When should you share a half-finished speech? Now!

SpeechDIY Part VI: Share your speech-in-progress In our previous post we talked about how to add visuals to your speech to dial up grabbing power and memorability. (Just FYI, this post, the five that preceded it, and the three to follow, mirror the SpeechDIY course we created for executive speakers. You might want to subscribe to this blog [...]

Turn your speech into a captivating visual journey.

SpeechDIY Part V: Visualize your message In our previous post we talked about how to add personal, unexpected, novel, challenging and humorous (P.U.N.C.H.) elements  to your speech structure. (Just FYI, this post, the four 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 [...]

Want a Captivating Speech, Add Some P.U.N.C.H To It!

SpeechDIY Part IV: P.U.N.C.H. In our previous post we talked about the advantage of letting listeners in on your speech, even if it's still in the planning stages.  This post, the three that preceded it, and the four to follow, mirror the SpeechDIY course we created for executive speakers. You might want to subscribe to this blog series to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Vancouver Founder Fund’s Fraser Hall looks for in a pitch.

Fraser Hall has an interesting pitch. Like many investors, a good part of his resume includes stints as an entrepreneur - founding, among other ventures, a very James Bond-esque company named Recon Instruments. But that's just part of story. "Two campaigns as Captain of the animal rights vessel Sea Shepherd" is also a line on his [...]

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