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When presenting, most people distract their audience to the point that less than half of their presentation is understood. This will help you with the other half.

When presenting, most people distract their audience to the point that less than half of their presentation is understood. This will help you with the other half.

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  • Why are we here?
  • To WIN this competition. What's the most important ingredient to winning this competition? I have been a judge or mentor since inception in 2001 and have seen everything from no presentation at all to 65 slides to a 45 minute video. None of those had a chance of winning because we either didn’t understand the message or we fell asleep waiting. This is the first year we are presenting this and it is the key to winning. All the winners have excelled at this – you cant win without it. So getting this right could be more important than your intellectual property or your team or whatever you have been working on to make your company a success. We’ll break this into 3 sections…
  • Communicate like a pro to ensure your message is understood
  • Focus your audience on exactly what you do and why that will make you successful
  • Why are we here?
  • Stirling is a 11 year old investment bank, mostly mid market, but will do one early stage deal a year. We’ve worked with most of the local VCs and have done financings in the valley.
  • Stirling is a 11 year old investment bank, mostly mid market, but will do one early stage deal a year. We’ve worked with most of the local VCs and know who is the best person within the fund.
  • Stirling is a 11 year old investment bank, mostly mid market, but will do one early stage deal a year. We’ve worked with most of the local VCs and know who is the best person within the fund.
  • Once you get your focus statement correct we now focus on communication - Most things you have learned about speeches and communication are wrong. Differentiate the great from the good (not memorable and the memorable) – 10 presentations over 2 days (trying to find ways to disqualify you – one of the ways is communication) – if you can’t pitch your story how can you pitch a client or raise money. Walk into the room and get peoples attention right away. Start with a bang (like everything you know about communication and speeches are wrong) - Success in Speaking Means the audience remembers you and your message - Receiver Driven Communications (let the listener drive) – John Miers Communication is Silence. Got that Pause Silence = Thought = Memory Observe a conversation – (David and I) 1- First Person Thinks 2- First Person Speaks 3- Second Person Thinks 4- Second Person Speaks (in a presentation this is non verbal, a nod – permission to go on) You can’t listen and think at the same time You can’t read and think at the same time Your job as the speaker is to make the audience think – you only speak to achieve this. Build Anticipation A natural conversational style is best for public speaking Next is PowerPoints…. The most overused and misused business tool on the planet. 10 Second Test
  • Communicate like a pro to ensure your message is understood
  • Easy way to tell if you have enough visuals… do the slide sorter view. Bulleted List Activity….
  • So now you have a strong focused business statement – essentially a thesis for your presentation and your business. You communicated this in a strong, receiver driven way, a way that will have people remembering you. Now you have 20-30 minutes to give the judges all the information that you need to get an A on the Presentation and win the competition.
  • Don’t make your speaking notes your presentation. Do it more like this
  • Pause and let people read it. Strong Visuals – speak to them
  • Pause and let people read it. Strong Visuals – speak to them
  • The Secrets of Superb Public Speaking – John Miers 2009
  • The Secrets of Superb Public Speaking – John Miers 2009
  • The Secrets of Superb Public Speaking – John Miers 2009
  • Once you get your focus statement correct we now focus on communication - Most things you have learned about speeches and communication are wrong. Differentiate the great from the good (not memorable and the memorable) – 10 presentations over 2 days (trying to find ways to disqualify you – one of the ways is communication) – if you can’t pitch your story how can you pitch a client or raise money. Walk into the room and get peoples attention right away. Start with a bang (like everything you know about communication and speeches are wrong) - Success in Speaking Means the audience remembers you and your message - Receiver Driven Communications (let the listener drive) – John Miers Communication is Silence. Got that Pause Silence = Thought = Memory Observe a conversation – (David and I) 1- First Person Thinks 2- First Person Speaks 3- Second Person Thinks 4- Second Person Speaks (in a presentation this is non verbal, a nod – permission to go on) You can’t listen and think at the same time You can’t read and think at the same time Your job as the speaker is to make the audience think – you only speak to achieve this. Build Anticipation A natural conversational style is best for public speaking Next is PowerPoints…. The most overused and misused business tool on the planet. 10 Second Test
  • You can not describe your business in under 2 minutes You can get interest and excitement and a desire for more info The most critical step for start-ups About 30 seconds Excitement, greed, curiosity
  • One sentence - what you sell, to whom and why they should buy.
  • One sentence - what you sell, to whom and why they should buy.
  • Once you get your focus statement correct we now focus on communication - Most things you have learned about speeches and communication are wrong. Differentiate the great from the good (not memorable and the memorable) – 10 presentations over 2 days (trying to find ways to disqualify you – one of the ways is communication) – if you can’t pitch your story how can you pitch a client or raise money. Walk into the room and get peoples attention right away. Start with a bang (like everything you know about communication and speeches are wrong) - Success in Speaking Means the audience remembers you and your message - Receiver Driven Communications (let the listener drive) – John Miers Communication is Silence. Got that Pause Silence = Thought = Memory Observe a conversation – (David and I) 1- First Person Thinks 2- First Person Speaks 3- Second Person Thinks 4- Second Person Speaks (in a presentation this is non verbal, a nod – permission to go on) You can’t listen and think at the same time You can’t read and think at the same time Your job as the speaker is to make the audience think – you only speak to achieve this. Build Anticipation A natural conversational style is best for public speaking Next is PowerPoints…. The most overused and misused business tool on the planet. 10 Second Test
  • Why are we here?
  • About 12 slides, average 1 to 2 minutes each Cover following topics A picture says a thousand words Don't present bulleted speaking notes
  • History: What we do: What we are looking for:
  • Why they are important Gaps (ok to discuss) Three-legged stool, importance of the team
  • These should articulate a market pain and tie directly to your value proposition
  • Show what you have developed Give 3rd party references that tie into value proposition Tell a story about your product and how you designed it to solve the problems your market is living with How does it save money or make money for the customer Why you prioritized this feature or that benefit Show your pride here Describe the IP
  • Show what you have developed Give 3rd party references that tie into value proposition Tell a story about your product and how you designed it to solve the problems your market is living with How does it save money or make money for the customer Why you prioritized this feature or that benefit Show your pride here Describe the IP
  • Lots of conflicting data, don’t blow a tire here, just get to $XB Clear description of the target customer TAM = Prospects x Price Not to be confused with a sector’s revenue Not to be used for Forecasting (reasons to follow)
  • Use the metrics that matter for your sector
  • Should help all buyers understand your business and it’s value to them What are your key differentiators Why will customers buy your product over competitor products Why will you beat your competitors? Never underestimate your competition
  • Pricing Initial target markets (geography, sector) How to sell? (web, direct, channel) Sales cycle and current funnel
  • How much are you seeking? How long will this cash last? Future rounds? Use of Funds? How will this improve the valuation for the next round? Relate this strategy to the milestones
  • Show take-up, top line, margin line and bottom line for 5 years Your model should have the associated financial statements for 60 months. Investor will focus on the following, so you may highlight or reference them
  • One graph showing revenues, Margins and Profit/Loss for 5 years Speak to the graphs – “cash flow starts here, cash even about here”, etc Preferably reaching excess of $40 million in 3-5 years
  • Anticipate questions and add answers to the deck I have seen 30 slides here, accessible by typing the slide number and enter from the presentation screen
  • PDF, available for download
  • Once you get your focus statement correct we now focus on communication - Most things you have learned about speeches and communication are wrong. Differentiate the great from the good (not memorable and the memorable) – 10 presentations over 2 days (trying to find ways to disqualify you – one of the ways is communication) – if you can’t pitch your story how can you pitch a client or raise money. Walk into the room and get peoples attention right away. Start with a bang (like everything you know about communication and speeches are wrong) - Success in Speaking Means the audience remembers you and your message - Receiver Driven Communications (let the listener drive) – John Miers Communication is Silence. Got that Pause Silence = Thought = Memory Observe a conversation – (David and I) 1- First Person Thinks 2- First Person Speaks 3- Second Person Thinks 4- Second Person Speaks (in a presentation this is non verbal, a nod – permission to go on) You can’t listen and think at the same time You can’t read and think at the same time Your job as the speaker is to make the audience think – you only speak to achieve this. Build Anticipation A natural conversational style is best for public speaking Next is PowerPoints…. The most overused and misused business tool on the planet. 10 Second Test
  • Communicate like a pro to ensure your message is understood
  • Why are we here?
  • One sentence - what you sell, to whom and why they should buy.
  • One sentence - what you sell, to whom and why they should buy.

NVBC Perfecting your Pitch 2012 NVBC Perfecting your Pitch 2012 Presentation Transcript

  • Perfecting Your Pitch Presentation begins at 7pm David Shore DShore@StirlingMercantile.com 604 484-0070 x 2001 davidshore
  • ?
  • W IN
  • C O M M U N IC A T IO N
  • PRESENTATION
  • About Stirling MercantileM&A ADVISORYSage advice in times of needor growth opportunity M&A EXPANSION CAPITAL Advisory Multiple industry experience DIVESTITURES Expansion Seasoned corporate Divestitures financiers Corporate financier Capital involvement can improve price, simplify process EARLY-STAGE Fairness Early-Stage FINANCING Opinions Finance Full-service approach FAIRNESS OPINIONS throughout process Aligned interests likely Director comfort & legal to secure funding protection from independent, expert valuation - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH - .
  • About Stirling MercantileM&A ADVISORYSage advice in times of needor growth opportunity M&A EXPANSION CAPITAL Advisory Multiple industry experience DIVESTITURES Expansion Seasoned corporate Divestitures financiers Corporate financier Capital involvement can improve price, simplify process EARLY-STAGE Fairness Early-Stage FINANCING Opinions Finance Full-service approach FAIRNESS OPINIONS throughout process Aligned interests likely Director comfort & legal to secure funding protection from independent, expert valuation - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH - .
  • Early - Stage Financing - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -
  • C O M M U N IC A T IO N
  • Textual Presentations - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -
  • Graphic Presentations - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -
  • Textual Presentations
  • Graphical Presentations
  • Graphical Presentations
  • Pricing : A Science and an Art TYPE OF INVESTOR Issue Aftermarket INSTITUTION UNDERWRITE BUY RETAIL BUY HOLD BUY SELL STAGSThe Secrets of Superb Public Speaking – John Miers 2009 - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -
  • What was the title of the previous slide?Keep the answer to yourself for a sec… - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -
  • Pricing : A Science and an Art TYPE OF INVESTOR Issue Aftermarket INSTITUTION UNDERWRITE BUY RETAIL BUY HOLD BUY SELL STAGSThe Secrets of Superb Public Speaking – John Miers 2009 - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -
  • Seating Both Sides of the Table - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -
  • Eye Contact - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -
  • Demo - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -
  • Tell Me What You DoDescribe the problem you solve.“We sell [hardware/software] that helps [our target market] to [save money or make money]” - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -
  • Tell Me What You Do - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -
  • PRESENTATION
  • Slides1. Company 1. Sales and Description Marketing Strategy2. Team 2. Revenue Model3. Problem or Need 3. Projections4. Solution/Demo 4. Roadmap5. Value Proposition 5. Summary6. Addressable 6. Contact Information Market, Traction 7. Appendix7. Competition 10 seconds to 2 minutes each - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -
  • Presentation to:Date and time 1
  • Snapshot$2m for an active board seat 2
  • Team John, CEO • Former ABC, XYZ Jim, CTO, Founder • Former ABC, PQR VP Marketing • Identified David, Board Member • DEF, PQR . 3
  • Industry Problem Revenue is dropping Expenses are rising Customers are leaving 4
  • Our Solution “This should save us $100 per employee per year” Mr. Big, CEO of Target Customer 5
  • Our Solution Reference Annual $ Buying Decision Clients ABC Co 35,000 Access from the cloud LMN Ent. 42,000 Flexible pricing XYZ Inc. 25,000 Convenience, time savings • Relate each decision to value • “Price” is a problem 5
  • Demo
  • Addressable Market 6
  • Traction
  • Competitive Position Speed Comp Comp Functionality 7
  • Sales and Marketing Strategy Pricing strategy Target markets Channels or partners Current funnel 8
  • Road Map FundingIP Roadmap Roadmap Expan- >$10m Series B sion Full LaunchBeta, one sector Alpha $4m Series A Design Seed, $1.2m Angel $0.3m F, F & E today Year 1 2 3 4 5 Revenue Early Crossing Mainstream Exit RoadMap Adopters the Chasm Growth 11
  • ProjectionsProjected Income Statement Analysis($000s) Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5Net New Members (000s) 3 21 115 332 612Cumulative Members (000s) 3 24 139 470 1,082Growth 908% 587% 339% 230%Gross Revenues 68 100% 607 100% 4,309 100% 17,826 100% 46,684 100%Growth 891% 710% 414% 262%Direct Operating Expenses 29 42% 255 42% 1,810 42% 7,487 42% 19,607 42%Gross Profit 39 58% 352 58% 2,499 58% 10,339 58% 27,077 58%Growth 891% 710% 414% 262%Selling, General and Administrative 1,040 1528% 1,140 188% 2,571 60% 9,269 52% 21,942 47%Growth 110% 226% 361% 237%EBITDA -1,001 -1470% -788 -130% -72 -2% 1,070 6% 5,135 11% 9
  • Projections 10
  • Summary• Team• Market opp• Timing 13
  • Appendix•IP Summary •Channel Detail•Development Roadmap •Pricing Detail•Market Segments •Market Trends•Use Case – Primary Markets •Tech Trends•Use Case – Secondary Markets •Proforma HR•SWAT Analysis •Cap Table•Positioning Detail •Uses of Capital 14
  • Follow up• A short email that night• Answer open questions and tasks• Lead into next steps - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -
  • Avoid Saying… • ‘Our projections are conservative’ • ‘We have no competition’ • ‘We have a first mover advantage’ • ‘We only need to capture x% of the market share’ .D - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH - .
  • C O M M U N IC A T IO N
  • PRESENTATION
  • W IN
  • ThanksThis is onhttp://www.slideshare.net/davidshore andwww.newventuresbc.com for futurereference - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -
  • Tell Me What You DoDescribe the problem you solve.“We sell [hardware/software] that helps [our target market] to [save money or make money]” - PERFECTING YOUR PITCH -