Seeking help from you, yes I mean you

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We are media students and before graduation each group needs to do a presentation similar to the ones in “Dragons’ Den”. We are only a few days away. What would be your advice to us?

And,we don’t have any experiences at all and this is a very valuable opportunity to convince investors by pitching creative ideas and plans.

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Celebrities who taught us some great presentation skills

1. Emma Watson Emma Watson was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. She gave a very powerful speech for a great cause. What made it so powerful is a good rehearsing before speech, making pauses wile telling her speech and not reading all the time from the lis even tho her speech was quite long. Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 16.35.55 2. Ellen Page Oh what a lady, she made the whole world talk about discrimination and pressure that comes with being an actress in Hollywood. But she did it, she came out, and was not afraid to talk about who she is, anymore. The topic of you presentation has to be something you believe in, more than anything in the world. Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 16.38.45 3. Shia Labeouf Shia told us that presentation can be extraordinary! Try to listen to your guts to understand you public and how you should present to them..or don’t understand your public and just do what you feel right anyway. Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 16.45.42 4. Barack Obama it is more the actors that we concentrated here by now, but it is wrong not to mention a great public speaker, that proves the power of ‘suit up’ rule. It is always works just put you best suit and believe in every word you say. Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 16.50.48 Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and tell us who is your favourite presenter and why? Please keep following Perfect Pitch. click here like our Facebook, and here follow our twitter.

We pitch a question on Quora, and then……?

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We pitched one question on Quora.com one day, and didn’t expect too much, but we did invite some professionals and experts who have plenty of experiences.

So ……only a few days pass, some magic things happened! There are actually many kind people answered our questions and gave us some helpful advices.

Here is our question:

What’s your suggestion about graduates’ business plan? How can they attract investors?

Here is  some of their answers:

1. First one answered by Qasim Choudhery (Writer, Entrepreneur, Martial Artist, Introspectre)

Getting experience and knowing how businesses work to help in that regard would be a help. Having another person on board to help write it who has the experience will help as well, if going that route instead. To attract investors, they shouldn’t just make their plan attractive; an investor invests in the business itself, which is made up of people as well. They have to believe in that. So showing that one can do that would be critical.

2. Second one answered by Doug Gilligan (A very experienced Hardware Engineer who wants to fix the world.  I have a broad range of interests and passions and have studied the world and the way things work, including how people think.)

If you are graduating from a prestigious school (Stanford, MIT) then that will help.  If you have personal connections with people that know people who are investors, that will help.  If the degree you are graduating with is a PhD, that will help.  Otherwise you have more disadvantage than the rest of us, so you are going to have to prove your product (both functionally and with actual profits) before they will notice you, as a rule.

The other method is to self promote.  This is harder if you do not know the right people, so your first job is to get to know the right people.  They will not trust your business plan.  Even if it is a work of art with real world experience behind it and an astute evaluation of the market and its needs, they will not trust it.  Investors bet on people and on proven solutions, or a combination of proven people and solutions that have already been shown to be successful, with a new twist of course.  They do not trust their own judgement when it comes to evaluating new ideas, so they prefer to see ideas that have already been proven to be successful, then they want to see people they can trust to deliver a new (and hopefully better) twist on that proven idea successfully to market.

In a hot new market (like wearable’s) you may find investors that do not normally invest in the first round, getting excited (when they shouldn’t).  If you go with them, it is more likely to be a case of the blind leading the blind.  You are a fresh graduate, with no significant real world business experience and they have no real experience in helping people like you start a new business.  Often ends badly, but it may be worth the ride.

Best advice, get some experience, or make your business without investors, or find investors through personal connections.  If your idea requires a significant team and lots of money to develop, good luck.  It may be the best idea in the universe, but not likely to get buy in.

Alternatively you could publish your business plan, and at least then the idea may get acted on, by someone.  If you publish it there is the potential to attract investors, partners, or if they take your idea they may bring you in (in a supporting role) to help.  At a certain point, keeping your idea secret is no longer important.

Thank you again for all your help, here is our  question link: http://www.quora.com/Whats-your-suggestion-about-graduates-business-plan-How-can-they-attract-investors

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Planning apps, group work and pitching from our buddies at Buddy App

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Since there is a traditional project for the students of Media Management in Uni of Westminster, all of us are told to make an elaborate, feasible, and creative business plan,and pitched it at the end of semester in front of some investors just like “Dragons’ Den”. I have to say, it really drives us crazy. So we contacted with Ms. Arianne who did that last year, let’s see what did she say about it.

P=Perfect Pitch     A=Arianne

P:What was your project about?

A:Our business plan was a mobile application. It  was called Buddy App. Originally it based around idea structure as a well known app Tinder. The main concept of it that you can swipe the things you like to the left and things you don’t to the right but instead of people as in Tinder, Buddy Up has various event for the audience to choose from in London.

P:How did your group generated such an idea?

A:It was very hard at the moment.  A lot of people were using Tinder and while brainstorming all the time. We were sure that we want to make an application instead of magazine. As application was much easier to build but still required all the different skills. Our group was trying to understand what London is missing? What app would be very useful in such a vibrant city? There are a couple of websites that a based around the idea of finding events, but we found they are quite boring and not so easy to use.  And we really wanted to concentrate on the small events, try to attract people to discover new places around there area, and not concentrate on musical or such events that other websites are concentrate more. We were all international students and this is one thing that we all were trying to search for – interesting and entertaining events.

P:Could you tell us more about your experience of presenting this idea?

A:I loved it! I really enjoyed but I know other people were quite nervous. It was a big project and everyone was preparing for it for a long time. We had people from outside attending the event to hear our ideas. Yes, we were quite pumped up but more because the pressure of the event was building up over the time. We all dressed up for the event and we all spend so much time on it that we were really nervous but excited to show our product. For me it was exciting!

P:Looking back at you experience, what would you advice to our readers to avoid the stress of giving the presentation?

A:Practice a lot! Practice a  lot because there is a time limit. and we have practiced with the time watch to make sure we will be on time. As it would be very disappointing to be stopped by the lecturer and to have enough time to finish the  representation. We divided the whole presentation into sections. We all wanted to make sure we deliver the idea and every aspect of it. My advice would be practice.

P:Is there is anything important you took from the whole experience?

A:It is very interesting  to work together with a very diverse people. We were very good at seeing each other strength and trusting each other on the parts that each of us was responsible for. Everyone who came to this course had a quite a different background so we were discussing who’s good at what and would like to do for the project. We would have meeting every week to give a feedback on each others work. At the time I don’t thing we did it on purpose but looking at it back I think it was crucial for us to dived work in such a way.

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11 tips combating stage jitters by TED speaker coach

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Gina Barnett advises a speaker during TED2014. Below, her best last-minute public speaking tips. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED Gina Barnett advises a speaker during TED2014. Below, her best last-minute public speaking tips. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

The weekend before a TED conference, each speaker rehearses their talk in the TED theater. It’s a chance for the speakers to get to know the space, for our curators to give last-minute suggestions on talk content, and for our speaker coaches to give advice to help each speaker feel their absolute best the day of their talk. During this time, we overheard speaker coaches Gina Barnett, Michael Weitz and Abigail Tenenbaum give a few extraordinarily helpful tips that we’d never heard before.

We asked Gina Barnett, longtime TED speaker coach and author of the upcoming book Play the Part: Master Body Signals to Connect and Communicate for Business Success (to be released in June), to share some specifics:

  1. Start drinking water 15 minutes before you start talking. If you tend to get…

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