High School Students Make Business Presentations Most Adults Would be Scared to Make

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Students learn about entrepreneurship, business plans and making winning presentations.

High school students in The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) program create a business plan for a business they would like to start. Then they present the business plan in a competition complete with judges, an audience, and prizes. Students are responsible for the creative and financial sides of the business. Their presentations have to incorporate emotion, logic, and of course PowerPoint®.

This year 175 students attended NFTE New England's Youth Entrepreneur Conference, held at Babson College, along with 17 volunteers from 12 businesses. "I am amazed by what these students are learning and doing here at this conference and during the year in the classroom with NFTE. Most adults would have wobbly knees just thinking about it," says Mary Sandro, a presentation skills expert who provided a workshop on making winning business plan presentations. http://www.proedgeskills.com/presentation_skills.htm Sandro's top three tips for the students were:

1. Use a pithy personal motto to feel confident and ward off nervousness
2. Raise voice pitch to sound friendly. Lower pitch to sound authoritative.
3. Maximize use of space to project confidence and authority.

Sandro says, "When we work with these students on their presentations they're getting a taste of what we do with our corporate clients. They're making a big presentation and they're diving right in."

The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) provides entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities.

About Mary Sandro
Mary Sandro has been helping organizations nationwide improve their presentations and customer service since 1994 when she founded ProEdge Skills, Inc. For more information about presentation skills training or customer service training visit http://www.ProEdgeSkills.com or call 800-731-0601.

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