What are the most common mistakes first-time entrepreneurs make?

Sometimes referring exclusively to venture capital-funded software startups — especially in online forums such as this — “entrepreneurism” traditionally refers to bootstrapped small business of any variety.

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What are the most common mistakes first-time entrepreneurs make?

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5 Quick Presentation Tips for Startup Pitches

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David Cummings on Startups

Tonight I had the opportunity to hear startup pitches at the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition regional final at the Atlanta Tech Village. Being a regional final, this group represented the best HBS-affiliated teams from around the Southeast. Here are five quick presentation tips for startup pitches after seeing tonight’s event:

  1. Tell a Story – Most of the pitches were product-heavy and not story-oriented. The winner of the event told the best story and made the problem/solution most relatable.
  2. Invest in Slides – Slides should be visually compelling, even if the investment is modest. Everyone in the audience knows immediately if they’re homemade.
  3. Don’t Read Slides – One of the presenters read multiple slides to the audience, word for word. Ouch. Engage with the audience and don’t read to them.
  4. Max 10 Words Per Slide – Slides to be used as handouts are different from slides for a visual…

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Top 5 Speeches of all time!

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World leaders, successful humans and shokingly confident ‘nobody’s’ have touched us and changed us in many ways for decades. Here is a list of legendary speeches, some obvious, some not so. The question for a few is, was the speech itself so powerful, or was the moment given to these legends, unfolded before them for them to create history. Confidence and determination to be heard is one aspect that flows through each speech in this list!

1. Ouchh Charlie:  Chaplin delivers this legendary speech, silencing his parody to moments of reflection and philosophy of peace, dictatorship and mankind….bravo Charlie

2.  Bad news barer: Robert F. Kennedy announces the death of Martin Luther King, in his sadness Kennedy attempts to call out against racism and control a nations emotion from escalation, “What we need in the United States is not division, what we need in the United States is not hatred…”

3.  Guardian angel: Severn Suzuki addresses UN in front of the world, raising issues of environmental damage and starving children, she does this confidently at just 12 years old. “All of you are someone’s child..”

4.  Oscar Tears: Tom Hanks wins best actor award for Forest Gump in 1995. He doesn’t say anything we haven’t already heard but oh the emotion, the gratitude and the lovely film behind it all….

5.  Alligator wrestler: Muhamad Ali gives his famous speech before his Frazier fight. Never failing to demonstrate how important confidence is, Ali entertains the crowds at a conference.

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Seeking help from you, yes I mean you

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We are media students and before graduation each group needs to do a presentation similar to the ones in “Dragons’ Den”. We are only a few days away. What would be your advice to us?

And,we don’t have any experiences at all and this is a very valuable opportunity to convince investors by pitching creative ideas and plans.

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Celebrities who taught us some great presentation skills

1. Emma Watson Emma Watson was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. She gave a very powerful speech for a great cause. What made it so powerful is a good rehearsing before speech, making pauses wile telling her speech and not reading all the time from the lis even tho her speech was quite long. Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 16.35.55 2. Ellen Page Oh what a lady, she made the whole world talk about discrimination and pressure that comes with being an actress in Hollywood. But she did it, she came out, and was not afraid to talk about who she is, anymore. The topic of you presentation has to be something you believe in, more than anything in the world. Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 16.38.45 3. Shia Labeouf Shia told us that presentation can be extraordinary! Try to listen to your guts to understand you public and how you should present to them..or don’t understand your public and just do what you feel right anyway. Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 16.45.42 4. Barack Obama it is more the actors that we concentrated here by now, but it is wrong not to mention a great public speaker, that proves the power of ‘suit up’ rule. It is always works just put you best suit and believe in every word you say. Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 16.50.48 Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and tell us who is your favourite presenter and why? Please keep following Perfect Pitch. click here like our Facebook, and here follow our twitter.