January 8th, 2018
The 2018 Fast Pitch Cohort started the New Year off with a brand new session offered in our Fast Pitch program. This session was the Voice and Movement workshop led by Michelle Hillen-Noufer the School of Arts Director at Sacramento Theater Company (STC). It was exciting to incorporate STC into our program after being a 2017 SVP Fast Pitch Finalist pitching at Golden 1 Center. Michelle generously donated her time and STC their Main Stage, delivering tremendous impact to our 2018 Fast Pitch Semifinalists.
The Voice and Movement session was filled with energy as the nonprofits took to the stage for the first time. Michelle led them in pre-stage warm ups testing their movement abilities and vocals. With many laughs coming from this portion, the nonprofits built their confidence on stage and recognized the value of preparation prior to heading out on the big Golden 1 Center stage. In addition, activities such as the “Name Game”, broke the ice between the nonprofits and developed camaraderie amongst the cohort.
The next activity in the workshop was the “Commercial Activity” in which the nonprofits were asked to create a 30 sec commercial about their organizations. Michelle used the nonprofits that pitched their commercial on stage to show the power of enunciating certain keywords and using the stage as direction for memorization. This section of the workshop delivered immense value in setting the stage for how to effectively tell one’s story. She keyed on the value of emotion and stated, “Let your love for your organization shine through! Tell your story!”
In closing the workshop, Michelle presented the value of visualization and how a key component to any great performance whether that be an Olympic Swimming event, Performing Arts show, or pitching in front of 700+ people at SVP Fast Pitch, is visualizing your success. She led the group through a visualization exercise painting a picture of what the day of Fast Pitch in March will look like. The nonprofits walked away with a critical understanding that visualizing how their pitch will go and what emotions they want to portray is the first step in delivering a successful pitch.
As an SVP Fast Pitch 2018 cohort, we ended the night at Chando’s Cantina building relationships and recognizing the power of the nonprofit ecosystem. We at SVP love hearing, “Everything was incredibly helpful! The workshop integrated the skills they were trying to teach us along with team building and the opportunity to get to know each other” from one of our nonprofits.
Thank you Michelle for bringing so much energy and insight to this workshop and to STC for allowing us to use your Main Stage!