“I have a photographic memory. I just haven’t deveoped it yet.” – Jonathan Winters
So, we’ve talked about how having FUN and using LINKS contributes the F.L.A.I.R. that motivates investors to care.
A = Alliteration
Say these words.
Bed, Toliet, Etc.
Kind of clunky, eh?
Now make those words alliterative. (Alliteration is when words start with the same sound.)
Bed, Bath and Beyond.
More musical and memorable, right?
This is not petty.
Repeatability is crucial to memorability.
And memorability is crucial to you closing a deal.
At the Springboard Enterpises BootCamp in Boston at the Microsoft NERD Center on June 17; each of the 21 entrepreneurs (selected from more than 100 applicants) started with a 2 minute bio presentation.
Tell us, in 2 minutes, about your credentials and proven track record so we are intrigued, impressed and convinced you have the clout to carry this off.
Here’s what I told the group at the end of their bio presentations – which took about an hour total.
“Okay, I’m giving you each $10 million. You just heard 21 entrepreneurs introduce their business credentials. Who would you invest in?
Look around the room. WHO DO YOU REMEMBER?
Do you remember ANY of the names of the presenters or businesses? What do you remember that so impresseed you, you’re motivated to walk up to that person and initiate a follow-up conversation?”
It was a sobering moment. Because these entrepreneurs realized that most of what they just heard had gone in one ear and out the other.
They realized that unless they did something special with THEIR pitch, the business they’d invested their head, heart, soul and bank account in . . . may go in one ear and out the other of future investors who have heard thousands of pitches.
Think about it. These were 2 minute pitches.
Many pitch forums feature 20 – 30 ten minute pitch presentations, back to back.
Imagine sitting through 8 hours of pitches.
At the end of a l-o-n-g day, pitches start to blend together. They start to sound alike and it’s hard to remember who was who.
That means, unless you do something special to stand out, you’ll be out of sight, out of mind.
That’s why it’s essential to give your audience a hook on which to hang a memory.
If you care about your idea or business, it’s YOUR responsibility to pitch it so crisply and compellingly, YOU’RE THE ONE they remember . . . YOU’RE the one they respect . . . YOU’RE the one they want to talk to at the end of the day.
Look at your pitch, product description, web copy and business name. Are you using alliteration, i.e., Rolls Royce. Dunkin Donuts. Java Jacket. Merlin Mobility? (Kudos to Springboard presenter Margaret Martin for coming up with that magically alliterative name.)
If so, good for you.
If not, go back and insert words into sentences that start with the same sound. It will make your language more lyrical and help you stand out so YOU’RE the entrepreneur who’s top of mind at the end of a long day of pitches.