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Teaching Students to Pitch—Not Present

By Martha Rush; Chief Educator-in-Residence Tales and Tips from the Front #14 Students develop a lot of bad habits by…

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How Do I Grade This?

By Martha Rush; Chief Educator-in-Residence Tales and Tips From the Front #13 There’s only one form of feedback that really…

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Time and Priorities

By Martha Rush; Chief Educator-in-Residence Tales and Tips From the Front #12 Many entrepreneurs work 24-7 to get their ventures…

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Managing (and Getting) Money

By Martha Rush; Chief Educator-in-Residence Tales and Tips From the Front What is preventing you from going to market right…

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Making the Most of Mentors

By Martha Rush; Chief Educator-in-Residence Tales and Tips From the Front There is a whole lot that educators don’t know…

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Taking Entrepreneurial Education Online

This spring and summer, while educators nationwide are scrambling to create meaningful learning experiences for our students online, let’s embrace best practices for fostering our future entrepreneurs in the virtual world. Let’s be ready to launch new ventures when “shelter in place” is over (or even before!)

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Shying Away From Sales

Sales may be the most challenging aspect of “talking to strangers”—something that’s already difficult for most teenagers. But once they’ve done it a few times, it’s much less intimidating. Best of all, students who have learned “how to sell” will have an advantage when they need to sell themselves to investors, colleges and employers. This is not just about creating entrepreneurs; it’s about building skills for life.

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Getting it Off the Ground

Only by launching their ventures can students find out if their ideas are viable, if there’s a product-market fit, if there are revenue streams, and if those revenues will cover the costs of production. Only by launching can they learn about sales, managing stress, and teamwork. And it’s only by launching do they risk failure, which is one of our most effective learning experiences.

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Learning From Failure

“Fail fast!” sounds hip and catchy to innovative adults, but to most students it just sounds scary. When we emphasize creativity, experimenting with new ideas, testing our ideas in the market, and not knowing what will happen, that sounds exciting. If you tell me: You’re probably going to fail and that’s OK, I’m wary. But if you tell me: Let’s try to do something cool, and if it doesn’t work out, no big deal, I’m intrigued. It’s a small semantic shift, but it’s important.

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Talking to Strangers: Part II

In last week’s post, I shared strategies for helping student entrepreneurs learn to talk to strangers. That post was mostly about building confidence and self-awareness, so that our teenagers are not intimidated by the Customer Discovery process—and even learn to enjoy it. This week I want to tackle another aspect of talking to strangers: Teaching students the ability to adapt and adjust during conversations with adults.

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