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Words of Advice from a Technovation Ambassador

Hello, I am Thanishka Shetty. I am currently a sophomore at Mounds View High School. Currently, this is my second season as a Student Ambassador with Technovation. As we approach Appapalooza, which might be the first for many, let's talk about it!

The pitching event is an event that can cause stress and anxiety for everyone involved, whether they are new to the process or have been through it many times before. In the hours leading up to the pitch, I remember it being very difficult to focus on anything else but the upcoming presentation. However, it is important to remember that the pitching event is just one small part of the larger journey.

As you stand in front of the judges, remember to take a deep breath and stay calm. It is natural to feel nervous, but try to focus on the key ideas that you want to convey. Speak clearly and confidently, and remember that you are presenting something that you have worked hard on and are proud of.

Regardless of how the pitch goes, be proud of yourself for coming this far. In just 12 short weeks, you have been able to create an app or AI and develop a business around it. Over the past 12 weeks, you have been able to grow not only as a technologist or an entrepreneur but also as a person and this is an incredible accomplishment, and one that should not be overlooked. Take the time to reflect on how far you have come, and use this experience as motivation to continue striving for success in the future.

But let's get back to the main point. Remember that a successful pitch is not just about communicating your ideas effectively, but also about building relationships and establishing credibility with your audience. With now 6 seasons of Technovation under my belt let me give you a few tips for a successful pitch!

  1. Like I already said, remember, a successful pitch is not just about communicating your ideas effectively, but also about building relationships and establishing credibility with your audience. Through doing so you can create a pitch that is both compelling and persuasive.

  2. Practice, practice, practice: The more you practice your pitch, the more comfortable and confident you will be when presenting it. Consider practicing in front of a mirror, recording yourself, or presenting to friends or colleagues to get feedback.

  3. Fake it till you make it: Even if you don't feel confident, try to project confidence in your body language and tone of voice. Remember, you are the expert on your idea and your audience is looking to you for guidance. As the saying goes, "Fake it till you make it."

  4. Keep it simple: Avoid using jargon or technical language that your audience may not understand. Focus on communicating your ideas clearly and concisely.

  5. Know your audience: Tailor your pitch to the specific people you will be presenting to. Consider their interests, perspectives, and knowledge level. This will help you create a pitch that is more engaging and relevant to your audience. For instance, the judges for Appapalooza tend to be technologists, entrepreneurs, strategists, and consultants from companies of all sizes, across all of Minnesota.

I hope these tips help you as we move toward May 20th! It is important to keep in mind that success is achieved through consistent effort and hard work. Remember that every step forward, no matter how small, brings you closer to your ultimate destination!

Thanishka Shetty

Student Ambassador

Technovation Girls Minnesota

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