Presentations play an important role in the lives of entrepreneurs. The preparation of the slides is a serious job that has to be well-thought and strategically structured. The information you give in the slides has to work for you not against you.
The first 30 seconds of the pitch are critical – if you don’t grab the attention of your audience with the start, it will be more difficult (in times even impossible) to succeed somewhere in the middle. Don’t forget that you are competing not only with other startups at pitching events but also with a lot of distractions – online and offline. You really need to step up your game at the start.
Beginnings usually are the toughest. Many entrepreneurs struggle to find the best way to start their presentations. What to put in the first slide that can grab the attention of the audience, that will show that the next minutes will be interesting and informative, and make them really want to listen to what you have to say?
Starting your presentation with a relevant, interesting and thought-provoking quote is a great way to capture the attention of your audience. Here are 15 brilliant quotes that you can use in your opening slide and move on to your presentation by making a relation between them.
“There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.” Phil Libin
“Every time we launch a feature, people yell at us.” Angelo Sotira, deviantART co-founder
“If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.” Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO
“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” Thomas Edison
“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” Scott Belsky, Behance co-founder
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” Attributed to Henry Ford
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” Rumi
“Every day that we spent not improving our products was a wasted day.” Joel Spolsky, Stack Exchange CEO
“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success” Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder
“I try not to make any decisions that I’m not excited about.” Jake Nickell, Threadless founder and CEO
“Data beats emotions.” Sean Rad, Adly and Tinder founder
“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” Mary Kay Ash, Mary Kay Cosmetics founder
“You jump off a cliff and you assemble an airplane on the way down.” Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. co-founder, chairman and CEO
“When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.” Josh James, Omniture CEO and co-founder