Social enterprise Detroit Soup is spreading.
Anyone with an idea how to improve their community can pitch to a roomful of fellow residents.
4 different ideas (max), a 4-minute pitch each, and 4 questions (only) for every pitcher to field.
Then everyone present pays 4 quid (five dollars in American) for a bowl of (homemade) soup then votes. The winner takes the total pot to get cracking.
Many beaming participants tell a string of warm tales. Homeless clothing, bus stop books, home repossession help. All began by Detroit.
You may well work for a company that has its own CSI (corporate social initiative) programme.
For your next internal sales meeting, why not switch that ‘s’ for ‘selling’. You may even have a soup – or delegate provided alternative – feed option.
You can ask whoever has one, to pitch their idea to improve the sales effort. Same constraints apply.
You can ask a certain number to pitch a specific different product. Their colleagues playing prospects. Mix up the rules. 2 minute pitch, 2 questions. Vote a winner. Share the best-practice.
Remember that anointing a ‘winner’ means handling ‘losers’. Have a plan.
Then put in place what won.