April 30, 2016

Communication Workshop Report by Delhi SHG

If you missed Delhi SHG Communication Workshop, Don't Worry, You can get almost 60% of the workshop just by reading this report. You would have never read a meeting report like this one :) 
General Information

The Communication Workshop organized by Delhi SHG took place on April 2 and 3, 2016. The workshop was attended by 26 PWS (details are mentioned at the end) among 2 brave female PWS. The workshop was scheduled at Danze the Studio, Sohan Ganj, Kamla Nagar, New Delhi.

Workshop Photos Link:

Day 1

Before the start of workshop, many were wondering what is going to happen, have they done the right thing by coming to workshop. Will they achieve their objectives? Will it be worth of two days of their time?

But as the time progressed, People doubts and anxiety vanished. To break the Ice and lets people know , first each participant was asked to team up with a other participant whom they didn't know before. They have to talk and gather the some basic information about each other for 10 mins. After their talk, some luck participants were called on stage to tell something about their partners. 

Then the second activity was done where one by one people have come on stage and tell the audience about them, their life, their career and their hobbies. It was a nice warming up session for days energizing activities.

Then the Master of Ceremony of the Day Mr. Ashish Agarwal took the stage and introduced the audience about workshop and some ground rules to follow. The Ground rules were as follows

·         Please keep the mobile phone on silent mode
·         Stammer openly and in a relaxed manner
·         Do not give advice to other about their speech unless asked for.

Then Ashish told the audience about the Speech Techniques which can be used by PWS. He told about following speech techniques

·         Bouncing
o    First take deep breath
o    Then bounce as many times as you feel comfortable
o    Start with non-feared words
o    Develop a hierarchy of situation and apply the technique from easy to hard situations
·         Prolongation
·         Pausing
·         Voluntary Stuttering
·         Coastal Breathing

Then he also shared with us his "LRE" concept by that he mean LOUD, RATE OF SPEECH and EYE CONTACT. We should apply LRE with any technique while we are speaking.

Then he also shared with us another checklist which was as follows

1.      Be clear what to say
2.      Accept your role as a stammerer
3.      Take a deep breadth
4.      Make proper eye contact
5.      Speak in a calm language

 Then after his session, the organizers Ravi and Shailender devised a wonderful way to segregate participant into groups. It most unique way and it would be hard to guess. So Any Guess regarding how will you segregate the bunch of PWS?

………… Emotions! Nope
………… Character! Nope

Criminal! Yes!

The participants were divided by famous villans of Indian Cinema. The participants were given a card which bear there name and their group name. The groups were as follows
1.      Shakal
2.      Sherkhan
3.      Lion
4.      Gabbar
5.      Mugambo

Then the participants of each group were asked to group together in accordance with their criminal group. They were asked to use the techniques just taught by Ashish during their discussion in group which carried on for 30 mins. After it we went to a lunch break. Participants were still after Ashish as you can see in the following photo

And during the refreshment break, Vikas served us very nice Ice Creams ! We hope he would have made a very good business! :)

And then we were back from refreshment break still with the memories of delicious ice cream served by Vikas. We were asked to use the techniques on our feared words voluntarily or just share our feared words or feared situations. Everybody participated.

Then Ashish explained the concept of acceptance to us

After that our Host Mr. Shailender had a very crazy Idea. He asked each of us to pick a image from a tray, we can only see the white side of the image not the image while picking. When we look at the image, we found a face and facial expression. Then he asked us to perform that expression on stage in front of everybody. The energy in a room went to a new level with it.

After this activity, we were asked to share a situation in our life where we felt bogged down by our stammering, so on a voluntary basis, people shared their instances of life.

The atmosphere of room become very touch, so our host Mr. Shailender decided to help us. He then told us a story of two urns; perfect urn and imperfect urn.

A village man used to carry water from well by using these two urns. The perfect urn would bring 100% water from well to home while imperfect urn can only bring 50% water. So perfect urn was very proud while imperfect urn was very sad. So one day imperfect urn asked his master, why is he using it to carry water? The village man replied that in trail which is between the well and his home, his had planted some flowers which now have grown very beautifully only due to water dripping from imperfect urn. And this has filled the earth and thus his home full of sweet smelling flowers. So the village man thanked the imperfect urn and asked him to be not sad any more.

So as PWS, we are also like imperfect urn who can make lives of other people rosy.

Then to test the people listening and maths ability, Dixit did a very funny activity where we have to speak "BUM" whenever multiple of 3 are encountered and speak "BUM" for 3 anywhere. Almost half of the activity time were taken to explain the rules to participants. The winner of this round was Sunoy Garai, a 19 year old Bengali lad, so it turned out that most people are weak in maths and PWS are not exception!

Then Amit and Shailender had even more vicious plans for us. Each villain group was asked to keep a balloon float by blowing air from mouth. As each of the group we were full of laughter as how funny we PWS could be.

Then the stage was set, people were waiting for Vishal Nagar to perform and burn the stage which he did, with his awe-inspiring dance.

Then we had one refreshment break, we eaten up our Yummy sandwiches with Tea and Coffee and went to do Voluntary Stuttering round. We were given an address of nearby shop and were asked to find it and get the selfie clicked in front of it. We have to roam around the market, asking strangers with voluntary stammering about the shop. Lovish was the centre of this activity because he managed to do voluntary stammering in front of women as well which many of us male PWS find it very hard.

Then we assembled back at the main hall, for quick feedback about the voluntary stammering round. Everybody shared his views about their group has done in voluntary stuttering round.

Then our host Shailender came with a another story to motivate us. The story is so much motivating and apt for PWS tha t it deserved to be told in full. So here the story goes

"Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a running competition. 

The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. 

A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants....  

The race began....  


No one in crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. 

You heard statements such as:  

"Oh, WAY too difficult!!"  

"They will NEVER make it to the top."  

"Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!"

"get down or you'll fall and die!!"

The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one.  

Except for those, who in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher....

The crowd continued to yell, "It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!"

More tiny frogs got tired and gave up....

But ONE continued higher and higher and higher....

This one wouldn't give up!

At the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!

THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it?
A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal?

He said...."what did you say....?"

It turned out....

That the winner was DEAF!!!!

The wisdom of this story is:
Never listen to other people's tendencies to be negative or pessimistic.... because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you -- the ones you have in your heart! 

Always think of the power words have.

Because everything you hear and read will affect your actions!


And above all:
Be DEAF when people tell YOU that you cannot fulfill your dreams!

It may also happen that frog was blind, since he kept going on despite everyone falling apart. The explanation is that it could be that he didn't see that everyone had fallen off so he keep going. Besides words, other people's action could also bring us down."

Then we wrapped the meeting with a very positive and energetic note

Day 2

Well before going to Conference hall, we were really tired due to yesterday energetic activity, so we sat on the chairs waiting patiently for the Day 2 begin for us.

So Ravi and Shailender started with the meditation round. The host asked us to meditate for 10 mins. We did it and almost trying to centre our line of thoughts. Then Shailender explained to us to advantage of meditation from stammering point of view.  He said the meditation help us to remain in present and remind us to use our technique, not worry about our fumbling on difficult words.  Then he played the Shak Rukh Khan audio clipping.

Then Shailender agains took us a session on Transfluency. He said that Transfluency is the different understanding of stuttering. For More Info about it, read below


Introduction Stuttering is a phenomenon which could be demedicalized. Since medicalizing does not offer benefits and causes a great deal of harm, I propose demedicalizing stuttering. Demedicalizing means looking at a phenomenon as an expression of human diversity, but not as a pathological symptom or a deviant behaviour. Stuttering is human nature, and probably will never be eliminated or modified. This new understanding of stuttering requires constructing a new term. I have chosen transfluency. Transfluency is a non pathologic speech pattern. Some behaviours have been demedicalized in the last two centuries, as drapetomania and being left-handed. Like them, stuttering is very resistant to treatment. Like them, stuttering is a natural attribute of the person, as the race and hemispheric dominance. Transfluency is a speech pattern dramatically different, but as human - or as natural - as the fluency. Both cannot be modified significantly because both are part of human nature. Transfluency is a natural speech pattern.

Definition of transfluency The construct of transfluency proposes that the speech of people who stutter is not pathological or deviant. Thus, transfluent speakers are not patients or sick people, who require clinical treatment. The transfluent community does not need treatment and is not worried about their speech pattern. Stutterers who accept themselves, speak openly and live freely, every time and with everybody, and are no longer stutterers but rather are transfluent speakers. They do not stutter but have a transfluent speech pattern. Transfluency is an attempt to dignify stuttering, because stuttering is a stigmatized condition. Transfluency is a new speech pattern which modifies the social meaning of stuttering and we must work to dignify its singularity and to carry out the Transfluent project.

Coming out. The three main characteristics of the stutterers' closet are: lies, secrecy and silence. Coming out means eliminating lies, secrecy and silence. Stutterers who "come out," break the taboo of stuttering, and try to change the darkness of the closet into transparency and authenticity. I purpose that coming out reduces stigma and suffering. Coming out dignifies the stutterers' life: no more stigma, no more conflict, no more being laughed at or mocked, no more irrational beliefs regarding stutterers and stuttering, no more social disapproval.

Then to fill up the room with inquisitive energy and test the listening and mathematical and literature abilities of PWS, Shailender started his round of Question, which we all prayed to God to end fast as we were pushed to limits. For example we were question on following topics
·         Tell us How many triangles
·         General knowledge quizes
·         Presense of Mind quizes
·         Relationship quesitons
·         Paheli
·         Translation Challenges from Hindi to English and from English to Hindi
·         Mathematics question on interest

Then came the funny round and we were enlighten regarding the reason behind give us Villain group name. Each group was asked to perfom the acting of that group's villain. We throughly enjoyed it.

Then came the session which was the focal point of Day 2 Workshop, when Vishal explained to us the Stuttering IceBerg Analogy. He wonderfully explained regarding 90% of stuttering iceberg which is composed of our inner self such as denial, shame, isolation, hopelessness, fear, anxiety and guilt. He said that like real iceberg of which major part is in water, so 90% part of our stammering is hidden from outer world.

Then he explained about how we can work on this 90% part of Stuttering iceberg by working on Acceptance, Pride, Community, hope, courage, comfort and Kindness.

Then we had to opportunity to listen to very unusual female PWS Ms. Sapna Roy who belong to Bihar and how she traversed through all odds to become a succesful market analyst. Her Full Speech is Posted below

Then once again to fill the energy in Crowd. Shailender did Sit, Stand, Sit, Dance activity once again were tested for our listening capabilities.

Then we went to lunch break and hoping for more ice cream

Then our Dear Sikhander Sir came and delivered us his few kind words on power of meditation and accepting ourselves. This gist of that is as follows

"We stammerers are always worried more about other people discomfort then our comfort. To put other people into comfort, we put ourselves into discomfort. We have created fear, so now we have to remove it. No speech therapist can remove the fear from us, only we have to remove it for us. With Confidence, fluency will automatically come. We stammerers always blame other people for our weakness. We should blame ourselves only not our parents or siblings. He than advised us to remain in present on which we have some control than remaining in past and future on which we have no control. He said that with the help of meditation we can remain in present. He than gave the example of 4 categories of thoughts
1.      Postive
2.      Negative
3.      Neutral
4.      Wasteful
He said that 90% of our thoughts are wasteful thoughts due to which we feel so tired at the end of day contrary to the fact that we have not even lifted an iota of weight. We feel such tiredness because our 90% thoughts are wasteful which suck our energy.

Then he said to counter these wasteful and negative thoughts, we have to motive ourself by appreciating our inner self instead of constantly demeaning it. We have to be postive with ourselve. If we don't accept ourselves then how can we expect others to accept us. God is powerhouse and meditation is way which connect us with that powerhouse."

Then we made a circle, people were asked to volunteer to tell the first name of everybody in the group. Many people tried but only Jitender succeded.

Then Amit and Shailender planned a beautiful activity where a participant was given a sticky note and asked to write about  any two other participants who have inspired the participant with their qualities. And then the sticky note were collected, shuffled properly. Once Shuffling is done, the sticky notes were once again distributed to participants. And then everybody was asked to tell the names and qualities written in front of that name. The person who got the maximum was Lovish with 8 votes because of his superb voluntary stuttering but Himanshu and Jagriti were not far behind with 7 votes and finally our two IITians Suraj and Vikas got 4 votes each.

Then we have one Rapid Fire Round in group where a person who throw a bottle at another person and that person catches the bottle, then the person who had thrown the bottle would ask the question to a person who has caught it.

Then Finally Himanshu with his deep bass voice explained us his experience of Vipassna.

Then Shailender distributed us a gift which is the most important takeaway of the workshop. It is as follows

With This quotation, Shailender explained us the importance of this statement by the story of king which is as follows

"Once A King Called Upon All Of His Wise Men And Asked Them, ” Is There A Mantra Or Suggestion Which Works In Every Situation, In Every Circumstances, In Every Place And In Every Time. In Every Joy, Every Sorrow, Every Defeat And Every Victory? One Answer For All Questions? Something Which Can Help Me When None Of You Is Available To Advise Me? Tell Me Is There Any Mantra?”

All The Wise Men Were Puzzled By The King’s Question. They Thought And Thought. After A Lengthy Discussion, An Old Man Suggested Something Which Appealed To All Of Them. They Went To The King And Gave Him Something Written On Paper, With A Condition That The King Was Not To See It Out Of Curiosity. 

Only In Extreme Danger, When The King Finds Himself Alone And There Seems To Be No Way, Only Then He Can See It. The King Put The Papers Under His Diamond Ring.

Some Time Later, The Neighbors Attacked The Kingdom. King And His Army Fought Bravely But Lost The Battle. The King Had To Flee On His Horse. The Enemies Were Following Him. Getting Closer And Closer. Suddenly The King Found Himself Standing At The End Of The Road - That Road Was Not Going Anywhere. Underneath There Was A Rocky Valley Thousand Feet Deep. If He Jumped Into It, He Would Be Finished…And He Could Not Return Because It Was A Small Road…The Sound Of Enemy’s Horses Was Approaching Fast. The King Became Restless. There Seemed To Be No Way.

Then Suddenly He Saw The Diamond In His Ring Shining In The Sun, And He Remembered The Message Hidden In The Ring. He Opened The Diamond And Read The Message. The Message Was – “ THIS TOO SHALL PASS ”

The King Read It . Again Read It. Suddenly Something Struck Him- Yes ! This Too Will Pass. Only A Few Days Ago, I Was Enjoying My Kingdom. I Was The Mightiest Of All The Kings. Yet Today, The Kingdom And All My Pleasures Have Gone. I Am Here Trying To Escape From Enemies. Like Those Days Of Luxuries Have Gone, This Day Of Danger Too Will Pass. A Calm Came On His Face. He Kept Standing There. The Place Where He Was Standing Was Full Of Natural Beauty. He Had Never Known That Such A Beautiful Place Was Also A Part Of His Kingdom. 

The Revelation Of The Message Had A Great Effect On Him. He Relaxed And Forgot About Those Following Him. After A Few Minutes He Realized That The Noise Of The Horses And The Enemy Coming Was Receding. They Moved Into Some Other Part Of The Mountains And Were Nowhere Near Him.

The King Was Very Brave. He Reorganized His Army And Fought Again. He Defeated The Enemy And Regained His Empire. When He Returned To His Empire After Victory, He Was Received With Much Fanfare. The Whole Capital Was Rejoicing In The Victory. 

Everyone Was In A Festive Mood. Flowers Were Being Showered On King From Every House, From Every Corner. People Were Dancing And Singing. For A Moment King Said To Himself, “ I Am One Of The Bravest And Greatest King. It Is Not Easy To Defeat Me. With All The Reception And Celebration He Saw An Ego Emerging In Him. ”

Suddenly The Diamond Of His Ring Flashed In The Sunlight And Reminded Him Of The Message. He Open It And Read It Again: “ THIS TOO SHALL PASS ”. 

He Became Silent. His Face Went Through A Total Change - From The Egoist He Moved To A State Of Utter Humbleness. If This Too Is Going To Pass, It Is Not Yours. The Defeat Was Not Yours, The Victory Is Not Yours. You Are Just A Watcher. Everything Passes By. We Are Witnesses Of All This. We Are The Perceivers. Life Comes And Goes. Happiness Comes And Goes. Sorrow Comes And Goes.

Now As You Have Read This Story, Just Sit Silently And Evaluate Your Own Life. This Too Will Pass. Think Of The Moments Of Joy And Victory In Your Life. Think Of The Moment Of Sorrow And Defeat. Are They Permanent ? They All Come And Pass Away. 

Life Just Passes Away. There Is Nothing Permanent In This World. Every Thing Changes Except The Law Of Change. Think Over It From Your Own Perspective. You Have Seen All The Changes. You Have Survived All Setbacks, All Defeats And All Sorrows. All Have Passed Away. The Problems In The Present, They Too Will Pass Away. Because Nothing Remains Forever. Joy And Sorrow Are The Two Faces Of The Same Coin. They Both Will Pass Away.

You Are Just A Witness Of Change. Experience It, Understand It, And Enjoy The Present Moment - This Too Shall Pass"

And finally we had one feedback round where newcomers gave their feedback about the workshop. The feedback was as follows
·         Very good planning of activities
·         Very good hosting by Ravi and Shailender
·         Good Stories told by Shailender
·         Great Stuttering IceBerg Session by Vishal

List of Participants in Delhi Communication Workshop

Sunoy Garai
New Delhi
Shailender Vinayak
Prajwal Joshi
Suraj Kumar
New Delhi
Anurag Mishra
sidhant sharma
greater noida
Vikas Ranga
New Delhi
Anshul saini
ramandeep singh
Jitender Gupta
Deepak Bodade
Ravi Jagga
New Delhi
New Delhi
Ashish Agarwal
New Delhi
Jagriti Bhagat
New Delhi
Lovish Arora
Dinesh Kumar Ola
Shyam Sunder
Makrana, Rajasthan
Varun Sood
Dixit Arora
Amit Dixit


Vikas Ranga said...

Such an elaborative report.
You're setting content writing bar to another level in TISA.
keep inspiring

Satyendra said...

Delhi SHG has set up a new benchmark.. and is an inspiration for all other SHGs.
Doing a Communication workshop is not so difficult but can be very inspirational. Just read the report.. and see for yourself!

Unknown said...

Missed but definitely next time

Pravin Shrimant Ghorpade said...

Thanks for sharing the report. It's really beneficial

sikander said...

Well Done Suraj, the shining star

Excellent and splendid report. Keep it up.

Unknown said...

Really very nice !! Every one has to appriciate them !! thanks for sharing such a nice article !!!!

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