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Silent Team Writing Exercise

September 29, 2011 7 comments

From Wednesday, September 28


Comment (100 words) on the exercise in light of your experiences, the experiences of others, and the practices outlined in Team Writing. Post this comment by Friday, September 30.

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Day 5

September 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Wednesday, September 28

  • Reading Quiz #1 [10 minutes]
  • Teamwork Discussion, Part 1 (ppt.) [45 minutes]
  • First Team Meeting (connect and plan) [10 minutes]
  • Teamwork Exercise: Silent Collaboration [45 minutes]
  • Announce Team Presentations on Online Collaboration Tools [10 minutes]
  • Discuss and Return Job Application Documents [5 minutes]

For Next Time

  • Post: I will post a short video of the Silent Team Writing Exercise. Comment (100 words) on the exercise in light of your experiences, the experiences of others, and the practices outlined in Team Writing. Post this comment by Friday, September 30.
  • Due: Application Project: E-mails and Online Correspondence. Each student, irrespective of their role, composes, catalogs, compiles, and submits (as .pdf file) all e-mail or online (blog) correspondence that they have throughout the Application Project. You need to be aware of organization (e.g. chronology, to/from), document design, and presentation so that your audience, purpose, and professional ethos is easily understandable by the instructor. Your correspondence with team members, regardless of the medium, should add to your rhetorical positioning for the project and assist in building your professional ethos as a potentially successful entrepreneur. Obviously, this type of communication requires rhetorical sophistication, as the audience and purpose for each instance of correspondence is different. Draft, edit, and present selectively and carefully. Due before class, Wednesday, October 5.
  • Research: Online Collaboration Tools (e.g., GoogleDocs, Wridea, Writeboard, Zoho, PBWorks). Presentations to be given in class on Wednesday, October 5.
  • Read and Review: Organization Plan Assignment Prompt and TCT, CH. 8
  • Prepare: Organization Plan (Due Oct. 12)
  • Revisit: TW, Ch. 1-4
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Day 4

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Wednesday, September 21

  • Pitch Postmortem
  • Pitch Review Postmortem (or “Let’s Try This Again”)
  • Discuss Audience and Communication Guidelines
  • Discuss Organization Plan
  • Discuss pdf Creation

For Next Time

  • Read: TCT, Ch.3 and Team Writing (TW), Ch. 1-4
  • Re-Post: Comment on at least one pitch (you should be able to edit your original comment. If not, create a new one). Use the criteria discussed in class (and posted beneath each Pitch):
    • Voice/Body Language
    • Ethos/Professionalism
    • The “Hook”
    • Information/Level of Detail
    • “Reality” of Project
    • Response to Questions
  • Submit: Job Letters by Friday, September 29 (end of business day). Send copies to project managers and the instructor (nrivers1@slu.edu).
  • Project Managers should begin reviewing application materials and making hiring decisions immediately. Teams are to be in place before the start of class on Wednesday, September 28. Remember to collect, save, and organize all correspondence associated with the Application Project.
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Management Policy and Job Ads

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

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Saint Louis University Tailgating Organization

Mission Statement

 

Saint Louis University Tailgating Organization’s mission is to provide charitable donations to various charities around the St. Louis area, to serve as Saint Louis Universities premier tailgating event, and to provide a safe and fun environment to all people.

 

Overview

At all major universities around the United States tailgating can be found at the sporting events.  As the Saint Louis University Tailgating organization, we will provide this service for the students of SLU and raise money for local charities in St. Louis to help the community.  The event itself is still in the developmental stages and still needs to develop standing relationships with SLU, other SLU organizations, and local businesses around SLU.

 

Foundation

The Saint Louis University Tailgating Organization is still very young in it’s development.  I came up with the organization after attending a tailgate myself.  I am an accounting and finance major in the John Cook School of Business at SLU and I’m in the fourth year of a five year CPA program.  I was born and raised in St. Louis and I have been a fan of Billikens basketball for my entire life.

The Business Concept

The concept of my plan is to implement a tailgating party before select Saturday SLU basketball games that will be open for anyone to attend.  The tailgates will feature local cuisine and will have various games and activities for people to take part in.  The organization will be a group of SLU students that will collaborate together as a team to get local investors and advertisers for the events.  We will work together to drive local businesses into our events and to research various charities that we deem suitable for a donation from our events profits.

 

Competitive Advantage

SLU recently opened a brand new basketball stadium that seats approximately 12,000 people and is located on SLU’s campus.  Therefore, there is an untapped market of students that would be able to come these tailgates that have no other tailgating options.  There is also a season ticket following of SLU alumni and people that live in St. Louis that do not have another tailgating option for SLU basketball games.

 

 

Job Ads

 

Advertising Specialist

 

Is anyone good at communicating with people? In your work with the Saint Louis University Tailgating team, you will get the opportunity to take your own ideas and put them down on paper or over the Internet for thousands to see.  Your final work will be used to create flyers that will be put up all of the school as well as work with SLU’s webpage to place ads on their website.  The job is a great opportunity to express yourself in a real hands on way and will allow you to boost your portfolio for future employment.

Skills Required:

  • Creative
  • Strong Writing Ability
  • Punctual

Job Requirements:

  • Create an overall advertising strategy for the organization
  • Create ads for the Saint Louis University Tailgating Organization events
  • Working with local business to get various ads posted at their location

 

Local Business Specialist

 

Have you ever wanted to work with a variety of business to increase your network?  The Saint Louis University Tailgating team is looking for two Local Business specialists that will go out around St. Louis to draw in local business into our events.  The position will allow you to travel around St. Louis and communicate with local businesses to entice them to come to our events and market their product.  The job is a great opportunity to meet people in the actual business world and will allow you to make useful contacts for you future.

Skills Required:

  • Well Spoken
  • Organized
  • Determined
  • Outgoing

Job Requirements:

  • Entice local businesses to come to our events
  • Determine the organizational layout of the events
  • Identifying the best business for us to work with

 

Charity Coordinator

 

Do you love to help people of the St. Louis Area?  In your work the Saint Louis University Tailgating team, this job will allow you to give back to the community but selecting the best local charities around St. Louis for our organization to sponsor.  This position will allow you to work with and communicate with the best charities in the area.  This is a great opportunity for you to met with who are giving back to the community and it is a great way for you to give back to the community before you go on to your after college endeavors.

Skills Required:

  • Well Spoken
  • Organized
  • Persistent
  • Passionate

Job Requirements:

  • Establish lasting relationships with local charities around St. Louis
  • Advise to the team the best charity for each event
  • Conduct research into the works of various charities

 

 

Please Submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Any related materials that might quality you for your desired position

 

Please send as an attachment to mkubik1@slu.edu with you desired job in the subject.  Thank you for your time, and please submit by Friday, September 23, 2011 by 5:00 P.M.

 

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Management Profile and Job Ads

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Get ready for the ultimate Hookah experience in Saint Louis!!

 

History

Hookah, has been a part of many cultures for hundreds of years. It originated in the Asian sub-continent which is present day the border of Pakistan and India. In the early days the hookahs were very primitive, often made from a coconut shell and a tube attached, people mostly smoked opium and hashish. The hookah, or sheesha (glass) became extremely popular in Turkey where it was smoked in coffee shops. By this time people started smoking tobacco in hookah, hookahs were now being made from glass and brass tubes.

Overview

At present hookahs also known as shisha are extremely common throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and in countries such as Pakistan, India, Spain and the UK. There are many hookah bars in the United States as well. This industry is growing immensely in cities like Houston, Dallas, New York, Washington DC, Chicago and even Saint Louis. The main reason for growth in this business is the ethnic diversity of our great country.

My goal is to give the people of this city the ultimate hookah experience. I plan to open a hookah bar in the Central West End area of Saint Louis. The bar would have a wide selection of flavors of tobacco, as well as different types of hookahs that would be imported from various parts of the world. The décor will be traditional Middle Eastern with modern touches. We will also serve a variety of herbal teas, coffees, finger food, gourmet sandwiches, wraps and salads. Our bar would have a variety of foreign as well as local beer, wine and liquor.

Founder

My family moved to America in the late 70’s from Pakistan. I was born in Hartford, Connecticut. My family and I moved back to Pakistan when I was still young. I finished my early schooling as well as high school from Pakistan. My father is an entrepreneur who has a hotel as well as vacation homes in Pakistan. Growing up I spent a lot of time at our hotel, where I learnt a great deal about the hospitality sector. I moved back to the States a few years ago to continue my education and to eventually start a business here. I am a junior at Saint Louis University in the Business Entrepreneurship program. I plan to have this hookah bar open before my graduation. My plan is to make this hookah bar into a unique hangout spot for SLU students and others. My parents have always been supportive and there are willing to finance my venture.

The Project

There is a lot of work to be done! In the course of this semester I plan to have a detailed feasibility report of the hookah bar. The report would include details about the physical location of the bar, information about the lease agreement, and operating costs. Other aspects that would have to be researched would be the total investment required for the project such as; renovation, purchase of equipment, purchase of inventory, licensing expenses, insurance premiums as well as daily operating costs.

Competitive advantage

The area that I have in mind for the hookah bar is in the Central West End. The population of the area is about 14,000 people. The ideal locations would be the intersection of Maryland Plaza and North Euclid Avenue. There are a lot of nice bars and coffee shops around that area like Bar Italia, Bar Louie, Drunken Fish, Sub Zero, Coffee cartel and Starbucks. None of these locations serve hookah and that would give us a competitive edge. The combination of hookah, alcohol and good music will be a winning combination. Throughout the week there are a lot of people from all over the county that come to Central West End to have a good time and I feel that we can cater to their needs.

Job Ads

Primary Research Analyst

Are you someone who is good at gathering data? The hookah bar would require two primary research analysts. The Primary Research analyst will be someone who is good at gathering and interpreting data. The hookah bar will require a lot of research as it is an extremely competitive business. Our primary research department will be responsible for conduction research about the feasibility of the project in the short as well as long run. I feel that good research is the key to success.

Skills Required

  • Organized
  • Resourceful
  • Computer literate
  • Investigative
  • Determined
  • Persistent
  • Outgoing
  • Good with numbers

 Your Job Entails

  • Conducting research about the financial feasibility of the bar
  • Getting information about the cost of major equipment
  • Finding vendors for the equipment we will require
  • Researching about legal requirements and licensing

Secondary Research Analyst

Have you lived in Saint Louis for a long time? Do you have good sense of where all the popular bars are in Saint Louis? This job is for someone who can conduct research about what places are hip! The secondary research analyst will be responsible for conducting surveys of our potential customers. The analyst will also be responsible for researching about the budget that the average consumer is working with. For example how much money does the average person going to a bar in Central West End spends. The researcher will also be responsible for writing reports about his/her findings, as well as looking at the marketing aspect of the business.

Attributes you will need

  • Out going
  • Friendly
  • Social
  • Passionate
  • Marketing capability
  • Strong writing ability
  • Resourceful
  • Organized

Your Job Entails

  • Going to local bars and coffee shops to gather data
  • Make use of social networks such as facebook.com to perform surveys
  • Visiting other hookah bars in Saint Louis
  • Conducting research about average spending of consumers
  • Initial marketing strategy

Interior Design Researcher

Being different and unique when it comes to business is extremely essential. We want someone who can construct the theme for our hookah bar. This job requires a vision which would look beyond what hookah bars in Saint Louis have to offer. The Interior Design Researcher will be responsible for the interior decoration of the bar. The researcher will also be responsible for finding suppliers of furniture and fixtures, as well as comparing prices of the equipment/supplies needed.  

Attributes you will need

  • Creativity
  • Passion
  • Risk taker
  • Some sort of interior decoration experience
  • An eye for color and class

Your Job Entails

  • The researcher will be responsible getting ideas for the interior decoration of the bar
  • Come up with the theme of the bar
  • Floor plan
  • Propose color schemes
  • Compare costs of materials required

Please Submit

  • A job application letter
  • Prior or current work experience (Optional)
  • Other related material that might qualify you for the position intended

Via email to akhan39@slu.edu before Friday September 23,2011.

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Organization Idea Pitch: Nie

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Reminder: When commenting address these elements of the pitch:

  • Voice/Body Language
  • Ethos/Professionalism
  • The “Hook”
  • Information/Level of Detail
  • “Reality” of Project
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Organization Idea Pitch: Michael

September 15, 2011 5 comments

Reminder: When commenting address these elements of the pitch:

  • Voice/Body Language
  • Ethos/Professionalism
  • The “Hook”
  • Information/Level of Detail
  • “Reality” of Project
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