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July is ending, but for many cities and countries, Startup Weekend is just beginning. If you find yourself ticking off half the year and still haven’t signed up for any SW event, then maybe it’s time you do. With a lot of great people and tons of ideas to work on, it’s your big break to start working on your prototype firm.

Of course, you shouldn’t have so much fun that you don’t get to finish solidifying your idea. Take a few tips below to make sure you have fun while working, and still finishing with flying colors:

  • Tip # 1: Speak simply – Some people might not understand leetspeak the way you say them, or are nowhere familiar with terms related to finance or graphic design. Go down to their level and speak a language that’s easily understood, and you’ll all breeze through the conversation and brainstorming process.
  • Tip # 2: Take turns – When it comes to ideas, everyone should have their turn to speak up. If you have to, make it a rule that everyone should contribute at least one idea. Introverted people just need a little pushing sometimes. Who knows, their ideas might be the better ones, and you’ll be glad you “pushed” them.
  • Tip # 3: Visualize your idea – Whether you’re working on mobile apps or on an offline idea, it helps a lot if you can see the idea come to life. Drawing or sketching the idea on the whiteboard or on paper lets you see the big picture, and gives clarity to the littlest details you need to work on.
  • Tip # 4: Explain clearly – Just because you know the idea from the inside out doesn’t mean everyone will do, too. When it comes to presenting your finished idea to the big bosses come Sunday, make sure that you explain it in terms everybody will understand and eventually be interested in. Focus on how the idea can benefit the consumers. If you do your job well enough, you might have an angel investor or some venture capital in the bag once Startup Weekend is over.

adapted from Business Model Design at Mobile Startup Weekend

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