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Academic institutions

  Among our academic clients 

 
     
     

 

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Public and non profit

 

 Among our non profit clients

  

   
     
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business

  Among our business clients…

 

 

     
     
     
     

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Leverage It!

What We Offer

Marketing Strategy and Execution

The true test of a product or service is success in the marketplace. Too often, organizations focus on their product or technology at the expense of the customer.  We help companies find a better balance by developing and executing marketing strategy that are based on deep customer and competitive insights and the company's unique value proposition. Services include:

  •  Market strategies
  •  Marketing plans
  •  Customer segmentation
  •  Market positioning
  •  Competitive analyses
  •  Market launches
  •  Investor decks and executive summaries

Resource Development: Direct Services

Many non-profits are caught in a double bind. On the one hand they rely on philanthropic funding to keep their doors open, but on the other hand often find that the need to develop these resources takes up valuable time from actually doing the work the organization was founded to accomplish. In addition, many non-profits lack staff with the professional training and know-how to function effectively in this area, and can’t afford to hire those who do.

Message Experts will work with you to develop a comprehensive resource development strategy as well as providing some or all of the following, on an as needed basis: 

1.       Identifying Donor Prospects

2.       Writing an Effective Proposal

3.       Solicitation Skills

4.       Cultivating Donor Relationship

 

Get to the Ask and Get it Right: Solicitation Skills

(One-on-one training or group workshop) 

There are few opportunities to deliver an exceptional message to a potential donor. Preparing for these high stakes meetings and knowing how to solicit is key. Organizations often get to the donor and even leave a positive impression but struggle to ask for funding. Our fundraising training focuses on developing the compelling messages to get to “the Ask,” and then get it right. Our fundraising and solicitation training brings you fully prepared for those critical moments, with tools and techniques that will help you achieve positive results.

 

Finding the Best Fit: Identifying Donor Prospects

(One-on-one training or group workshop)

Identifying new prospects can help an organization significantly expand its current donor base. Message Experts provides training on how to effectively identify appropriate foundations and trusts whose mission, interests and geographic preferences are in line with those of your organization. We provide tangible guidelines that assist you in locating potential foundations and trusts that match your needs and present a good chance of supporting your projects. You will gain an in-depth understanding of practical research skills that will enable you to identify viable donors capable of supporting your organization. Fostering Long Term Engagement (One-on-one training or group workshop)

 

Cultivating Donor Relationships: Fostering Long Term Engagement

(One-on-one training or group workshop)

Building a philanthropic relationship benefitting both grant maker and grant seeker is key. Creating sustaining elements of that relationship include trust building, open communication and a focus on shared values. Message Experts provides training for face to face meetings with potential donors, how to present yourself, tips on keeping donors engaged, developing rapport building techniques, and continued communication after a grant decision, techniques to maximizing your gift, and designing and carrying out site visits and missions.

 

Writing an Effective Grant Proposal

(One-on-one training or group workshop)

This workshop focuses on the skills needed to write a successful grant proposal. It will cover the various elements that go into a proposal, and offer tips and training on how to write it effectively.  Workshop elements include crafting the following:

  1. Executive summary
  2. Cover letter
  3. Organizational background/expertise
  4.  Program description
  5.  Evaluation methods and plan of sustainability
  6.  Statement of need
  7.  Budgets
  8. Request
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Deliver it!

What We Offer

Present like a pro! In our presentation skills workshops you will learn verbal and nonverbal tips and techniques such as body language and use of voice to upgrade your presentation style and present your talk in a confident, engaging and impactful way to any forum. These include:  investor pitches, conferences, sales kick offs, high stakes meetings, VIP visits, etc. Practice with video, playback and feedback.

Media Interviews - Media training is essential to help organizations and spokespersons learn how to manage interviews in order to get the message across. Our media training workshops focus include: developing engaging sound bites; handling nightmare questions; bridging techniques to your messages and effective use of body language, vocal tools and wardrobe. Within several sessions that include practice you will be prepared for the most trying of media interviews.

Effective Openings and Closings - An audience’s attention span is at its highest point at the very beginning and end of your presentation so your opening and your closing are prime time to engage them and ensure that your messages are heard loud and clear. In this workshop you will learn what comprises a grabbing opening and a closing that your audience will find hard to forget.

 Answering Challenging Questions – Many presentations are followed by audience questions which sometimes can prove extremely challenging. With our Q&A workshop you will learn to analyze your audience and anticipate and prepare their questions. You will learn how to answer in an effective way and bridge to the message that you want to deliver.

Panel Presentations –Panels are similar to solo presentations in that you still have to get your message through to your audience. They are different in that it is essentially a group discussion, so there's more chance your message can be diluted with points made by other speakers. It thus becomes even more important in a panel setting to clarify your goals, to be concise, to use vivid language—including sound bites—and to stay on message, as well as prepare for likely Q&As. The sessions will provide you with the skills you need to present in any panel with confidence. The session includes practice in front of a video camera with playback and feedback.

Visual Aids – whether, when, and how to optimize visual aids to make your presentation stand out. Learn how to develop the kinds of visual aids that will attract attention and create impact and upgrade your presentation. Learn the techniques required when speaking alongside PowerPoint or any other visual aid.

Presentation practice sessions with video and playback for in depth feedback and instant upgrade - Presentation Practice sessions are the best way to upgrade an individual or a team’s presentation skills almost immediately. In the course of four hours, 5-7 participants have the opportunity to present a 3-5 minute presentation and be videotaped. Participants then receive initial feedback from their peers. Feedback may range from content to delivery style, visuals (PowerPoint Slides), etc. Participants repeat the process and implement the feedback they receive - both from their peers and the trainer. They see immediate improvement on their content and personal style of delivery. For maximum and immediate impact, each participant presents at least twice.

 

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Message It !

What We Offer

Keeping it Simple: Oral Messaging that is Precise, Coherent and Effective
Whether in a networking opportunity, presenting at a conference, or pitching to investors, we can help you distill your complex ideas into accessible, targeted and engaging messages that best express the unique qualities and goals of your organization; working one-on-one with you and your staff to help create the perfect pitch for all your high-stakes . Engagements; one-on-one training or group workshops available.

Interviewing & Self Branding
Even very experienced presenters often find it daunting to have to present – and sell – themselves. Yet clearly delivering your value proposition may well be your most important presentation ever. With Message Experts, you’ll acquire the skills to confidently ace interviews and make a shining impression with your individually crafted self-branding messages. Practice answering key questions and watch yourself on video for immediate feedback. Improve your non-verbal language and vocal tone. Upgrade your Hebrew and English CVs. Learn practical tips and techniques to get comfortable with your personal elevator pitch for any interview or networking opportunity.

Avoiding Miscommunication
Communicating productively with other people is one of the most enriching experiences in life. However miscommunication is a common problem—either we don’t understand what others are trying to convey, or we are not able to communicate in a way that is understood by others. This is a common organizational concern as ( any two humans are bound to perceive the world differently. The difference between productive communication and miscommunication can be the difference between the seeds of conflict and the source of new ideas and solutions. Message Experts’ unique workshop, participants learn how to avoid miscommunication and make themselves understood, they learn how to lay the groundwork for productive communication and avoid the pitfalls of miscommunication that can lead to unnecessary conflict at work.

Negotiation
In our professional environment, we encounter many instances requiring effective negotiations. The better we are at managing every aspect of the give and take – the more likely we are to maximize our gains and achieve our goals. With Message Experts, you can learn to (read more) negotiate in person and digitally, get what you want while building relationships, negotiate to improve your employment package, and learn to leverage your natural strengths.

Writing it Right: Written Messages that Hit the Mark
Your written material is both the herald you send before you and the calling card you leave behind. As such, it needs to be as precise, coherent and effective as your oral messages. We will work with you to develop written materials that best express the unique qualities and goals of your business or organization. (We can write it for you or provide one-on-one training or group workshops so you learn how to do it yourself)

We offer our clients the full range of marketing materials services, such as:

o Brochures
o Press releases
o Website content
o Power Points & Prezis
o Social Media
o Hebrew-English-Hebrew Translation

 

Yes, a Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words: Visual Messaging that Works

The look and feel of your written material and presentations is as important as their content. Visual messages need to reflect and complement the message of your business or organization. Message Experts offers a comprehensive array of design services to help you craft a complete communications strategy. These include: 

  •  Creating your visual language
  •  Website design
  •  Logo design
  •  PPT/Prezi designs
  •  Developing the visual content for marketing materials (brochures, one-pagers, fliers, invitations, etc.)