How to Write a Pitch

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / December 25, 2013

Every entrepreneur needs an elevator pitch, and in today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV I’m helping you create one. I’ve won tens of thousands of dollars in cash, in-kind services, and angel funding by winning pitch competitions. I also judge pitch competitions once in awhile so I know all the elements that a fantastic pitch needs. For more inspiration and practical advice for your business…

Elevator Pitches Aren’t Just for Entrepreneurs: Why Everyone Needs One

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / November 5, 2013

It’s said that any entrepreneur should be able to deliver an engaging and succinct elevator pitch to anyone at anytime. Entrepreneurs hone and hammer their pitches every day with each new person they meet answering the same question countless times about their company: “what is it and what does it do?” This repetition and practice helps to drive not only a deeper understanding of the company and its…

Learn to Pitch Like Mad Men’s Don Draper

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 25, 2013

You are busy. I am busy. Everybody is. Let me tell you why you should spent the next five minutes reading me. I have pitched to friends, family, investors, partners, consumers, at competitions and events, presented various works at middle-school, high-school and college, preached at multiple church services, bootcamps, sunday-school and real-time translated a dozen of preachers, and spoke at conferences in uni. From Portugal, to UK, to India, in different languages,…

Pitching an Idea? Take a Lesson from Taylor Swift

by / ⠀Startup Advice / December 26, 2012

On my way to work the other day, I was flipping through radio stations and I heard some Taylor Swift. As expected, I was about to switch stations. Then I heard it: dubstep. You heard me right — Taylor Swift’s newest single “I Knew You Were Trouble” features a nice dubstep interlude. At first, I had the same reaction as you probably would: “You’ve got to be kidding…

6 Ways To Nail Your First Corporate Pitch

by / ⠀Finding Customers Startup Advice / May 18, 2012

Corporations can be scary. First, they’re described as ‘entities’, which just sounds monolithic and unfriendly. The truth is, corporations need your innovation now more than ever and most would be happy to talk with you about ways that you can grow their business. Step 1: Get your foot in the door. What do you do next? Know Their Dress Code Before you go to your first pitch, start…

Pitching Part 2: How To Be Confident!

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / February 23, 2012

I really like demonstrating through example’s rather than just saying do X and X and you’ll win. I like providing some background. When you tell someone to do something, 50/50 they’ll do it. When you give people a compelling reason why they should do it, 100% they’ll do it. Gaining confidence and getting over pitch anxiety seems like the question I should answer in this post. How do I get…

Stop Pitching! It’s’ NOT Genuine

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / February 17, 2012

I’m really sick of these startup pitches. Their businesses are usually miles apart, but listening to their pitches make them sound all the same. It’s so damn generic! “So… how do we solve this?” “With out us…users…would be lost…” “We help grow online communities…to reach their full, potential” “This is a $500…million dollar market…If we reach…10% of this market, we’ll be successful” “Our Team consists of myself…I have…

Perfect Pitch: 6 Tips You Can Learn from Student Pitch Competitions

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 19, 2012

We’ve all seen those embarrassingly bad singers, the ones who’ve never heard of the concept of “perfect pitch.”  They’re off-key for 80% of their performance, and they have a tendency to shriek as they hit high notes.  We cringe as they launch into their awful rendition of “Livin’ on a Prayer,” hoping someone will end their misery…and ours. Unfortunately, people with bad pitch are rarely ever told of…

Three Tips From a Veteran VC

by / ⠀Startup Advice / March 18, 2010

How to perfect that VC pitch: Start by pitching to someone you know that is intelligent, perhaps from a different field, who can be honest in their feedback and press hard on your plan. This will help you to identify the holes in your plan and prepare you for the professional discussions you will have going forward. Once you have done this, carefully research your potential investors. Learn…

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