Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tips for Pitching to Investors

Source: Blackenterprise.com (July/August, 2013). Hooking Investors. June 2012. Reprinted without change.

From Our 2014 Summer Challenge Series...


  1. Bring your product or service to life with your energy and enthusiasm. Investors love it.
  2. Know the company(ies) and its numbers inside out, including sales, revenues, and profit margins.
  3. Show a prototype, or hand out product samples. Provide results from research or insights you gained from surveys, questionnaires, focus groups, and product tests.
  4. Avoid getting too technical and instead focus on a few important data points that illustrate the business's current successes and future potential.
  5. Don't hide any problems the company is experiencing. Just be prepared to discuss how you plan to resolve them.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Challenge 2014 Theme: Job Skills for a Variety of Industries

Source: Job Seeker Resources. S. Hairston. The Employment Guide - Washington, DC. June 30 - July 6, 2014.

Hairston recommends

  1. Create a list of all your training, experience, and/or education that you can use at a variety of businesses or job industries.
  2. Market yourself to either keep your job, or find a new one.
  3. Be prepared to share what value your skills offer.
  4. Make a point or write down your ability for each of the outlined job activities given for a position. Reference several key points during an interview with the hirer or the hiring representative.
  5. Volunteer for opportunities in your community or current workplace.
  6. Read industry or job-related books, magazines, or blogs.

Please visit "The Portal" to participate in our 2014 Summer Challenge (education choices tab) at sherleneonline.com

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Family Routines During Summer Vacation

   " Be Consistent" --           
                                    "Explain Any Change of Routines"--
   
    Children develop best in an environment of order and consistency--even during summer and holiday school breaks.  They are happier when they know what to expect. To a young child, a predictable world is a safe world.
     By setting up regular, reliable times and procedures for daily events, parents and guardians or child care provider provide a dependable environment.  Routines also help avoid the power struggles that so often occur between adults and children.
     You'll find life with your child goes more smoothly if you set up and consistently carry out regular routines such as bedtime, wake-up time, mealtimes, chore times, play times, and homework times. You will find that children are more pleasant during unusual family-bonding to-dos such as vacation or a new sitter. It might help to have a list of the sequence of daily events posted where your child can refer to it as necessary (for example, Bedtime--put on pajamas, brush teeth, read story).  Use simple drawings on the schedule instead of words if need be for small children: let kids help.
     Of course, some changes in schedules and routines are unavoidable. And while children prefer routine, they are resilient enough when a familiar routine has to be disturbed.