Pitch Practice

PitchPracticeOnStagePeople fear public speaking more than death. When you say it out loud or type it it sounds ludicrous, but you are standing in front of others, presenting your thoughts and ideas, and facing judgement for what you are doing and saying.

Pitch Practice is something each of the teams is doing to prepare for Tuesday, our big pitch event where we will present SidePrize to a network that the LA Dodgers and R/GA have curated for the sports technology companies. Every day we are working on getting better – working with our slide decks, working on memorization, working on interacting with the crowd (through cues and gestures, not questions).

A great way to practice public speaking has been to join a program like toastmasters (I’ve still not done this) as giving a toast requires some quick thinking and empathizing with the audience. Another way is pitch Karaoke – give a pitch for somebody else’s idea without knowing all of the details – you can invent some, but ultimately, fill the details with something that’s not wrong, but entertaining.

According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that seem right? That means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy .Jerry Seinfeld

With the accelerator, I’ve been extending normal team updates with a toast (When I first got the ESPN integration working correctly), talking with company representatives and mentors to really explain what we do, and a few days stood on stage to give the weekly update. It is good practice. I’m reminded of presentations I gave to auditoriums in college with slide decks and content that a team and I created only a few minutes ahead of time.

Are you afraid of public speaking? Can you form presentations on the spot? How do you practice to get better at this skill?