Published: 23rd December 2019
TheGoodTalkFactory is the perfect space for peeps who want to share their tales on a large platform. Here's how
Their anniversary event which was conducted recently included participants from their previous events. They were sharing their experiences about participating in their events
The stories we tell are the stories we live. And when we talk about our struggles and how we have overcome them, it helps others live the reality of it and learn from it as well. Today, in a bid to help people effectively deal with the struggles life throws at them, many platforms are being set up to give them the space to share their experiences. TheGoodTalkFactor
They have been doing this successfully for the past year and even celebrated their first anniversary on December 15, 2019. While their first-ever open mic event was called Musings, their first anniversary event was called Musings Reloaded at Nritya – Forum for Performing Arts. The event was inaugurated by a student of Raghu Duth, the founder of TGTF, whom he knows from his days at Teach for India. "When she was in class II, she wasn't able to spell a word and yet, recently, she has finished reading the Harry Potter series," he says with a smile. And it is such inspirational personalities that go on to speak on their platform and inspire others to be better and do more.
They have conducted their event at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, St Peter's Engineering College, RBVRR Women's College and other educational institutions in Hyderabad
Hyderabad-based Raghu was a career guidance counsellor and soft skills trainer for Coign Consultants and used to train young graduates for university interviews. Currently, he is freelancing to counsel young domestic cricketers. In the span of eight years, he has counselled more than five lakh students and strongly feels that inspirational stories can do wonders for the psyche of young students. "But most platforms through which stories are shared are for celebrities, exceptionally talented or well-known public figures. I wanted to start a platform for all citizens," says the 33-year-old.
Hence, TGTF was started. Till date, they have conducted these open mic events at more than five educational institutions, including schools, and are growing steadily. Why they click is because they give participants the freedom to choose any medium to share their story — narrative, poetry, dance or any other form of expression they deem fit. As a result, you can imagine the kind of interesting performances people might be putting up.
Raghu Duth | (Pic: Raghu Duth)
The process of registering with them is simple. Interested participants can fill in the registration form which they put out on their social media platforms before every event. Then, they are selected, informed of the theme and trained as well, if needed. "We also have this tradition of ending with a return gift - a thank you note written by our own volunteers," says Raghu who works with a team of 12 volunteers. They have organised corporate events for companies like Tech Mahindra and have conducted events for Telangana State Innovation Cell and British Council as well. Next up, they have an event in January details of which are yet to be finalised and they wish to conduct more such events outside Hyderabad too.
Two inspiring stories shared on their platform:
- A dyslexic woman who used to struggle to communicate has now managed to overcome her fear after she started participating at TGTF's events
- A keynote speaker shared the mental trauma she went through because of a divorce and other such difficulties and she spoke about being mentally strong
For more on them, check out facebook.com/thegoodtalkfactory