This year’s NY Techweek was packed with alot of great pitches and advice. It was the presentation and question patterns that I found most interesting. I was a spectator in the audience, for two dozen pitches … and they all shared some winning qualities.
Assuming you have a good idea to pitch in the first place, your delivery and content is what separates your idea from everyone else’s. Get it right and you can capture the attention of your audience and move closer to your goal of sharing it with the world. However, if you get stage fright and/or don’t deliver your message correctly, well… then your idea could be lost forever. Ok, well maybe not forever but at least it will be temporarily stalled until you learn what went wrong and what went right and correct your approach as you move forward.
As a spectator in the audience I decided to take notes to make the most of this opportunity.
I want to share some of my notes to help those who didn’t attend, for those who want to learn more and be better prepared when they get their turn to present on stage.
Overall, the top 3 points I learned from listening to the winning pitches that day were:
1. Be well prepared (Have high level clearly organized slides and a natural authentic “presentation tone” to match your slides),
2. Communicate your Compelling Strategy (with good financials/projections, market strategy)
3. Show how your idea has integrity (demonstrate problem solving, how different than others)
So, If you’re starting your first pitch, begin with the above 3 basic points and then be ready to answer questions like the ones in my attached notes.
Click on this link: NYCTechweek2015-pitch-notes.pdf to read my notes and see some of the specific questions asked that day. Good Luck!!!!