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Ganga wants employers to train and gain

There is a saying that if you try you could fly. This is exactly true in the case of Ganga Nanayakkara. She has proved that sky is the limit for her through her “Train and Gain” professional service. She is a professional trainer and consultant and has earned a reputation of being a practical thinker.

Her multitasked skills, pleasing qualities and charming smile has won a considerable number of high standing clients where there is competition in this kind of service in Sri Lanka which is a relatively new business opening. Ganga stresses the importance of continuous training for any firm, be it industrial or service sector for it will lead to high productivity and service standard. The key and the secret behind her success is time management which is considered most important in one’s life.

She was interviewed by Daily News Business.

Excerpts of the interview

Q: How do you describe your line of business?

Ganga Nanayakkara

A: I am a professional trainer and consultant. I provide training and consultancy services through “Train and Gain” company which was set up one year back. I provide three different kinds of training. The corporate training includes leadership, team building, motivation and women development. The corporate consultancy service is mainly for small and medium companies to help reach the next level. What is most emphasised here is the employee relationship activities.

The third category is the image consultancy service for females. This comes in a total package where the main focus is the personnel development and grooming. I also conduct public training. I am a visiting lecturer for Institute of Personal Management. I started my career as a telephone operator and then moved into the IT related field. I learned all the operational and management aspects and wanted to start something of my own. The experience gathered working was an immense help and I gradually build by training and consultancy service.

Q: How do you strike a balance between family life and business?

A: My husband Moditha Kumara is a Head of Technology in an IT company. We are in constant communication as I consider communication to be the key to relationships. He has a good understanding about the business and extends his fullest support. He is also my business partner. I am thankful for him, my parents in Galle and two younger brothers for the huge part played in my success.

Q: What motivated you to venture into business on your own?

A: When you are working in a company, there is limited opportunity to exploit true potential. I realized this and wanted to do more than being a mere employee. When I started to unleash my potential this is where it took me. There are many opportunities when you venture into a field like this such as building relationships, interaction and sharing experiences. Though it is a risk to venture into a new field, I took up the challenge and made use of the capabilities to stand tall among others.

Q: What are your goals?

Ganga with her husband

Ganga with her parents

A: My goal is to make “Train and Gain” a brand name and with it Ganga Nanayakkara, a personal brand. Currently employers do not pay much attention to training and personal development. I intend to change this mindset. I want to address the grassroot level and make them reach the next level as this will be an accomplishment in my life.

Q: How do you face the challenges of competition?

A: When there is no competition then the room for improvement is limited. One will be satisfied with what ones achieved so far. However, when there is healthy competition you constantly want to develop and look for strategies to achieve end goals. There will be more opportunities to learn and adopt when there is competition.

Q: What example do you provide to others?

A: I started my career at a low level in the management structure. However, I did not remain there and ventured into my own business harnessing my true potential. There are times we are comfortable with what we have. But it is important to explore the world beyond your reach and go for new heights. For this one needs courage to stand up to competition and continue in the chosen field. Positive thinking and constant upgrade of knowledge is essential. You have to act within your boundaries of feminism. However, much successful you are, the priority must be the family life.

Q: What is your specialty?

A: I always share my experiences hardships and difficulties faced in motivating others. They learned a lot and I always give practical methodology. I see to it that they have a positive change at the end of each training session.

Q: What are your achievements in family life and business?

A: In family life I am happily married and my husband is a tower of strengthen. Our relationship has positive impact on the venture where it is based on mutual trust and well-being. My parents and in-laws are equally supportive and it is a blessing to have them. They encourage me to take the business to further prosperity.

Q: What is your message to society?

A: You can do anything if you have the will, positive thinking and courage. You need to have empathy on others. There are ups and downs in life, but you have to identify your potential and work towards set goals. This will enable you to realize your dreams.



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