One-on-One Coaching for Investor Presentations
Do you want your investor presentation to be as good as possible, as fast as possible? One-on-one coaching is the way to go.
Unlike Other Coaches
“But,” you say, “I’ve had presentation coaches before. They weren’t that great.”
I’m not like your typical presentation coach. They’re good if you need help only with delivery skills. Some will help you clean up your slides and improve your script. They usually aren’t qualified to critique your content.
I start with content. I need to understand first your strengths, challenges, opportunities, customers, competition, strategy. I push hard until I find your core story. Only then do we work on a narrative outline and what to put on the slides. If needed, I put on my presentation skills hat and coach you on performance issues.
“But,” you say, “my investor friends advise me on content.”
Investors and business advisors are vital to your venture. But they aren’t professional coaches. When they see your pitch, they’ll say “Put in a slide to say this, and tweak that,” when what you really need is a rethinking of your entire approach.
Moreover, investors will tell you what they want to see in a pitch. They filter your pitch through the lens of their particular investment bias. Trying to help, they suggest changes to reshape your story to fit their ideal. But that might not be your real story, and the next investor you meet will have a different take.
Stay Centered with Core Story
This is why core story is so important. If you know your story, you stay centered when facing multiple investment opinions and you can decide what advice to take and what to ignore.
I’ve worked with thousands of investment presentations and I’ve seen just as many business and investment strategies. I’ll not only pull your core story out of you, I’ll help you shape an investment pitch in line with current trends in the investment market.
Because we’re focusing on ideas, strategy, and high-level business concepts, these coaching sessions—the first one in particular—are intense and invigorating. Former clients tell me years later that it’s an experience they never forgot.
Convinced? Answers to questions about making an appointment to meet in person or over the phone are in the Coaching FAQ.
Still have doubts? See Do I Really Need a Coach?
What Stage Company?
I’ve work with companies at all stages, from start-ups preparing to meet with angel investors, to established companies raising a Series C institutional round. I also work with corporate clients to prepare and coach any high-stakes presentation.
- If you’re just starting out, I’ll help you master the basics in the shortest possible time. You’ll be ready to make a good showing at those first meetings with investors.
- If you’ve pitched before, I’ll take you to the next level. We’ll sharpen your story and shape the slides and narrative into a compelling argument for investment.
- If you’re a serial entrepreneur, or veteran of the investor pitch, and your presentation is already the best you can make it, my coaching will make it better. Trust me, I can make it much better. We’ll tune up your story first. Then add the master touches that make the difference between merely outstanding and ‘insanely great.’
- No matter what your experience level, you could be “too deep in the weeds” struggling to know what to include in your pitch and what to leave out. I’ll give you a fresh, unbiased perspective on your business.
I’ve worked with companies from all industries. Some examples:
- Software, consumer and enterprise, database
- Internet, e-commerce, infrastructure, advertising, gaming
- Mobile, consumer, advertising, infrastructure
- Life sciences, drug discovery, medical devices
- Finance and investments, financial technology
- Retail, sales and marketing, wholesaling
- Fashion and fashion tech
- New materials, production and applications
- Manufacturing, chemicals, industrial services
- Robotics, semi-conductors, computer sciences
- Consumer products, industrial services
Clients comment on my ability to get right to the heart of a new businesses or technology . No matter how arcane or novel your technology or markets, I’ll quickly reach a level of understanding that approximates what investors need to know at a first meeting.
If your business depends on an “impossible-to-explain” technology, strategy, or business model, that’s my favorite challenge. It might take a few iterations, but we’ll find a way to explain the real value of your idea in language that even restless investors can grasp.
Every company, every industry is different. But my approach is the same: I ask questions until I get a coherent vision of what you’re doing. All the mechanics of narrative and slides and delivery flow from that vision.
More on the process, what to expect, and meeting details: Coaching FAQ.