How To Be Magnetic At Your Startup's Next Pitch Meeting
FROM FORBES: Five years ago, I didn’t even know what a pitch deck was. I couldn’t tell you the difference between a pre-money and post-money valuation. My only mentor was YouTube, where I’d spend hours studying videos of Y Combinator founders on Demo Day. If I could just pitch like they do, I thought, if I structure my slides in the right order, then I’ll have mastered this whole fundraising thing.
Instead, for nine months straight, my inbox was stuffed with polite emails that started with, “The idea seems promising, but…” What I didn’t realize at the time was this: The science of pitching is easy. You can learn how to craft a deck, talk about the addressable market, and even tell a story from a YouTube video—but it’s not enough.
The art of pitching investors is harder. Some call it people skills. Others call it passion. Confidence. All those things that really only come from failing and trying again. While there’s no one-size-fits-all playbook, here’s the closest thing I’ve got: three powerful strategies to help you develop your own secret sauce. CONTINUE.......