Learn The First 60 Seconds
I've spent 25 years looking for the best tools to help people manage their pitching nerves.
The reason? Because 25 years ago, I was terrified myself!
Back when I was just starting my career at Canon, I had to present for the first time. I burbled and mumbled my way through the opening, and it took for ever to get into the real content. I simply didn't have a plan to start the pitch with a bang.
After a couple of years, I realised how much stress I was putting myself under at the beginning of my pitches, and came up with a method to deal with those early nerves. I also shared this method with many others, and found it works for more than 90% of people.
It's all about the first 60 seconds!
What Action Can You Take Now?
For your next pitch or presentation, do the following;
- Write out the script for your first 60 seconds - around 140-150 words.
- Include every word you will say - including the polite stuff ("Welcome, good morning ladies and gentlemen, happy to be here..." etc). Get them into the story as quickly as possible.
- Memorise it thoroughly by saying it out loud again and again. You can't memorise in your head - you have to say it out loud.
Assess afterwards - did this help you? Was it the platform for a more calm and relaxed pitch?
Put this tool into action in your next pitch. It doesn't take long and you'll get the benefit in reduced nerves immediately!
Here's a story about how this 60-Second Nervebuster worked for one of my clients.