I got accepted onto the Edinburgh Entrepreneurial Spark course at the start of this year, which is based out at the RBS head office. It’s been a great experience so far, I have learnt loads and met some great people.
One of the things they have been teaching us is how to pitch. Public speaking is a skill that is super handy to have and to get good at it, you need to practise. Lots. I have done a fair bit of public speaking in my time, but it is so easy to get out of the swing of things.
I had the opportunity to pitch my business a few months ago and I took a backseat. I held off and left it to other people. Then I regretted it. I regretted staying in my comfort zone. A little bit of fear is so good for us. For one, it can jazz up the week big style. You get out what you put in.
So when I had a chance to pitch to a room full of people recently, I was up on that stage Mo Farah style. I grabbed it with open arms. Even though I wasn’t very prepared, I learnt something from it. You can check it out here.
What I did well?
I got up on the stage and did it. My heart was beating pretty fast but it felt great to get up there.
I started with a question to engage the audience and I had a positive, upbeat tone to my voice.
I adapted my pitch to the audience which was a room full of entrepreneurs who need to have a blog for their business. I got the statistics in early and presented them with a problem and a solution.
I outlined what makes my brand different and I provided them with a quick snapshot of the experience I have.
I presented them with an ask at the end.
What I could have improved?
I wasn’t prepared – next time I will be dressed for it. Oh dear. My boots were looking smoking though so every cloud.
I will ditch the notes that I wrote last minute. I didn’t even use them, they weighted me down a bit. I was flapping around as I tried to find my words.
I could have picked up the tone a bit. My voice went a little monotone towards the end.
Overall I think I did a decent job and I am glad I went for it. When we do things that make us nervous we always learn something. These experiences keep us moving forward. We learn from doing things out of our comfort zone and that’s how we get better.
So if you get the chance to give a speech at a party or to say a few words about your business – just do it. Go out and make your mark. Have an impact #GODO.