News @ ICNZ
May – June 2016 Issue

The Waves

Inside this issue

  • Student Corner
  • Fire Safety Workshop
  • Layby Presentation
  • Let it all out
  • Student activity
  • Presentation by L7
  • Birthday Celebrations
  • Coffee with Chirag
  • What’s Your Pitch?

"The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. " Thomas A.

Student Corner:

Sketch by Harmeet Singh

shared his artistic talent with us. He loves drawing

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Poem by Maninder:

What a Life, like Football,
Anybody can kick but just one
person achieves the goal,
Money is the big fault;
Responsibilities play the main role,
My enemies are digging a hole, In
the way of my goal,
Unfortunately, they don’t bother me,
I like to play this kind of game whole.

Fire Safety Workshop:

In the last two months, firefighters from Auckland City Fire Station headed by Senior Station Officer Phillip Grace appraised ICNZ students on staying fire safe. Phillip advised on precautions/checks to do to avoid a fire and what to do when a fire occurs. The students got a chance to try on the heavy firefighter suit and hold the equipment. A few keen students were even given the chance to sit in the truck.

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Layby Prese

Layby Presentation to our students on the prospect of joining them as Sales Representative. These presentations have provided students with an opportunity to discuss their concern and requirements face to face with the company.

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Let it all out:

As the phrase goes “The only thing that is constant is change”. With evolving needs and requirements, there is always place for improvement. The “Let it all out” session is a forum for teachers and students to voice their opinion on what is not working well and look for solutions. This has worked well with students using this platform to bring forth their thoughts and suggestions and management being able to discuss their viewpoints as well.

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Students Activities and Presentation:

"Learning is fun... it gives creativity, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides knowledge, knowledge makes you great.” APJ Kalam. Students of Level 5 students taking part in Group Building activities in class.  

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Presentation skills

Presentation skills acquired at ICNZ are highly appreciated by all students at all levels. Level 7 demonstrated these when they presented on various topics such ethical scandals that occurred in various organisations like Masala restaurant, Waste management, Lehman brothers, Tyco etc.

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Birthday Celebrations:

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“ The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. “- Oprah Winfrey.For our students, whose families are far away, ICNZ is a home away from home where they celebrate their birthdays with their friends and colleagues. Here are some pictures of students who celebrated their birthdays in the last 2 months.

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Coffee with Chirag

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You have an opportunity to engage with your Director, ChiragSolanki at a personal level. The free coffee would not hurt either! Just call in at the office to set up a date and time.

What’s Your Pitch?

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An excerpt from an interview by Carmine Gallo with bestselling author Daniel Pink.

“The purpose of the pitch isn’t necessarily to move others to adopt your idea, it’s to offer something so compelling it begins a conversation,” according to New York Times bestselling author, Daniel H. Pink. I recently talked to Pink about his new book, To Sell is Human, The Surprising Truth About Moving Others.
Pink says that today there more opportunities than ever to get your message out. Yet the traditional elevator metaphor of pitching (the 30 second pitch) is in need of a tune-up, especially in the digital marketplace of ideas.

The one-word pitch. “The ultimate pitch for an era of short attention spans begins with a single word,” says Pink. When someone says ‘search,’ you probably think of Google. Pink believes it’s a good exercise to think about the one word that defines your brand.

The question pitch. Pink cites research out of Ohio State University that shows, when facts are clearly on your side, pitching with questions is more effective than pitching with a statement. In 1980 the economy was clearly doing poorly and Ronald Reagan connected with voters by asking, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” 

The rhyming pitch. “Pitches that rhyme increase processing fluency,” says Pink. In other words, the content is easier to grasp. Who doesn’t remember lawyer Johnnie Cochran’s famous remark to O.J. Simpson jurors in 1995: “If it doesn’t fit you must acquit.”

The subject-line pitch. This pitch technique is based on Carnegie Mellon research into emails—what gets opened and what doesn’t. The most effective subject lines are either a promise or a benefit to the person opening the email, drive curiosity, or include ultra-specific information. One example of utility and specificity is: 3 simple but proven ways to get your e-mail opened.

The Pixar pitch. This technique is a way to organize your pitch in story form. According to Emma Coats, a former artist at Pixar Animation Studios, every Pixar film has the same narrative DNA:
Once upon a time____________.  Every day____________.  One day____________.  Because of that, ____________.  Because of that,_____________.  Until finally___________.

The twitter pitch: According to Pink, the Twitter pitch isn’t a replacement for a presentation, but rather an invitation to engage, to take the conversation further.

The pitch is an opportunity to engage, collaborate, and participate in the development of your idea. Above all, don’t just think of your pitch as a traditional 30-second sales promo you would use in an elevator ride. Think creatively and use one or several of the six alternatives to stand apart from your competition.

Gallo, C. (2013) Six Simple And Irresistible Alternatives To The Elevator PitchForbes Retrieved on 4th July 2016 from

http://www.forbes.com/sites/carminegallo/2013/03/26/six-simple-and-irresistible-alternatives-to-the-elevator-pitch/#ca8243178ecb