yourself , I have known you for a long time now ,apart from being a wonderful trainer i would like to share it with the ppl tht you are a very wonderful human being tooo, a very positive person in life and every body must learn something from you……Gud luck Amit………

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