The biggest attribute of the best mentors is that they make the most daunting of targets seem fascinating and very much within reach. So was the case with Ppd. The very 1st day, he instilled this feeling of self-belief in me that converting the top IIM calls is nothing out of the world.
We were a group of some 40 odd Backspacians who were actually enjoying every bit of PDP in our pursuit of the best b-schools. The immense emphasis on team building and group activity in Backspace helped in consensus-building, taught us how not to miss out on minute details and all that helped us score well in the Group Discussions and Case Studies that are held across business schools. The school-specific interviews conducted by Ppd helped me identify my weak areas and after every interview I knew exactly what I have to work upon to ensure I do not mess up in the same area in the next interview. It was after a lot of these interviews with Ppd that I could finally improvise on areas like articulation, body language and eye contact.
Backspace for me is like a team wherein every Backspacian encourages the other to keep giving his best irrespective of the outcome. Perhaps that is what helped me take every call as a new challenge and helped me improvise throughout.