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Inspiring Story of a #MoreThanAPayCheque Believer – Greeshma Thampi

Blast from the Past

I am born and brought up in the city of Mumbai. I graduated in Business from Narsee Monjee College and then completed MBA from Welingkar Institute. Post my MBA, I was working as Human Resources Manager with an IT company. I was happy with my career, but I realised that I was unable to exploit my potential within a set of listed job responsibilities. As a student of management, I always wanted to start my own business.

I was exploring different business ideas in the space of fashion, personal shopping and product businesses.

Then it all Changed

One day while researching online for my business plan, I stumbled upon the website of Image Consulting Business Institute (ICBI), the pioneering Image Consulting Training Institute in India. The idea of Image Management struck the right cord. I realised instantly that this was my true calling. I had my “Aha” moment It was certainly a huge turning point in my life. It was a career which was the perfect amalgamation of my skills and interest, providing the creativity, flexibility and challenges of entrepreneurship.

It just took me a week from attending the introductory session to joining the course.

Conquering New Horizons

When I look back at the 7 year long journey as an Image Consultant, it only brings a smile to my face. It has been an enriching experience making a difference to the life of thousands of people through my training and consulting programs.

I have conducted over 600 programs for corporate’s and educational institutes for over 11,000 corporate professionals and students.

I have conducted Executive Presence Workshops for senior leadership teams of large MNCs, to customer experience programs for luxury retail as well as students to make them future-ready.

I have coached CEOs, CFOs, Entrepreneurs and Celebrities on various aspects of managing their image.

I have been featured as an expert on dining etiquette on the first reality television show on image management in the world, “Image Banani Hai” on Zoom. I have also been featured as an Etiquette & Communication expert on Glamrs.com, a leading video content company. I have been interviewed on Radio City 91.1 and have been featured in various national dailies like Times of India, Economic Times, Mumbai Mirror, Bombay Times, DNA, The New Indian Express and magazines like Femina.

I recently received, the “Influencers Award” on occasion of Woman’s Day by Qween for influencing the lives of others. I also received the award for best guest speaker for the year at Rotary Club – Versova.

My #MoreThanAPayCheque moment

There are so many moments that have made the journey so memorable.

I had trained the leadership team at a Pharma company in October 2016. It was a wonderful 2-day program that was attended by the entire leadership teams including the COO, Heads of Departments and the Senior members of the Sales Team. We covered extensive aspects of how a leader needs to dress, communicate and behave.

I went to meet the COO recently. Not only did they have fond memories of the entire program, but also remembered concepts that they learnt during the workshop.

I was so touched to hear that they still talk about concepts like Level of Dressing when they have to go for meetings. For example, when they have a senior level meeting, they tell each other – “Tomorrow we need to dress at Level 4”. I was elated to know that what we teach is being practiced for years and they have imbibed our concepts as part of the company culture.