How to Write a Kick-ass Pitch Deck

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Now, in our posts, “3 Golden Rules to Nail a Pitch” and “3 Avoidable Mistakes that can Blow Your Pitch“, we said that a pitch deck of 10 slides is ideal, but what should those slides be?  For a kick-ass pitch deck, here is our recommendation for content:

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First, start your kick-ass pitch deck with a Story

Importantly, slide 1 of your kick-ass pitch deck needs to tell your story.  Start with your elevator pitch and give it some more depth.  For example, we said that the key elevator pitch showcases that you know your company, your market, and your unique position within it. 

Now, that you have their attention, it’s time to reel them in. Therefore, in a kick-ass pitch deck, we need to build on our elevator pitch and create a story. What’s the need?  What are the challenges?  And, how, with help, we can be the hero or heroine.

Next, explain the Problem & How You Uniquely Solve it.

Therefore, slides 2 & 3 in your kick-ass pitch deck focus on the problem in terms of magnitude and 2 support points.  For instance, $X Billion market for… Ref 1, Ref 2 (credible sources), X Million People who need… , etc. Then, on the next slide, explain how you uniquely solve this problem.

Third, the Business Nuts & Bolts of Your Kick-Ass Pitch Deck

First, slide 4 explains your business model and how it works.  How you acquire leads, convert them to customers, provide your product or service, etc.  What we want to show here is that we are realistic in our model.  How do we stack up vs. comparable models, etc. 

Second, slide 5 shows what traction or proof that you have that the model works.  It may not be profitable, but it needs to show that there is demand, your product or service met it, and customers were satisfied. 

Third, slide 6 shows your financial projections.  Again, like slide 4, they should be realistic.  What is your category share?  Ratio of spending to sales? etc.

Lastly, slide 7 showcases your team.  It highlights why their experience is the right mix of talent to support you now, and you can leverage their experience to deliver your projections.  Investors invest in people, not companies.  It’s important to remember this when building out your team.

Finally, the Ask

The final section of your kick-ass pitch deck focuses on the ask. First, slide 8 should cover the Ask. For instance, how much do you need?  by when?  for what % of the company?

Then, slide 9 covers the valuation and justification for the ask.  Finally, you close with the use of funds.

And there you have it – 10 powerful slides and one a kick-ass pitch deck.  

Live Plan has a similar take on content, for example, but with a few differences.  There are also some great templates for pitch decks. For instance, Improve Presentations offers paid templates while we provide one for free

By using our outline, and a beautifully designed template, you have a great do-it-yourself plan for a kick-ass pitch deck. If you need help, please contact us.

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3 Golden Rules to Nail a Pitch

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It’s amazing how many pitches are wasted. They could have easily been saved by following these three golden rules to nail a pitch.

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First Golden Rule to Nail a Pitch: Have an elevator pitch that is less than 10 seconds

First, investors are busy.  They hear thousands of pitches every day.  If you can catch their attention in the first 5 seconds, you’ve succeeded at the first golden rule to nail your pitch.  If you can’t communicate the essence of your idea in less than 20, you’re sunk.  For how to write a pitch, see our post “How to Write an Elevator Pitch in less than 10 minutes”.

Have a pitch deck with no more than 10 slides

Second, you have to prove that you’re worth an investors time.  If they are leaning in after the first 2 slides, you’ve nailed the second golden rule to nail your pitch.  If you take more than 15 minutes to get your idea across, say thank you and leave.  Remember this simple fact: The person who does the most talking is losing.

Have a complete business plan ready

Finally, it all goes back to valuing the investor’s time.  He or she doesn’t want to have to work to make sure you have your ducks in a row.  Producing a plan when asked means you’ve just nailed the third golden rule to nail your pitch.  Time is money to you as well, so any lost pitch is money thrown out the window.

Fortunately, you don’t have to do this by yourself.  At ProStrategix, we offer fundraising advice and guidance for those seeking to raise capital.  We also provide some free do it yourself tools. For other free tools and classes, you may want to visit your local chapter of SCORE.

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How to Write an Elevator Pitch is Under 10 Minutes

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A strong elevator pitch is a primary tool when looking to raise funds.  Most entrepreneurs are so passionate about their ideas that it is really very challenging for them to write their elevator pitch succinctly. 

So much is exciting, and everything is important.  However, an investor is only interested in two things: Is the idea unique and differentiated?  Is it feasible?

We offer a simple hack below. Other sources, such as Business News Daily, offer a more elaborate approach. Which every you chose, and effective elevator pitch is critical to the fundraising process.

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Simple Hack to Write an Elevator Pitch

Here is a simple hack to writing an elevator pitch which gets to those two points quickly and clearly.  It’s just two sentences, but they contain all the information a potential investor needs.

[Enter Company Name] is the ONLY [Enter Industry or Competitive Set] that provides [Unique Point of Difference].  That’s because [Support Claim #1] and [Support Claim #2].

That’s it.  Done.  Let’s look at an example of a fictional elevator pitch for an electric car.

An Example of How to Write an Elevator Pitch

Turbo X is the ONLY electric car that provides zero carbon emissions without sacrificing performance.  That’s because our patented engine design, which provides rapid acceleration, and our patented battery, which provides up to 300 miles/charge.

See how succinct that is.  In less than 5 seconds, you’ve conveyed how you are unique and why.  You’ve also proven your knowledge of the key drivers and needs of the category.  It shows your mastery of both.

Key Points: Knowledge of the Category, Company, and Its Unique Place within it.

Of course, it implies that the investor is knowledgeable about the category, but you shouldn’t be giving an elevator pitch to someone who isn’t.  They aren’t likely to invest in industries in which they don’t have experience.

The key to writing such a clear elevator pitch is to know your company, your market, and your unique position within it.  That can be the tricky part.  This requires a solid business model and competitive assessment, but it is well worth the time and investment.  Without it, your elevator pitch will not be as powerful as it should.

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3 Avoidable Mistakes that Can Blow Your Pitch

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The team at ProStrategix has attended countless pitches, and we’ve found that the 3 most avoidable mistakes that can blow your pitch are outlined below.

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Having an elevator pitch that is more than 5-10 seconds

Investors are busy.  They hear thousands of pitches every day.  If you can’t catch their attention in the first 5 seconds, your chances of being heard drop dramatically.  If you can’t communicate the essence of your idea in less than 10-15, you’re sunk. This is the most avoidable mistake that can blow your pitch.

Having a pitch deck with more than 10 slides

As above, investors value their time, and you have to prove that you’re worth it.  If they are not leaning in after the first 2 slides, you’ve likely lost them.  If you take more than 15 minutes to get your idea across, say thank you and leave.  Remember this simple fact: The person who does the most talking is losing. Doing the most talking is an avoidable mistake that can blow your pitch.

Failing to have a complete business plan ready

It all goes back to valuing the investor’s time.  He or she doesn’t want to have to work to make sure you have your ducks in a row.  Failure to produce a plan when asked means you’ve just wasted your pitch.  Time is money to you as well, so any lost pitch is money thrown out the window. This is easiest mistake to avoid so you don’t blow your pitch.

Fortunately, there are people who have been here before and can help. The key is figuring out whom you can trust.  At ProStrategix, we offer fundraising advice and guidance for those seeking to raise capital.  For other tips, you can check out Techstars Entrepreneur’s Toolkit. If you are looking for more hands-on assistance, ProStrategix can help.

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