Quick Practical, Tactical Tips for Presentations. In the past I’ve given some tips for handling meetings effectively, covering topics like: - How not to let your meeting go down a rat hole; - Dealing with the elephant in the room; - Dealing with skeletons in your closet; - How to make meetings discussions, not “pitches” - A tale of two pitches (I eventually invested in the first company that pitched) Today’s post is a subtle one about positioning yourself in a presentation.
This might be a VC meeting but also might just be a sales or biz dev meeting. It’s any meeting where you are in a small room and are being called on to present on some form of overhead slides 1. Sit closest to the projection screen – Many times a week I have entrepreneurs who do presentations for me and often I’m with some or all of my colleagues.
If you look at Diagram A above you’ll see that the presenters are sitting at the opposite end of the table from where the screen is. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 10 Blogs Entrepreneurs Need to Be Reading. See the 2012 edition: 10 Must Read Blogs for Entrepreneurs (2012 Edition) #1.
The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. & Blog Archive & The Planet Express Guide to Management - 33 HR Le... The Planet Express Guide to Management – 33 HR Lessons from Futurama Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 1:37am by Site Administrator While you might not actually work with a rag-tag group of aliens, robots and incompetent but well meaning former pizza delivery boys, sometimes you feel like you might as well be. Turns out that in the future, managing employees hasn’t really gotten any easier, but you can take away a few lessons on what works-and what doesn’t-from Futurama.
While this isn’t a replacement for real management training, it can help to give you a little insight into employee relations and, if nothing else, a few laughs. Here are a few lessons, in no particular order, that you can bring to your next HR meeting. Futurama may take place in the future, but little has changed when it comes to managing a staff and taking care of a business. If you enjoyed this article, please bookmark it at del.icio.us »
13 Business Books That Will Blow Your Mind. Having never taken a business class in college I find that I read and listen to a lot of business books to round out my education.
The books usually aren't "How to Manage Your Cash Flow" but rather get me to rethink the way I run my business, which--despite no business classes or diploma--continues to be in business 13 plus years after I started it. In that time, here are 13 of the books that had the biggest impact on how I run my business (in no particular order): Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink: If you supervise anyone in your business, this book is a must read. It shows that what science knows about motivation, business isn't putting into practice.
In fact, many of the incentives we create can actually de-motivate our employees. Brilliant Business Books - Graphics - Portfolio.com. 7 Marketing Links You'd Be Crazy to Ignore. How to Start a Startup. March 2005 (This essay is derived from a talk at the Harvard Computer Society.)
You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup that does all three will probably succeed. And that's kind of exciting, when you think about it, because all three are doable. If there is one message I'd like to get across about startups, that's it.
The Idea In particular, you don't need a brilliant idea to start a startup around. Google's plan, for example, was simply to create a search site that didn't suck. There are plenty of other areas that are just as backward as search was before Google. For example, dating sites currently suck far worse than search did before Google. The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups. October 2006.
How to pick a co-founder &045; Venture Hacks - StumbleUpon. Naval · November 12th, 2009 Update: Also see our 40-minute interview on this topic.
Picking a co-founder is your most important decision. It’s more important than your product, market, and investors. The ideal founding team is two individuals, with a history of working together, of similar age and financial standing, with mutual respect. One is good at building products and the other is good at selling them. The power of two Two is the right number — avoid the three-body problem. One founder companies can work, against the odds (hello, Mark Zuckerberg). Two founders works because unanimity is possible, there are no founder politics, interests can easily align, and founder stakes are high post-financing. Someone you have history with You wouldn’t marry someone you’d just met.
One builds, one sells The best builders can prototype and perhaps even build the entire product, end-to-end. The Startup Daily — Great Ideas from Great Books. 3 Ways to Get the Most from Your Team - Management Tip of the Day - August 15, 2011.