Often, a lot can be achieved with a convincing presentation and investments are worthwhile. But how much should the investment actually be?
Present The Benefits In The Beginning Of Your PitchPresentation skills
The opening of your pitch
There are many strategies to consider in opening your pitch. Think about it twice, because those first minutes can make or break you.
Pitching business ideas is becoming more of an art. Given how easy it is to get distracted as a human being, you must learn the best ways to captivate your audience from the start. To do this, some strategies have been proven to work.
Too many presenters start with the typical introduction and dive right into the sections of the business. Then they state the problem, then the solution, the team, and so on. This is a surefire way to kill the entire room from boredom. Instead, grab the attention of your audience from the beginning and don’t lose it until the end.
There are some strategies and structures that have been proven to work. No single one is best, so it is important to them wisely. Most of them have one thing in common; they raise the level of curiosity right from the beginning to the max!
Benefits go into the opening of your pitch because the most important thing your audience will think is; “What’s in it for me?”. The only thing your audience cares about is; “Will this work for me?”.
When pitching someone, it is easy to just start blurting out your idea and delving straight into the details. But just because you are partial to a particular design or style does not mean others will share your sensibilities.
There are many strategies to consider in opening your pitch. Think twice, because those first minutes can make or break you.
Regardless of the strategy, the direction of what you want to say should be heavily influenced by the takeaway.
The takeaway is that one thing you want the prospect to remember after listening to your pitch. It needs to be significant to the client. And hopefully, it will differentiate you from competitors.
Develop the takeaway by asking yourself what is the one thing that could be most memorable about what you want to say. Then ask yourself why you want that point to be remembered. Keep asking that question of every answer until you are expressing what the benefit of the takeaway is for the client. Then build your opening around that.
There are lots of reasons you might not win a pitch, because of the price, personal chemistry, and your background. But, you should never lose a pitch because you presented poorly.
Those who do not speak are not heard, and even those who speak up are not always successful. There are a few more steps that need to be mastered.
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