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Questions to date for: The Entrepreneur Communities Crazy Focus on Investment Versus Customers

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 | by tmpadmin

Here’s a quick highlight of some participant questions that have been posed for this week’s webinar – The Entrepreneur Communities Crazy Focus on Investment Versus Customers. For more details or to register click here.

The question we posed:

  • What questions or challenges do you have related to focusing your students & entrepreneurs on customer discovery and customer development?

Some of the questions our participants have asked:

  • What techniques work best in getting students to focus on customer discovery and customer development? How have you redone your competitions to reflect the focus on customer discovery and customer development?
  • Last year, I prepared a feasibility study for a group interested in having an entrepreneurial event/pitch.  My research matched exactly what you are saying so the event was postponed. I am interested in hearing this webinar. In Dallas, our accelerators that are not university backed are struggling. Are university backed incubators/accelerators the only ones that will survive because the university rather than the market has more tolerance for risk?
  • How do we get our ventures to do appropriate research such as contacting at least 50 contacts who you share your innovation with and get their feedback?
  • How do we get beyond the “glamorization” of raising a round of funding and showing them that there are other ways to access capital?
  • Great topic as you’ve laid it out people get fixated on the wrong metrics and look for short term cash flow vs long term marketplace traction
  • Too much focus on the product and how it should be delivered vs. how it can be delivered in a way that addresses a clearly articulated and defined problem.
  • Our organization is funded by sponsorships and metrics based on ventures getting investments. How do we re-focus and keep everyone engaged?
  • Getting students to think realistically?
  • Our founders struggle with asking customers questions in such a way that they avoid receiving false positives?
  • Convincing students (and other organizers) of the value of customer discovery is a challenge?
  • How do I maximize customer advice?

Register and Ask You Question CLICK HERE

 

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Test My Pitch – Private communication skill development platform. Think Toastmasters online. Engage, empower and accelerate your communities communication confidence and competence.

Ask us how we can help you successfully democratize pitch event results in your community. Email or call Bill Kenney today at bkenney@testmypitch.com or +1 (860) 573-4821.

 

The 3 Big RIPPLE EFFECTS When YOUR TEAM is NOT Set Up for SUCCESS

Posted on: December 14th, 2016 | by Bill Kenney

CTCollegiateBizPlanCompetition14SpringPutting people in situations where they can succeed is the essence of good leadership. When our teams and team members fail there can be many adverse effects. The repercussions can go far beyond those directly involved. Check out this list to see some of the other stakeholders and how they are affected.

For the Under-performing TEAMS and TEAM MEMBERS

  • Their performance spirals down as they see no path to success
  • They disengage and turnover
  • They become anti-sponsors of your organization and you

For the CUSTOMERS and AUDIENCE

  • Poor individual performance leads to poor service
  • Continued poor service leads to lost customers
  • Lost customers leads to negative promotion

For Other TEAMS and TEAM MEMBERS

  • They observe and learn less productive methods and processes
  • They carry more load when their peers and teammates under-perform
  • They get frustrated, disengage and turnover

For SUPERVISORS, MANAGERS and OWNERS

  • It costs you time, reputation and results as team members don’t realize their potential
  • Your sales and revenue declines, customers and reputation are lost
  • Team members will turnover creating production instability and your career path becomes vulnerable

 

Join us for the “Stop Defining Insanity: Set Them Up for Success” webinar on Monday, December 19 at Noon ET. More information and register.

 

About
Test My Pitch – Private communication skill development platform. Think Toastmasters online. Engage, empower and accelerate your communities communication confidence and competence.

Ask us how we can help you successfully democratize pitch event results in your community. Email or call Bill Kenney today at bkenney@testmypitch.com or +1 (860) 573-4821.

Avoiding Onboarding Obstacles: Ramp Up Success Quickly

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 | by tmpadmin

Avoiding Onboarding Obstacles

Ramp Up Success Quickly

Learn the secrets of high-functioning organizations

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: Noon – 1:00PM (EDT)

New performers launch without skills and performance lags. Managers time gets hijacked and isn’t well leveraged. New team members are unintentionally set up to fail. There is limited visibility to Individual potential. Little alignment exists between participant start date and training cycle. Results vary by location and manager. Successful onboarding learning isn’t leveraged for future candidates.

Join us for this fast moving and highly informative workshop that will help you jumpstart results from new performers.

This workshop will help you improve your new team member:

  • Selection
  • Training
  • Measurement
  • Accountability
  • Continual development

Eliminate the frustrations and costs of ineffective onboarding. Join us on Thursday, November 10 for this groundbreaking webinar.

Space is limited. Enroll today.

Criteria Conundrum: Developing Your Ultimate Pitch Evaluation Rubric

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 | by Bill Kenney

Learn the secrets of high-functioning ecosystems

Watch the webinar recording!

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Time: Noon – 1:00PM (EDT)

  • Do your judges and mentors misapply your criteria?
  • Would you like more informative and reliable results?
  • Are you challenged to pick the best teams or ventures?
  • Do your final scores inform and educate appropriately?
  • Would you like better judge and team orientation?

Join us for this fast moving and highly informative workshop that will help you create the best possible criteria and judging system for your purpose.

Poor criteria and judge orientation compromises the reliability of pitch event results. When results are reliable participants have reference points to model and improve performance quickly. Learn how with a few simple tips you can create IMPACT and exceptional FEEDBACK for your entrepreneurs!

This workshop will help you:

  • Understand the common challenges and critical success factors
  • Create the remedies that are right for your system
  • Learn what to prioritize and how to do it
  • Develop the best rubric for your needs
  • Select and orient judges appropriately

All participants will receive the Score My Pitch – Criteria Development Worksheet to build your ultimate criteria

Over the last three years, our team has been visiting, interviewing and serving universities and entrepreneurship ecosystems all around the world. We’ve been to more than 500 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.

Join us for this action packed and interactive session.

We limit these webinars to 50 participants, so register now to reserve your spot.

10 Unintended Consequences of Bad Evaluation Criteria

Posted on: August 21st, 2016 | by Bill Kenney

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  • Bad decisions are made
  • The wrong people and ideas are recognized
  • The wrong entrants are modeled
  • The wrong behaviors and activities are reinforced
  • Educational value is lost
  • Participants are disenfranchised
  • The community is misinformed
  • Future participants disengage
  • Judges wisdom isn’t leveraged
  • Participants chose the wrong path and perform the wrong activities

Evaluation criteria affect much more than most of us would image. Making sure that the appropriate criteria are used is fundamental to a successful program.

Would you like to learn more about developing effective criteria? If so, then join us for the Criteria Conundrum: Developing Your Ultimate Pitch Evaluation Rubric webinar on Tuesday, August 23 at Noon eastern time. Follow this link for more details and to register.

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Score My Pitch is a pitch event judging and feedback system. Harness the wisdom and potential energy in your community. Produce reliable results. Share contextual and actionable feedback. Watch the video.

Ask us how we can help you successfully democratize pitch event results in your community. Email or call Bill Kenney today at bkenney@testmypitch.com or +1 (860) 573-4821.

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

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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 – Building Community: How to Diversify Beyond the Usual Suspects

Posted on: June 14th, 2016 | by tmpadmin

Here’s a quick highlight of participant questions that have been posed so far for the June 23, 2016 webinar – Building Community: How to Diversify Beyond the Usual Suspects. For more details or to register click here.

The question we posed:
What questions or challenges do you have related to improving your community engagement, size, quality and/or diversity?

The questions our participants have asked:

  • Tell me all your secrets!
  • How to engage the community?
  • How to generate better event attendance
  • We’re working to improve community engagement with demographic groups that aren’t necessarily part of our community. How do we gain their trust?
  • Increasing engagement opportunities, getting sponsors for events are key challenges.
  • What does a typical plan look like for building out diversity in a community, and how long is the process of building these relationships?
  • We have an alumni community that grows naturally, and that is naturally diverse in terms of size and industry, but we have difficulty driving engagement in our online space as well as event attendance.
  • Seeking tips on how to foster diversity genuine, authentic way for a large-scale local community event.
  • How do we grow and scale our community as well as improve outcomes?

  • We struggle with the balance of our events. By having such a diverse group of members it is difficult to cater to all of their stages, industries and relevant needs. How do you provide consistently relevant yet enticing content without over-saturating your entrepreneurs with too many events?

  • How to reach into the “corners” of the community and cross network boundaries?

  • How do you sustain online engagement?

  • How do I encourage beneficiaries to become active participants in the community? (Moving them beyond free rider status)

  • How do you build diversification of event participants?

  • How do I create better attendance?

  • I’m the Executive Producer of an annual entrepreneurship festival that engages 10,000+ individuals each year. We’ve been great at scale but have struggled with diversity, despite our best intentions. What are the drivers to increase diverse attendance? And how do you make diversity an organizational priority that each employee connects with?
  • How to reach outside of your pre-existing bubble?
  • I HAVE NOT FULLY ENGAGED MY COMMUNITY
  • Building on successful initial start. Maintaining energy and building program locally and across multiple locations.
  • Space and cost
  • How to engage more volunteers so we avoid current volunteer fatigue?

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?

 

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

 

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