In the crowded startup world where the competition is tough and the challenges are many, having a good idea isn’t enough in order to succeed. The inability to communicate effectively your business idea and the value your product brings is one of the biggest reasons why many entrepreneurs can’t make it in the long run.
The power of public speaking, presentation, and pitching shouldn’t be underestimated by anyone in the business world. Just because you aren’t natural born excellent public speaker, it doesn’t mean that you should give up. There are ways to improve your presentation skills, starting with preparation, practice and actual experience (attend pitching events and don’t be afraid to do something wrong – you can always learn from your mistakes).
The creative process of crafting the perfect investor pitch isn’t simple. In times, it can be even stressful. Finding inspiration while under stress won’t work out well. Luckily, there is an enjoyable way to get inspired to create an awesome pitch. Pitch Cards come to the rescue.
Pitch Cards aim to help you put your pitching skills to test while having fun. Created by William Roy, who has decided to give a fun and engaging way to people to become better public speakers, the game made it big on Kickstarter by raising over €21,000 from more than 250 backers.
The game can be played by two to 100 people – create teams, choose a facilitator and begin. On the pitch cards, there are questions, the answers of which will help you create better pitches and will help you practice your ability to answer these questions quickly and accurately. You are able to randomly pick a card with a question and practice your answer. It is a great way to feel more prepared and confident during the next pitching event you attend.
The questions are divided into four categories: pitch craft, stage craft, performance, and structure. There are three sets of pitch cards available, depending on whether you are a solo entrepreneur, a team or an accelerator company. The Pitch Cards Kit for facilitators and trainers are available at a price of €6,000. Take a look at the other options here.
So, are you ready for your next investor pitch?
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