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 invisu.me shares insider tips for getting your story straight and sounding great telling it.
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:
Targeting wrong demographics
Time to market
Lack of accessibility
Rising commodity prices
Finding the right information/knowledge
Waste in the system
Popular rising cultural trend
Missing a great opportunity
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.
Ted: Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language Shapes who you are - http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_languag e_shapes_who_you_are.html
Ted: Nancy Duarte – The Secret Structure of Great Talks - http://www.ted.com/talks/nancy_duarte_the_secret_struct ure_of_great_talks.html
VentureBeat – Donna Abraham – Why Your Startup Should Ditch the Pitch: http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/19/ditchthe-pitch/