Cleaning and insecurities

Does cleaning ever get done? It does not matter how beautifully we vacuum our home this week. We will still need to vacuum next week. Of course, it helps that we do not expect to ever be “done” with cleaning or washing laundry or exercising. We understand that our commitment to being clean will be…

How to look at your problem

When we say ‘my problems are not that bad, it could be worse’ in order to feel better about our situations, it requires comparison. That epiphany will always require someone to be worse off than us in order for us to feel better. We lean on others misfortune [not in a malicious way… it is…

A Brief History of Sandwich

John Montagu was a consummate card player who did not like meal interruptions while playing his favorite game of cribbage. So, it is said that he asked for veal stuffed between two pieces of bread to make it easy for him to eat while playing. As John Montagu was also the Earl of Sandwich, others…

Pitching: Playing a video clip

Here are some helpful tips on playing a video in your pitch or presentation: Don't start your talk with a video. You set the tone for your pitch, not the video Don't end your talk with a video. People remember your pitch by how you finish it, we want them to remember you, not the…

Tips on Slides: Using a different laptop

If you are going to use the laptop provided to you at the venue, check that your slides layout are the same on the other laptop. If you prepare slides on a PowerPoint version in your laptop and then open them on another laptop [with a different PowerPoint version] the layout of your slides may slight…

Pitching: Get a remote

Get a remote. I always use one. I forgot mine when I went for a session recently, so I had to present without it. I hated the fact that I lost all that eye contact with the audience. Get a clicker, it is money well spent. If you don't have one, learn how to use the clicker/remote…

Pitching: Practice, practice, practice

You have scripted your pitch. You got feedback and you have tightened it. It flows, it is crisp, it makes sense. You have highlighted the following: Pain Product The demonstration What makes your idea unique Traction How much funding you seek Your dream team Call to action So what's next? Practice, practice, practice your pitch.…

Pitching: Qs and As

So you are done with your pitch rap on stage, then what? You are 50% done with your pitch, the other 50% is the questions and answers from the investors. How you respond to questions from the investors can make or break your pitch. Here are some tips when answering investor questions: Listen to the…

Tips on Slides: Don’t read word for word

If you use Powerpoint either when pitching, lecturing or presenting, a few principles and tips to keep in mind when using type on a slide: Don't read the words. It is bad enough that people use Powerpoint as a sort of teleprompter. Much worse that you don't trust the audience enough to read what you…

Pitching: You are judged by how you look

Never judge a book by it's cover. Having said, people still judge you on your looks. People give you attention and respect based on your looks. Unfortunately, you are judged by how you look. That's why Instagram is popular. You get popular based on how you dress. Yes, never judge a book by it's cover,…