Do I Really Need a Coach?
You might be wondering, "Do I really need to go to the trouble and expense of hiring a presentation coach?"
Do any of these apply to you?
- You can't decide what to include, what to leave out, how much detail to put into your investor presentation.
- You have too much material to cover in fifteen minutes (the maximum attention span of busy investors).
- You have complex or obscure technology that is difficult to explain to lay people.
- You've been told you have too many slides, and they're too complicated.
- In private meetings you rarely get past the fourth slide before investors interrupt with questions.
- You don't have the time to write the presentation or slides yourself
- Judging by initial reactions, investors struggle to see your strengths. They seem to focus on the wrong issues.
- Your advisors tell you to spend more time talking about the business (which is hard because you're so accustomed to talking about the technology or product).
- You are not a natural speaker and feel uncomfortable in front of an audience, and they sense it.
- You're "too far into the weeds" and can't get perspective . You know too much and don't know what to leave out--it all looks important to you.
Whether you checked off one or all of these, I can help you. I've helped other companies solve each of the issues on the list many times.
Burned Out on Coaches?
You've been pitching for the last three months with moderate success. "Why do I need a coach? Why start now?" you ask.
Because if your pitch isn't exactly on target, if you're not telling the right story, then investors are making decisions based on the wrong reasons.
If you're reluctant to get help, it could be because you've worked with other coaches in the past and were unimpressed. The advice was too trivial, and the coach was too easily satisfied with what you knew deep down was not as good as it could be.
When you work with me, I dig deep. In the spirit of 'tough love,' I'll tell you exactly what I see is wrong with your pitch and how to fix it. Most of my clients are surprised how much they learn in just one session with me. They thank me for showing them why they need to start over.
My best, most appreciative clients are CEO's who have been through the fund-raising and company-building process multiple times. They recognize they need help getting perspective on their business. They know when I "get" their business. They welcome my tough-love approach as the only way to improve even more.
I promise you, I'm here not to make you "good enough." I'm prepared to make you and your pitch as good as you want to make it.