Keep your cool through blackouts, blaring alarms and frigid temperatures!
Gigi Rosenberg (gigirosenberg.com) and our intrepid participants did all that Wednesday night. It was a really good, interactive session, with plenty of excitement to keep everyone involved and awake.
We tried out a new space in the building – the Mercy Corps Aceh community room, which is a big open room with plenty of space. It was also conveniently set up for the microfinance conference happening this week, and other than the rather chilly AC, it was the perfect layout.
Gigi warmed up the room right away with great funny stories and really personable presentation. She went over some basic tips about grounding yourself and making yourself comfortable in front of an audience, and then she told everyone that the second half of the seminar was going to be theirs: to present a product, introduce themselves, or practice anything they wanted to in front of a group. They got some time to work on their presentations (which they stoically did with an alarm blaring) and then a few brave volunteers offered to talk in front of the group of 22 (our biggest turnout yet).
We got to find out all about Moon Pads, a new idea for teenager-friendly reflective bike gear and how to be sustainable for the earth and your wallet. Gigi followed up with tips and ideas, and the whole room got to participate.
Gigi even did a business card raffle, and chose two lucky participants to sit down with her for a free 45-minute consultation. The rest of us will just have to wait for her next seminar!
Coming up tomorrow (Wed Oct 14th) from 6-8pm, we have Gigi’s seminar on “How to Give a Great Presentation”. And, of course, we’re all looking forward not only to a very great presentation, but a spectacular, compelling, and no doubt fantastic one at that.
Next week, we’ve got two seminars focused on two very practical topics for small businesses: insurance and legal matters.
On Tuesday October 20th from 6:00-7:00pm , Michael Henry from Country Financial Insurance will help address insurance issues for small business owners. He’ll be looking at the types of insurance your business might need, when it would need it, explanation of the terms, whether it’s viable for you to provide benefits to your employees, and pitfalls to avoid.
The following Tuesday, on the 27th from 6-7:30pm, Eric Helmy from Northwest Business Law Clinic will discuss how the law impacts all areas of your business. You will learn about the most common legal business problems, and how to avoid them, and he’ll also tell you where to find legal assistance.