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Your Startup’s Pitch Needs Only These 10 Slides

Posted on: June 8th, 2015 | by tmpadmin

Courtesy of Inc. Magazine.

Guy Kawasaki shares the layout for a perfect pitch.

Pitching your startup to investors just might be the most nerve-wracking aspect of starting your new business — well, besides the prospect of losing your shirt.

I get it. The last thing you want to do when you’re sleep-deprived and edgy and suffering startup angst is pitch it over… and over… and over again. It’s actually a pretty helpless feeling, asking strangers to decide on the fate of your new venture. If it’s your first or second venture, there can be a real learning curve, too. It takes time and feedback to get it right.

Presentation guru Guy Kawasaki has put together an infographic that can help make your pitch both more effective and less painful.

Click here to see the infographic.

See, you really only need ten slides – anything more and you could be overdoing it.

You want to grab their attention and inspire them to ask for more information – you don’t need to give away the farm during your pitch.

If you go over every aspect of your startup in painstaking detail, Kawasaki says, you lose sight of what’s truly important. Limiting your pitch to ten slides forces you to really home in on your selling points and convey them concisely.

Click here to read the full article.

When Negative is Positive: Effectively Balancing Feedback

Posted on: June 6th, 2015 | by tmpadmin

When Negative is Positive

Effectively Balancing Feedback

Are some of your mentors too positive?
Are some of your mentors too negative?
Would you like more of your community to contribute in giving feedback?
Would you like your community to learn from feedback versus defending their position?
Do your mentors struggle to give effective and actionable feedback?

Join us for this fast moving and highly informative workshop that will help you identify what type of feedback you should be communicating and frame a process  that efficiently and dramatically improve how mentors and managers share feedback with students, entrepreneur and staff.

Feedback is of vital importance to improve and compete in the world around us. In every stage of development we need to not only accept feedback, but embrace it and encourage others to do the same. Positive feedback is motivating and inviting to the novice. Negative feedback when given in a constructive and structured environment moves people to accelerate faster and with more competence. This workshop will help you:

  • Access where you organization is on the feedback continuum
  • Determine the sophistication level and type of feedback needed for your organization
  • Identify the framework elements of a good feedback process
  • Discover new tools, techniques and systems to engage your community and evolve skills
  • See systems that impact wide scale and cross institutional feedback
  • Appreciate the need for negative feedback to improve and accelerate your communities development

Over the last two years our team has visited, interviewed and served universities, entrepreneurship ecosystems and large employers 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.

Watch this webinar.