Leadership Conference Or A Dance Party? Solve This Conundrum
When I opened facebook this morning, I was greeted with another notification for an obscure youth conference. The information section of the said youth conference’s page was filled with enthusiastic messages on empowering the youth along side the usual list of speakers, and celebrities gracing the “biggest event of the year”.
You can probably find promotional posters, flyers, and facebook invites of various leadership workshops, motivational conferences and youth forums etcetera splashed everywhere, trying to attract the attention of all and sundry by blaring out slogans and text that promise to change the way you see life.
These youth conferences and training programs were designed and developed for young people to connect and engage, develop and enhance their management skills, and boost their confidence for positive change. It prepares them to exchange ideas, work as a team, set goals, facilitate meetings, and become an effective presenter/speaker.
For the last decade, a few famous training institutes have been organizing these events to facilitate the program for the youth of our country. However, more recently, it has started to turn into a fad to pull out events whether it is a conference or a training workshop, and make a mockery out of them by minimizing the learning aspect. What kind of training are they providing? Has any one ever judged them? Instead of providing concrete support and training to the younger lot, much like our desi films, they have developed the formula for successful event.
Which primarily is:
A renowned trainer/speaker+ Music+ Television/ Internet celebrities+ ”Hot women” + Heavy promotion and marketing + Hi-Tea/Lunch = Successful youth conference.
What is going on? Our youth can not attend a corporate event/seminar organized by their institutions without claiming it to be utter waste of time, filled with boring ramblings of the speaker, but yes, they can attend these so called training sessions which are a waste of time and money with zero learning outcomes.
Recently, I have seen some heavy promotion of a desi event claiming to the baap of every event out there and guess what? They implemented the same successful formula of pulling off a conference, making a fool out of everyone who paid huge amount of money to be there. Is dance, music, and the random dialogues by some random motivational speaker in this so called training event really worth it? I don’t think so. The learning part out of this whole experience is disappointing, and it really does seem to be more of a socializing affair.
What’s surprising is that here even the organizers who are “champs” can’t speak properly, and need a training or two themselves. Our youth has definitely much sense to differentiate between a real youth conference event and training over the fake ones. I am not against organizing these events but who ever is the part of the training fraternity should take notice and produce quality events, and not concentrate merely on the quantity of events. Lets’ hope for a change in the future.