Why I Joined LearnEd – Yash Maniar

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At school, I was very shy and never interacted with anyone. 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 experiences, I have 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 some information on English skills, I was shocked to discover that out of a population of 1.2 billion people, there are only 125 million who can understand English (according to 2012 reports). This is when a majority of the social media occurs in English and most consumers have smartphones. The world is becoming smaller and trade with international companies is growing each day! This 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 English, but about having the confidence to share ideas, express opinions and help people achieve their dreams and inspire others. In many ways, it’s about empowering people to live their lives fully!

Communication for me is constant work in progress – to practice 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.  I am striving to become a brilliant orator that can inspire people. Hence, I always look for opportunities like to learn and grow further.

I came across LearnEd while speaking to a friend about the ed-tech industry and how technology is educating millions of people around us. When she mentioned LearnEd’s focus on English education, my first thought was about the impact such education can have on youth and young professionals. That’s why I joined LearnEd.

I am passionate about entrepreneurship, sustainability, and food amongst many other things. I have always believed in the power of entrepreneurship and how it can be used to do good in the society. With this idea in mind, 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.

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 me 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 participants. Our game LeapOn is the new way of learning. In today’s world, where travel and time are 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 entire team is on board with the vision. That’s half the battle won, and that’s the best thing about working at LearnEd. LearnEd has given me the chance to explore different ideas, be experimental and take risks, and I hope to inspire this spirit in all our clients as well!

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