Monday, September 1, 2008

Day 26: Presentation

Yesterday, Jesus emailed us to let us know that he had arranged a meeting with the Communications Director of the Association of Honduran Maquilas. He asked each of the new businesses to put together a short PowerPoint presentation and be ready for the 8:30am meeting today. I was a worried that this meeting was too early given the fact that there was still some doubt as to how the micro businesses were to function within the structure of the new cooperative as well as the reality that all the businesses are still in the early stages of developing their own business plans. In spite of my concerns, I knew that we must be ready for the meeting as it was an important contact.

When I arrived this morning at 8:00am, there was a flurry of activity as each of the groups made the last minute touches to their presentations. We arrived right on time to the association’s office and were escorted to the conference center by our hostess, Tesla. Quickly it became apparent that Tesla did not know why we were meeting with her, although she gracefully listened to each company’s presentation.

In spite of many minor sales mistakes, the team successfully communicated the basic ideas of what we are trying to do. Tesla expressed her interest in including our information in an electronic newsletter that is sent to all association members each Friday It was good to see each group present and give them some feedback as to how they can improve their sales pitches.

Joel Montgomery

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