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Published on: July 26, 2021, 1:22 p.m.
Collective consciousness to heal the world
  • Kirpalani: making everyone feel comfortable

By Lancelot Joseph. Executive Editor, Business India

Pamela Puja Kirpalani, 40, owner, Inner High Living Pvt Ltd, sees a whole change in the ‘collective consciousness’ after Covid has hit and, as a result, the wellness and self-help industry has had a lot more traction and interest for her. “I have also noticed a huge influx of requests for NLP Coaching sessions, specifically for clients that have high levels of stress and anxiety,” explains Kirpalani. “As long as this disease is around, the next five years will be a struggle for those who are limited in social interactions (which is imperative for human connection) and also for those who are not able to see their families.” Some like to call her as a global nomad of sorts, having grown up in a number of countries – from the Philippines, Indonesia, Africa, the UK and, more recently, India. 

After setting up the export division of her family’s innerwear manufacturing and distribution business, Page Industries’ Jockey India, Kirpalani moved to Indonesia after marriage and embarked on a new life. But this also paved the way for her to think of starting up in another direction. With her venture, Inner High Living, she trains world-class companies and private groups in scientific persuasion and non-verbal communication workshops, with the help of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques.

She started her career in the throes of the IT & ITeS boom in India, at Ernst & Young, helping companies merge and acquire one another. “My NLP journey began in my late 20s, as I embarked upon my true passion, studying deep into the intricacies of the human mind and the psychology of neuro-behaviour. At 30, I underwent the ‘Basics of NLP’ in Singapore under the Australian Board of NLP, and a year later, completed my ‘NLP Masters’ and ‘Train the Trainers Program’ in Sydney, Australia,” says Kirpalani. In the late 2020, she wrote a book Whole: 11 Universal Truths for An Inspired Life, which is a self-help book directed towards the 11 virtues that help people towards uncovering their limiting beliefs, achieve better will-power, learn the power of integrity and self-care, and much more.

 Stepping back 

In 2013, Kirpalani floated Inner High Living Pvt Ltd, as soon as she returned from her ‘Train the Trainers’ programme in Sydney. “Seeing a large gap in NLP Coaching & Training in Singapore, I wanted to offer these unique life-changing tools and methods around Southeast Asia and India,” adds Kirpalani, who initially invested SG$5,000 in Singapore. “We focussed on a training consultancy and coaching facility founded on the vision of bringing humans to their full potential. We offer a unique mix of training using NLP techniques. The main three services are 1-1 life coaching, corporate training & NLP for parenting and couples.”

Currently, she works with a host of clients in India, Singapore, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Hong Kong, London, etc. Centre of Behavioural Science, Singapore, Changi Airport Singapore, World President’s Organization, Young President’s Organization, Vistra: Global Business Services Provider, Singapore, WeWork India and Speedo India, to name a few.

“It was a really high energy session! Though I only managed to attend the second half of the training session, I already could feel the very strong engagement between the participants and the trainer throughout the training workshop,” observes the deputy CFO of Sing health group (education & service transformation), Singapore.

“NLP session with Pamela was the highlight of our retreat,” says Arif Vazirally, chairman, Global Pharmatech. “All our lives we have been persuading our parents, friends and family to do or buy things as per wishes and to me that’s an art,” says Servesh Marappa, national retail manager, PAGE Industries. “It was mostly driven by emotions. However, in the corporate world logic overtakes emotion and, hence, it is imperative to know how to lead the person to be influenced to say ‘yes’. What this session has done for me is to channelise my thoughts in training the team on the science of persuasion.”

“She communicates clearly, provides relevant examples to aid her teaching, and is able to engage an audience that seems quite varied,” suggests Claire Benjamin, ED, Blaire Holdings, Coffee Bean Singapore.

“Pamela not only has a presence that makes everyone feel comfortable, she is also a great speaker who articulates her ideas well,” adds Beatrice Ding, owner, Crucycle Studio, Singapore. 

“For a 1-1 coaching session, it is about $225 per hour, while for group training above 10 pax, it ranges from $3,500 onwards (depending on scope/location),” sums up Kirpalani, who has launched her book Whole, conducting more online workshops, and focussing on voluntary work.  

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