Networking as an introvert

Introverts in the extroverted world of networking.

Introverts in the extroverted world of networking. Image from: http://nccuinternational.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/23-signs-youre-secretly-an-introvert/

Networking is a vital part of a college students’ career, but the truth is, it doesn’t come naturally for many people, especially if you are more of an introvert. Even as a professor at Clemson, extroversion can be a really helpful trait. We need to prepare to speak at conferences, meet potential employers at Intern-Employer Day, hosting events for the department, greeting potential students and their families as they tour Godfrey and consider whether Graphic Communciations is the right major for them at Clemson University.

Most people who’ve met me may not think I am an introvert at all, but I certainly relate with how this article starts. Even thinking about a room full of people I don’t know makes me pause. Over time I’ve learned to trick myself into enjoying the challenge and I think many students who feel nervous about IE Day and interviews, and conferences might can benefit from the same tricks. Continue…

Encouraging professional social media use

Professional social media is important to your personal branding

Professional social media is important to your personal branding. Image source: http://www.fusionspark.com/socialmedia-smallbiz/

How we use social media use is a target of criticism by so many people around us. Your mom may critique that weekend party picture you posted for your friends on Facebook. Your advisor may comment on how little you update your LinkedIn account and how important your professional social media persona is to getting your dream job. In many offices, the rules regarding our personal use of social media can feel invasive and overwhelming. Before the days of social media our lives weren’t well… quite so broadly public and therefore only fodder for criticism by the town gossips rather than everyone you know.

From a business or educator’s stand point, I do believe that we need to help guide and encourage professional social media use by employees and students. How a student chooses to use social media now can very likely effect their opportunities to interview at their top pick company in a few years closer to graduation. In fact, the argument could be made that your professional social media use is directly tied to your personal marketing and branding. Continue…

Reconsidering risk taking

Risk taking comes in many forms. Hang gliding could be one.

Risk taking comes in many forms. Hang gliding could be one. Photo credit- http://www.seekextreme.com/hang-gliding/

Risk taking is something entrepreneurs rarely avoid. In fact most entrepreneurs seek out rewarding risks. In the GC4510-Entrepreneurship course offered each summer online through Clemson University and the Department of Graphic Communications, we explore the value of recognizing and responding to risks in a way that stretches our comfort zone and prepares us for the mindset of an entrepreneur.

I ran across this article a while back and even upon a second reading of it, I love the quotes presented, especially in the context of who said them. For instance, number 5:

“Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller Continue…

The 3rd Industrial Revolution

Have you ever thought about the possibility of a 3rd industrial revolution? Now for a bit of history.

The 1st industrial revolution started in the mid-1700s when people moved from hand production of products to machine production. Imagine making each individual shirt or pair of socks, one by one by one. It would definitely be an incredible boost to productivity to be able to use machines to produce multiple shirts simultaneously. The 1st industrial revolution was based new iron production processes, improved use of water power and steam power, and the change from wood to coal as a source of energy.

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Entrepreneurship education goes MOOC

Entrepreneurship roundtable summer 2014 featured a diverse range of entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship roundtable summer 2014 featured a diverse range of entrepreneurs

MOOCs are no longer just a small fad. The 6-week Coursera course on Entrepreneurship mentioned in this article had 23,000 students enrolled, including students from more than 180 countries. With high speed internet, education is no longer for an elite few and in my opinion that is a very good thing.

As many of you may know, I launched an online course on entrepreneurship (GC4510-008) this summer. 9 @ClemsonGC students enrolled in the course and participated from all over the easter United States. Certainly no comparison with 23,000 students, but still I felt like material covered in the course and the conversations generated between students was really interesting and I hope extremely valuable for the students enrolled. Even though we never met in person, we all had the opportunity to meet several times synchronously online. Continue…

Do you have the GRIT it takes to thrive?

Angela Duckworth has developed a test for grit, that ubiquitous, necessary character trait that predicts future success. She moved from the classroom to the laboratory in order to study what makes people successful. Through her studies, Duckworth discovered that two main traits play a huge role- self-control and grit.

In my studies of entrepreneurs during the past year, I have heard many of the same character traits as Duckworth studies. Entrepreneurs tend to be born with extraordinary drive and commitment. I would venture to guess that they would test quite high in Duckworth’s grit test. I am looking forward to taking it to see where I fall in the continuum. Do you think you have grit? Take the test to find out! Continue…

How Entrepreneur Funding Works – Splitting The Equity Pie With Investors

Startup Funding Infographic A hypothetical startup will get about $15,000 from family and friends, about $200,000 from an angel investor three months later, and about $2 Million from a VC another six months later. If all goes well. See how funding works in this infographic: First, let’s figure out why we are talking about funding as something you need to do. This is not a given. The opposite of funding is “bootstrapping,” the process of funding a startup through your own savings. There are a few companies that bootstrapped for a while until taking investment, like MailChimp and AirBnB. If you know the basics of how funding works, skim to the end. In this article I am giving the easiest to understand explanation of the process. Let’s start with the basics. Every time you get funding, you give up a piece of your company. The more funding you get, the more company you give up. That ‘piece of company’ is ‘equity.’ Everyone you give it to becomes a co-owner of your company. Continue…

Infographic: Less entrepreneurs than unemployed

Did you know that out of the 7 billion people on the planet, there are less entrepreneurs than there are unemployed people? Entrepreneurs are creative and job creators. I’d like to see the entrepreneurship numbers grow which would also improve the unemployed numbers.

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Funders and Founders Notes – What Do 7 Billion People Do?

What Do 7 Billion People Do?

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