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 [...]

A powerful presentation is much more than information

A powerful presentation is much more than a collection of words. This is a simple point, completely ignored by the majority of executives giving presentations. As a result, death by powerpoint continues to be the number one killer of conference goers and AGM attendees. Instead of just blathering on, though, I'm going to cut my [...]