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Learning Soft Skills

August 2010
Learning Soft Skills

Indian companies are spending millions of dollars to send employees to corporate finishing schools, so they can learn international business etiquette or "soft skills" and compete in the global marketplace, according to a Washington Post article.

Rehan Ahmed Khan, 22, whose family runs a sari-making business, spent $200 for a four-month course at Arora School for Spoken English, Body Language and Accent Training in Varanasi.

"With this school, I feel I can go anywhere and expand my business to the rest of Asia and to America," Khan told the Post. “I now know to always smell fresh, never arrive late to a meeting with internationals and look people in the eye. Plus, these skills make me cool."

Kabir Nayar, 30, a technology executive for Bharti-Airtel, attended a finishing school in Delhi to prepare himself for a trip to London. "I learned how to power-dress, wear a tie and not wear my trousers so high -- they can be dropped to the waist," he said.

If you’re interested in taking a course, you’d better hurry. Space is filling up quickly at the Delhi School for Spoken English, Accent Training and Proper Trouser Wearing.

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