Saturday, February 2, 2013

Tips for winning a pitch competition

After watching 25 pitches at the SEEC and seeing some amazing pitches I wanted to share the top tips that you need to know to win a pitch competition.

Pre-game day
Structure your speech. Big opening. Use your story. Use vivid language. Close big. Know your pitch 100%. Don't rely on notes.

Game day morning
Get enough sleep, eat protein, avoid sugar, avoid caffeine, get some exercise, dress your absolute best.

10 minutes before
Warm up your vocal cords by taking a deep breath and let it out slowly in a hum. Warm up your body by stretching out and limbering up.
Get a hug from a friend.

Game time
Make eye contact the whole time. Let your full energy flow through your voice. Don't allow your self to say filler words like 'um' and 'uh'.

Remember that the audience is probably tired and bored. Wake them up! Don't bore them. Good luck!!!

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