Last few days in Bhutan

I am nearing the end of my trip here in Bhutan. This last week was very busy but also very rewarding. I was offered to teach a class of 25 managers and employees from various banks and government agencies on Effective Communication. This was a three day course, where we covered a lot of topics including how to make effective multimedia (including infographics) presentations, how to conduct what I call “Poetic Presentations” where we use narrative, humour and metaphors to engage the audience.

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It was a very interesting and rewarding experience, especially as I had to come up with all the material, which was great since I could include things like poetry and meditation too! I divided the participants into groups and they all did a presentation at the end. I am happy to say most of the feedback was positive. This training was conducted at the Bhutan Media and Communication Institute where I was provided with a lot of assistance, support and flexibility.

The past week also marked the inauguration of ScanCafe, a multinational company with offices in USA and India and now in Bhutan that is moving part of its operations to the Thimphu TechPark. I met one of the co-founders of this company, Dr. Naren Dubey, and his family, which was great. After the ceremony, I setup a Makey Makey Pacman game which we played with the children and had fun. I have found some interesting and unusual fruit here (is it a mouse or a fruit?!) that I incorporated into my demo!

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SAM_2091On Saturday, my friend Manny who is working with Youth in Thimphu, kindly invited me to give a presentation at his lab for youth who are interested in digital media and take photography and public speaking classes at his centre. I really enjoyed talking with this group and after the talk, we setup a collaborative Pacman game, where each person become a “button” that had to be high-fived for the Pacman to change direction and avoid the ghosts!

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Also, I brought a number of prototypes, including Synchrum there and we had a discussion about design and prototyping.

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These last few days also were occasion to meet friends and colleagues. On Saturday after dinner and hang out at my place, we went to see a live show by a young (and really good) Bhutanese band. The singer’s name is Ugyen Panday and here’s a video of him performing a Hindi song:

I am hoping to bring back some of the songs to Canada!

2 thoughts on “Last few days in Bhutan

    • Yes, I can’t believe time flew so fast!

      Yes, a lot of people know Hindi in Thimphu because a they go for study or work there, also there are a lot of Indians working here.

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