7 Fatal Voice Mistakes that Entrepreneurs Make when Pitching. Why some of the things you can’t even hear yourself saying may be killing your pitch and ruining your first Impressions
In my head I sound like George Clooney – deep and sexy. But when I hear a recording of myself, I’m reminded more of Stevie Urkel. The voice inside my head is a lie. Inside your head too. Learn why.
John Gray’s book Men are from Mars has the subtitle ”The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex”. To Entrepreneurs, VCs might as well be the opposite sex. Most entrepreneurs don’t really understand them very well.
Something that all entrepreneurs will face sooner or later are setbacks, delays and rejection. It goes with the territory, yet one of the hardest things is keeping faith and energy in your project, regardless what comes your way. How do others do it? How do they keep their belief in spite of resistance?
Have I learned anything after almost 20 years of doing startup companies? I try not to make the same mistakes more than at least 1 time. Today I sat down and decided to make a list of the most common mistakes that I (and other entrepreneurs) typically make.
I have had 3 different calls this week from entrepreneurs asking about how to value their startup companies with early investors. How do you put a “fair” value on your startup company?
How do you pick future champions while they are still young and developing? How do you identify a talented team of entrepreneurs at an early stage? How do you measure the real potential of a startup business?
“Italy worships Genius, but has not yet figured out how to create a culture of entrepreneurship”. This was a statement at a venture event last week. Italy needs businessmen more than they need more geniuses. Commercializing genius is where the money is.
I have a friend who just had his first child. He’s over the moon about this baby and OK, all his friends are happy for him too, but he sends out constant emails with photos, short video clips, frequent little stories about first baby steps. There are facebook pages and even twitter messages from time to time. This is a great example of pitch and even the most experienced entrepreneur in the world could learn a thing or two from a new parent. This is how you should pitch your…
Being a successful entrepreneur is an inner game.
While the global finance crisis might be showing some signs of improvement, the outlook for the entrepreneur is still bleak. Without easy access to capital, entrepreneurs cannot grow. A forest without new growth will age quickly just like an economy without new growth will fall. While governments around the world are busy propping up old businesses in order to save jobs, they might just be missing an important point. Old forests are supposed to die in order to make way for the new.