At most networking events delegates get the opportunity to present their businesses to all or some of the other delegates. This is a shop window, a chance to make a really positive first impression – so delegates need to make good use of it.
Preparation is key, as in all business activities
- the venue and the time must be checked, to avoid being late
- the format is important – is it room, table or 1-to-1 ?
- delegates should be aware of dress code, to look the part
- an idea of the other attendees helps to structure the pitch
- before writing the pitch, the delegate needs to confirm objectives
- the content & timing must be right, so rehearsal is critical
- the use of props can be most effective, to prompt or to adorn
Performance will be effective if preparation has been adequate
- it is not wise to speak whilst dragging a chair
- a deep breath often avoids speaking too quickly
- the name of the delegate and business must be clear
- the temptation must be resisted to include too much
- it is important to concentrate on differentiators
- other delegates need to know what the speaker is seeking
- the pitch needs to be memorable!
A pitch is made memorable by telling people what they want to hear
- this is my NAME and business
- this is the BENEFIT of what I do
- this is HOW I do it
- just like I have for THIS CUSTOMER
- and this is my NAME again