The art of communication

Pitch Like A Pro: With Ideamapper

The perfect pitch; The art of communication is the language of leadership. Are you delivering your pitch in a way that instils confidences in yourself and more importantly your colleagues and superiors? When delivering a pitch, it’s important to remember that although your ideas might be fantastic, if you’re not saying it right, you’re not going to get very far and unfortunately that’s the way it is. The aim of a pitch is to influence whatever the topic may be and so the 3 most important things to remember are:

  • Confidence
  • Clarity
  • Engagement

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Engagement

Keep your audience engaged and interested. To put it simply, get to the overview of your main proposition quickly and concisely; you’re more likely to capture your reader's attention this way. One way ideamapper aids you here is by allowing you to create a visually engaging mind map that can be presented on the big screen during your pitch, giving an overview of your proposal and key areas you want to discuss. Ever heard of the ‘Elevator Pitch?’ Well good because it’s a real thing and it’s something you need to master if you want to sway your audience and have that influence you desire. Explain your idea, your key points and the overview of how you will reach your goals. The nitty-gritty details can follow later in your document write up, which, by the way, is easier than ever to create with Ideamapper. Once you have expanded on your idea bubbles, you can export the map into Microsoft Word creating a full written document. Or, export to PowerPoint creating the perfect pitch assistant. You can use ideamapper as your message map to tell your audience exactly what you want to achieve in under 30 seconds, all on one slide. If you grab them with this you’re off to a good start.

Clarity

Clarity improves connection and engagement because it increases trust and transparency. You need to know exactly where your pitch is going to start, the levels it will move through and the exact conclusion you want to end up at. Have this set in your head long before you start to present. Ideamapper can assist here. Not only can you have the map view on the big screen, setting out your main topics of discussion using the document view, arranging or rearranging your headings for the perfect flow is easier than ever before. Simply drag and drop and watch the document amend alongside. You can use this document for reference during the pitch following your perfectly created layout and order of discussion. Don’t let confusion cloud your successes.

Confidence

Be confident in yourself and your idea; know your pitch, know its strengths, weaknesses and be prepared for the questions that may arise. Be prepared to respond to positive feedback, having the same level of confidence in your idea as to when you first began the pitch. Also, know where you may be pulled. The killer of confidence is anxiety of the unknown, so get comfortable in how you will respond to unknown or tough questions. You can use Ideamapper before the pitch to brainstorm tough questions that may arise and how you can make links to positive outcomes that outweigh any weaknesses. A combination of the above is the key to the perfect pitch! Take note and try it for yourself. If you want that extra boost, be sure to download your 30-day free trial of Ideamapper and take it to the next level!



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ideamapper System Requirements

windows Windows: 1 GHz Intel Pentium or compatible processor, Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10 operating system, 2 GB of RAM, 100 MB of free hard disk space, color screen with 1024x768 resolution.
apple Mac OS: 2 GHz Intel processor, Apple macOS 10.13, 10.14 or 10.15, 4 GB of RAM, 100 MB of free hard disk space, color screen with 1024x768 resolution.
linix Linux: 2 GHz Intel processor, Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS, other Linux distributions may work, 4 GB of RAM, 100 MB of free hard disk space, color screen with 1024x768 resolution.