What’s the ideal ratio between script and improvisation in your talk? We can learn something from Charlie Parker.
You’re in the middle of a big talk when, out of nowhere, a super loud, unexpected noise disrupts the event. What should you do? Learn how to keep things rolling in our first Stage Survival Guide.
Whether you’re about to give a keynote or present your big idea at an incubator conference, you don’t get better by doing everything at once. You’ve got to be intentional with each little step. These 8 tips will help.
What questions should you ask yourself (and your team) before you pitch to investors? Guest writer, Tom Lazay of Companyon Ventures, shows you how.
Whether you’re fundraising, asking people to support your cause, or pitching investors—we need a single face to compel others to action. Here’s what you can do…
Whether you’re developing an entire keynote talk or just need a lil’ pitch pick-me-up, our comprehensive Pitch DNA Punchlist (and companion Pocket Punchlist) will help you thunder!
When presenting, assume your audience doesn’t know anything about you or what you’re going to talk about. This moment in time is what we call “Information Zero.” A simple way to gain understanding is through this time-tested, three-part structure.
We’re thrilled to share the slide framework of design boss and Pitch DNA co-conspirator, Molly Scott. She’s developed a system to keep your audience focused on your message—and most importantly, on YOU.
From the gorgeous curves of a Fender Mustang guitar to the playful, intuitive interface of the iPad, our culture expects things—and slide decks—to look smart, be easy to understand, and most importantly, to inspire.
If you make your audience work too hard to understand your presentation, they’ll be confused and exhausted… neither of which predisposes them to actually give you what you want. These 3 tips will perk up any "slacky" brain.
Whether you’re a startup co-founder, a professional rising in the ranks, or a leader garnering support for your non-profit, building a solid support structure is the foundation for your success.
When we speak, we’re serving a message that’s bigger than both the speaker and the audience. These 7 ideas will help you know both who the audience is and what they want from your talk.
Which of the following opening lines is more enticing when a speaker takes the stage? "Let's talk about taxes" or "I can read your mind"?
When you have a minute or less to pitch your company/idea you must be both succinct and compelling. Make it so with our 3-Layer Perspective (3-LP).
Whether you're an executive director writing a gala speech or a CEO developing a keynote, planning what you say from start to finish can make or break your talk.
If you focus your energy exclusively on positives when presenting a new idea, you’ll lose credibility. If you want to win the pitch, you need to also address The Cons.
After a talk, it’s common to field a host of unwieldy questions that are all over the map. Why wait for the audience to come up with the questions when you can guide them to key themes?
As much as you prepare for a Q&A, there will still be questions you can’t anticipate or worse—someone’s bound to throw a body shot. For tips on how to respond when someone hurls an insult, it’s best to study the master, Steve Jobs.
I want to help you build resilience so you can bounce back when things go awry during a talk, presentation or pitch. The trick? Insert intentionally-disruptive moments into your rehearsals.
We all know that public speaking can be terrifying, but why?