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Where’d You Go?

Posted on: December 7th, 2016 | by Bill Kenney

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We’ve been getting this question a lot. Thank you for the kind notes and cards. Many of you have written over the last several weeks to ask if we’re “okay” and what happened to our regular webinars and e-newsletter.

The truth is, we couldn’t be better. We’ve been on the road a ton meeting with customers, at many major and community events and we’ve been looking forward to how our solutions can become even better in 2017.

The webinar schedule will resume on December 19 with Stop Defining Insanity: Set Them Up for Success. The next several webinars will highlight some of our observations and learning from the fall road trips. Where’d we go, you ask? Events included:

Here are recordings of the workshops I was involved in a Startup Istanbul.

Keep Your Cards and Letters Coming!

Questions to date for – Mentor Magic: Overcome Common Mentor Program Challenges!

Posted on: May 23rd, 2016 | by tmpadmin

Here’s a quick highlight of participant questions that have already been posed so far for the May 26, 2016 webinar – Mentor Magic: Overcome Common Mentor Program Challenges!. For more details or to register click here.

The question we posed:
What questions or challenges do you have related to developing an effective mentor program for your organization?

ATTRACT, TRAIN & RETAIN

  • How do you recruit quality mentors?
  • How do you attract the mentors you need Vs the ones who volunteer?
  • How do you handle attrition?
  • How to keep volunteer mentors engaged?
  • How do we communicate efficiently and receive responses from mentors?
  • How can we create value for mentors in terms of training and keeping them up to date with the latest news from the startup world?
  • How do we connect mentors with helpful resources?

GETTING STARTED

  • How do you get started in building a mentor program?
  • How are mentors and mentor networks managed in schools, via an individual school or centrally within the university?

MENTEES

  • How do we mentor match with a good fit for the mentor and the mentee based on personality and skills, etc?
  • How do you handle scheduling meetings between mentors/mentees?
  • How do you keep the start up people motivated to learn more and get out and talk to people, customer discovery?
  • Who actually pairs the mentors/mentees?
  • How can a mentor help with the success development of a startup?
  • How much interaction does mentor program director need to have with individual mentor/mentee relationship?

MANAGE, MEASURE & TOOLS

  • We´re a mentor network in Venezuela, I want to learn about methods to develop, execute and control the program
  • How do you maintain consistent quality among the mentor community?
  • How do you handle mentors are not doing their role effectively?
  • How do you hold mentors accountable when they are volunteering their time?
  • Regarding capacity, how much oversight is needed to facilitate a successful mentor relationship?
  • What infrastructure is needed to manage a mentor/mentee network?
  • How do you keep track of what type of mentoring people want to do, successfully match mentors with companies and track the effectiveness of mentors?
  • How can I better track my mentor partnerships while they are in progress?
  • How do we track mentor time/interactions (as a non profit, reporting is an issue)?
  • What are some of the recommended tools for tracking/reporting mentor-mentee engagement

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • Not so much a question as much as I would like access to networks of mentors who can model best practices. (resources)
  • How can I become a better mentor?

 

Program: Standout in 30-Seconds

Posted on: December 3rd, 2015 | by Bill Kenney

Standout in 30-Seconds
Help your team connect at every opportunity
Make high impact elevator pitches and self-introductions

Do members of your team get nervous, bobble their words or struggle to clearly articulate your message and value proposition?

Connecting quickly with an important individual or audience can make all the difference in whether or not you gain next steps. Capturing attention and compelling action takes effort and practice.

Learn, Practice and Perform

Sign up for the Test My Pitch, Standout in 30-Seconds program and you and your team will get:

2 x 1-hour workshops (delivered live online)

  1. Introduction to Standing Out
    • getting started
    • Shocked546x480creating a script
    • delivery techniques
  2. Advanced Standing Out
    • assessing the audience
    • developing a hook
    • closing with confidence

3-rounds of formalized practice and feedback with our expert mentors plus 3-months of use of the Test My Pitch platform for each team member to practice, perform and get peer feedback on their elevator pitch or self-introduction…this is unlimited practice and unlimited feedback!

Though our Learn, Practice and Perform method, skills improve quickly and affordably. Owners and managers also get unexpected insights into their team’s ability.

Reserve your spot and sign up today!

Options for Standout in 30-Seconds

Elevator Pitch – is a succinct and persuasive sales statement typically aimed at closing for a sale, investment or a meeting.
 Select team size



Self-Introduction – is a brief personal presentation of capabilities aimed at creating collaboration and building relations.
 Select team size



Feel free to call/email with any questions or individual needs
+1 (860) 573-4821 or bkenney@testmypitch.com

Subject to the standard Test My Pitch Term of Use.
Test My Pitch is a product of Test My Pitch, LLC

Test My Pitch Use for the “Standout in 30-Seconds” Program

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015 | by Bill Kenney

The intent of this post is to describe the use of the Test My Pitch platform for customers who subscribe to the Standout in 30-Seconds program.

Test My Pitch is a private communication skill development platform. Think Toastmasters online. We engage, empower and accelerate your communities communication confidence and competence.

Specific to the Standout in 30-Seconds program we will provide each team with their own private Test My Pitch community for 3-months. Your team will be able build their skills privately and collegially. Through a customized template process each member will have the ability draft, post and get feedback on their elevator pitch or self-introduction. Whether they struggle to find the right words or deliver them in a compelling way, the use of Test My Pitch will help build their skills and confidence quickly.

Besides the ability to have peer and manager feedback our team of experts will also offer feedback. Communication skills build with practice, so we strongly encourage that your team create and post as much as they want. There is no limit to how much they can post or how much feedback we’ll give.

Please let us know if you have questions on Test My Pitch or you’d like a demonstration. Feel free to contact Bill Kenney at +1 (860)573-4821 or bkenney@testmypitch.com.

Click here to go back to the Standout in 30-Seconds program information.

Virtual Pitch Competition Announced for Startup Weekend New Haven – Grand Prize $250!

Posted on: October 21st, 2013 | by Bill Kenney

SWNHAre you registered for Startup Weekend New Haven? If so, you have a chance to perfect your pitch, reduce your anxiety, promote your idea to potential team members, and win $250 all before the weekend even starts.

NET LogoEntrepreneurs who want to form a strong team around their idea and be successful at Startup Weekend New Haven need to have a great 1-minute pitch. Imagine walking into Friday night knowing that you will excite and engage the audience with your pitch. You can do it!

When you participate in this virtual pitch competition, you will not only prepare yourself for Friday night, but you will also have a chance to win a $250 cash card courtesy of the New England Tech Project.

The $250 cash card winner will be determined based on the entrepreneur’s ability to state the problem and their solution and call-to-action in the most compelling way.

Participating is simple:

  1. It you haven’t already, register for Startup Weekend New Haven

  2. Create a free account on Test My Pitch (you will navigate to the http://ctnext.testmypitch.com/ portal)

  3. Utilize Test My Pitch to draft and post your video pitch for feedback

  4. Draft and post as many pitches as you like. Perfecting your pitch normally takes at least a few draft and feedback rounds…no one starts with a final draft!

Rules to qualify for the Startup Weekend New Haven Virtual Pitch Competition and potentially win the $250 New England Tech Project cash card:

  1. You must be registered for Startup Weekend New Haven before entering your pitch

  2. You must post your video pitch on http://ctnext.testmypitch.com/ before 5:00 PM on November 14, 2013

  3. Only video pitches will be considered

  4. Your pitch must be judged the best by our team of judges

Good luck and pitch well my friend!

Bill
bkenney@testmypitch.com
(860) 573-4821

Virtual Pitch Competition Announced for Startup Weekend Hartford – Grand Prize $250!

Posted on: October 6th, 2013 | by Bill Kenney

startup-weekend-logos-for-web-sliderAre you registered for Startup Weekend Hartford? If so, you have a chance to perfect your pitch, reduce your anxiety, promote your idea to potential team members, and win $250 all before the weekend even starts.

Entrepreneurs who want to form a strong team around their idea and be successful at Startup Weekend Hartford need to have a great 1-minute pitch. Imagine walking into Friday night knowing that you will excite and engage the audience with your pitch. You can do it!

When you participate in this virtual pitch competition, you will not only prepare yourself for Friday night, but you will also have a chance to win a $250 cash card courtesy of the New England Tech Project.

NET LogoThe $250 cash card winner will be determined based on the entrepreneur’s ability to state the problem and their solution and call-to-action in the most compelling way.

Participating is simple:

  1. It you haven’t already, register for Startup Weekend Hartford

  2. Create a free account on Test My Pitch (you will navigate to the http://ctnext.testmypitch.com/ portal)

  3. Utilize Test My Pitch to draft and post your video pitch for feedback

  4. Draft and post as many pitches as you like. Perfecting your pitch normally takes at least a few draft and feedback rounds…no one starts with a final draft!

Rules to qualify for the Startup Weekend Hartford Virtual Pitch Competition and potentially win the $250 New England Tech Project cash card:

  1. You must be registered for Startup Weekend Hartford before entering your pitch

  2. You must post your video pitch on http://ctnext.testmypitch.com/ before 5:00 PM on October 17, 2013

  3. Only video pitches will be considered

  4. Your pitch must be judged the best by our team of judges

Good luck and pitch well my friend!

Bill
bkenney@testmypitch.com
(860) 573-4821

Do You Have What It Takes? Test My Pitch Calls for Serious Business Networkers!

Posted on: July 24th, 2013 | by Bill Kenney

Would you like to deliver your self-introduction to thousands of people? Would you like expert help improving your self-introduction? Would you like to help others improve their ability to self-introduce? Are you a natural ham?

If so please read on as you might be exactly who we’re looking for!

Test My Pitch is in the process of building an instructional video to help networkers with their self-introductions and we’re looking for co-conspirators. Specifically we are looking for folks who are willing to go through the Test My Pitch process and will allow us to use their incremental self-introduction videos to guide others.

In exchange for your help you’ll not only get a lot of coaching from us in perfecting your introduction, but you’ll also get a lot of good promotion.

If you are interested, please call or email me, Bill Kenney, at 01 (860) 573-4821 or bkenney@testmypitch.

Thanks so much for helping us rid the world of poor communication!