About Marc Stoiber

Marc Stoiber is the founder and CEO of Your Ultimate Speech. He's also a brand consultant, university marketing teacher, prolific public speaker, blogger and podcaster. In his spare time he likes to do silly things like skateboard in pools and pipes.

How to know if you have a good story? Try telling it.

SpeechDIY Part III: Telling your story In our previous post we described structural templates you could use to make your speech more powerful, and your speechwriting easier.  This post, the two that preceded it, and the five to follow, mirror the SpeechDIY course we created for executive speakers. You might want to subscribe to this blog series to [...]

At the heart of a great speech is a great story.

SpeechDIY Part II: Great Story Structure. Our previous post launched the SpeechDIY series - essentially a how-to guide for crafting a great speech on your own. This post, and the 6 to follow, mirror the SpeechDIY course we take executives through (note: you might want to subscribe to avoid missing any in the series). We [...]

Want a great speech? Start with a brilliant topic.

Introducing Great Speeches by SpeechDIY We've helped scores of executives create great speeches. But to this point, our coaching has always been one-on-one, highly intensive and (for many entrepreneurs and small business people) cost-prohibitive. Couched in this problem lies a challenge: Is it possible to help executives create their own great speeches, without abandoning them [...]

Is your pitch signal or noise? In conversation with investor / entrepreneur Mark How.

Mark How has been part of the tech community - launching startups, investing in companies, pitching relentlessly - for 20 years. It seemed only natural to ask him what sets a good pitch apart from a bad one. We had a lively conversation that covered everything from staggering stats (if that investor seems rude, try [...]

Where’s your pitch cheerleader? In conversation with HYAS’ Jeff Spencer

Jeff Spencer is COO at HYAS, a cybersecurity startup with an incredible story. He's been involved in raises for a number of successful ventures and understands the elements of a winning pitch. His advice? Forget the standard pitch - find a cheerleader instead. You can hit the play button to hear our conversation, or skim [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Presentation Insider: From Critic to Collaborator

I’ve recently begun doing pre-speech polls before every presentation. That is, I reach out to the audience to ask what questions they’d like me to answer prior to taking the podium. This is different from working with event organizers to customize my speeches. At best, when I ask organizers, I get broad themes to work [...]

Do experts pitch?

If you're a fan of Oren Klaff's Pitch Anything (I love the book), you know that a central tenet of his methodology is owning the frame. The 'frame' comes down to positioning - who can make themselves the coveted prize, who can establish themselves as the authority figure, and so on. The big picture here [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|pitching, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ask, don’t just pitch: An interview with Vancouver Founder Fund’s Jay Rhind.

Before you pitch a company for money, you check their background to see if they 'fit' your personality. And while you're pitching, you engage your potential investors in Q & A, to bring balance and partnership to the proceedings. Seems common sense, but apparently, it's far from common practice. That's what Jay Rhind of Vancouver [...]

Create a Pitch Story That Moves Investors

At the end of the day, a great pitch is a great story. It gives a product meaning, it relates the trials and tribulations of the product's creator, and it turns disaffected investors into eager participants. Unfortunately, there aren't many great pitches out there. Instead, most of us plod through features and benefits while our [...]

What Crowdmatrix’s Rubsun Ho looks for in a pitch

Crowdmatrix is an online investment platform that creates crowdfunded equity - bringing accredited investors together to finance growing private companies in Canada. The syndicating and investing process is simple: you can check out portfolio companies - and make your investment - right on the website. Crowdmatrix has ambitious goals - by acting as a catalyst [...]

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