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New Skill Development Resource: TalentLMS

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with TalentLMS that will provide opportunities for Blackstone LaunchPad students to further develop their entrepreneurial skills.

TalentLMS is an online training platform that offers a series of short, fun and interactive modules focused on Entrepreneurial Skill Development. From tips on developing an entrepreneurial mindset to advice on building relationships and networking, the modules available through TalentLMS will help you immerse yourself in the world of entrepreneurship – even if you don’t have a business idea or startup! Students who complete all ten modules will receive a certification in recognition of their newly developed skills.

User license is limited. To gain access, contact your school’s Campus Director or visit your school’s StartupTree site to fill out a quick, one question application.

Explore the trailers below to get a taste for the modules that are available!

The five Ps: Persistence, Patience, Purpose, People, & Profits

“To succeed as an entrepreneur, you need to stand out above the rest. A large part of that is down to your approach. And to master a winning approach, at the heart of your mindset you need “The Five Ps”: Persistence, Patience, Purpose, People, and Profits.”

The Entrepreneurial Mindset

“An entrepreneurial mindset is a set of skills that lets people identify and maximize opportunities, overcoming and learning from setbacks, in order to succeed. And while it’s often thought that “people are just born with it,” getting into this way of thinking is actually something you can train your brain to do.”

Being Curious

“Curiosity is the thirst for knowledge. The desire to learn and understand new things, and to ask questions to figure out the “how” and, crucially, the “why.” It helps you expand your mind, challenge ideas, and find fresh thinking. It allows you to problem-solve more effectively and discover what might be possible, instead of just what’s feasible. And it’s an essential tool in your entrepreneur’s tool kit.”

The Power of Imagination

“As adults, imagination gets replaced with common experiences. And drawing on those experiences, instead of using your imagination to problem-solve, becomes a barrier to progress and problem-solving. Because they have no hindering adult experiences, children think without boundaries. They use their imagination to problem-solve like superheroes and look at everything in fresh, new ways. In business, these imaginative skills are crucial for success. If everyone approached problem-solving like children do, the world would be a much more innovative place.”

Being Self-Aware

“Being self-aware means having the ability to see yourself clearly and objectively through reflection and usually some soul-searching. It might seem like a pretty abstract concept, but it helps keep things in perspective. Being able to reflect on yourself and your interactions with others will not only improve your own mental well-being, but also your vision and success in business.”

Building Relationships and Networking

“When businesses work together successfully, they can achieve great things. But building great working relationships and maintaining them can be difficult. So, how can you make sure the relationship will benefit both sides and last for longer than a few months? And how do you make these contacts in the first place?”

The Power of Influence

“Influential people hold a lot of power, and can change the behaviors of others with just a suggestion. When a popular business or public figure advertises a certain product, you can almost guarantee that product will see a surge in orders. Using influential celebrities and leaders in advertising campaigns isn’t a new idea, it was common as far back as the Roman Empire, so it’s useful to learn how to harness that power of influence in your field of business… Having greater influence in your workplace will improve your leadership skills and your results.”

Taking Calculated Risks

“Every business needs to take some risks. If it doesn’t, it’ll never grow or learn anything… Not knowing the details of risks can make you afraid, and that fear can restrict your business’s potential. This course is designed to show you how to measure the likelihood and impact of potential risks.”

Being Prepared to Fail

“You will never really know if [your business is] going to succeed or fail – but planning for both outcomes will leave you feeling much more prepared to try. 

Asking the right questions at the beginning of the venture can safeguard against failure to a point, but how do you recover financially, and emotionally, from a failed business idea? This course will show you how.”

Turning Ideas into Action

“Some ideas could give rise to huge companies with a presence around the world. Or they could turn out to be flops in an oversaturated market. Either way, you’ll never know until you take those ideas seriously and create an action plan to bring them to life. Figuring out how to turn ideas into actions can be daunting, but this course is designed to show you the steps you can take to make your vision a reality.”