Want a wildly successful presentation? Break the ‘audience’ frame.

I witnessed an incredible, wildly successful transformation at a presentation recently. It was a pitch event, where entrepreneurs took the stage for 10 minutes to present their ideas to a group of venture capitalists sitting on a comfy sofa at stage left. One by one, the entrepreneurs took the stage. None of them knew who [...]

Conscious Venture Fund’s Jeff Cherry on creating Your Ultimate Pitch.

I was first exposed to the Conscious Capitalism movement years ago. As the founder of a green ad agency, I was impressed by both the purpose of Conscious Capitalism - to redefine the narrative between business and society - and the illustrious members who championed the movement. Through Conscious Capitalism I met Jeff Cherry of Conscious [...]

What pitches do VC’s want to hear?

If you’ve ever been in a high stakes pitch, you know considerable anxiety is caused by trying to assess the personality and priorities of your audience. What do they want to hear? What do they hate? Where’s the fine line between ‘Count me in’ and ‘You’re out’? That’s why I found the recent Metabridge conference [...]

How to turn a last minute speech into a great speech?

You've agreed to do a last minute speech to an important audience. Business is on the line. And your presentation isn't going to cut the mustard. What do you do? This testimonial from June 10, 2016, speaks for itself... "I had to deliver a presentation to a group of my peers in 24 hours, I [...]

How to find out if your presentation stunk

The hardest thing about improving your presentation skills isn’t crafting your words, slides, or delivery. It’s getting feedback. In my years pitching new business in advertising, and now standing on the podium as a keynote speaker, unvarnished critiques have been in very short supply. In pitches, a loss usually comes with a sanitized ‘don’t take [...]