Thanks to co-organizer Julez Wong, we managed to conduct a demo Pitch ‘n’ Win session in a new Gloria Jean’s Coffees outlet in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. We took the opportunity to experiment one new event format called Pitch ‘n’ Win REMIX.
The Pitch ‘n’ Win model has been implemented in different flavors for different purposes. In this remix edition, we try to combine most if not all variants into one single events.
In this session, each participant was given up to 8 minutes to share something. All of us could share in order to:
- Introduce ourselves and what we do.
- Give an elevator pitch of our companies.
- Present business or social ideas and get feedback.
- Share and teach something to the group.
- Share about a book, a movie, or anything interesting.
- Give a speech and practise speaking skills.
As usual, voting would be done to choose 1 or 2 best presenters, who would then be given extra time to give a short talk.
Pitch ‘n’ Win REMIX @ Bukit Bintang was held on 7th February 2015 on a Saturday afternoon. The event started late as we waited for more participants to join.
Learning from one another in international sharing session
Interestingly, most members got to know the event from our Book Sharing group on Meetup.com, and most of them are from outside Malaysia! Participants included members from Austria, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, South Africa and Malaysia too. Many were business people and tourists who happened to be in Malaysia and were looking for a meetup event to hang out.
So it turned out to be a multinational sharing session. All of us spoke up for a few minutes, each sharing something about himself or herself, what he or she knew to contribute to the group.
We also had the blessing of learning from a couple Jacques and Carli hailing from South Africa and Canada who are into startup circle around the world. They listened and provided some mentoring to some ideas presented in the session. They also introduced us to an interesting book called The 7-Day Startup authored by their friend in Australia.
After the voting round, we chose 3 best presenters out of the group due to a tie between the runners-up. The winners – May Seow (Malaysia), Syed Waqar (Pakistan) and Carli van Heerden (Canada) were selected for their interesting sharing.
Each of them was invited to speak for some extra time. One joked it was like an international speech contest! Nevertheless, it was a really informal yet value-adding experience to learn from one another especially since we were all from different nations.
- Meetup.com is good platform to attract new members and it might give you surprises too.
- The REMIX edition didn’t work quite well as planned. It is still better off not to mix different Pitch ‘n’ Win versions together.