I want to launch a business. Which Jolt classes should I take?

Nina Gordon
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March 31, 2020

Here’s what our aspiring founders and entrepreneurs learned during their initial months at Jolt.

Top 6 Jolts chosen by Founders:

Learn how to optimize creativity and set achievable yet ambitious goals while mitigating distractions. Using three new practices to prioritise your tasks more efficiently, reduce anxiety, and make meaningful progress in your work.

Learn:

- To identify the obstacles to getting your best work done
- Which time management methods to use
- How to identify your most productive hours

Learn smart networking tactics to make the most out of business events and conferences. Understand how best to prepare for an event, create meaningful conversations, and follow up on potential relations.

Learn:

- What IS networking and what is NOT
- The networking tactics you can apply before, during and after an event
- How to develop a strategy for networking

De-mystify what “storytelling” means and learn the best practices to make it the foundational backbone of your business life.

These practices can be applied across sectors and will elevate your marketing, B2B, consumer outreach, HR, hiring, networking, and more. You’ll develop skills in consistency, clear vision, clever communication, and audience-building.

Learn:

- How to explain complex ideas
- How to adjust your story according to the audience
- How to adjust your story according to the platform (Email, conversation, presentation)

The most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders listen more than they talk and ask great questions to uncover business opportunities that others have overlooked.

Discover proven questioning techniques that will give you the upper hand in almost any business scenario by providing you with the intel you need to succeed.

Learn:

- Which questions quickly uncover the REAL reasons someone isn’t receptive to your ideas or a customer isn’t making a purchase
- Which questions quickly transform business conversations and sales presentations into “win-win” scenarios”
-Which questions convert business associates into loyal allie and new customers into raving fans

Unlock the fundamentals of fundraising for startups. Discover powerful techniques for mitigating risks, networking, building trust, and telling your story to investors. Gain valuable insights on how it works from the investors' side—from valuations and sanity checks to term sheets.

Learn:

- How best to prepare before meeting investors
- How to tell your story and build trust
- How to tap into the investors' mindset?

Learn how to apply the Business Model Canvas to organizations and decipher the venture’s value proposition. The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and lean startup template for developing new or documenting existing business models. It is a visual chart with elements describing a venture’s value propositions to different customers, customer relations and channels, activities and resources, partnerships, revenue and cost structures.

Learn:

- What the business model canvas is
- Why top organisations use the business model canvas
- How to create your first business model canvas

Search for the class title on the timetable in the app to enrol in the next class.

So why do so few of us have creative breaks?

Because almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you.

Charles Darwin took long walks around London. Kurt Vonnegut made listening to jazz a daily priority. Fiona Apple disappeared for 6 years after the release of her third album.

So why do so few of us have creative breaks?
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I ask because I can often be found agonising over the "more". If only I posted on Instagram more, I'll think in the bath. I'd have more followers if I pitched to more publications. I need to post 2 more times a week, minimum. I could go on...

Between you and me, I've got frustrated with myself for browsing Facebook or watching too much TV more times than I can remember.

And I'm not alone. So many of us are terrified of taking a break, creatively speaking. We won't let a moment pass without listening to a podcast, consuming an article or sharing something.

The cognitive load is real, y'all.

But like Vitamin D, sleep and good food, it's not only ok to take a break, it's essential.

Living a successful life is also about knowing when not to work. For your best output, you need to focus on your input, too.

The world won't end if you disappear from the internet for a week or so. Your creativity won't suddenly stop. Your time is now, but your time was also then and it will be again.

Your dreams don't have an expiration date.

Many of us confuse being "busy" with being constructive. But you can only do your best work by taking breaks.

And science backs it up, too. The brain requires substantial downtime to do its most innovative thinking. The ideas you have while driving or in the shower aren't coincidental. They're a result of you taking a step back, whether you're aware of it or not.

Here's a challenge for you

Let yourself take a wonderful and indulgent break. Several breaks. Hell, get downright bored.

Put airplane mode on for a while. Sit down. Lie down. Be still. Do nothing. Observe. Listen to your mind. Let it do what it does without judging it.

Wallow in it. Don't be afraid of it. Push it as far as you can.

When you leave your laptop behind, something always happens. A new idea or a fresh perspective appears.

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"A spark of inspiration needs an empty cave."

Take proper breaks, often. Completely clear your mind. Your next best idea depends on it.

Are you a keeper?

Empower your team to go and shine.