“Helping people become the best version of themselves is what drives me out of bed each morning. The awards are given to me, and the environment and meditation that keeps me alive and positive all the time, helping me to see the positive side of even negative scenarios.” – Punam Agarwal
Thrilled about the “25 Iconic Businesswomen Need to Follow 2022” accomplishment, Punam Agarwal, Founder and Director, Neostylus OPC Pvt Ltd shared that it is her passion for work that keeps her motivated. She is a life coach, counsellor, and trainer by profession, and an enabler at the core. The leader adores enabling people to realize their goals.
With over three decades in several corporations and educational institutes across multiple industries and geographies with a diverse set of people and cultures. During the same, Punam associated with one company every time, while she wanted to be engaged with more than one company at one time. This idea led her to start her venture in 2011.
Neostylus is a brand of choice for all types of training providing definite results at the National and International Level to Learn, Lead, and Inspire. She went on to author three books inclusive of Leadership Training, Recruitment Tools, Soft Skills and two are on the way to be published soon.
In a conversation with The CEO Magazine’s editor, Purnima Narang, Punam shared about her brand and her entrepreneurial journey. Edited excerpts:
Punam: Neostylus stands for Nurturing, Empowering, Optimistic, Skilful, and Talented and continues to create and deliver best-in-class training programs from executives to CXO levels running a gamut of workshops, seminars and webinars from soft skills, sales, customer experience, Motivational sessions to Executive Coaching.
Neostylus was established in 2011 with a dream to start something completely new, where corporates and individuals can find solutions to all their learning and development needs under one roof. A company dedicated to finding cutting-edge solutions, providing great result-oriented services.
TCM: In your entrepreneurial journey, how did you overcome the challenges?
Punam: I wanted to establish this company formally a long time back. However, due to a lot of red-tapism in India and no clear guidance, I faced setbacks often till I came across this amazing CEO of KAMA Ayurveda Pvt Ltd – Mr Vivek Sahni. He helped me get proper guidance and knowledge associating me with the right resources and that’s how Neostylus overcame its biggest challenge.
TCM: What do you think your firm’s mission and vision are?
Punam: To provide authentic result-oriented – training, coaching, counselling, consultation, and healing to clients at the National and International levels leading to satisfying results and financial growth of 50% each year.
TCM: How does your firm differ from the biggest competitors?
Punam: We believe in customized training for each client, leading to definite results and follow-ups. Our training is not just about delivery but an experience which is remembered for ages by those who undergo it. Neostylus is empowering, result-oriented, education for students and employees, powerful online consultation, diversified, innovative and our expertise makes us stand out from the rest.
TCM: In this journey, what were the failures the team rebounded and learned from?
Punam: Website designing was a great challenge. Initially, we had two separate websites one for booking Face to face services while the second to book online services. Now its merged into one. But it is still incomplete and going through changes. Getting a dedicated and authentic website designer is difficult within our budget. This was a massive challenge when it came to marketing the bran.
TCM: How would you define success for the firm? What are the recognitions it has earned over the years?
Punam: This company unofficially started working in 2011 and then was formalized in 2019 December. Since its establishment, several companies associated and appreciated work delivered most prominent ones to mention are
The Leadership Training for transitioning Managers into leaders and Sales Store Staff training along with Customer experience in a company which assisted in the company growth from a 50cr to a 250 Crore turnover.
Business English or English training for adults in companies with multi-lingual staff helped in bridging the communication gaps
Soft Skills like Body Language and Grooming training improved the brand image.
Motivational training empowered the staff overall to perform better.
Finally, many awards were also received prominent among those being
Fish of the Month given by EK Group- EKFC Dubai,
Award of Honour given by MyCareers – Bhatinda,
Behind the Scenes Worker given by KAMA Ayurveda Pvt Ltd,
Most Fabulous Training and Development Leader North: Catalyst of Change given by World HRD Congress
Woman of Excellence awarded by Indian and International Achiever’s Forum
Best Woman Performer in Learning and Development Award at International Inspirational Women Award (IIWA) 2020.
TCM: What are the fundamental values of the firm that remained constant over the years?
Punam: Our dedicated result-oriented personalized service for each client.
TCM: 2020 has created hostile situations for many brands, what are the challenges you are facing and how do you aim to overcome them?
Punam: Yes, the challenge to convince clients who believed in only face to face training was massive but with time and a couple of training executions which gave them results, we have managed to cope and stay alive.
TCM: What does the future hold for the company in the next five years?
Punam: The future of our brand in the upcoming years seems positive and promising.
TCM: Enlighten us a piece of advice you would like to offer to the young entrepreneurs?
Punam: Never give up even when the battle seems lost for there is always a light at the end of the tunnel if we look. Keep going and you will succeed. You will realize challenges are opportunities in disguise when we have crossed the hurdles and look back