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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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Talking to Strangers: Part I

In the Lean Startup process, student entrepreneurs are expected to talk to strangers—both teenagers and adults—not once or twice, but over and over again…

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Teams: Communication and Conflict

For many high school students, working on group projects is torture. It always seems to go one of three ways…It’s no wonder students object when we ask them to work on teams for their entrepreneurial ventures. It’s so tempting, as the teacher, just to let them fly solo…

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Responding to Bad Ideas

So, your students have identified a meaningful problem. They’ve validated it with customer interviews. And they believe there’s a solid market for a solution. Good news! They are finally ready to develop their minimum viable produce—aka their first iteration of a real product or service. As the teacher/coach/advisor, you’re excited to see what they come up with. Finally, it’s getting real! But then they propose their idea, and your heart sinks because you’re pretty sure their idea is a bad idea.

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Finding The Right Problem

After an entrepreneur has invented something cool—like the Keurig coffee maker, the car cup holder, the Yeti mug, or Uber—it seems impossible that no one had thought of it before. Didn’t we realize how much leftover coffee was getting wasted in large carafes? Didn’t we spill all over ourselves while driving? didn’t we complain about taxis?

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Abolishing the Passive Learning Mindset

If you’re going to venture into teaching students entrepreneurship, the first step is to un-teach these three misconceptions. 

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How do we guide young entrepreneurs when the business world gets real?

Alissa sat down with the manager and gave her best pitch for the straws, and the manager barraged her with questions.All legitimate questions, but delivered with a more brusque, confrontational tone than Alyssa was used to…

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Let’s take teen entrepreneurs – and their ideas – more seriously

There’s no such thing as a bad idea, right?Except there is. And teenagers have plenty of them. We’re going to sell spray bottles of rubbing alcohol to use as de-icer. Uh, I don’t think you can just repackage and sell rubbing alcohol. Think of the danger if it gets sprayed in someone’s eyes!

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You can’t teach entrepreneurship unless you’re truly willing to learn from failure

Five years ago, my high school student entrepreneurship program nearly folded.

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