Coffee Connect: How to develop social and entrepreneurial skills

How to develop social and entrepreneurial skills

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

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. Nowadays the job is characterised by precariousness, uncertainty, crisis of traditional career models, absence of efficient networking opportunities, 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 guidelines should be learned to start from students groups until educated workers into a scenery changed at every level.

Workshop Objectives:

Each person is an entrepreneur.To adapt to the challenges of professional lifestyle today, we need to regain 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 thus you must invest in yourself every day. Cardinal objectives of this workshop are help you to look at your life and your professional career as a start-up, and thus achieve a “Permanent Beta” attitude, a critical approach adopted by start-up and new companies when they move first steps in the real market.


Day 1: Develop a competitive advantage.


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 more flexible.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)
How to create and articulate an ABZ Plan in your career (Plan A, Plan B, Plan Z)
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

Day 2: Takes and develop a good network


The people you spend time with everyday model the present -day person you are and who you want 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
Understand how to strengthen relationships with give-and-take
Recognize the importance of second and third degree connections
Recognize the difference between relationships in a personal context and relationships in a professional context

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 actually looking for people.

You will learn to:

How to adopt “serendipity” tactics
How to develop habits of behavior to increase the likelihood of finding breakout opportunities
Remarkable careers are punctuated by breakout opportunities

Day 4: Take intelligent risks

Risk isn’t the enemy: it is a permeant part of your life. Being proactively intelligent about risk is a prerequisite for seizing those breakout opportunities. Every possible career move contain a possible 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:

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

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

The educational systems trains us to memorize informations and facts stored in texts and books and then regurgitate them on an exam. But as the modern professional, you can’t acquire knowledge this way, because the knowledge you need is dynamic.
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:

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