Here is a recap on some of the points we discussed last Monday as well as links to a few resources, some of those I mentioned on Monday and some others I´ve added.
3 Most important things:
- What do you want to happen?
- Who is in the room? More specifially, who are you talking to in the room.
- How do you get those people to do that thing? (and within that time frame)
1. Time management and high level focus
As I mentioned, I recommend thinking about the structure of your pitch, which areas you want to cover and how important they are before you start crafting your slides or scripting your pitch.
Let´s say you think it´s really important for this specific talk to focus in on your startup´s origin story. How important is it? 15% important? Well, 15% important of a 5 minute talk is 45 seconds.
Your focus is to minimise or erase doubt. Try to imagine the doubts people have and choose the best way to tackle the core of it with your pitch.
2. Learn your pitch by ❤️
Read this, laugh and then do it:
Doing a TED Talk: The Full Story - Wait But Why
You've probably heard this Seinfeld joke: According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.
Stuff that helps me going through the motions:
- Talk to the mirror
- Writing down parts of the pitch or the whole thing over and over again
- Recording myself and listening to me
3. Your slides should support you
You are what the people came for, not you slides.
The same way you are slashing doubts with your words you can do the same thing with your slides. Think critically about every slide you make; what is the purpose of it? Does it add something? How can I get the point across more visually or in a simpler way?
The real beauty happens when the slides support you 100% and only increase the focus on you and the control you have over the situation.
4. This is just the beginning
Remember that you don´t need to get everything across while on stage. This is the beginning of a conversation and on stage you´ve just got to earn the rest of the conversation later.
Here are some resources I use or think can be helpful:
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Beautiful Free Images & Pictures | Unsplash
Beautiful, free images and photos that you can download and use for any project. Better than any royalty free or stock photos.
Paste by WeTransfer | Where ideas come together
Fast, collaborative presentations for creative teams. Share your work in realtime and collaborate with reactions, comments, and Slack integration. Embed files, links, and docs for strategy decks, design handoffs, brainstorms, research gathering. Integrates with Giphy, Figma, Dropbox, Google Docs, and more.
A decent guid on slide design tips:
Insights from Our Office Aaron Weyenberg is the master of slide decks. Our UX Lead creates Keynote presentations that are both slick and charming-the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what's actually being said.
Screen recorder for recorded pitches or practice:
Loom: Video Messaging for Work
Record video messages of your screen, cam, or both. Faster than typing an email or meeting live. For Mac, Windows and iOS Instantly ready to share and watch anywhere. A more efficient, expressive, effective way to communicate. Send quick videos when calendars won't line up and you don't have time to type a wall of text.
And for more in depth on send ahead decks and fundraising:
The Non-Obvious Guide to Fundraising
by Gigi Levy-Weiss. Gigi is a General Partner at NFX, a seed-stage venture firm based in San Francisco. If you're a Founder looking to fundraise venture capital, the first thing you need to understand about the process is that it's far more complex than it appears.
Feel free to hit me up for anything you think I can help with: