He is a revered and trusted name as a motivational and inspirational speaker in corporate India. He is driven to spread the message of positive thinking and work ethics through his talks and training seminars. He brings a unique blend of Indian, Japanese and American ways of success. Having worked in India, Japan and America over extended periods of time, Vijay has experienced and observed the principles of success which are universally applicable.
Owing to his unique lineage, Vijay embodies the Samurai spirit and comprehensively translates its essence, adapting it with equal intensity for the climate of the Indian soil. He is thus among the very few trainers in India who conduct sensitization workshops for Indians wanting to succeed with the Japanese and for the Japanese wanting to succeed in conducting business in India. He strives to create the energy among participants to pursue success and happiness. Like the Japanese wish each other ‘ Gambatte Kudasai’, Vijay too drives people to do their best, and not rely on luck, chance or fate.
In addition to motivational trainings, Vijay is highly sought after to conduct programs on leadership for the senior and top management in prestigious companies. His effortless brilliance in sharing powerful unconventional wisdom worded mostly simply – is a unique talent to which he owes his immense popularity. He transforms people by impinging upon their minds subtly, yet strongly. He successfully deconstructs the inner workings of commonplace thoughts and adds his fresh and empowering perspective to it. Vijay’s unassuming grace and charisma make him a speaker par excellence.
Vijay Michihito Batra was born on 19 July 1962. He is an alumnus of PHP Institute, a Think Tank affiliated to Panasonic, founded by Matsushita Konosuke, who is considered to be the ultimate authority in management and leadership in Japan. He studied MBA from University Of Pittsburgh. He grew up in Delhi, studying in DPS Mathura Road and Bhagat Singh College.
So far, he has interacted with over 5,00,000 participants in over 5,000 workshops in over 400 companies. He has worked with small intimate groups of just ten participants for duration of three days, to large group of a hundred to 5,000 participants for duration as short as 30 minutes.
Vijay has successfully conducted over 30,000 hours of active learning sessions. He believes that by reaching out to others, he is able to heal himself in the process.
“Whenever I have felt that life was unfair to me, I bore a grudge in my heart. Soon enough I found myself to suffer from a martyr syndrome! Through trainings, I strive to become a secure and a good person, becoming humble by the love and recognition I receive for my work.” He acknowledges with all humility that Training has taught him to appreciate people for the good they bring in and accept people with their limitations and challenges without judging them.
“My personal anchoring thought” he says is, ‘The harder you work, easier life becomes; the easier you work, harder life becomes’.
Vijay Batra has the keen ability to understand the process and method of training. He says that since life is all about conditioning, adult education is a combination of continuous learning and un-learning. Training plays a significant role in informing the participants as to what are the better ways of being, and ways to achieve it.
Technical training has direct impact on performance which enables an individual to feel worthy and trustworthy. While technical training improves the skill, attitudinal training intensifies the will. And therefore, they must go hand in hand in order to truly uplift the individual.
Mr. Batra has a unique way to bond with his learners. He says, “I reveal myself using a lot of humor to disarm the learner’s inhibitions and internal resistance. Also, I share personal experiences as to how I have improved myself and am living a better life. I candidly discuss my vulnerabilities as ‘case-studies’ to inspire people, and how I dealt with them and overcame them. I communicate the desire that enabling the participant to overcome their challenges brings me as much joy as it does when I overcome my own challenges. I subtly transmit the motto that I am an ordinary man with extraordinary desires, and I will not quit till I become an extraordinary man with ordinary desires. And if I can do it, so can you. “
He focuses on creating enabling beliefs, which trigger the desire in participants to develop skills that lead to success and happiness.
In spite of his choc-o-bloc schedule, he manages to unwind by golfing and watching inspirational movies. He says that he never tires of a movie if it has touched him within. He loves to watch it many times over, finding yet new and deeper meanings.
His unique approach is to be loud, using lots of humour, using simple words, making sure that abnormal things that we take to be normal are brought to the attention so that the participants realize their blind spots. He transfers his feelings to the participants under the cover of loudness and humour.
Here is an example from his training programme, he quotes:
I ask my participants the opposite of happiness. Many answer it immediately as sadness, to which I impress upon the participants that it is boredom. If we engage ourselves in our lives at work and at home, we vibrate with positive energy. Similarly, many confuse patience and tolerance, punishment and torture to be synonyms. I enable participants to become clear that patience is active and tolerance is passive, punishment is an act by which a person becomes better, where as torture makes a person bitter.
I practice the art of effective questioning, asking: “Why do you work?”, “Why did you join the organization in which you work?” Often the answers given are pre-conditioned and not pre-thought. The participants realize that working for money is not the primary reason; working to become better is the primary reason. Similarly, the primary reason to join an organization is to make the organization better; in the process the individual becomes better.
Coming back to India in 1997, Vijay Batra set up Think Inc. In short phases it saw challenges coming its way, but Batra and his team dealt with them with a sense of positive and rational enthusiasm. Twenty years on in 2017 Think Inc. has entered a new era – an era of rapid holistic growth.
Electrifying, intensely involved, down to earth, amazingly humorous, extremely driven and passionately connected, yet a man characterized by his benevolence and honesty and remarkable simplicity.