Our Story


Enabling you to achieve your dreams..

Life is too short to learn all essential skills by yourself. 

After graduating, a young man from a low-income background began working as a salesman. During the first seven years of his profession, there was no advancement. His roommate gave him the motivation to strive for more in life rather than make do. However, he had very little opportunity to acquire the crucial abilities for both a personal and professional life. His most frequent sources of inspiration were his immediate superiors. which is gaining knowledge from just one or a small number of sources.
He taught himself the necessary abilities. This cost a lot of money. After making multiple errors, he discovered one useful lesson. He believed that training sessions, biographies, and books were the best ways to acquire the necessary skills and inspiration. After gaining the necessary abilities, he began to advance in his work. In just 16 years, he advanced to the position of COO from a street-smart salesman.
As he was inspired by motivational superstars, he decided to help people who want to achieve greater heights and started a Skill Development Academy called Vertical Progress on 27th January 2011. He is committed to share only proven strategies of success. In search of such proven strategies, he understood that the psychology is the science behind such soft skills. He learnet the scientific term of soft skills. That is Psycho-social skills. To strengthen the contents of his academy’s training programs, he completed a Master of Science in Psychology. In order to regularly update and improve the materials, he also collaborated with successful facilitators, content producers, and knowledge partners.
Vertical Progress gained a solid reputation for developing psycho-social skills among the participants from India, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Canada as a consequence of the team's combined efforts. Vertical Progress is based out of Chennai and has a branch at Kuala Lumpur. We have enabled over 100,000 individuals to achieve their dreams in just 10 years. Our journey from a very humble beginning is progressing with success stories of our participants.
In our 11th year, we are taking a step forward by utilising the e-learning platform. The LMS platform from Vertical Progress is a platform that benefits both facilitators and learners. We promise to always act honestly and openly.



Prasanna Venkatesan

Success Coach, Psychologist, Writer.

V. Prasanna Venkatesan is having 16 years of experience in selling & 13 years of experience in Training & Development. He holds an MS in Psychology. He is coaching individuals and business units in India and abroad for their personal and professional success.

He has coached over 120,000 individuals who include officials of many top organizations, self-employed and businessmen. From a street smart salesman, he has reached the senior management position of some of the top companies like Madura Coats, Reckitt Benckiser, Bajaj Allianz, and ING in 16 years and left his lucrative job with rich experience and many achievements & awards to take up Training & Coaching with lots of passion.

He is an Author of 11 books in Tamil, 3 in English and they are well received and admired by people from all walks of life.