About

Gautam Sharma is a Professional Speaker, Entrepreneur, Trainer, and Marketer from Chennai, India, who strongly believes in the power of dreams. Gautam is known for his creativity and his marketing skills, making him a sough after freelancer in South India. Click on each of the segments below to know more.

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Early life and Education

Gautam Vaidyalingasarma a.k.a Gautam Sharma was born in Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India on 6th July 1991. Owing to his dad's bank job, Gautam had an opportunity to reside in different cities, towns and villages across India, making him a very diverse and adaptable person. This also helped him learn new languages, new cultures and get acquainted with different kinds of people.

After completing his schooling from 7 different schools across India, Gautam moved to Chennai to pursue his bachelors in Computer Science. His love for computer science from a very early age enabled him to try and use technology to enhance his extra curricular activities and deliver his best.

During his school and college days, Gautam was an ardent lover of fine arts and associated himself with various clubs and committees. From being an actor in the school theatrics club and a player in the school cricket team to being a singer in the college band, he was part of a wide range of activities. His diversity in skill-set got him elected to the role of Student Chairman in his college, paving way for honing his leadership abilities. As a leader, he was instrumental in organizing national level technical symposiums that brought together talented individuals from across the country.

Gautam completed his bachelors in 2012 with distinction and emerged as one of the best students of his college.

Gautam also hold certifications in Inbound Marketing, E-Mail Marketing, Radio Jockeying, and Computer programming.

Professional Bakground

Software Engineer:

On September 6, 2012, Gautam joined Tata Consultancy Services, India's largest IT services provider, as a Software Engineer. His keen interest for computers and his innate communication and leadership abilities helped him to have a steady career growth.

Beyond being a software engineer, Gautam was actively involved in organizational activities. He was always the choice of HR managers in coming up with creative ideas to promote the company's initiatives. From working on short films to creating and producing audio content, he got an opportunity to explore himself. As a part of the company's CSR activities, he also got an opportunity to train more than 500 underprivileged students on business communication skills.

 

Entrepreneur:

In 2014, Gautam and his friend Balaji founded Pravaah Events and Entertainment, a new age media and entertainment company that caters to a wide range of customers.The company became one of the best in Chennai offering creative and unique entertainment solutions for customers. This also helped Gautam to learn about Sound and video production and enabled him to become a YouTube creator.

In 2017, Gautam established "Sanskaar School of Transformation", a social venture that helps youngsters transform their career. He has delivered several workshops, keynotes, and training programs and trained more than 2500 students and young professionals to become better communicators and leaders at their work places. Sanskaar aims at developing the interpersonal skills and quick thinking skills of a people, thereby transforming them holistically.

 

Freelancer:

Being deeply interested in the Media and Entertainment industry, Gautam went on to become a freelance performer and content producer. He is a certified professional Radio Jockey who setup a mini studio in his house and started delivering rich content to his clients from his home studio. He is also the first and only digital MC in Chennai who uses sound programming techniques while hosting shows, thereby giving a unique experience to his audience. He was appreciated widely by his clients for delivering the right content to the right audience at the right time. Given below are some of his key projects as a freelancer.

  • Official broadcaster of National level professional motor-sports competitions conducted by MRF along with Honda, Yamaha, TVS, and Wolkswagen.
  • Script writer and RJ of the internal radio show of TCS called "The safety show" which focuses on the safety of employees.
  • Voice over artist for Indian Premier League matches played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, India Cements, Tafe, Avtar Group, MMSC, etc.
  • Get Closer to Success - A YouTube series where he does short videos that give quick tips for leading a successful life.
  • #Inspired - A YouTube series where he interviews inspiring personalities and unsung heroes and presents them to his audience.
  • GautamToasts - A YouTube series specifically for Toastmasters related lessons.
  • Dubbing / Voice Over artist for various short movies.
  • Anchor for several live shows and press meets with audience ranging from 50 to 13,000 people.
  • Actor in several short films and a feature film "Mudhalvar Mahatma" director by award winning director Balakrishnan.
Toastmasters

 

Distinguished Toastmaster Gautam Sharma award winning photograph

On 6th February 2013, Gautam joined Toastmasters International and became a member of TCS Maitree Champions Toastmasters Club. This was certainly a life changing moment for him. He was instrumental in elevating the standards of the club and making it one of the best corporate clubs of the district. The club recently achieved the copper club award at Ovation 2018 - the annual conference of District 82. He is currently a member of Chennai Speakers Forum.

At Toastmasters, Gautam got an opportunity to sharpen his communication and leadership skills. He was very regular with his speech and leadership projects and thus became a Distinguished Toastmaster (the highest award of honour presented to a Toastmaster) on February 2016, at a very young age of 24.

He is known for infusing creativity and technology into Toastmasters in his sessions as well as in his PR and membership building activities. He was lauded for his creative PR campaigns for Ovation 2017 which include YouTube video series like One minute challenge, Rendezvous with conference chairs, Coffee time with Ovation, Red carpet live etc.
Gautam was also the chair of Dimension 2018, the annual division conference, and delivered one of the best conferences, setting a high benchmark for future conferences.

 

Roles played:

  • Vice President Education : Jul 2013 - Dec 2013
  • Club President : Jan 2014 - Dec 2014
  • Assistant Area Governor : Jan 2014 - Jun 2014
  • Area Governor - Jul 2014 - Jun 2015 (Presidents Distinguished)
  • Registration Chair for Reverberation 2014
  • Indian Travel coordinator for Ovation 2015
  • Inaugural ceremony performer for Ovation 2016
  • Fun night MC for Reverberation 2016
  • Social Media Chair for Ovation 2017
  • Contest Chair for Decibel 2017
  • Conference Chair of Dimension 2018

Awards won:

  • District Table Topics Champion 2014 (South India and Sri Lanka)
  • District Evaluation Speech Contest Runnerup 2015 (Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka)
  • Division Level International Speech Contest Runner-up 2016
  • Division level Table Topics Runner-up 2013 & 2016
  • Distinguished Toastmaster Award 2013
  • One of the 7 nominees for Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year award 2016

 

*A district in a Toastmasters context comprises the whole of South India and Sri Lanka (till 2014) or Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka (2014 onwards). Ovation and Reverberation are the semi annual and annual conferences of the district. Decibel and Dimension are conferences at the division level which comprises the state of Tamil Nadu.


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