Practice Your Pitch (PYP) began out of a passion for giving back and helping others succeed. Helping others distill information and be understood is one of the best feelings ever! (I talk more about that here.)
Admittedly, I was nervous that nobody would show up because I didn't know any of the people who had RSVP'd on Meetup. Plus, with a free event, you never know how many people will actually attend*.
I was blown away by the turnout at the premier: we filled the Butterfly Room at The Riveter Fremont! I was most excited about the diversity in the room: a startup founder helping pet parents find a furry family member that fits their lifestyle, general jobseekers, and corporate ladder-climbers. It was an awesome mix with multiple industries and roles represented, and the full spectrum of race, gender, and age. The problems we helped solve in those first couple of sessions were just as diverse!
In one-on-one “pitch” sessions we discussed how to:
Break the ice with a recruiter at a networking event
Land your elevator pitch
Humanize technical information
Grab the attention of nonprofit decision makers
Create curiosity and be memorable over the phone
We received a lot of great feedback and have learned a ton in just a few months’ time.
Our challenge for Q2? We aim to expand and grow the PYP community to impact more people.
The same month we launched PYP, 3C Comms participated in the first-ever ProDev Day.
ProDev (professional + development) is an educational event series, created by Young Professionals of Seattle, featuring discussions with business leaders and mentors. They focus on entrepreneurship, career development, and professional networking.
ProDev Day is a quarterly, conference style event that celebrates ALL professionals. 3C provided open office hours during the free co-working day at ATLAS Workbase, and our principal Bryan Rutberg joined Founders Live’s Nick Hughes on stage for a fireside chat on mentorship.
It was another great day of helping professionals with their messaging. Plus, Bryan’s insights on leadership and mentorships were well-received. The event was a great fit for us.
The opportunity seemed crystal clear. I approached ProDev about their programming, and pitched PYP as a hands-on experience they could offer to their community. I’m happy to announce that Practice Your Pitch will now be brought to you by 3C Comms AND ProDev.
We’ll be debuting this partnership at ProDev Day Q2 on Wednesday, May 9th.
About the Contributor
Christina Brennan is a go-getter, a provider of results. With a background in event planning and advertising, she has a deep understanding of how others digest information. She helps people get to the point by figuring out what the point is.
*BIG shout-out to Practice Your Pitch guest coach and colleague Ric Jacobs who generously donated his time at the second-ever PYP event. It may not have been as well-attended, but it still brought great value to those who attended!