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Business Plan Competitions are Broken…and What to Do About It!

Posted on: July 27th, 2016 | by tmpadmin

Learn What the Best Organizers are Doing

Watch the webinar recording!

Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Time: Noon – 1:00PM (ET)

  • Is the idea of a business plan outdated?
  • Why do we struggle to attract participants?
  • How do we build a diverse program?
  • How do we create the learning and impact we intend?
  • What model makes the most sense for your program?

Join us for this fast moving and highly informative workshop that will help you improve the engagement and results from your business plan competitions.

 

Business plan (or business model) competitions are fantastic vehicles to introduce the power of entrepreneurship to students, faculty and administration. These programs have the potential to engage students and faculty from every department while at the same time drawing in and re-engaging valuable alumni.

 

Whether you are considering your 1st or planning your 100th business plan competition this workshop will help you:

  • Understand the common challenges and critical success factors

  • Select the model that is best for you and your audience

  • Align the content and format with your institution’s objectives

  • Develop the right event mix for a robust program

  • Choose between business plan and business model canvas methodologies

  • Learn how to engage administration, faculty and students

  • Assure diverse, cross-functional, multi-disciplined teams are formed

  • Build and implement a powerful and sustainable learning model

  • Measure progress and outcomes

Over the last two years our team has been visiting, interviewing and serving universities and entrepreneurship ecosystems all around the world. We’ve been to more than 200 pitch events and demo days in that time. We’d like to share with you some of the learning and best practices that we are gaining through this experience.

Questions to date for – Judging Nightmares…Make your judging reliable and informative!

Posted on: March 17th, 2016 | by Bill Kenney

Here’s a quick highlight of participant questions that have already been posed so far for the March 24, 2016 webinar – Judging Nightmares…Make your judging reliable and informative!. For more details or to register click here.

The question we posed:
What questions or challenges do you have related to managing/administering effective judging?

  • How to maintain consistency in judging across many different projects and with different judges?
  • How do you maintain simplicity in criteria?
  • Is there a way to make it statistically accurate?
  • How do you developing an effective rating system and score sheet – especially given conflicting priorities among my judges?
  • It is our first time in implementing the program we will use judging for so just general questions about managing and administering effective judging would be great!
  • How do we get judges to stay within the allotted time frame?
  • Getting judges on the same page and focused on our criteria rather their their own.
  • How do you ensure that judges stick to your criteria and not their internal biases?
  • Are there any software or other tools that can be used to make the judging process easier for the judges and add transparency to the process for both the judges and the participants?
  • I am interested in learning about your best practices
  • Interested in modern perspectives and insights to enhance my judging participation
  • Not enough time or thought put into the criterion by the judges as a group. Typically facilitator gives a sheet to fill out and then judges begin to argue about what each one meant in relation to their pre-conceived notions.
  • How do you deal with judges who may not understand a particular industry but will write off an idea because they don’t understand rather than asking more questions?
  • How do you make sure judges are prepared and have read background information?
  • We have a program where we work with early stage technologists, but our Judges are used to seeing later-staged startups seeking funding, so their expectations about what makes a good team do not always line up with what our program is designed to do.

Standout in 30-Seconds for Professionals

Posted on: March 14th, 2016 | by tmpadmin

Standout in 30-Seconds

Connect at every opportunity

Make your networking self-introduction ROCK!

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  • Do you get anxious or nervous?
  • Do you forget what you wanted to say?
  • Do you wish you had a clear and powerful message?
  • Is your value proposition simple and effective?
  • Do you wish your introduction would attract the right people?

Join our Standout in 30-Seconds program and deliver your compelling self-introduction with confidence every time.

Our system will help you develop an effective script and then practice and perfect your delivery.

What’s included:

  • Two (2) x 1-hour workshops – delivered live online and recorded
    • Introduction to Standing Out (Monday, April 11 at 4pm ET)
      • getting started
      • creating a script
      • delivery techniques
    • Advanced Standing Out (Monday, April 25 at 4pm ET)
      • assessing the audience
      • developing a hook
      • closing with confidence
  • Three (3) rounds of formalized practice rounds with feedback from our expert coaches on the Test My Pitch platform.

 

Register by Friday, April 1 and SAVE $30

More Information

Price = $149 if you register by April 1, 2016

 

Subject to the standard Test My Pitch Term of Use.

Test My Pitch is a product of Test My Pitch, LLC

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.

Featured Webinars

Posted on: February 8th, 2015 | by tmpadmin

Come back often.
New webinars will be added monthly.

5 Reasons Why Your Training is Failing…and what to do about it

Building Community: How to Diversify Beyond the Usual Suspects

Business Plan Competitions are Broken…and What to Do About It

Criteria Conundrum: Developing Your Ultimate Pitch Evaluation Rubric

Feedback Failures: Where Feedback Goes Off Track…and How to Correct It!

Huh, What’d They Just Say?

Judging Nightmares…Make your judging reliable and informative!

Listening: The Secret to Powerful Communication

Make Your Pitch Event Kick-Ass

Measuring Impact: 7.5 Questions with Brian Barge from The Evidence Network

Mentee Mayhem

Mentor Magic: Overcome the Biggest Mentor Program Challenges!

Performance Paradox: How to Drive Results While Conserving Resources

Role-Plays that Rock

Stale and Underrepresented: Reinvigorate Your Community (note: Due to a technical snafu, the slides will not appear until the 4:50 mark. The audio should be good though)

The Millennial Paradox

When a Negative is a Positive: Making Feedback Effective

 

See the full library on our YouTube channel

See Bill Speak…

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

billheadshotjf2Some call it “obsessive podium disorder,” we just call getting out and having fun with friends. Here are some of the upcoming events where Bill Kenney is speaking. Some are open to the public, some are not. Feel free to contact Bill directly regarding having him deliver great content to your audience.

Bill Kenney email or phone 860-573-4821.

Date Organization Topic (public events have information link)
3/29/2016 CT Entrepreneurs Meetup #CTEM1 Effective Pitching
3/24/2016 Test My Pitch – webinar Judging Nightmares…Make your judging reliable and informative!
3/15/2016 Cumulus Global 3T@3 Webcast Series Pitching Innovation
3/14/2016 Startup Con Live March 2016 Connect and Collaborate
2/27/2016 Connecticut NewVentureChallenge Effective Pitching
2/23/2016 Test My Pitch – webinar 5 Reasons Why Your Training is Failing and What to Do About It
1/22/2016 Test My Pitch – webinar Criteria Conundrum: Developing Your Ultimate Rubric
1/14/2016 Startup Champions Network – webinar Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Your Ecosystem
12/17/2016 Test My Pitch – webinar Listening: The Secret to Powerful Communication!
11/20/2016 Test My Pitch – webinar Role-Plays that Rock!
11/12/2016 Startup Champions Network – webinar Measuring Ecosystem Success
10/24/2016 Test My Pitch – webinar Make Your Pitch Event Kick-Butt
9/24/2016 Test My Pitch – webinar The Millennial Paradox!
8/27/2016 Test My Pitch – webinar Mentee Mayhem!
7/21/2016 Test My Pitch – webinar Criteria Conundrum: Developing Your Ultimate Pitch Evaluation Rubric
6/25/2015 Test My Pitch – webinar Stale and Underrepresented: How to Reinvigorate Your Community
5/27/2015 Test My Pitch – webinar When a Negative is a Positive: Making Feedback Effective
5/28/2015 US Association of Association Executives Stand Out in 30 Seconds: How to Make a High Impact Self-Introduction
5/7/2015 CT Association of Association Executives It’s Not About The Event: Selling and Retaining Trade Show Sponsorship
4/23/2015 Test My Pitch – webinar Huh, What’d They Just Say? Methods for Improving Student, Entrepreneur and Staff Communication.
3/24/2015 Test My Pitch – webinar Build Community: How to Diversify Beyond the Usual Suspects
3/11/2015 Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Standout in 30-Seconds: How to Make a High Impact Self-Introduction
3/6-8/2015 Startup Weekend Startup Weekend Louisville
2/25/2015 Test My Pitch – webinar Feedback Failures: Where Feedback Goes Off Track and How to Correct It!
1/29/2015 Test My Pitch – webinar Business Plan Competitions are Broken…and What to Do About It!
10/7/2014 Test My Pitch – webinar Demo: Test My Pitch and Score My Pitch Platform
9/30/2014 Test My Pitch – webinar Measuring Impact: 7.5 Questions with Brian Barge from The Evidence Network
9/26/2014 CT Technology Council Connecting with Investors at the CT Innovation Summit
9/23/2014 Test My Pitch – webinar Demo: Test My Pitch and Score My Pitch Platform
9/19/2014 Invest-in-Bavaria Effective Picthing and Networking in the U.S.
9/16/2014 Test My Pitch – webinar Referential Learning: The Value of Modeling Success
9/9/2014 Test My Pitch – webinar Demo: Test My Pitch and Score My Pitch Platform
9/5/2014 Test My Pitch – webinar Build Community: How to Diversify Beyond the Usual Suspects
9/4/2014 Metropolitan District Commission Effective Pitching at Matchmaker Events
8/19/2014 Test My Pitch – webinar Demo: Test My Pitch and Score My Pitch Platform
8/12/2014 Test My Pitch – webinar Pitch Events are Broken and What to Do About It!
8/5/2014 Test My Pitch – webinar Demo: Score My Pitch Platform
7/29/2014 Test My Pitch – webinar Criteria Conundrum: Developing Your Ultimate Pitch Evaluation Rubric
7/22/2014 Metropolitan District Commission Effective Pitching at Matchmaker Events
6/16/2014 CT Legal Conference Make Connection: Grow Your Career Utilizing the Tools of Business Networking 2.0
6/9/2014 Sandbox Summit Pitching: How to nail a pitch
6/4/2014 Shoreline Chamber of Commerce Standout in 30-Seconds: How to Make a High Impact Self-Introduction, Part II
5/30/2014 UP Global Summit 2014 Measuring Impact
5/22/2014 University of CT – Technology Incubation Program Connecting with Investors: From 10-Seconds to 3-Minutes
5/20/2014 International Conference on Business Incubation How Are You Really Impacting Clients?
5/15/2014 EntreFest Effective Pitching: Nail It Every Time!
5/15/2014 EntreFest Pitch Practice Session: Come On, You’re Among Friends
5/15/2014 EntreFest Business Networking 2.0: New Tools to Grow Your Sphere of Influence
4/29/2014 Event Resources – Roundtable The Rules of Engagement: Maximizing Your Resources to Develop Long Term Relationships
4/9/2014 Shoreline Chamber of Commerce Standout in 30-Seconds: How to Make a High Impact Self-Introduction
2/19/2014 Clark University, MBA, Spark Entrepreneurship Organization Connecting with Your Audience – Pitch and Be Heard
1/30/2014 Wire Association International New England Chapter Making Connection On and Offline
11/9/2013 Northeastern University – Husky Startup Challenge Pitch Workshop, Test My Pitch Demo
11/8/2013 reSET Accelerator Pitching on Demo Day: Part II
11/7/2013 CT Technology Council CT Innovation Summit: Pitching, Test My Pitch
10/28/2013 LaunchHaven Startup Weekend New Haven: Pitch Workshop at the Boot Camp
10/27/2013 University of CT – Business Connections Learning Community Entrepreneurship and Business Networking
10/15/2013 Execunet Standout in 30-Seconds: How to Make a High Impact Self-Introduction
10/7/2013 American Marketing Association – ECSU Self-Introduction for College Students
10/4/2013 CT Technology Council Connecting with Investors at the CT Innovation Summit
10/3/2013 Startup Weekend Hartford 1-Minute Pitch Workshop
10/3/2013 CT Technology Council Connecting with Investors at the CT Innovation Summit
10/2/2013 CT Technology Council Connecting with Investors at the CT Innovation Summit
10/1/2013 The Idea Circle for Women Conference Raise Your Profile in 30-Seconds: How to Make a High Impact
9/27/2013 reSET Accelerator Pitching on Demo Day: Part I
8/20/2013 reSET Coworking Effective Pitching: Cause the Effect You Intend
8/19/2013 CT DEV STARTUP Test My Pitch Demo
6/6/2013 CT Business Expo Standout in 30-Seconds: How to Make a High Impact Self-Introduction