In search of ‘Small Victories’

I had the pleasure of being part of a pitch last week. New business opportunities are rare right now, so this online presentation was special. The way I look at it, being part of the pitch was a small victory in itself.

For a young colleague of mine, it was her first pitch and she had a section of the deck to present. She nailed it and I sent her an email after, congratulating her and thanking her. Another small victory.

Online teaching too is teaching me many new things. I am looking for ideas on how to keep the class engaged and build an interactive environment. It’s easy to zone out on zoom. There are so many distractions that find a way to capture my attention. So I figured my students must be in the same boat. 

Small victories came to the rescue again. I began my second online class with a ‘Small Victories’ exercise that, I’m happy to report, worked really well. I asked each of the people on the call to share a 30 second story about their small victory from the last few days. (For a group of under 20 it’s possible to do this in ten minutes). 

I kicked off by sharing mine. “Last week my wife and I began exercising at home, following a low impact but high energy YouTube workout hosted by ”. Remembering something that I had done well and congratulating myself for doing it, felt good.

Finding things that others in my environment were doing well and giving them a virtual high five, felt even better.

So that has been my learning from last week. Be kind to myself. Be kind to others. One small victory at a time, we will get through this – together.

The idea to go in search of small victories came to me courtesy a session I attended on Anti-fragility hosted by I got invited to this session because a year ago, I chose to take a course in life and leadership coaching, offered in India by  

It’s amazing how the dots are all connected and the universe conspires to help me be my best self. Thank you to the many hands, hearts and minds that have brought me here.

If you are reading this, think of any little victory you enjoyed recently. Pat yourself on the back or better still, give yourself a well-deserved hug. Be kind to yourself and others around you. Stay happy. Stay healthy. Stay safe. If you are lucky and have the privilege, stay at home.

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Nikhil Dey
Nikhil Dey is Executive Director, Adfactors PR.

A trusted coaching and communications professional, Nikhil Dey is a certified life and leadership coach (International Coach Federation - ICF). Nurturing talent and helping clients achieve their goals is what makes him happy. He loves learning from students of communication, teaching courses and guest lecturing at various educational institutions. When he is not working you will find him on the tennis court or out for long walks with his family and four legged friends.

Previously he has held senior leadership positions at Weber Shandwick and Genesis BCW.

He can be reached on twitter @deydreaming

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