Josh Fechter shares his internship experience and also briefs on how to proceed with your internship.
Josh has worked as an intern for several failed startups and learnt a lot from them. So what the startups didn’t work out, it gave Josh experiences which matter the most.
He says- “At first, I added little value to each one because I spent too much time planning.”
The scenario of the conversation is
Boss: “What’ve you been up to?”
Intern: “I outlined this strategy. It took me two weeks.”
Boss: “That’s great, but we needed users and customers last week.”
This is the part where an employee gets fired. As an intern, they have little reason to fire you.
Boss: “Try to get us a few users today.”
Intern: “How do you I do that?”
Boss gets annoyed look on his face. “Figure it out.”
Does this mean that the intern has to talk to the potential customers and industry partners?
It’s hard to perform the task when you have no idea how to do that. How to approach people and talk to them about it. The work feels alien.
Josh says-“It can feel overwhelming, but reaching out to potential users and customers is not hard. This is an easy win for an intern.”
1. Send cold email
2. Send LinkedIn messages
3. Tweet at them
4. Find them in online communities, then message them there
You can ask these prospects for
1.Suggestions for improving your product
2.An explanation of their pain point
3.An interview for a blog post
If you’re good at this, you can schedule out ten to thirty calls/day. Once you get used to talking to prospects maybe half of them will try your product.
This happened with Josh.
He had a conversation with his boss.
“What’ve you done for us in the last two weeks?” My boss asked.
“I talked to hundreds of prospects, and a few became customers,” I replied with a slight smirk. “However, many were not interested in the product because of X, Y, and Z. Are these problems we can get fixed? If so, I can let them know when we do.”
“Great job,” my boss smiled. “That’s exactly what we needed.”
So it is easy for an intern to work on a given task. No job is tough if you want to do that you can always figure out a way to do that.
Where there is a will, there is a way.
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