For our student enterprise course, we went to Sandbox Industries to present our business. Sandbox Industries is a company that helps fund and run small businesses until they no longer are profitable. I learned the importance of knowing your business inside and out. When presenting your business, you need to be ready to answer questions, take critiques, and clearly explain the idea behind your business. One thing that I can improve about my business is my online presence. The Sandbox team pointed out that my business plan lacks an online presence which is pivotal for most companies. One of the things I can improve about my presentation is my ability to speak clearly and slowly. Presenting our business was rather intimidating and caused me to rush.
Archive for May, 2012
The purpose of this Endurance Challenge was to push ourselves and work for 12 or 24 hours straight. I decided to work for 24 hours straight. The first twelve hours were the hardest: I sat in a room with no stimulus. I was not allowed any distraction and I had to just sit for 12 hours straight. For the second part of the project, I organized everything (almost everything) in my life. Surprisingly, the hardest part was not the work but rather the motivation and energy to do the work. If I knew how hard it was going to be to motivate myself, I would have picked a much more entertaining challenge. I am proud of the fact that I accomplished this challenge. This was a very mentally draining assignment and I was happy to complete it.
Our Student Enterprise class went to the casting call for the TV show, “Shark Tank”. This is a TV show that gives entrepreneurs a chance of a lifetime. They allow aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business to five investors with a lot of capital. The investors are: Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Herjavec, and Daymond John. If the “Sharks” like your pitch, they are welcome to invest in your business. Our class went to the casting call to meet with all the entrepreneurs and ask them questions. We gained a lot of knowledge and connections from these interviews!
In our Endurance class we are studying characters who display an exceptional amount of mental endurance. In our class we see mental endurance as the ability to compartmentalize all the obstacles that lie before in order to endure and reach your goal. I was lucky enough to read The Hounds of Baskerville. Sherlock Holmes amazing abilities of observation, deduction and cunning to solve mysteries. He shows great mental endurance with his ability to maintain perspective throughout the case in order to solve it. He is able to keep all of his thoughts organized and was able to think through all the aspects of the case. Unfortunately, not everyone has Sherlock Holmes’s mental ability so the rest of us have to rely on lists. I decided to implement the use of the lists in my life. This is an organizational tool that not only helps me keep track of my daily life but helps me feel in control over everything I have to get accomplished.
My Mission Plan:
To improve my life, time management, organizational skills. Lists allow people to keep track of everything going on in their life and it’s all in one place. It’s simple and easy to do.
I will make lists every day in order to help me keep track of everything I need to do. These lists will include tasks from: School, daily tasks, home inventory. By the end of this project I will be able to manage my time in a more efficient manner as well as be much more on top of my daily tasks. This will also provide me with a sense of security because I won’t have to constantly think of all the things I have to do on any given day.
Who? Zach Silver and my dad, Ron Silver
How many? 1 list per-day. This will be a list will all of my daily tasks and all of my long term tasks. My list will also have daily goals that are reasonable and obtainable. It would be ridiculous to think I could get everything done everyday. These goals will be the essential things on your list. That way if those are the only things you get done, you still feel accomplished. My daily tasks will include: going to get groceries, cleaning my apartment, and doing laundry. My long term tasks will include: Homework assignments, future appointments, and my job schedule.
Where? On Zach Silver’s computer on his Wunderlist App
When? From now until graduation. I make my lists when I wake up in the morning and check it throughout the day. I do one last check before I go to sleep.
What if I forget to make a list or leave something off my list?
My Lesson Plan:
I was thinking about giving people an overwhelming amount of tasks and asking them to remember them without writing anything down. I will then explain to the class the importance of lists. I will show them how keeping a daily list can help them keep on track
Q? How can people use lists to organize themselves and alleviate their own stress?
Why? The reason why I want to do this is due to the fact that I have found that keeping lists truly helps. I want to show how lists can make an overwhelming amount of tasks seem reasonable while motivating you along the way.
I want to start the class by reciting a list of items and asking if anyone can tell me what they are. After that I will do a powerpoint on my mission and how I applied it in my life. Then I will ask people to tell me the items again (they won’t know about the re-quiz). After this
How many? 1 presenter (me) and 11 classmate
When & Where? For 6 min on Thursday, May 3rd
What if the students find my presentation boring?
I will think of extra exercises\
Please enjoy my presentation!
For today’s Field experience our HTML class went to Orbit Media Studio. Orbits Media Studio is a consulting firm that creates high-end and high-quality websites. They revealed to us all the steps that go into creating a website. They explained to our class that they always have an open dialogue with their clients to ensure satisfaction. They gave us a fantastic overview of everything that goes on at Orbits. They showed us all the kinds of websites they make, which are: E-commerce, marketing and custom applications.
So what does this all mean? What did we learn? This field experience was helpful on many different levels. Orbits taught us that creating a website is a long process and we need to be patient. We leaned that it takes 150-200 hours to create a website. We also learned that understanding ourselves is imperative to the direction of our website. We need to know what we want from our website and where we want to go with it. The knowledge that we obtained today will truly be valuable going forward.
Current Location: England
Education: He only learned the ABC’s yet he has the rhetorical skills of a high school senior
Occupation: He’s a baby
Family: He is on his own.
Hobbies: Drooling, Pooping, going on adventures, claiming his independence, and spitting up on himself.
Variables in his life: Lack of family and himself
He tries desperately to be independent but everyone just thinks of him as a baby. After going over the list of all the characteristic I have realized that my puppet has had a rough life. He is adventurous because he is being sent through the foster system. He is far more intelligent than people give him credit for and tries desperately to claim his independence. The only difference is that no matter what has happened to him he still maintains his naivety and innocence.
For our student enterprise course we went to Vosges. We investigated sales/marketing at the company.
Definition of market-
They tend to sell their products to businesses in airports looking for gifts for their families.
Description of Product and Services-
They sell high-end boutique chocolates. They sell chocolates with unique flavors.
Marketing and Sales Strategy-
They use stores all over the country to distribute their products to chocolate lovers. They have many stores in airports for people trying to give gifts on the go.