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Your Relationship With An Audience Starts Before You Walk On Stage

Your Relationship With An Audience Starts Before You Walk On Stage | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
How to connect with an audience before you begin to speak.

Most speakers think that their job begins when they get on stage and open their mouths to utter their first words.  Most discussions of how to start a speech begin there – obviously enough – with the first words you say.

But in truth, your relationship begins well before that.  There’s your introduction, which sets up your connection, for good or ill, with the people soon to be in front of you.   How does that present you?  You get to control what you send to the conference organizers for your introducer to read.  I’ve heard many more weak introductions than strong ones, and they’re often not well delivered by the V-P of Whatever that gets the assignment to introduce you.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 21, 2014 2:43 PM

Here's a quick article with lots of insight. It's rare that I find a post about connecting with your audience before giving a presentation.


Almost all the articles I find are focused on creating the presentation. Or on delivery. Hardly anyone talks about preparing for the relationship with your audience. Until now!


There's advice here on your introduction, your "offstage beat" (cultivating the attitude you walk on stage with), and mingling with your audience before hand.


Connecting well with your audience is a critical success factor. Read this article to build these practices into your presentations.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

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Crafting Your Story to Pitch Your Great Idea

Crafting Your Story to Pitch Your Great Idea | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Once you've finally come up with that brilliant idea, here's a way to get people excited about it.

If coming up with a brilliant idea is hard, getting people to agree with you can prove just as difficult. 

"We operate under this assumption that the world will magically see how great our idea is, but great ideas get rejected all the time," said David Burkus, author of The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas. 

Burkus, who also teaches creativity and innovation courses at Oral Roberts University, spoke to Money Talking host Charlie Herman about how to recognize and pitch great ideas.

He suggested a five criteria checklist for structuring a pitch or judging which idea to invest time in. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 9, 11:16 AM

Here's a fab post about how to formulate your story when you are getting to pitch your idea. But don't get stuck on the word 'pitch'. Think any presentation where you want to influence people:

  1. Selling your project across the organization
  2. Project reports when a decision or action is a desired outcome
  3. Sales presentations to alliances or prospects
  4. Anytime you need to raise funds or gain resources

 

What I really like about this article is that it's not a formula per se, but a way to think about your presentation and get your thoughts organized. That's the hard part, really.

 

Once you get these 5 points down, it will be easy to put together your presentation. Story on!

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Storytellers share how to #pitch your #idea to get people excited.

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11 reasons we didn’t invest in your company

11 reasons we didn’t invest in your company | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Like most VCs, we see dozens of deals each week. We've developed a funnel that enables us to quickly eliminate those that don't fit our general investment..

The deals that survive this initial culling process are subjected to much greater scrutiny and due diligence. This process includes a thorough review of the deck, financial statements and projections; discussions with the founders, customers and other investors; and a review of third-party information relevant to the company, its product and industry. Companies are eliminated from further consideration during various stages of this process and, in the end, we ultimately invest in a small percentage of the deals we review. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Lots to learn form a list of reasons for NOT getting funded.

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5 Fundraising Tips From 'The Billionaire Whisperer'

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Jennifer McRea has changed how people think about fundraising for causes that matter.

If you want to change the world for the better, it’s going to take a lot of money. However, according to philanthropist Jennifer McCrea, money should never be at the center of what you do.

McCrea, who has been called “the billionaire whisperer,” has partnered with philanthropists and nonprofit leaders for more than 27 years to raise resources to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. She is also a senior research fellow at Harvard’s Hauser Institute for Civil Society, where she teaches a course on Exponential Fundraising.

During my recent talk with McCrea, one thing was strikingly clear -- she is passionate about creating a better world. In her work, she has shifted the way we look at fundraising and philanthropy and the lessons she gives are relevant to us all. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Five Lessons Kids Can Teach You About Pitching Your Startup

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If you can't explain your startup to a child, you may not have better luck pitching to investors.

If you can't explain your business model to kids, then you're not ready for prime time in front of investors. That's the idea behind Pitch-a-Kid, a new Austin, Texas-based organization that puts kids in the judge's seat as they analyze adult entrepreneurs' pitches and choose the strongest pitch of the bunch.

Kids learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills, while local entrepreneurs get an unfiltered assessment of where their pitch falls short and what parts might be confusing. "Kids at the elementary school age are very honest and are comfortable asking questions about things they don’t understand," says Mike Millard, who started Pitch-A-Kid earlier this year with his daughter Audrey, who’s currently in fourth grade. "For the entrepreneurs it really pushes them to use simple, straightforward, and understandable language."

At Pitch-a-Kid’s second pitch session on July 30 at Austin’s Capital Factory, there were five judges and a judge coordinator ranging in age from fourth to twelfth grade. Millard's daughter acted as an alternate judge and microphone runner.

Stakes weren't that high for the six presenters because there is no cash prize for winning. However, each had only five minutes to present their plan before the judges started asking challenging questions including: How much money do you make? How do customers find you? How old were you when you started your business? and, Why do you do this? Presenters also had to field questions from the audience. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Don't underestimate kids, their #attentionspan may be longer than  the #VC's.

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A Female Founder's Tips for Fundraising

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The odds may be stacked against you, but with some determination, you can get what you want.

As female entrepreneurs, we’re often asked by our peers about the three Fs -- female, founder, and fundraising. How do you find female friendly investors? Are you taken seriously as a founder? How do you fundraise as a woman? 

I'm the CEO of a five-year-old start-up. I don’t actually think much about being a female, or a female founder, or female founder fundraising for that matter. But the reality is that I should, because the facts are pretty indisputable. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman shares 4 secrets to a killer LinkedIn profile - Phoenix Business Journal

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman shares 4 secrets to a killer LinkedIn profile - Phoenix Business Journal | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman shares the biggest mistakes he sees LinkedIn users making — and how to correct them.

If you truly want to craft a killer LinkedIn profile, the guy who helped create the world's largest social network for professionals has a few tips.

During a video interview, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman shared the biggest missteps he sees users making with their LinkedIn profiles. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Making your "pitch" on #Linkedin, from the #co-founder.

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Meet 18 Promising Entrepreneurs Rejected by Shark Tank - In Photos: Meet 18 Entrepreneurs On The Rise Rejected By Shark Tank

Meet 18 Promising Entrepreneurs Rejected by Shark Tank - In Photos: Meet 18 Entrepreneurs On The Rise Rejected By Shark Tank | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Only 104 entrepreneurs appeared on ABC's hit business reality show Shark Tank from a sea of 40,000 rejects in the 2015/2016 season, the show's seventh season. Meet 18 promising entrepreneurs -- some with millions in sales -- who tried out for Shark Tank and were thrown back into the water. They share their audition pitch, total sales and how they came up with the idea for their business.

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#Entrepreneurs come up with amazing ideas.

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How to Answer 'Why Should I Hire You?'

How to Answer 'Why Should I Hire You?' | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

It’s one of the most popular questions in interviews, and also one of the most understandable.

Why not hear why your future employee is right for the role straight from the horse’s mouth?

Why then, does it fill us with so much trepidation? Partly because there’s no way of tricking this question, you’ve just got to believably detail exactly why you’re better than all the other applicants for the job. You’ve got to tell them why what you’ve got is worth having.

The one key thing to remember is that the hiring manager is putting their reputation on the line, whoever they hire. Sell yourself into them with confidence and evidence that you’re the best person for the job, and this question can be the key to unlocking that job offer.
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What To Do When Your Fundraising Is Not Going Well - Techstars

What To Do When Your Fundraising Is Not Going Well - Techstars | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

One of the worst things that can happen to a CEO of an early-stage company is to be in the state of perpetual fundraising.

Here is how you can tell that it may be happening to you:

  1. You have been fundraising for a while
  2. You are fundraising and running the business at the same time
  3. You don’t have strong interest from investors
  4. Investors aren’t engaged / don’t ask a ton of questions
  5. Investors keep telling you it’s early / to keep them posted

The list can go on, but you get the point.

You are wasting your time because you aren’t prepared and the timing is likely off.

Please go and read my popular post about 9 seed funding gotchasand I will be right here when you come back.

So what can you do?

Here are some things for you to consider to help the situation.

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The startup challenge: Raising money to make dreams become reality

The startup challenge: Raising money to make dreams become reality | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Finding funding as a startup can be a scavenger hunt, with nuggets of information hidden by bureaucracy and scattered across the Internet.

You’ve got a brilliant, multimillion-dollar business idea and want to start a startup. Great! … Uh, now what?

To steal a joke from a 1998 South Park episode, the void between ideation and value creation often looks like: Phase 1 — Start company. Phase 2 — ?????. Phase 3 — Profit!

How startups develop the second, mystery phase depends on how strong their resolve to raise cash is, how developed their contact network is and how much risk they’re willing to take. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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This article in the Montrealgazette is written for the Quebec #startup community, but it accurately describes the #funding process and a variety of options #founders have when looking for money.

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7 Amazing Ways To Get Your Startup Funded | StartUs Magazine

7 Amazing Ways To Get Your Startup Funded | StartUs Magazine | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Having trouble getting your startup funded? Follow these 7 easy steps and see for yourself how every investor will want to work with you.

If only there was a magic formula that would get your business started right away! Unfortunately, there is no such thing and if you are thinking about opening your own startup, you are in for one long, sometimes tiring process!

They say that good things come to those who wait. Actually, good things come to those who work day-to-night and bring their passion into everything they are do. Then again, isn’t this the beauty of this whole journey? As overwhelming as the road might feel, there is no greater accomplishment, than knowing that you have managed to complete it.

Now, even if we are unable to give you that drop of magic, we can provide you with some advice on how to find funding for your startup. There are so many options of doing it that for an inexperienced person, it may seem both confusing and overwhelming. Read more: click image or title.

 

Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more: www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

 

 

 

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Or, rather, 7 steps to get your #startup funded.

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Rethinking The Accelerator: What You’ll Achieve At 500 Startups

Rethinking The Accelerator: What You’ll Achieve At 500 Startups | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Before Avanoo arrived at 500, they were making about $2,000 a month selling self-help videos. But after a spell of stardom on Reddit, their social marketing channels had pretty much dried up. As cofounder Daniel Jacobs put it, “you can only do so many #1 posts before the Reddit people want to throw pitchforks at you.”

They had a plan to move from consumer to B2B and pivot from self-help into ongoing employee education for large corporations, but they were having trouble starting conversations with the execs they needed to reach. That’s when Jacobs and his cofounder got accepted to Batch 12. Less than six months later, Avanoo was an enterprise company worth $15M.

Avanoo’s success wasn’t about changing anything about their product or their plan. It was about taking the success they had already achieved and compounding it through rapid iteration, pushing forward through every failure: Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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"We want to help more companies in that same way, and that’s why we’ve recently re-oriented the #accelerator around #growth. We’re working with companies ready to #scale rather than focusing on companies in the pre-product or idea stage. And we’re modifying our accelerator schedule to cultivate more intense, productive relationships between companies and their growth coaches."

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Doing a TED Talk: The Full Story - Wait But Why

Doing a TED Talk: The Full Story - Wait But Why | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
In August of 2015, I was invited to give a TED Talk. Here's the full (very stressful) story.

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.

Knowing humans, this shouldn’t be that surprising. I’ve mentioned before that we all have this problem where we’re weirdly obsessed with what other people think of us, so it makes sense that public speaking should be our collective phobia.

But then we also live in a world where public speaking can happen to any of us at any time. Even if you never give an official “talk,” there’ll be some other time when you have to give a big toast at a wedding or present in front of a big group at work or speak at a funeral or some other ceremony. Very few of us are safe.

Over the last couple years, as I’ve done a small amount of Wait But Why-related public speaking, I’ve been able to slowly get over the fear. I’ve learned that if you just be yourself and talk like you normally do, it’s usually received well by the audience, even if you’re clearly nervous.

And that was all fine until August of 2015, when I was invited to do a TED Talk. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Startup Pitch Decks that raised over $400M

Startup Pitch Decks that raised over $400M | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
A collection of real pitch decks from real startups. In total, these decks have raised over $400 million. Use these pitch deck examples for inspiration.

 

 

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Great examples from #pitch #decks that produced real #funding

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Google Opening San Francisco Startup Incubator To Bridge The Gap Between Silicon Valley And Startups Worldwide

Google Opening San Francisco Startup Incubator To Bridge The Gap Between Silicon Valley And Startups Worldwide | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Google announced that it wants to assist global startups into growing harmoniously, and that is why the company will deploy a new office building in San Francisco. The facility will bridge the gap between Silicon Valley names and young IT businesses.

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The company revealed that it will open up the 14,000-square-foot space, which will be used to tighten cooperation with emerging companies, hosting events, as well as local and global developers.

According to Google's presentation of the initiative, the space should "bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and startups from [global] emerging markets." The tech company wants to aid the organizations in having a better grasp on their local and global challenges, and to create a space fitted for sharing resources.

- See more at: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/174304/20160819/google-opening-san-francisco-startup-incubator-to-bridge-the-gap-between-silicon-valley-and-startups-worldwide.htm#sthash.KRoyt4Q3.dpuf

The company revealed that it will open up the 14,000-square-foot space, which will be used to tighten cooperation with emerging companies, hosting events, as well as local and global developers.

According to Google's presentation of the initiative, the space should "bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and startups from [global] emerging markets." The tech company wants to aid the organizations in having a better grasp on their local and global challenges, and to create a space fitted for sharing resources.

- See more at: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/174304/20160819/google-opening-san-francisco-startup-incubator-to-bridge-the-gap-between-silicon-valley-and-startups-worldwide.htm#sthash.KRoyt4Q3.dpuf
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5 Psychology-Based Methods to Connect With Your Audience

5 Psychology-Based Methods to Connect With Your Audience | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Before you can create strategies to connect with people, you need to understand what motivates them.

Do you want to learn how to get audiences to tweet, like and share your content? Of course you do! But it takes more than simply uploading or posting and hoping for the best. It’s about sharing content that makes people care -- content that makes people want to share your message with their network.

More and more people are connecting on social media and blogs. This means there are larger opportunities to promote your business. It also means that there’s more competition to stand out amongst a sea of information.

The good news -- you can use proven methods to connect with people. Crafting content that people care about begins with understanding what motivates people. Let’s take a look at five psychology-based principles you can start using. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Using certain techniques or approaches can help when learning to connect better with your audience. Whether it is an #investorpitch or a simple presentation.

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Crafting content that people care about begins with understanding what motivates people.

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All Your Questions About Startup Fundraising… Asked And Answered

All Your Questions About Startup Fundraising… Asked And Answered | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Start-up fundraising is hard. Despite ubiquitous headlines about unicorn valuations and how it’s never been easier to raise money in Silicon Valley, the process of raising capital can be grueling, unpredictable, and non-transparent. To shed some light on best practices for successful startup fundraising, I sat down with my partners Eric Feng and Randy Komisar to ask and answer the most frequently asked questions entrepreneurs have about fundraising today. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Your Startup’s Pitch Needs Only These 10 Slides — Marketing and Entrepreneurship — Medium

Your Startup's Pitch Needs Only These 10 Slides - Marketing and Entrepreneurship - Medium
Guy Kawasaki shares the layout for a perfect pitch.
Pitching your startup to investors just might be the most nerve-wracking aspect of starting your new business — well, besides the prospect of losing your shirt.


I get it. The last thing you want to do when you’re sleep-deprived and edgy and suffering startup angst is pitch it over… and over… and over again. It’s actually a pretty helpless feeling, asking strangers to decide on the fate of your new venture. If it’s your first or second venture, there can be a real learning curve, too. It takes time and feedback to get it right.
Presentation guru Guy Kawasaki has put together an infographic that can help make your pitch both more effective and less painful...

 

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Larry Kim shares a useful slide presentation template for startups from Guy Kawasaki.

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The two best pieces of early-stage pitching advice

The two best pieces of early-stage pitching advice | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Over the past 10 years I’ve been on the first cap tables of three startups for which I’ve been responsible for closing their capital-raising efforts. I’ve been in over 200 investor meetings as part of the operating team, and have raised money from the smallest angel investor to the biggest European VC funds and some of the world’s largest corporate investors.

My present role as head of corporate development at Founders Factory has me on the other side of the table, assessing the materials and pitches of many early-stage startups, as well as running the internal Founders Factory program designed to assist our cohort close out their next round of financing. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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About the magic of delivering a great pitch.

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How to Introduce Yourself Before a Presentation

How to Introduce Yourself Before a Presentation | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

You only have one chance to make a great first impression, and you need to know how to introduce yourself. Having an outstanding introduction will help you break the ice and generate interest in your audience. Follow these 11 guidelines to make your next presentation a success. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Introduce yourself or get introduced by someone, here are a few good ideas.

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Do you want to make your next presentation a success? Follow these 11 guidelines to make a great first impression!
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Predatory Investors and How to Avoid Them

Predatory Investors and How to Avoid Them | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Starting a business that would one day go on to achieve a gross transaction value of £450m and net revenue of £25m around the time of the dot.com boom, entrepreneur Dale Murray has a story with as many twists and turns as a Stephen King thriller. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Inside the boot camp that teaches startup founders how to raise millions of dollars

Inside the boot camp that teaches startup founders how to raise millions of dollars | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
First Round's Pitch Assist program helps startups raise their funding.

Dennis Pilarinos was frustrated and a little "pissed off" after his first day in a special program that teaches startup CEOs the delicate art of raising money.

The CEO of Buddybuild was eager to go deep into the specifics of his company, but he was told he was doing it all wrong. Instead, he was instructed to focus on what he considered big-picture platitudes.

"I was completely wrong," acknowledges Pilarinos, who now credits the program with helping him raise more than $7.4 million in two weeks for his startup. Read more: click image or title.

 

Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more: www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

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#VC's are teaching their #startup #founders how to raise funds for the next round.

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5 Essentials for Maximizing Results From Seed Capital

5 Essentials for Maximizing Results From Seed Capital | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
The founder's primary job is stretching those first funds to afford a team, a prototype and a marketing plan.

One of my favorite consulting services is advising founders on how to build their startups.

I work with a founder who knows what problem he wants his startup to solve and asked for advice on how to work with potential investors to raise capital.

He has persuaded some investors to write checks and as the money rolls into his bank account, he is turning his attention to using that capital most effectively.

Based on the hundreds of entrepreneurs I have interviewed and the seven in whom I've invested, I know that there are plenty of traps to avoid at this stage. Among the most dangerous is a founder's desire to build what he believes to be the perfect product. But what if he spends every waking moment coding, only to realize that all his seed capital is gone and his startup has no paying customers?

 Here are five steps that founders should take to make sure they turn their seed capital into a paying customer. Read more: click image or title.
 

 

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4 Types Of Startup Stories To Win Investors

4 Types Of Startup Stories To Win Investors | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Investment decisions are supposed to be based on rational analysis. But don't discount the power of a compelling narrative to engage a funder emotionally.

Like many technology entrepreneurs, I'm more comfortable with logic than storytelling. But entrepreneurs need to be able to tell an engaging story to attract capital and advice from investors.

The gap between many entrepreneurs' weak storytelling skills and the high demand for that ability is so often seen that one venture-capital firm, Greylock Partners, hired Elisa Schreiber, a marketing partner to help the firm's entrepreneurs to tell their stories more effectively.

As she wrote in Fortune, "I work closely with entrepreneurs to help them shape their company’s communications strategies. No matter the sector, I have found that the organizations who effectively tell their stories are the ones who can recruit the top talent, acquire long-term customers, and build brands that endure." Read more: click image or title.

 

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Packaging your #funding request is not just about numbers. You're dealing with humans who have emotions. Tell a great #story.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 19, 12:48 PM

Just yesterday I finished putting together a storytelling program for startups to create their pitch deck. Lots of specific stories are needed in order to create a winning pitch to venture capitalists.

 

Then today this post pops up on my screen. Talk about serendipity! What I like about the article are the 4 story types that a startup can take. Each startup story is unique, yet typically falls into one of these 4 story types.

 

What I don't like about the article is that the original title is "4 Keys To Crafting A Winning Startup Story". It sounds like you are going to get tips for crafting your startup story. The article isn't about that, but it does lay out the 4 types very well.

 

If your are struggling with your startup story, this post will definitely help you. Which story type fits you best?

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20 Hot Tips On How To Write the Perfect Pitch

20 Hot Tips On How To Write the Perfect Pitch | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Raise your hand if you want to know a perfect method of landing a guest post, article, or even the perfect job.

 

If you know how to write the perfect pitch, you’re on the path to success.

 

It took me a while to realize that I’m really good at writing pitches. I don’t think I’ve ever had a guest proposal refused.

 

And of course, I’ve received hundreds of guest proposals here at WritetoDone. Some great and many abysmal. So I know a thing or two about writing pitches.

 

The key to a successful pitch is honesty and respect. With your pitch, you are building a bridge to another human being. And that bridge can only carry weight if it’s built with integrity.... Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Whether you #pitch a client, an investor, or a crowd, there are simple guidelines on how to do it right.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 5, 10:56 AM

Want to know how to write the perfect pitch? We've found it in this post by Mary Jaksch! Recommended reading.  9/10