Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Go on then tell us what you do...




We've talked for a few times about elevator pitches, and as so often happens, we like the idea of having an interesting, short, enticing pitch for all seasons but we don't ever get round to creating one. So give it 10 minutes and lets's see what we can come up with. Take a pen and piece of paper and jot down some thoughts about-
  • What your business does at the broadest level.
  • A short example of a real life case study and the benefits that has had for the client concerned.
  • A simple, truthful thing that makes you different to the competition.
    Here are my notes for me-
  • We offer training and coaching in presentation skills to senior executives, we write speeches, we help design product launches, conferences and training workshops.
  • We helped Mitsubishi Motors launch its last 13 cars to its pan-European dealer network, giving them coherent messages to share with their salespeople, high quality reference materials and consistent brand messaging, also saving them 100,000's of Euros in duplication of time and effort
  • We would rather not do the work than work for organisations that don't care.
Next, look at what you've written and edit it for repetition, pretension and bullshit. Then simplify the language, to a sentence or two that a real person would say to his or her friends, and see how you're doing. My effort now looks like this-

  • We offer training and coaching in presentation skills to senior executives, we write speeches, we help design product launches, conferences and training workshops. We help our clients sell their products and services more effectively...



  • We helped Mitsubishi Motors launch its last 13 cars to its pan-European dealer network, giving them coherent messages to share with their salespeople, high quality reference materials and consistent brand messaging, also saving them 100,000's of Euros in duplication of time and effort- We've helped Mitsubishi launch their cars in Europe with a consistency and quality that has helped them achieve their commercial objectives over the last 8 years.
    • We would rather not do the work than work for organisations that don't care.- We really care about our clients and tend to build long-term partnerships with them.


      Now look at the whole thing again and edit for all of those things again, and say it out loud to yourself. If you gag, rewrite it; if you vomit, start again- until you can say those words with real sincerity. That's your pitch for all seasons. Mine?
      "We help our clients sell more and better stuff whatever they do. We've worked with motor manufacturers, architects, drug companies and many others we simply help them to tell the world what they do with precision, passion and pride. "

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