How to Craft a Brief, Powerful Pitch

4 Simple steps

Bing* goes the bell. The elevator door closes. You have roughly 30 seconds to pitch your project. What do you do?

Here’s a simple answer:

  1. The Problem
  2. How People Solve it Today
  3. Your Solution
  4. Its Benefits
  5. Call to Action (investment, apply, sign up, etc)

For example:

“1) Through user research, my team has found that people want to give more to charity than they do, what stops people from being more generous is not trusting that charitable organizations use the money efficiently. 2) Some people do research to try to find the best charities or find charities certified by things like Charity Navigator, but this takes a lot of work and most people just end up not giving. 3) Our solution is to create a foundation that verifies and bundles charities into baskets, like an index fund, and enables people to donate to these charity indexes. 4) It increases people trust, saves them the time of doing all that research on their own, and enables them to be generous and help solve the issues they care about.” — the pitch for my non-profit foundation

This four step process is a powerful way to do a pitch for a few key reasons.

Doesn’t Start with the Solution

Starting with the Problem Grounds Your Audience

Listing Current Solutions Builds Credibility

End with Benefits, Not Features

“A benefit is not a feature”

A feature is that you have integrated customer service chat bot. A benefit is our software is easy to use and provides instantaneous support. A feature is that you are a cross-platform application with a native iPad app. A benefit is your software can be used anywhere from phone, to tablet, to desktop.

Common benefits are saving time or money, helping customers meet their goals, being easy to adopt or implement.

Educator, Founder, Engineer. Interested in Evidence Based Education and Solving BIG Problems.