Top Tips for a “Quick” Pitch

You might be called up on stage to pitch... 
You might be at a networking event... 
You might even strike up a convo waiting line for a coffee and realize - hey - I need to pitch! 

Bottom line - you never know if the next person you meet could change your startup! You want to be armed with the perfect story of your venture at any given moment. Donna Griffit, an International Corporate Storyteller and Founder of shares insider tips for getting your story straight and sounding great telling it. 

Why pitch? 

Like SpeedDating - 5 minutes to WOW

Intrigue – Don’t Tell the WHOLE Story

Introducing Yourself + Vision Statement

Make them Feel the Pain…

Or See the Light!!!

And Turn it into a Story!

Heroes and Villains:

  • Bad economy

  • Targeting wrong demographics

  • Time to market

  • Security vulnerabilities

  • Lack of accessibility

  • Declining loyalty

  • Rising commodity prices

  • Finding the right information/knowledge

  • Waste in the system

  • Boredom

  • Popular rising cultural trend

  • Missing a great opportunity

Simple Description

Impressive Demo

How Far Along?




End with Inspiration!

Elevator Pitch – Problem + Solution and TEENY bit About Biz

The Slides are a Reflection of Your Product!

(Make them both look great!)

Don’t Data Dump! One Big Idea Per Slide

One Big Idea That Grandma Could Understand

Know Your Audience’s Questions – Answer Ahead!

Keep Energy Up – Be Memorable!

Presentation = Conversation

Voice – Volume, Clarity, Pace, Musicality – Breathe!

Umming and Ehhing…

Gestures – Talk with the Hands – Not the Feet

Practice REALLY Does Make Perfect

F.E.A.R - Face Everything And Recover

Walk in the Room at Your Best

Invisu: One Pagers that get you the Meeting!

Invisu – a tool that helps startups create their pitch to investors and get the meetings they want!

Donna Griffit, Corporate Storyteller, has worked globally for over a decade with Fortune 500 companies, Start-Ups and investors in a wide variety of industries. She has consulted and trained clients in over 30 countries, helping them create, edit and deliver verbal and written presentations, pitches and messages. Donna has the ability to magically spin raw data into compelling stories that captivate audiences and drive to results. Through her guidance clients have raised hundreds of millions of dollars. Donna is Co-Founder and CEO of Invisu. 

Further Resources

  • Ted: Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language Shapes who you are - e_shapes_who_you_are.html

  • Ted: Nancy Duarte – The Secret Structure of Great Talks - ure_of_great_talks.html

  • VentureBeat – Donna Abraham – Why Your Startup Should Ditch the Pitch: