Wakefield Throws a Knuckleball
photo credit: Waldo Jaquith

When in business there comes a point where somewhere you need to make a pitch. Wether it be for securing a loan, taking on a new partner, getting backing from a large firm, etc. you need to be on the ball and deliver such a great pitch that it’s impossible for them to say no to you. Below are a few suggestions to help with your perfect pitch recently posted on Entrepreneur.com.

  •     Less is more. Don’t pack in so much information about you and your company that they loose sight of the ultimate goal that you have.
  •     Don’t go into the pitch like gang busters proving that your company is going to progress exactly as planned. Provide them with at least three different scenarios and what if’s along your financial plan.
  •     Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither will your business. Building a business takes time, so be sure to plan accordingly when going for your pitch on how long it will take with “give or take” situation’s.
  • Choose not to be the smartest person in the room. Know what you know, know what you don’t know and find the people who know what you don’t know. Build a team of credible experts. The smartest leaders in the world are those who surround themselves with smarter people. Investors are funding a management team as much as they are investing in a great business concept.
  • Do you have any other suggestions for the perfect pitch?