"I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard."
--Estée Lauder, founder of Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.
One of the most common pieces of advice when it comes to job interviews is that you have to “sell yourself” to the people who are interviewing you for the position. It’s an odd phrase, but it’s true: you are being interviewed to take on a job, and your employer pays you to do that job. They are literally investing money in your time and your skills! This is why selling yourself, your ideas, and your goals in an effective way is so important. And it goes way beyond the workplace - in many ways, we sell ourselves every day.
This is where the idea of the “pitch” comes in. A pitch is simply a dialogue meant to persuade someone to act or believe in something that is important to you. At a job interview or an interview for a volunteer position, you need to pitch yourself and your skills; when you ask for a raise or promotion, you need to pitch the reasons you deserve them; and even those of you who are self-employed, when you’re trying to get a new client to work with you, you need to have a pitch. In this way, it helps to have a short answer ready for the question, “What are you looking for?” Your pitch needs to state your view of what you can do for the world, and what’s perhaps even more vital, what you need from the world right now in order to move forward and achieve your goals.
It’s in this spirit that Volunteer the Hague invites you to our next FREE workshop on 5 November: “Pitching with Impact!” with pitch coach Frank Smallegange. In this workshop, Frank will work with you to help you hone and practice your pitching skills by helping you to find your own pitch and to adapt it to any situation!
By participating in this workshop you will learn:
- The benefits of honing your pitching skills for the job market, for interviews for volunteer positions, and for getting your ideas out to the workplace and the world.
- Defining to whom you want to pitch and what you want or need from this target audience.
- A basic personal pitch when somebody asks you the important question, "What can you do for us?"
- Important insight into how to adapt this pitch when your needs change in the future.
Volunteer The Hague, in partnership with Present Den Haag and NL Cares, is proud to present this workshop in support of the international community here in The Hague. Presented in English, we invite local expats and internationals to attend. And if you'd like, please feel free to bring a friend or two to this fun, insightful, and FREE workshop! Space is very limited, so please hurry and register below. Hope to see you there!
Frank Smallegange is a pitch coach for (technical) start-ups. He has extensive work experience as a designer and builder at various IT companies. In addition to this, he is a master of improvisation and storytelling. To gain this experience, he took courses all over the world, from Las Vegas to Berlin. This unique combination of experiences means that Frank understands what a pitch is about and he can show you how to skillfully engage an audience.
This is what Edwin van der Heide from McNetiq said about Frank's pitch coaching: “Frank saw the presentation skills I had already in me and showed me how to use them - which gave me a lot of confidence.”
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- OUR PAST WORKSHOPS
- October 3, 2019: "Navigating the Dutch Labour Market"
- September 12, 2019: "Create Your Life with Intention - Return to Your Heart"
- July 18, 2019: "Face Your Fears. Dare!"
- May 21, 2019: "Rediscovering Unities in Cultures"
- April 16, 2019: "The Art of Asking Questions"
- March 19, 2019: "The Perception Gap"
- November 29, 2018: "4 Steps from Stress to Success"
- October 30, 2018: "Maximize Your Talents"
- October 11, 2018: "Unraveling Dutch Culture"
- September 13, 2018: "Volunteer The Hague Workshop - Take Back Control!"
- August 30, 2018: "Creating a Networking Game Plan"
- July 19, 2018: "Find your inner peace"
October 3, 2019: "Navigating the Dutch Labour Market"
From CV fonts to LinkedIn profile photos, interview strategies and salary negotiations, we all know how stressful job hunting can be. This is true even in our own home countries, so it's no surprise that, as internationals in the Netherlands, the process can be even more complicated and frustrating. How can we craft a CV that meets Dutch business standards? During interviews, are we really allowed to be as blunt and forthright as the Dutch often are? Where are the best places to look for work? And what the heck is a motivational letter? At our sixth workshop of 2019, speaker Tessa Faber of Making Sense answered these and many more questions, guiding us through the typical job search process here in the Netherlands, telling us about some of the quirks of Dutch business culture, and giving us strategies to use as we enter the job market. We know how important this topic is to many of you, so please click here if you would like to read more about Tessa's workshop!
September 12, 2019: "Create Your Life with Intention - Return to Your Heart"
Moving through life, have you ever felt as if you were on autopilot? Or do you sometimes get the feeling that you're just a spectator in your own life, instead of the actor? At our fifth workshop of 2019, speaker Manuela Damant of Azkua taught us that this feeling has become common in modern society - but also that a new paradigm is possible. By taking the time to answer some important questions about what truly motivates us and why, we can find a way to stop living on autopilot and live our lives with intention and with purpose in order to achieve self-actualization. If you would like to learn more about the process of shifting to this new paradigm, please be sure to contact Manuela. And if you'd like to read a more detailed summary of this workshop, please click here!
July 18, 2019: "Face Your Fears. Dare!"
They say that fear is the only thing that gets smaller as we walk towards it. Together with Vassia Sarantopoulou, counselor-psychologist and founder of AntiLoneliness, we not only attemted to walk towards our fears, but also learned to embrace and understand that fear is there to protect us and not to harm us. Vassia explained how to not hold ourselves back again and how to stop felling that our lives or jobs are in danger because of our fears. If you're interested in joining one of Vassia's informative workshops or sign up for an individual session, be sure to send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about Vassia's workshop here.
May 21, 2019: "Rediscovering Unities in Cultures"
We have all heard of the cultural iceberg, but what about the cultural tree? Together with vrijwilligersacademie and the intercultural communication expert and linguist Ute Limacher-Riebold we worked together to understand the complex and hidden meanings behind every day cultural interactions that often lead to misunderstandings. We would like to give a huge thank you to Ute for her amazing presentation and eye-opening insights on intercultural communication, as well as insights within ourselves. If you would like to read up on how to improve your intercultural communication, and forge a new understanding on culture, read our recap here.
April 16, 2019: "The Art of Asking Questions"
The act of engaging in meaningful and open dialogue with another is a skill that should not be underestimated. The insightful Hugo Skoppek shared his wisdom and experience with us for a workshop dedicated to personal development through question-asking, honest expression and active listening. If you're interested in joining one of Hugo's monthly conversations, be sure to join him on www.meetup.com/SlowTalk and send him an email at email@example.com. If you'd like to read a more detailed recap of the workshop, you can do so here!
March 19, 2019: "The Perception Gap"
We teamed up with the Vrijwilligersacademie to bring both Dutch locals and internationals together to discuss common cultural misconceptions and misunderstandings that arise from living side-by-side. The proactive Cathy Delhanty split everyone into small groups with half Dutch half international attendees to rationally discuss some issues in our most practical workshop to date. Be sure to contact Cathy a firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about her new amazing nonprofit Wool For Warmth and what you can do to help. To check out some of the issues talked about and their solution, be sure to read up on your article recap here.
October 30, 2018: "Maximize Your Talents"
Astrid Spanjaardt’s workshop was so practical, informative and interesting that every person in the room took something valuable home with them. Talents are not the same as skills or competencies—they are what comes natural to you and almost seems effortless. Focus on your strengths and what you do have, not your weaknesses! You can contact Astrid here and read our article detailing more about the fascinating workshop so you don't miss out on her information!
October 11, 2018: "Unraveling Dutch Culture"
Our speaker Ute Limacher-Riebold captivated everyone with her powerful perspectives on culture, thought-provoking and fun games, and insights on how to embrace life in the Netherlands fully. Once you begin to understand the cultural nuances below the “cultural iceberg,” you can tackle any situation in any foreign country with poise, acceptance and confidence. You can email Ute at email@example.com and read in more detail about her presentation here.