Design Entrepreneur Showcase
The Design Showcase was a great night. It was filled with lots of new challenges and expectations that needed to be risen to. I had doubts about the turnout and my performance, but overall, the night was a great success!
I have to say I was incredibly nervous. I had practiced my pitch on a few people over the semester, but this was a whole new situation. People had come left and right and you had no choice but to give it your best shot. I was fairly confident with my idea, so it made it a little easier to convince people I had something useful to share. I really didn’t expect much to come out of this night, but there a couple people who are trying to make my book go further than just a class project. Very exciting, but very nerve racking! Confidence is so important when it comes to putting yourself out there. I learned if you can fake confidence or actually have it, there is no stopping you.
It was also really great to see the work of my peers come together. We were all in the same boat of nervousness and exhaustion, but I was genuinely blown away by everyone. We can really put on a good show, and that makes me ready to work in the real world that much more. Getting a career is really a scary thing, but this night made me feel more ready than ever.
There are a couple things I would have changed about the night, but that’s all. I felt as if my video was a weak point in my presentation. It was longer than it needed to be and the pace of it wasn’t quite as fast as it should have been. I learned you need to grab your audience right away and keep it short and sweet. People have short attention spans, so you need to capture it, and expect to only have it for about 30 seconds.
I also learned that key words in my pitch were important in keeping people interested. You have to give people a reason to care, otherwise it won’t have the legs to make them react and act on it.
It was a really stressful semester, but I am so happy it all came together. Now, for that business plan…