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Session 1: Pre-Teen: Course Introduction

Updated: May 11


WELCOME!


If you have not introduced yourselves, let's do that now!


Let's play a quick game!


Icebreaker!


Medusa: Students stand in a circle. Countdown from 3, 2, 1, with all heads down & eyes closed. When counting reaches 1, all heads up to look towards someone. If 2 people are making eye contact, they are out. We can extend the game to 3 looks each. To spell the letters O.U.T.

Session 1:

  • Course Introduction.

  • Class Activity: Self Assessment

  • Thinking Like An Entrepreneur (The BOSS)

  • Class Activity/Discussion: Entrepreneur Rules of King Solomon

(Instructors will guide/lead the class activities)

​​CLASS ACTIVITY: Icebreaker What's Your Name? Can you share something super interesting about yourself?

Let's watch the VIDEO (In a live in-person class, students will watch the videos on their own devices/laptops)



Class Activity: Self Assessment (5 - 10 minutes) (Ask students all questions or just one each) What is your greatest strength? What is your biggest fear? How do you think you can overcome your fear? If you had one wish, what would it be?



LETS GO OVER THIS TOGETHER! (Instructors can read through this or students can help read it out loud)


Characteristics Of An Entrepreneur Do you know who one of the most outstanding entrepreneurs of all time was? What do you think? It was King Solomon from ancient times! Here are 9 entrepreneur directives. Let’s read through these together. 1. BE DILIGENT AND WORK HARD 2. WORK WISELY 3. PURSUE EXCELLENCE 4. WORK PROACTIVELY 5. BE HONEST – ALWAYS 6. USE DEBT SPARINGLY 7. WORK COOPERATIVELY 8. ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIPS WITH VALUED PROFESSIONALS 9. PLAY THE LONG GAME – REMAIN FOCUSED AND PATIENT


Class Activity: Entrepreneur - Meet and Greet Let’s discuss how to act and speak like a business professional when talking with people in person. Can you give me an example of how to act professionally when meeting someone for the first time? Use eye contact, speak confidently, firm handshake, use open body language (don’t cross arms when speaking), Listen intently, paraphrase when possible, ask questions, etc. (Students practice with a partner and then switch partners and practice with another person) Would 2 people come up to the front of the room to demonstrate? (Ask them to introduce their names to each other and favorite thing to do). Does anyone have any constructive feedback? Would anyone else like to try? Class Activity: Another Fun Meet and Greet Activity Find a partner and come up with a fun and unique handshake/greeting. (for example.. a combination of....front hand slap, back hand slap. fist bump, body turn 360, clap, and then high five). You can make it simple and boring or multi-stepped and entertaining. Take a few minutes to work with a partner. Would any volunteers like to come show the class?






 

VIDEO NOTES AND TRANSCRIPTION



Welcome to the E-Teen Lab’s “Print-On-Demand” course! This course will help you brainstorm, create, and grow a Print-On-Demand E-commerce store. First, you’ll learn about entrepreneurship and the best way to act as a business person. You'll learn how to generate money by creating simple image or text designs and uploading them onto an online print-on-demand platform. Using these designs, you can sell all types of merchandise like….t-shirts, hats, water bottles, mugs, leggings, bags, face-masks, wall art, sweaters, tank tops, cell phone cases, stickers, aprons, shower curtains, bath mats, and more!


With every sale, you’ll earn a commission while the print-on-demand platform handles printing, inventory, shipping, and all of the customer details. Parents/Guardians will need to help you set up your online store so you can get paid! These sites have pretty simple instructions to get that done.


The course also teaches how to make sales using the power of something called digital marketing (which is selling on social media, email, blogs, etc). Parents/guardians can help with that too!


Earning money is not guaranteed. This course was written to teach you valuable life skills and to show you how people make money using the power of the internet. It is possible to make money while taking this course so you should get excited!


We are not accountants, lawyers, or financial advisors. Please ask your parents to contact one of these professionals if you have any questions regarding taxes, legal questions, or need financial advice.


Class Activity: Self Assessment (5 - 10 minutes) (Ask students all questions or just one each) What is your greatest strength? What is your biggest fear? How do you think you can overcome your fear? If you had one wish, what would it be?


How to use and follow the course


This course is formatted into 2 sections;


Section 1: Business Exploration & Creation This section will explain what an entrepreneur is, discuss internet safety, and help our students think about their interests, skills, and talents. After being introduced to Print-On-Demand, students will be introduced to 4 other popular business models.


After talking about entrepreneurship, and coming up with cool ideas, parents can (optionally) help their kids create a new email address and social media accounts using their very own new business name.


Section 2: SEO & Internet Marketing Strategies Students will learn about something called SEO (Search Engine Optimization) which is using special words that will help customers find your online business.




Section 1: Business Exploration & Creation


Becoming the Boss (Thinking Like An Entrepreneur)



Do you know what entrepreneur means? An entrepreneur is someone who creates a new business, takes some risks, and enjoys the rewards. The entrepreneur is commonly known as someone with new ideas, products, or services. Are you excited to be the boss of your own business?


You can make money in the world of digital marketing just by sharing what you already know and doing what you love. You can influence other people by sharing your skills and talents even at a young age. Maybe, you think you’re just not smart enough or skilled enough. You are smart enough!


Starting an online business sharing your knowledge and selling products is such a great idea! Information/digital marketing is predicted to grow from a 200 billion dollar industry today to a 350 billion dollar industry within the next five years. You can be a part of that growth if you build your business honestly, work hard, and LOVE what you do.


You’ll continue to make money for years to come without doing much more work. Let’s use Youtube as an example. YouTubers who started posting videos years ago still earn money on those same videos today. “Are you familiar with any successful Youtubers?” Can you name some?

Ultimately, your goal as a young business entrepreneur is to work smart towards generating “passive” income. Passive income, described by Dave Ramsey, is money you earn in a way that requires little to no daily effort to maintain. So put the work in now, and reap the rewards later!


Be mindful about being consistent and staying the course; this is not a “get-rich-quick” scheme! Have you ever seen any get-rich-quick schemes? Once you begin your business, it may take several months before you start making sales. However, if you stay focused, you will eventually reap the rewards and start earning money doing what you love to do.


Remember, building a business is a marathon, not a sprint. To be successful, you’ll need to think like an entrepreneur. It’s going to take time, effort, and patience. The more often you work on your business, the faster you will see growth.


To be successful in business, one needs to adopt the habits and qualities of “The Boss”. How do you think a boss talks or acts? An entrepreneur has great, innovative ideas that solve a problem. Entrepreneurs can be people of any age (from 10 to 100). Their characteristics are creativity, imagination, and they have a passion for what they do.


Entrepreneurs generally start businesses to solve a problem and meet a need. The secret is finding customers that want what you are selling or teaching in a field of interest. This is called a niche (often pronounced NEESH). Can you say NEESHE? Before we get into niches, let’s look at King Solomon's rules of entrepreneurship.


Characteristics Of An Entrepreneur Do you know who one of the most outstanding entrepreneurs of all time was? What do you think? It was King Solomon from ancient times! Here are 9 entrepreneur directives. Let’s read through these together. 1. BE DILIGENT AND WORK HARD 2. WORK WISELY 3. PURSUE EXCELLENCE 4. WORK PROACTIVELY 5. BE HONEST – ALWAYS 6. USE DEBT SPARINGLY 7. WORK COOPERATIVELY 8. ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIPS WITH VALUED PROFESSIONALS 9. PLAY THE LONG GAME – REMAIN FOCUSED AND PATIENT


Class Activity: Entrepreneur - Meet and Greet

Let’s discuss how to act and speak like a business professional when talking with people in person. Can you give me an example of how to act professionally when meeting someone for the first time?

Use eye contact, speak confidently, firm handshake, use open body language (don’t cross arms when speaking), Listen intently, paraphrase when possible, ask questions, etc.


Let’s practice with each other! Would 2 people come up to the front of the room to demonstrate? (Ask them to introduce their names to each other and favorite thing to do). Does anyone have any constructive feedback? Would anyone else like to try?


Class Activity: "Post" Meet and Greet:


Find a partner and come up with a fun and unique handshake/greeting. (for example.. a combination of....front hand slap, back hand slap. fist bump, body turn 360, clap, and then high five). You can make it simple and boring or multi-stepped and entertaining. Take a few minutes to work with a partner. Would any volunteers like to come show the class?







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