Have you ever been misunderstood?
We all have.
Sometimes, it’s an easy fix.
Other times you only have one chance to tell your story.
…Like when your are looking out at a wonderfully groomed panel of your peers and they are looking right back at you…or are they judging your shoes?
…Or when you have to impress someone in less than ten minutes…no wait, sorry we are running late, you have five minutes. Go.
…Or anytime you ask an investor to give you a wheelbarrow full of money.
And yet most startups struggle with describing -- in plain and simple terms -- what they do in a way so that other people can understand.
Whenever you see only two possible futures, success or failure, there is no room for miscommunication.
No one wants to step on a stage, mistakenly thinking that their pitch is saying one thing, only to learn – after it was too late – the audience was hearing something totally different.
“Miscommunication” as the wise lady Lauryn Hill would say, “leads to complication.”
Na. Na. Na. Say “no” to miscommunication.
When pitching, you want to feel so ridiculously confident in your story that as soon as you begin all of your nervousness falls away.
You need “Billionaire Bill Gates Confidence”.
Seeing Billionaire Bill Gates Confidence behind a pitch is really rare because (unless you are a billionaire) it takes practicing a story in front of someone who will listen to you – just like your future audience will listen.
…because your team has heard your pitch so many time they can now pitch it back to you from memory, they are no longer listening with fresh ears and you are not getting good feedback.
…because your advisors are geeks and industry experts who are more concerned about data and features than hearing a compelling story, your story is likely getting buried in numbers and jargon
…because your friends love you and really don’t want to tell you the truth if it is going to hurt your feelings
If you don’t have even the smallest, nagging doubt that the people around you can hear your pitch with fresh ears and then give you the kind of honest, frank, constructive feedback that will help you win pitch nights, then read no further. #blessed
(Here comes the “but”…the “Billionaire Bill Gates But”.)
Unless of course you are like most people...
...who have been doing the best they could while surrounded by well meaning but inexperienced people
...who need to be completely confident in what they say when it is time to get in front of dozens…or hundreds of people
…who wants others to believe in an idea as much as you do.
Because as Billionaire Bill Gates says (simply and with utter confidence), “We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve.”
If you want to win your next pitch, then find someone who will give you feedback that leaves you without a single doubt about whether your message is coming through.
Clarity is the first step to conversion.
Erik Fabian has helped founders and executives tell hundreds of stories more clearly.
Before founding Upright Brand, Erik spent five years leading a brand team at Moleskine where he ensured executives said what they meant to say when interviewed by the likes of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Erik has prepared founders and executives for talks that have been seen by thousands of people.
Erik has taken presentations written in other countries and helped those decks speak to American audiences.
In a single session with Erik, we will review your pitch deck together to check for the clarity, urgency, and relevance that will ensure that the story you want to tell is coming through loud and clear.
Don’t let your lack of clarity or confidence in your pitch be the reason why your innovation is forgotten.
Schedule a session right now and build rock solid, Billionaire Bill Gates confidence in your pitch.
The GET PITCH CONFIDENT NOW Package:
- A 45 minute session of friendly, constructive feedback via live video with Erik Fabian, founder of Upright Brand
- No need to take notes, you will receive a recording of our conversation
- You will come away from our session with a list of prioritized steps to improve your pitch
Erik is incredibly insightful! - Rachel Hawkes, Co-Founder / Head of Product, Via Hero
Very down to earth and honest feedback. I can feel he really cares and knows his stuff. - Yi Lin, CEO / Founder, Savings App
Erik was just a good listener...- Justa Lujwangana, Founder, Curious On Tanzania
Erik offers efficiency, a no-frills attitude, transparency and expertise.- Taeyoon Choi, Organizer, Processing Community Day @ MIT
The GET PITCH CONFIDENT NOW Package Guarantee
If after a 45 minute session with Erik you do not come away with more confidence in your pitch, then you get your money back. No questions asked.