Friday, July 18, 2014

Ruchi Mohunta - CEO - NUTSHELL KIDS – The Walnut Club Chennai, India

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship?

With my Honours in History and a First Class Degree in Education from Calcutta University, I was sure headed towards teaching as my profession. As a result of which I have been teaching in two of the premier Schools in Chennai. With nearly a decade in the education field I came to realise, while our schools do make our children good with facts, what we fail to create in them are Thinking and Creative Individuals.

Hence I have started my own Activity Centre which we call The Walnut Club as all activities here are designed to help children think.

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.

Nutshell Kids- The Walnut Club offers a range of courses for kids between the age of 4-14.

Since I am a Licensed Instructor in Mind Mapping or in other words a Think Buzan Licensed Instructor (TLI)- helping kids to Think and Mind Map their lessons is the most popular of the Courses.

We also offer courses in Speed Reading and Memory.

Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

It is difficult to convince parents that what we need to teach our kids is being independent in their thinking. Most parents look for tuitions for their children while we believe that having learnt the skills to study on their own, they would not need any tuitions. So the challenge has been to break the mindset of the parents.

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

There has been no difficulty phase as such. Thanks to the challenges thrown at us we are able to use creative methods to help children and adults understand the uses of being trained in Mind Mapping. It has been a learning experience for us as well.

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

This period is still going on or in other words – the discovery to newer methods continues.

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for the next five years?

Our vision for the next five years is to open as many Walnut Clubs as possible. To have more Open Workshops in Mind Mapping and other brain friendly techniques in learning as well as enhancing creativity.

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business?

Every plan you make must be on paper. For every fear you have you also have an opportunity. Its important to take action rather than constant planning. Believe in your ability to handle all situations.

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