Guide to Project Design | Overview
The AdCap Project Designer is your opportunity to create a project that inspires and achieves positive health and wellness changes in your school or community. Using the Designer will help you transform your vision into an actual plan for potential investors and mentors to support. Completing the tiles in the Project Designer will empower you to pioneer your project and succeed! Each tile will help spark your BIG idea to become an inspiring and empowering reality.
Successfully completing the Project Designer tiles will highlight your knowledge of three key elements to any successful project – Knowledge of Self, Project Planning, and Getting Support.
Revisit, Review, Revise
You can hop between tiles and change information as your Project Design starts to unfold. There might be a great idea in a specific tile that inspires you to go back and improve others!
Once you complete every tile, you’ll be ready to submit your project for approval. Before you do that, review it to see if there are any changes or improvements that can be made. It might also be a great opportunity to get a parent, teacher or friend to review it with you to see if it makes sense!
Guide to Project Design | Knowledge of Self
The most successful projects often depend on how well the project planner knows themselves. What are your passions, inspirations and expectations? What gives you a feeling of accomplishment? What kind of leader are you? Being able to leverage your strengths will not only help you focus your attention where it is best suited, but also empower you to compliment your skills with supporters that have different skills to offer.
Guide to Project Design | Project Planning
Creating a plan that includes key deadlines and expectations will allow you to maintain a powerful focus on your project outcomes that matter most. How will you measure the impact of your plan? What are the expectations for change? What logical steps, activities, and events are needed to move your project towards that picture you paint of the future? Potential investors want to know that they are supporting a vision that can become a reality.
Guide to Project Design | Getting Support
Support comes in many ways, shapes, and forms. How will you reach out to get what you need? Collaborating with supporters will put your Project Design in motion and allow more people to contribute toward the success of your project.
Delivering A Pitch
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What is it?
The opportunity to deliver your pitch is your chance to promote your vision to potential investors and supporters. The “Pitch” is not just a quick description of your project (include a timeframe?), it tells the audience the main focus of your project, supported by research and bursting with your energy and passion. Potential investors will want to support you after a good pitch, so take time to create one that inspires others and showcases what you’re going to improve!
To make a succcessful pitch:
- Know Your Audience: Potential investors want to know that you’ve selected them because you have something in common. Make them a special part of your pitch by understanding and promoting how they will connect to and benefit from your project.
- Do Your Research: The vision for your project should be supported by real need and opportunity. Be prepared with the logistics and statistics of your project. Supporters will be impressed with your knowledge and preparation.
- Showcase the Issue: Typically, you get just a short time to deliver your pitch. Maintain a laser focus on the issue and how your project will solve that problem.
- Be Yourself: Most investors support the person behind the idea even more than the idea itself. Be yourself and shine through. Present yourself in a professional manner with a smile while showing them why your project is the best there is!
Why is it important?
First impressions go a long way. The introduction of you and your project are vital in gaining that initial investment and support. It not only convinces others to provide their support, but it shows them you can convince others to continue their support during the project. A concise story of your project not only promotes your vision to potential supporters; it also helps you maintain focus.
How can it help or inspire you?
Ask yourself, “Do you believe in this project?” “Do you believe in yourself?” The answer should be YES! Devoting your energy toward delivering a successful pitch will continue to inspire your project. It starts here. It starts with you!