Comments from Karen Hough, Founder and CEO
It’s been an exciting week at ImprovEdge – We were selected as a Grand Prize Winner in the Virtual WBENCPitch Pivot award program for our innovative response to COVID-19!
Thank you everyone who voted us through to the finals where we pitched the all-star panel of judges, including Allstate, the partner for WBENCPitch Pivot, as well as FedEx and PepsiCo.
We couldn’t have done this without the many votes to get us to the finals and incredible support from clients, friends and family along the way. We’ve read every text and email and listened to every voicemail with encouraging and supportive messages.
As improvisors, we are saying, “Yes, and!”
Yes! We won! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
One of the areas we specialize in is teaching and coaching Presentation Skills, and one question we’re frequently asked is about effective pitching.
How to be succinct? How to be dynamic? How to be memorable? How to be persuasive?
You probably pitch more often than you realize as pitching is far more than asking a Shark on Shark Tank to invest in your business.
Anytime you ask for something professionally or personally, you are making a persuasive pitch to an audience.
Asking for a promotion? Want to be included on a special project? Need your kids to do something around the house? If so, you are pitching an idea and these three tips will help you communicate your message clearly and in a compelling way.
Consider these three steps to bring clarity and focus to your pitch. And, if you have any pitch stories where you’ve used these techniques, we’d love to hear from you!
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