Tips For Communicating Your Idea

So you have this great big idea and you want to tell everyone about it. But sometimes, reaching a mass audience can seem daunting at first. To help ease the scariness of communicating your idea, we've come up with a list of tips to help you master this task and tell the world about your awesome idea.

1. LEARN SOME PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS

Have you ever heard the saying "a picture's worth a thousand words"? Words can be powerful, but photos can help your audience visualize exactly what you're talking about. There are a ton of photography tutorials online; some are free, others cost money. You don't even need a fancy camera, either. Simply Google search "photography tutorials" to get started.

2. CREATE A WEBSITE

A website is a fantastic place to showcase your idea for the entire world to see. We've put together this tutorial to help you get started on Strikingly-- one of our favorite resources for building a website.

3. DEVELOP YOUR ELEVATOR SPEECH

What's an elevator speech, you ask? It's a speech describing who you are and what your idea is in about 30 seconds-- or the time that it would take you to ride in an elevator. By perfecting your elevator speech, you will be able to communicate your idea quickly, wherever and whenever you need to.

4. REACH OUT TO MEDIA OUTLETS

Learn from some of our featured idea girls like Gabby, Hannah, and Alina. They reached out to media outlets to get their ideas heard by a mass audience. Sending an email to your local news sources, favorite bloggers, and influential people is a great way to get your idea heard. You never know how they can help you.

5. EXPLORE YOUR RESOURCES

Not only are many resources all over the internet (like the photography tutorials), there are also a ton of resources on our website. Check out these resources we've put together to help idea girls like you:

10 Creative Ideas For Kids To Raise Money

Learning A New Skill Is Easier Than You Think

Fundraising Tips

Marketing Tips

Communicating your idea can be a daunting task, but hopefully these tips have helped inspire you to share your idea with the world.

Meet an Idea Girl: Ayonnah Tinsley

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This 13-year-old from Virginia is finally giving kids a space to blog about travel, food, products, and more. Meet Ayonnah, the brains behind YaYaStars. Between being super involved at school, she loves to travel and write about her experiences. Read on to learn a little more about Ayonnah and her idea.

WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN?

I am the Student Council president at my school, on my school’s basketball team, involved in our History Club, Ensemble Orchestra, National Junior Honor Society, STEM Club, Coding Club, technology team, and I run track and field. Some of my favorite hobbies are playing basketball, blogging, playing the guitar, ukulele, violin, double bass, reading, cooking, and learning about aeronautics.

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON.

YaYaStars is a kid-friendly place where people can write about their experiences traveling, eating, or using certain products. Yaya is my nickname given by family and Stars refers to the rating system. 

I am currently working on my book! It is going to be about the diversity in STEM jobs because I feel that their is a lack in children’s books showcasing the diversity and importance of STEM.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS IDEA?

In fourth grade, my friends and I all traveled to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Naturally, we all had different experiences there and we all wanted to share it with others. I then thought that it would be a great idea to have a place where kids can have their own space to blog because kids opinions matter too! And that is how YaYaStars was born.

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOUR BLOG?

http://yayastars.com

WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?

The biggest challenge that I have faced with having a business is balancing sports, academics, and being an entrepreneur. This is why I am very excited about this summer because I have so much time to really focus and improve my business.

WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?

Being featured in Huffington Post, Time for Kids, Washington Post, and more were all amazing things to happened since I started YaYaStars. Along this journey I have also picked up a lot of beneficial skills. I have gotten a lot better at speaking in public, grown more into what I want for a business, and became a lot better at photo editing!

WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?

It would be amazing if you can help me publicize my book when it comes out. Also, I attend an annual STEAM conference where I mentor elementary school students and demonstrate easy to do and fun science experiments.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?

You never know the outcome of your idea unless you try. It may sound generic but seriously, if you are willing to put in the time and effort, do it!

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM JOB?

My ultimate dream job is to become an aeronautical engineer and an international CEO so I can help others in more countries.

If you know a girl with a story like Ayonnah's, nominate her to be our next featured idea girl using this link.

 

 

7 Activities For Idea Girls To Do This Summer

Summer is finally here. Let the days of sun, friends, and fun commence. While taking a break from school certainly is necessary, sometimes it can be easy to find yourself without a clue of how to spend the long days. Luckily, we've come up with a whole week's worth of activities that any idea girl will enjoy.

1. MAKE A SUNDIAL

Before clocks were invented, people used sundials in order to tell time. This practice dates back to around 1500 B.C. with the ancient Egyptians. Making your own sundial at home only requires four materials and will keep you busy throughout the day. Read the instructions here.

2. BUBBLE WRAP ART

Don't waste your bubble wrap by just popping it-- make art out of it! This website shows how to make a painting by taping the bubble wrap to your feet and stomping on a sheet of paper, but if you Google search "bubble wrap art", there's a bunch of other ways to use bubble wrap to make art.

3. LEARN A NEW SKILL

A few weeks ago, we published a blog post entitled "Learning a New Skill is Easier Than You Think". In the post, we explain how easy it is to learn a new skill online and offer a few of our favorite resources. Just because you're not in school doesn't mean you should stop learning!

4. USE SCIENCE TO WRITE YOUR NAME IN CRYSTALS

Yep, you read that right. A simple science experiment allows you to make your name out of crystals. Explore different chemical reactions using these instructions. This website also has a bunch of fun STEM activities that will keep you occupied all summer.

5. TRY A NEW SPORT

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The warm summer weather is the perfect excuse to get outside and move your body. Pick up a sport you've always wanted to try, whether that be surfing, yoga, or bocce ball. You don't have to be an expert right away, and summertime is a great time to perfect your new skill.

6. TAKE UP GARDENING.

Gardening is the ultimate summer activity: new plants help the earth, it helps you practice patience,  it gets you outside, and it's even been scientifically proven that playing in dirt releases serotonin, which is the brain chemical that makes you feel good. The fun part about gardening is that you can choose whatever plants you want to grow-- whether that be vegetables or flowers or anything in-between.

7. EXPLORE YOUR TOWN

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You don't even have to leave your hometown to explore! Visit a shop that you've always wanted to go to or see a free show. Many cities have various activities that they offer throughout the summer. Some towns put on festivals, while others show outdoor movies in a local park. Look online to see what fun activities you can find.

BONUS: GIRLS WITH IDEAS RESOURCES

Our website is full of awesome resources. Check out these blog posts that have more ideas of activities to keep you occupied this summer:

10 Creative Ideas for Kids to Raise Money

5 Fun & Simple Activities to do With Girls During Winter Break

10 Service Opportunities for Girls Under 16

Books, Movies & Songs To Teach Girls Courage

Meet An Idea Girl: Piper Martz

Meet Piper, the 22-year-old graduate of Bryn Mawr College that is working to change the way that we see food. She took her passions for travel, food, and photography and created her own company that combines all three. Read on to find out more.

DESCRIBE THE IDEA OR PROJECT YOU ARE WORKING ON.

Human Seeds of Change is a content creation startup that captures the human histories behind food products to better connect consumers to the people and passion behind global production. Through modern, millennial-driven storytelling, our creative team travels the globe to uncover the origin stories, family legacy, and cultural tradition of food producers. We then develop engaging video and photo content that is social-media-ready and curated for a millennial foodies audience. From seed to fork, our goal is to celebrate the human narratives behind our food to not only celebrate the positive practices of food companies but to also create a more informed millennial consumer.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR IDEA?

By age 22, I have been fortunate to have traveled my way across 15 different countries, learning more about the beautiful intricacies of food. During one of my first solo trips abroad, I spent two months in Bolivia to learn more about how the quinoa industry was impacting the lives of rural farmers for my undergraduate thesis— it was really a life-changing trip! Oftentimes, I conducted my interviews with the smallholder quinoa farmers in their homes over lunch or dinner. Through food, I was able to open up an intimate window of conversation and story sharing with these food producers to talk about their livelihoods, struggles and dreams.

After this trip, I became fascinated with the origin stories of food, trying to learn as much as possible about the people behind my everyday meals. Especially when I started traveling abroad more frequently, I began asking waiters, merchants and locals more about the local food culture. I realized that when I know who my food comes from, the food actually tastes better! That is why I launched Human Seeds of Change- because in today’s modern age of globalization, we rarely share that human connection to the people behind our food. In fact, by the time food gets to our plate it has been touched by thousands of human hands whose stories go unrecognized.

We want to help bridge that gap by creating social-media-ready content for food companies that celebrates the people and passion behind their products. Essentially, we travel abroad, meet the farmers and producers, and capture their origin stories, cultural traditions and family legacy through photography and video. From seed to fork, we’re pushing for better transparency in the food system so that consumers can better connect to their producers and have a more authentic eating experience.

WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUR IDEA?

www.HumanSeedsOfChange.org

www.Facebook.com/HumanSeedsOfChange

www.Instagram.com/HumanSeedsOfChange

www.Twitter.com/FromSeedToFork

WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU IN THIS?

Right now, I have been concentrating on building our executive team and mentor community while also strengthening the relationship we have within the millennial foodie community. We’re learning how to master different content creation on various social media platforms so that we can understand the best ways to connect and engage the digital millennial foodie community. Although it’s been challenging to keep up to date with new innovations in social media, our team has been working hard to explore new possibilities and ask experts within our network for help.

WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?

I’ve received an outpouring of support and excitement from people around the world wanting to get involved in our work because they believe in our mission! There is a plethora of foodies around the world that really care about food storytelling and knowing not just where our food comes from but who it comes from. These individuals have been offering us their wide variety of skill sets, like data analytics, video production, social media management and graphic design. I’m so excited and fueled by their enthusiasm that i’ve been trying to find ways to better incorporate them into Human Seeds of Change’s development.

WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?

Right now, Human Seeds of Change is working hard to grow its following and engagement across our social media platforms. We’d love to improve our social media presence, so go give us a follow!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no less enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG GIRLS THAT WANT TO MAKE THEIR IDEAS HAPPEN?

There will never be any serious obstacles stopping you from achieving your dreams. You may worry that you don’t have enough time, money, experience nor resources to accomplish your goal; however, you can determine your own success by how you manage the resources you already have! Let determination drive you past those hurdles.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES?

Photography, food and travel have always been serious hobbies of mine. If you glance at my personal social media feeds (especially my Instagram and Snapchat) you can definitely tell I’m obsessed with the three! I also love a good storytelling session, which has strongly influenced how I document and discuss my foodie travel experiences.

I also love attending leadership and social impact summits; they are also great opportunities to pick up new skills, get inspired and meet other like-minded change-makers! The most recent i’ve attended were the Global Engagement Summit at Northwestern University and the StartingBloc Institute in Los Angeles, California.

If you know a girl with a story like Piper's, nominate her to be our next featured idea girl using this link.

Meet an Idea Girl: Alina Morse

Alina is an idea girl from West Bloomfield, MI. At 11 years old, Alina created a business selling lollipops that also help prevent tooth decay, while 10% of their profits go to support oral health education in schools. She's appeared on Shark Tank, Good Morning America, and Extraordinary Kids. She took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions with us.

DESCRIBE THE IDEA OR PROJECT YOU ARE WORKING ON.

Zollipops and 250,000 Smiles Initiative is a cause-based business to help reduce childhood tooth decay and help more kids and parents smile.  Smiles have amazing powers and with Zollipops we can help more people smile.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR IDEA?

I went to the bank with my Dad and the teller offered me a sucker.  I knew too much sugar was not good, so I declined.  But I do LOVE candy so I asked if we could make a lollipop that was good for you.  I must have asked 100 more times, and then researched how to make one and what ingredients to include.

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOUR PRODUCTS?

Zollipops are available at Kroger, ToysRUs, Whole Foods Market, Amazon, and other trusted retailers. You can even get Zollipops for your entire school, just have your teacher sign up here.

WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?

People have doubted me sometimes because I am a kid, but I know we are doing something good and making a difference.

WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?

We have helped more kids and parents smile and reduced the risk of tooth decay with thousands of kids across America.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?

Work hard, try, believe & never give up!

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG GIRLS THAT WANT TO MAKE THEIR IDEAS HAPPEN?

To work hard, try, believe and never give up and to be true to yourself and your idea.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES?

Singing, acting, and dancing.

If you know a girl with a story like Alina's, nominate her to be our next featured idea girl using this link.