#business development, do this before pitching

Exercise your voice before you pitch

A while ago, well at the end of 2011, I wrote a #typed note about an app I found to help you prepare for pitching by ensuring your voice intonation (pitch) and speed (be it slow or fast) so these could be monitored as part of your own voice training.  The app, from Vocalytics co-founder Benoit Curdy, is now defunct.

Speech-language pathologist and University of Pittsburgh professor Jackie Gartner-Schmidt now explains that ensuring your voice isn’t thin and shaky voice is key as you come to present and to avoid this, suggests doing this easy exercise (which she calls one of her favourites)..

The full #typed note is here . . .

#business development, pitch perfect and the elevator pitch

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Pitch Perfect and the Elevator Pitch

I’ve never bought into the elevator pitch.

We don’t have elevators in the UK, we’ve got lifts. And we stare at our Starbucks coffee or the ground – lest we make accidental eye contact. And, most importantly, if you’ve got just a minute talk, then I’ll talk about the weather and leave matters of state be discussed in a more appropriate fashion.

The full #typed note is here . . .

#business development, managing your people, not the funnel

Stop managing your pipeline and start managing your people

Andrew Adams talks about “… most companies spend[ing] too much time, money and energy on measuring and managing the pipeline rather than managing and improving the quality of leads that go into – and ultimately come out of – the pipeline” – a really valid point.

Having also making the point that “… the pipeline is a vital part of the sales process, it is also where the most fundamental mistake is made” it is always interesting to understand where a business places focus.

The full #typed note is here . . .

#brand planning, thought leader or thought leadership?

Thought leader or thought leadership?

I read a thought-provoking article on LinkedIn Pulse by Jason Miller (article) asking where a business focus should be: Though Leadership and Thought Leader.

He argues that ” … as marketers we shouldn’t necessarily all be striving to become the next thought leaders … it’s just not scalable or realistic … instead … we should be focused on creating a culture …. harnessing insights from our brightest employees to collectively achieve thought leadership as an organisation”

The full #typed note is here . . .