I wanted to share a few of my best tips for investor pitches, and see what else you all had to add. Investor pitches can be really difficult (especially if you’re not a fan of public speaking!), and sometimes it helps to have a few reminders.
- Remember to ask for something! Sometimes, people get so caught up in their product or service that they forget to have an ask. If you want an investor to give you something, you have to let them know. Is it money? Time? Connections? Mentorship?
- Slow down - This is one we see in investor pitches a lot. People talk too fast, move around too much, and end up distracting their audience because they won’t calm down. Remember to breathe, plant your feet, and pause between sentences. Make sure you leave plenty of space for questions as well!
- Don’t share your entire life story - Give your audience the highlights. Don’t weigh everything down with the details, because your investors can hear about those later! If it’s your first pitch, make sure to paint a broad, exciting picture that will get you a second meeting.
After watching dozens of investor pitches, those are the three things we see that people need to do the most. What are your favorite tips for investor pitches?