Guidance and coaching for entrepreneurs pitching to venture investors, angels or VCs.
Create a great investment pitch in less time.
If you’re a first-time entrepreneur BizClarity shows you the basics of an investor presentation, enough to make a good showing at your first investor meeting.
If you’ve pitched before but didn’t get what you want, BizClarity helps you see what to change. The next time out, investors will ‘get it’ and invite you back.
If you’re a technologist and your native language is geek-speak, BizClarity teaches you how to explain complex ideas so that normal people understand you–without dumbing it down.
Even if you’re a veteran of the money trail or former investor, BizClarity has advanced techniques to take you to the next level—all the way to “insanely great.”
If you’re an established company raising millions for growth and expansion, I can make a difference. The principles are the same. You need to target a concise message to a skeptical audience and make it stick. That’s what I do. More at coaching for corporations.
Presentations Don’t Have to Suck
Most of what you’ve heard on how to do an investor pitch is wrong.
Search the Internet or books on entrepreneurship and the advice is simplistic, limited, formulaic, one-size-fits-all. You’re led to believe that if you chain together a list of recommended slides, investors will like you.
I’m not the only person outraged at the state of presentations today. Guy Kawasaki says bluntly, 95% of presentations “suck.”
There’s no excuse for so many sucky, “trainwreck” presentations. They aren’t that hard to fix, if you know how.
With the right help, anybody can pitch even a complex and novel business so that investors “get it.”
BizClarity knows how.
What is BizClarity?
BizClarity is my company. I’m Steve Bowman. People know me as “The Pitch Doctor.” More in the About page.
I’ve specialized for the last 15 years in teaching entrepreneurs to pitch investors (angels and venture capitalists). As far as I know, I’m the only person to specialize so narrowly on investment presentations. You’ll experience the difference when we get together.
Over the last 15 years, I’ve coached thousands of entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes, all stages, and in all industries. Whatever your presentation challenge, I’ll have the solution.
The BizClarity Method
My approach to coaching investor presentations is unlike any you’ll find from other coaches, in books, or on the Internet. The BizClarity Method evolved over many years of fixing sucky presentations. It’s a blend of all the things I tried with clients that worked.
The BizClarity Method merges presentation best practices with lessons from design, visual studies, psychology and my experience as a presenter, writer, editor, composer and performer.
The BizClarity Method raises presentation instruction to a new level of refinement. It goes beyond the blunt platitudes like “keep it simple” and “be clear” that pass as state-of-the-art advice now. How, exactly, do you make it simple and clear? My method dives deep into such questions and comes up with practical answers.
I’m writing and teaching The BizClarity Method so entrepreneurs everywhere can speak the language and apply the techniques to their own presentations. My mission is to raise the bar on presentation standards. I’m working for the day when there’s no excuse for sucky, trainwreck presentations. That’s what BizClarity is really about.
Where to get help on BizClarity.com:
You’ll find writings and lessons in the BizClarity Blog.
If you’re in a hurry, go to the Guides page for a more structured plan of attack.
If you know a group in need of instruction, see suggestions on the Workshops page.
Finally, if you want to create a great presentation in less time, consider bringing me on as your coach. The Coaching page has details.
Gary Rosensteel, President, DigiBrix (Pittsburgh, PA):
I am very comfortable getting in front of people and, after refining my investor presentation for over a year, I thought itwas “tight.” But, I was having a problem getting investors engaged in our opportunity.
Working with Steve may well have been the most important thing I’ve ever done to ensure the success of my company. I now have a presentation that I truly feel comfortable with. It’s telling the story I always wanted to broadcast, and, most importantly, investors are showing real interest in my company. The last time I gave the presentation to a room full of investors, they applauded! Thanks, Steve!
Stu Strumwasser, President & CEO, Snow Beverages (New York, NY)
Steve — Holy shit! I was skeptical about spending so much time with you but
I am so glad I did and sincerely want to thank you for your patience
Much to my surprise (because I thought it was already pretty
decent) I think that this presentation is now vastly more clear, to the
point, and compelling. Your thoughts were very focused and helpful.
Thank you so much!
Todd Butterfield, CEO, Butterfield Health Solutions (Philadelphia, PA)
When I first presented to Steve Bowman, I was more of an inventor than an entrepreneur. Now I’m a confident entrepreneur.
It’s not what I expected. I thought the Pitch Doctor would work primarily on whipping my communications into shape. While he is helping with that, Steve has catalyzed my realization of what we have here. He helped me see my basic strategic storyline. He’s helping me to solidify my thinking about the nuts and bolts of our operations. He also contributed some tremendous new ideas to our effort.
Mostly, he helped me to believe in myself (I actually am being totally serious here…).
(More happy customers speak out on the Testimonials page.)