Planet J in its continued mission of bringing value to its readers organised a workshop on grooming and etiquette on July 26 at Dempo House, Panaji. Open to the age group of 16 to 23, the workshop aimed at giving Goan youngsters some important tips on grooming, social graces and etiquette. Seventy two youngsters participated in the half day workshop conducted by Charmaine Shakleton Godinho and Andre Shakleton of Chrysalis Trainers.

Andre worked on the conditioning of their minds and what the participants needed to do to develop the requisite skills to groom themselves and then present themselves to the world. He used some very innovative exercises to introduce the participants to how their mind works. In an exercise with dots and lines Andre indicated the need for out of the box thinking to face a challenge and the fastest way of resolving the same was also revealed through a dance sequence. This had the youth engrossed and entertained at the same time. In a competitive spirit the participants pushed themselves to do the best they could.

Charmaine on the other hand gave out some very valuable and practical tips on what to wear, what to say and how to behave when presenting one’s self. Her examples and stories had the group hanging on to every word she said and this was evident from some very intriguing questions being asked on social behaviour. Charmaine not being one to stand on stage or behind a podium was down in the middle of the audience demonstrating what poise and posture meant and teams were made to experiment with the same to much laughter and enthusiasm. The participants eagerly absorbed all that was said and demonstrated.