Coming up with good ideas is hard enough, but having the skills to convince others is critical. All too often, entrepreneurs, sales executives, and marketing managers go to great lengths to show how their new business plans or creative concepts are practical and high margin—only to be rejected by corporate decision makers who don’t seem to understand the real value of the ideas.
ReadySetWork 2017 entered its 7th Week on Saturday 19th August 2017 to address this, across the three campuses.
As usual, the day’s activity kicked off with the dose of inspiration from the RSW mentors in the Meet-A-Mentor sessions.
At the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Prof. Ademola Abass, Special Adviser to the Governor on Investment and Overseas Affairs, spoke on “Understanding the Power of a Great Attitude”. He shared with the RSW participants the importance of mastery and having confidence in their skills stressing the importance of mastery in any career. “With mastery comes confidence which is a critical quality of leadership” he reiterated. Using the famous letter of late Chief Awolowo to Chief Odutola, requesting for a loan to school in the UK, Prof. Abass emphasized the need for clarity of purpose in their chosen career path. He explained how Chief Awolowo showed with details his plans, pursuit and envisioned outcomes from his study trip to the United Kingdom.
The Divisional Head, Service Management & Technology –First City Monument Bank, Mr. Kayode Adigun was the guest at UNILAG centre. Mr. Adigun also addressed the RSW participants on the importance of a great attitude. He emphasized that “once you can conquer yourself and your attitude, you can conquer anything.” He admonished the students to develop a strong character as it will always give them an edge. “In anything that you do, make sure that you are a man or woman of great character”, he added.
The RSW students at Lagos State University (LASU) had the privilege to learn from Mr. Emonime Sunday Mukoro, MD, Coscharis Technologies as the speaker in the Meet-A-Mentor Session. Mr. Mukoro spoke on the topic; “Understanding the Power of Gratitude”. He accented that: “If you ever think you don’t have the need to show appreciation, you have missed it.”
As the students learnt about business pitching in LASPOTECH, The Special Adviser to Governor on Education, Lagos State, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh spoke to the students about paying the price for the survival of their business. He said; “You have to be willing to pay the price in order to make that business succeed.”
Students spent the larger part of the afternoon preparing business models and pitching them to their fellow classmates who served as judges. RSW classes will continue next weekend the 26th of August across the three campuses with mock interviews and pitching.
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