Modernizer of how learning is done, and deeply concerned about the rise of obesity, which is why I created #pungra.
Since 2003 I have helped organisations:
turn tacit and, often abstract, concepts into actionable learning content,reduce the time for learning using adult learning theory and technology,improve key business metrics, such as customer satisfaction, brand loyalty, conversion and fewer complaints.
Keywords and skills
Endorsements I've had as of July 2017 on LinkedIn.
Training (87), eLearning (76), Instructional Design (70), Adobe Captivate (45), Coaching (35), Blended Learning (33), Project Management (30), Change Management (29), Training Delivery (27), Learning Management Systems (15), Soft Skills (15), Leadership (12) and many more on my LinkedIn Page
Virtual Reality Learning Designer at Pearson. August 2017 to October 2017
I built 360 degree video experiences.
Sales Instructional Designer at Google. October 2016 to August 2017 (contract)
I designed and built 16 courses for Sales Agents in collaboration with curriculum managers and graphic designers.
Sales Instructional Designer/Project Manager at Expedia. February 2012 - August 2013
Instructional design and management of business to business for Expedia’s affiliates, across dozens of contact centres globally. Taking clients over from account management to ensure sales agents have all the learning content they need, managing the relationship with customer operations vendors (call centres).I created dozens of training programs and implemented them. My initiatives boosted sales conversion from 15% to 40%.
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Training Instructor at ITV. October 2011 - February 2012 (contract)
I supported more than 200 people in learning to transition from Microsoft Office to Google G-Suite through classes and desk-side guidance.
Instructional Design Project Manager at Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Group. April 2011 - December 2011 (contract)
Instructional Design of 15 leadership and management courses.
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Learning and Development Manager at Price Waterhouse Coopers. December 2010 - March 2011 (contract)
I led a team of 4 Instructional Designers to create/update courses on the global curriculum.
Instructional Design Project Manager at Social Care Institute for Excellence. June 2010 - December 2010
I led 4 designers and 6 professors (PhD) in Social Care to create courses for use in teaching Social Care at university level.
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Sales Trainer and Training Designer at Barclays. February 2008 - June 2010
I supported the transition of hundreds of call center advisors from UK to India centres, including the accreditation of 7 Indian based instructors.I kick started internal digital learning through creating almost 100 software simulations with Adobe Captivate, enhancing the new hire induction training class.
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Learning and Development Manager at Coventry City Council. August 2005 - February 2008 (contract)
I supported the training design and delivery needs of a new 150 seat contact centre which housed the services Coventry Direct and Consumer Direct.
Learning and Development Manager at Capita Business Services. June 2002 - August 2005
I supported the setup of a contact centre which housed the Congestion Charge service for Transport for London, through designing and delivery an induction training program and ongoing courses in classroom, to a 500 agent site.
Expertise aligned with ADDIE methodology
Analysis and evaluation (Data and problem solving)
Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, Apple Numbers, BigQuery - Big Data, Tableau and similar.
Design (Planning, strategy tools and collaboration)
Microsoft PowerPoint and Word, Google Slides, Documents and Drawings, Apple Keynote and Pages, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Teams, Slack, Asana, Todoist Salesforce Quip and similar.
Development (Content and course builders)
Articulate Storyline 360 and Studio, Adobe Captivate, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Audition and After Effects - as well as video capturing, editing and publishing, Techsmith Camtasia Studio, Audacity - as well as high quality audio capturing, editing and publishing, Adapt Framework, Mohive and similar cloud based development platforms.Knowledge bases and wikis such as Google Help Centers, Confluence/Jira, SharePoint, and other Content Management Systems including WordPress, Udemy, Teachable, Worldclass.io, Mindflash, Branchtracks and similar.
Implementation (Learning Management Systems and digital learning solutions)
Learning facilitation since 2003 including in-person and remote.Cornerstone OnDemand, SkillPort - SkillSoft, CertPoint, Intellium Exceed.Google Hangouts, Microsoft Skype, WebEx and similar.
Digital multimedia for learning and communication
Text - accomplished text writer suitable for multiple cultures, including collaboration with translators and localisation.Graphics - skilled in designing images, schematics, diagrams and similar.Photos - trained in lighting techniques, SLR camera technology and photo editing.Animations - Motion graphics, comics and videos that communicate stories and calls to action.Audio - Podcasts and voice overs.Screencasts and simulations - Videos and games that provide practise environments to enhance skills.Video - trained in lighting techniques, enhancing audio quality, script writing, tele prompters and all associated technology.
NVQ 3 Learning and Development 2010Prince2 Foundation 2009Learning and Development Consultancy 2005Certificate in Blended Learning 2006Diploma in Leadership and Management (ILM Level 7) 2006Certificate in Training Practice 2004
Open University - Post Graduate Diploma, Online and Distant Education and Elearning, 2012Coventry University - Post Graduate Diploma, Health Studies, 2001De Montfort University - BA Hons, Public Policy and Management, 2000President Kennedy School and Community College, Coventry - Business Studies, 1997
Daniel, Software Engineer, Zurich
"Ravi and me worked in the same team on the same product for 3 years. During this time we all knew him as a friendly and open minded person who was always eager to help his colleagues: a real team player. He used to work with our internal customers and user community and soon he became known to them as a goto person for their questions and problems.
He created a first class help center and many self study articles, that were a huge help to our users and a relief to the team. It was a pleasure to work with Ravi!."
Jeff, Learning and Performance Leader, Seattle
"Ravi is an extremely talented Instructional Designer. Ravi stays up-to-date on eLearning concepts and applies it to the curriculum he develops. Ravi communicates well with business teams, understanding what their needs are and identifying learning solutions that meet / exceed those needs."
Helen, Learning HR Professional, London
"Ravi was a great colleague - always flexible, had good creative ideas, continuously upbeat and smiling! A calming influence at a very busy time...."
John, Customer Operations Direct, London
"Ravi is a genuinely innovative and creative instructional designer. We worked together on a brand new training concept which aimed at evolving our organisation's telesales teams in to customer focused consultative sales professionals. Ravi was instrumental at breathing life in to this initiative, which has since been adopted globally and gone on to deliver real commercial gains as well as a vastly improved customer experience."
Sheree, Global Learning Manager, Sydney
"I worked with Ravi when he was an Instructional Designer at Expedia. Ravi worked exclusively for one of Expedia's key business groups producing engaging learning content. Ravi was always passionate about creating the best learning concepts for our agent population. He brought innovate ideas into the group that challenged everyone to think outside of the box.
Ravi will be a valuable asset to any organization."
John, Global Training Manager, Dallas
"Ravi is easily one of the most talented Designers I know. His ability to create engaging ILT and eLearning content set him apart. Ravi not only created great content he also was superb mentor. Ravi has a great personality and always seeks opportunities to help others; he unquestionably has the unique ability to make those around him better. Ravi would be a fantastic addition to any team!"
To see more, please connect with me on LinkedIn.
This is my labour of love, I work with a team to create exercise to bhangra videos, which are accessed anywhere that YouTube can be. To follow the videos, load up YouTube and search for Pungra.
Would you like to get involved? Please contact me.
Here are two ways to stay informed about #pungra.
Occasional emails for everything to do with #pungra
For signing up.
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My #pungra classes
So you're interested in coming to my #pungra classes? Here are all the things worth knowing and doing to get the most out of the classes.
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Who are #pungra classes for?
You, if you are looking for an active hobby that involves bhangra music, but don't have any desire to become a performer. You must be:
able bodiedbe between 16 and 55 years old.have basic hand-eye coordination. Not sure if you do? Try following along to some of our #pungra YouTube videos.supportive of photos and videos being captured in class, some of which will be published online and accessible by the public.
"I really enjoy the Pungra fit as it is held over weekends, It fitted in really well with my other commitments .The venue is easy to go and the facilities are excellent in Southall.Coming to the instructor, I thoroughly enjoyed Ravi's classes as they are fantastic as he designed it so perfect and adds humor as well. I also like the music, steps, pace and timing aspects of it .It combines dance steps and also fitness moves targeting to reach fitness goals. It's a pleasure to be there. I would highly recommend and would be joining every week''
When and where are my classes?
I lead weekly classes that operate on 3 month terms. These are the classes for October to December 2018.
Everyone Active, Southall See on Google maps
Fridays 7:30PM to 8:30PM. £33 for the 3 months. 28 spaces.
Dormer's Wells Leisure Centre See on Google Maps
Sundays 11:15AM to 11:45AM. £20 for the 3 months. This is video recorded and published to YouTube, it's suitable for experienced Pungrafiers. 26 spaces.Sundays 12PM to 1PM. £35 for the 3 months, for all levels. 26 spaces.
Come to both classes on Sundays for £40 contribution.
"Such a fun, enjoyable class! Amongst all the fun and laughter, you don't even realise you've had a full workout!''
What are the benefits of exercising to music?
Step right up! It's the miracle cure we've all been waiting for.
It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.
It's free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don't need a GP to get some. Its name? Exercise.
This text is copied from Benefits of exercise, NHS
"I love the music, Pungra is so intoxicating that it is difficult to refrain from dancing. There it's where Ravi comes along channeling that energy in steps and choreography that puts every time an smile in my face. The fitness part is just the icing on the cake. There is a great atmosphere in the room and everybody is so nice and friendly!''
What music is used, and can I make requests?
To see the songs currently used, select the Saavn icon. They are not always used in the same order.
You can request a song, but please make sure it is available on Saavn (I don't use other platforms). Also, not all songs are suitable for exercise, so if I don't play your song, please don't be offended - I will try to make it fit.
"Absolutely great class - I love every minute of my Sunday class... 💪 Thank you to Ravi for pushing us to show the high energy :)"
What are Ravi's qualifications?
Here are my certificates.
"I was looking for a fitness class which is fun, as i find exercise so boring! Pungra is perfect! Great music, great moves and a great instructor! I'm on my 13th class and still have just as much fun as I did in the 1st!
Thank you to Ravi and the rest of the Pungra Team for a great experience!''
What makes #pungra different to bhangra classes?
Bhangra dance classes exist to prepare for some form of show or event, even if that is someone's wedding. This means the classes are focused on teaching you how to keep your movement synchronised with other dancers with the purpose of looking good to on-lookers (an audience). This by its nature is narcissistic, and not what #pungra is about.
#pungra is zero percent thinking about an audience and instead one hundred percent about us thinking about exercise techniques that work for boosting our health and well-being.
"This is the best fitness class ever! Great music, great instructor and friendly atmosphere!"
How do I prepare for classes?
Please take some time to prepare for class, because there's nothing worse that coming all the way, to find that it's not a class suitable for you. Either because you don't enjoy it, or you're not ready to move in the #pungra way.
The movement is not explained; instead the music is playing almost constantly, with very short pauses. The movements are demonstrated at 4 different levels, which are suitable for intermediate to advanced movements.
If you have never taken part in a group exercise class, this class could be surprisingly challenging for you. The best way to make sure it's perfect is to follow along to some of our YouTube videos at home. If you find you can't follow, keep practising until you can. If you can follow, what are you waiting for? Sign up with your email address to receive invitations to the next term.
Once you've got a place on a term, please arrive a few minutes early, ensure your electronics are on silent mode and then make the most of the time.
"Pungra is great workout while enjoying traditional punjabi music/dance. Ravi is great instructor who knows how to make class exciting with great music/moves while losing calories...highly recommended!"
What should I wear?
Here some guidance. Wear your favourite sporty type clothing.
"Excellent workout. Great music. Ravi is a brilliant instructor. Highly recommend 👍🏼"
How do I get to know others in the class?
The one hour class has a few opportunities to talk to others in the class, but very few. The best way to connect to everyone is to join our Twitter group. Sign up for Twitter and then Tweet me on @ravisandhu8 asking to join the private group. If you abuse the use of the group, you will be removed. For example, promoting other services or using it to harass other members.
"I want to start off with saying that I absolutely love Pungrafit!! Ravi is a fabulous instructor, he is very encouraging and passionate so it really rubs off on al of us. Not only is this class a fun way to workout but it also has improved my coordination and not to forget my energy levels have gone through the roof! Come and see the benefits for yourself!"
Can I just turn up?
No, you must book your space by contacting me. This is because the class is restricted to a top limit, and prevent too many people taking part.
"Great fun, great music and and great instructor, well done to Ravi bringing Pungra Fit to Southall."
How do I sign up for a term?
The terms run for approximately 12 weeks for:
January to MarchApril to JuneJuly to SeptemberOctober to DecemberThey are almost always sold out.
The first people invited to join the next term are people who are in the current term. If there are spaces remaining, because some people decided not to continue, then the mailing list of interested people are invited to join the term. You can join the mailing list below. When you receive an email, sign up quickly, the places are taken up fast.
"I love pungra class excellent workout and I enjoyed punjabi music.thanks."
Do I need to attend every single class during a term?
No, it's understandable that not everyone can make every single week. When you sign up for a term, you will be prompted to complete a poll on a platform called Doodle. That poll invites you to indicate which classes you are attending during the term, please keep it accurate.
"I love this class. I love that Ravi does the steps nice and easily at first and gradually builds up to full power! He notices if you haven't quite got the steps yet (in my case often!) and guides you while still giving everyone else in the class attention. Great class Ravi. I love it, so different from what I'm used to doing, it's a great change for me."
How do I pay for the term?
Please don't think of it as a payment, it's better to think of it as a contribution. The reason is that enough people don't contribute, the class doesn't happen. You're signing up for a membership for 3 months, and by doing so, you are ensuring the class happens.
Please make your contribution 1 month before the start of the next term, e.g. for January to March, please contribute in the first week of December of the previous year.
I accept payment by either bank transfer, or preferably circle.com. The reason I prefer circle.com is because I can track all the payments much easier, and even making refunds or part refunds on there is easier.
Join the email list to receive invitations to join the next term