5 years back while still on his first job which was of a door-to-door salesman, Abhishek wondered what future had in store for him. It was then that a friend coaxed him to scribble everything that he wanted to do with his life on a piece of paper. And 5 years since then, everything scribbled on that sheet is coming true! Post his first job, he worked with multinational companies and startups in multifarious industries like advertising, technology, human resource, and events including NASSCOM 50 and BBC featured Startups. “I always valued creativity over the security of a stable job. Becoming an entrepreneur was a way to unleash my creativity and make a real difference in the lives of people.”, says Abhishek who is the Founder & C.E.O of The Skill Hub – Skills that set you Apart, a student & corporate training and development company.
Today, Abhishek is a keynote speaker, award-winning business & communication consultant, certified emotional intelligence coach, certified trainer & facilitator, certified psychometrician, certified transaction analyst, neuro-linguistic-programming (NLP) practitioner, emcee, theatre enthusiast, and an entrepreneur. He is also passionate about theatre and has been a student of Anupam Kher’s Acting Academy. He uses all of these proficiencies in his signature workshops and seminars. He is also the creator of #YouLeadIndia Movement, a youth leadership seminar and workshop series created to build global competencies in the youth of India and make them more employable.
“It has been quite a ride from being a door to door salesman to starting my own company. I still remember the day I was ruthlessly thrown out by a company owner for making a walk-in sales call in his office. The owner had made a spectacle out of the whole incident in front of his staff. I walked out of that office tougher than before and more determined than ever. It hasn’t been an overnight feat, but a number of small systematic steps directed towards a goal with immense patience and grit that have led me to this. My first job, although one of the hardest, will be the one I am proudest of – It was a crash course in people skills, persuasion, selling skills, risk tolerance, resilience, negotiation, influence, networking etc.; skills that are must-haves in the arsenal of any entrepreneur”, says Abhishek.
The Skill Hub provides highly transformational skill-building experiences (life skills and soft skills) through their customized workshops, training, consultation, one-on-one coaching, courses, and speaking engagements. Their signature workshops and training are a blend of highly curated content coupled with creative insights and communicated using the most modern tools of learning. Workshops are devised using contemporary facilitation and training tools, Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP), theatre, role-playing, gamification, storytelling, emotional intelligence etc. Their clients include corporate houses, educational institutions, students,
entrepreneurs, individuals etc.
“I usually find myself to be one of the youngest speakers at forums and panels, but I have received immense love and support from my audience and pray that I continue to do so. I believe
that if a speaker or trainer can provide his audience value for their time and money, then age is immaterial.” Abhishek jokes, “Nowadays, I am told that my energy, age and creative methods of delivery is what sets me apart”
As an advice to anyone who is pursuing their dreams, Abhishek says “There will be sacrifices. You will have to give up on things, opportunities and even people that don’t resonate with your values, beliefs, and goals. But, it will all be worth it. Personally, I am very ambitious and passionate. If I am in it, I am in it for good. Three areas that are close to my heart are education, entrepreneurship, and entertainment. And I am living my passion for these through all my creative pursuits.”
Abhishek signs off saying, “I have many people to thank for everything that I have accomplished. My parents have been immensely supportive of all my endeavors and they continue to be my ideal role models for everything that they have achieved individually and together. I have learned a lot from all the world class coaches that I have trained with, all my patrons who have given me amazing opportunities to showcase myself and all my friends and colleagues who have always showered me with inspiration. I feel truly blessed to have the love and support of all my dear ones”