It had been a long, tedious few weeks of preparation. Some interesting learnings along the way;
SPELL STUFF OUT - I think when we know our own work / concepts so well it's easy to get lost in vague, ambiguity but that becomes clearly rubbish when you're talking to someone who is new to you. We had someone come to watch our pitches a week before and her feedback to me was - "I felt your passion and authenticity, and you were engaging and interesting - but I have no idea what you're talking about." Treat you audience as if they know nothing. Our minds are messy enough, this was a great chance for me to clean it up.
KNOW YOUR NUMBERS - It's funny that I have avoided delving into MGen financials heavily for the last few years. But when I did I was pleasantly surprised! It's not that they were good but when learning how to talk about them and find the positives, I actually started to feel quite positive about MGen's future. It's funny, financials are just data, and how your interpret and use that data is entirely up to you. They key is to simply know it like the back of your hand - that way you can own it.
BREATHE - Who would've thunk that an hour before this 'informal' presentation I was on the verge of hyperventilating. We all were to some extent. The fact that we got the chance to do this practice pitch before the real one was vital. We kept assuring each other, this is your chance to stuff up and it won't matter, and it was true. And that feeling when you were done of, oh, I could do this again and better, overwhelmed me. I'm looking forward to refining my pitch and doing a better job next time.
The best part of this process was definitely bonding with my fellow entrepreneurs. You'll here ore about them in blogs to come as their own business start to take shape, but it's a beautiful and supportive bunch. Knowing that we're all going through similar things and can provide insight, grumblings, nerves is lovely - it's the shared experience.
A big thanks to me fellow treps, this experience was vital and I'm feeling confident (for the first time in a long time) about the future.
Keep an eye on blogs to come when I get my pitch feedback!