COFFEE CONNECT
HOW TO IMPROVE SOCIAL SKILLS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP


A flexible mix of networking events + training courses to develop socia skills and entrepreneurship

Inspired by the format:

The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, 2012 by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

The problem:

We live into hard times. The current world of work is characterized by uncertainty, precariousness, absence of efficient networking opportunities, crisis of traditional career models, shortage links through educational systems and entrepreneurial models.
As the co-founder of Linkedin platform said, «for the last sixty or so years, the job market for educated workers operated like an escalator. If you were basically competent, put forth a good effort, and weren’t unlucky, the strong winds at your back would eventually shoot you to the top […] But now that escalator is jammed at every level […] Old premises that guided our parents have given way to new realities, and with new realities come new rules».
These new rules should be learned to start from students groups until educated workers into a scenery changed at every level.

Workshop Objectives:

All humans are entrepreneurs. To adapt to the challenges of professional life today, we need to rediscover our entrepreneurial instincts and use them to forge new sorts of careers. In order to take in action this premise, you must think of yourself as a work-in-progress and therefore you must invest in yourself every day.
Main objectives of this workshop are help you to consider your life and your professional career as a start-up, and therefore acquire a “Permanent Beta” attitude, a strategic approach adopted by start-up and new companies when they move first steps in the market reality.

PROGRAMME

Day 1: Develop a competitive advantage and plan to adapt You don’t need to be better than all professionals.

You just need to be better in a local professional niche. Similarly, entrepreneurial career planning and adapting is about being flexibly persistent. Multiannual planning is the past.
The old question was: «How do you see yourself in the next 10 years?». The current question is: «How do you see yourself in the next 3 years?».
You will learn to:

  • How to acquire a “Permanent Beta” attitude
  • How to define the 3 elements of a competitive advantage (your assets, your aspirations and values, the market realities)
  • Understand how to fit the 3 pieces together
  • How to identify a market niche where you have a competitive advantage
  • Understand the importance of investing in yourself to upgrade your assets
  • How to create and articulate an ABZ Plan in your career (Plan A, Plan B, Plan Z)

Day 2: Takes and develop a good network

The “self-made man” is a falling myth in the current society. People control resources, opportunities, information and access. The people you spend time with today shape the person you are today and the person you aspire to be tomorrow.
An individual’s power is raised exponentially with the help of a team: in other words, a network. In the life of everyone there are two types of relationships: personal and professional. Generally, you keep separate these kind of relationships but there’s important at the same time: both can open to you the doors to other connections and relationships, and also other opportunities.
You will learn to:

  • Understand the value of authentic and mutually
  • Recognize the difference between relationships in a personal context and relationships in a professional context
  • Recognize the importance of second and third degree connections
  • Understand how to strengthen relationships with give-and-take

Day 3: Pursue breakout opportunities

When you do something, you increase the odds that seemingly random ideas, people and places will collide and form new combinations and opportunities. If you are looking for an opportunity, you’re really looking for people.
You will learn to:

  • Remarkable careers are punctuated by breakout opportunities
  • How to develop habits of behavior to increase the likelihood of finding breakout opportunities
  • How to adopt “serendipity” tactics
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Day 4: Take intelligent risks

Risk isn’t the enemy: it’s a permanent part of life. Being proactively intelligent about risk is a prerequisite for seizing those breakout opportunities.
An example? Achieve stability by introducing low levels of volatility; by introducing small risks on a regular basis.
Every possible career move contain risk. If you don’t have to seriously think about the risk involved in a career opportunity, it’s probably not the breakout opportunity you’re looking for.
You will learn to:

  • Know how to manage risk in your career decisions
  • How to see opportunities where others misperceive risk
  • Recognize that short-term risk increases long-term resilience

Day 5: Who you know is what you know: the value of network intelligence

Some educational systems trains us to memorize facts stored in textbooks and then regurgitate them on an exam. But as the modern professional, you can’t acquire knowledge this way, because the knowledge you need isn’t static: it’s always changing.
You can’t cram your brain with all the relevant information that might possibly be relevant to your careers. In the world of work, every day brings new, unpredictable challenges and decisions. The right strategy must be able to access the information you need, when you need.
You will learn to:

  • How to map your network to recognize who knows what
  • Know how to synthesize information into actionable intelligence

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