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How to Pitch a Startup to Venture Capital

October 19, 2019

If you want learn how to pitch a startup to venture capital - ie put together and deliver a great pitch to venture capital investors, David Rose sums it up beautifully in this short TED video. You will learn some great tricks on how...

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How do you make your IPO a success? Transform your IPO presentation

October 4, 2019

If you are preparing your IPO presentation, then you'll want to do everything to make it a success. We’ve been advising IPOs for 15 years and in that time we have seen the difference between a successful and unsuccessful float. What's the one big...

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How to improve your public speaking

October 4, 2019

Public Speaking is an essential skill in business. To succeed, you want to improve your public speaking skills. These top ten public speaking tips will help you look and feel more impressive. They are based on 10+ years experience coaching executives to become better...

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Transform your annual investor days & AGMs

October 4, 2019

Can you improve your annual investor day? Investor days, AGMs and CMDs - for public companies and private funds - are important for investors and analysts. But these events, when virtual, can also be dull. Ask anyone to describe a poor investor day and...

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Better eye contact for better presentations

September 26, 2019

Imagine if I came to ask you for some help. What would you think if  I didn't look you in the eye? Or if I avoided your gaze? Or if I looked down every time I said something? What impression do you get?  ...

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How to Write A Great Investor Pitch Deck – 8 Mistakes to Avoid

June 22, 2019

What Makes A Great Investor Pitch Deck? When you want to win new investment, the you need a great investor pitch deck. You want to be certain you have eliminated mistakes in your pitch deck, so that you know your investors will be impressed from...

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How to answer tough investor questions? 10 tips from the experts

June 7, 2019

How to answer tough investor questions What’s the most daunting part of speaking to investors? For many, it’s answering tough investor questions. Questions are  tricky to prepare for, as you don’t know exactly what you will be asked. And, different investors approach questioning in...

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Pitching to investors – the most common mistakes made by funds

June 3, 2019

Many funds could be better at pitching to investors. From our work, helping fund teams pitch and persuade more effectively, we have identified the five most common investment pitching mistakes:     Investor pitch mistake #1 - Not understanding the investor. Too many people...

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Where’s your proof? – Think about your messaging

May 11, 2019

If you are planning to restart your comms activity as lockdown starts to unwind, you need to think about your messaging. For example: Does it fit the current mood of your target audience? Does it address their concerns? Does it speak to them? You’ll...

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A new style of communication for a new world

April 21, 2019

Now that most communication is conducted remotely, we are increasingly relying on Zoom. This means we all need to work even harder to get our messages across to key audiences. And it also means that we all have to work harder to stand out...

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How to be a Confident Public Speaker – Get Rid of UMs, ERRs and Verbal Tics

April 20, 2019

How To Be A Confident Public Speaker - Get Rid of Umms and Errs If your talks are full of verbal tics, like 'UMM' 'ERR' and 'Y'know' then you have a problem. But these verbal tics can be cured. Why is this important?  Because...

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Better Investor Days – Five Things Investors Want From You

February 12, 2019

Better Investor Day Presentations A great investor day can be transformational. You can turn around doubters, clarify uncertainties and help people understand what makes your business special. It a great opportunity - and some companies have better investor days than others. But, what is...

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7 bad media interview mistakes (and how to avoid them)

January 19, 2019

You could shoot to fame for all the wrong reasons if a bad media interview goes viral. Unprepared, rude or flippant comments can damage your reputation. And that of your company - in just seconds. At best, a bad media interview is a wasted opportunity to...

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How to give a killer presentation? Make it simple

January 3, 2019

If you want to give a killer presentation, then make your presentation simple.   That's because it's too easy to get tied up in the detail. If you can't see the wood for the trees, how will your audience? Your job as a presenter...

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What’s your OBBI – your One Big Brilliant Idea?

November 16, 2018

Stop signs are red.  Police lights (in Europe) are blue.  Warning signs are yellow. But as every child knows, if you mix all those bold colours together, you don’t get a multicolour tutti-frutti, you get a boring brown mess. It’s the same with talks...

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How do you Speak Like a Leader? Lessons from leadership coaching

November 16, 2018

Great leaders speak like leaders. In fact, most leaders will agree that communication skills are their number one skill. When we see or hear leaders speak well, it’s easy to believe they have a natural talent for it. However, after ten years of coaching...

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How to prepare a killer investor elevator pitch

November 16, 2018

Investors managing over $10bn in Private Equity judged the recent SuperInvestor investor elevator pitches Seven funds competed by pitching their investment ideas in an elevator pitch lasting no more than 90 seconds to a room packed with potential investors.   Elevator Pitches are about...

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Private Equity Fundraising Tips from the Experts: Become a Top 1% Fund

September 6, 2018

Five Top Fundraising Tips At SuperReturn Emerging Markets in Amsterdam, experienced LPs and advisors shared their private equity fundraising tips and discussed what makes a fund stand out. On the panel were Will Poole of Capria, Guarau Ahuja of ChrysCapital and Alexandre Alfonsi of...

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To PowerPoint or Not To PowerPoint?

July 16, 2018

Is PowerPoint the best way to communicate your ideas?  That's a big question. In his latest letter to shareholders, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon addresses the question of PowerPoint and shares what they do at Amazon. Surprisingly, at the most senior level, they have...

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Seven Secrets of the Best Investor Pitch Decks

June 19, 2018

Are you looking for start-up funding, scale-up funding or new financing for your business? If so, you need to invest in creating the best investor pitch deck your prospective investor has seen.   Really effective pitch decks are like great CVs. They won’t get...

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Five Key Elements Of A Successful Investor Meeting

May 10, 2018

Successful investor meetings come in all shapes and sizes.  But underpinning all of them are a few basic truths. Check your own investor meeting against our five essential tests. 1. A successful investor meeting gets a clear story across Your business is complicated and...

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How To Write So People Will Read – 6 Great Tips

March 11, 2018

How do you write well for business? Could you be more impressive with better writing? These days, we are writing more than ever. That means it’s harder than ever to grab attention.  Your readers have more and more to get through – so you...

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Five Golden Rules to Create a Great Investor Pitch Book

March 10, 2018

A great investor pitch book is at the heart of successful fundraising. You use it to capture the essence of your business or fund and make it easy for the reader to understand you. These days, a great pitch book is not a “nice...

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How to Prepare a Presentation – what not to do

February 2, 2018

How do you prepare a presentation? First, understand how NOT to prepare a presentation. This what most people do to prepare presentations: 1. Switch on their computer 2. Open up PowerPoint 3. Search out other presentations given recently 4. Start making changes to PowerPoint slides...

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Master a Media Interview: Top Tips for Media Interview Preparation

January 25, 2018

Boost your media interview success with tricks of the trade In a media interview, you have a message to get out, and reporters have a story to write. Your goal is to make sure the reporters tell your story accurately. But how can you...

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Score Your Private Equity Pitch Book

November 22, 2017

Does your Private Equity Pitch Book make prospective LPs sit up or switch off? LPs tell us they want to see simple, clear and brief pitch books - but many they see are the exact opposite. When we work with clients on their investor...

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How well do you answer difficult investor questions?

November 16, 2017

How to answer difficult investor questions When an investor questions how you calculated your Private Equity fund's performance, how do you react? If an investor asks how many people left your firm in the last 12 months, what do you say? Investors tell us...

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How to run better Private Equity investor events

November 4, 2017

The private equity investor event dilemma: What is the point of delivering great financial performance, having a strong team and finding excellent investments if that does not come across clearly to investors? The best PE firms go to great efforts to make sure their...

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How to introduce yourself on a conference panel / webinar

November 1, 2017

When you next appear on a webinar or a conference panel, how will you introduce yourself? You want to look good and sound good from the start. Audiences will listen to you more if you do. That means you've got to get your opening...

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10 Power Language techniques to use in your next talk or presentation

September 6, 2017

How To Use Powerful Language For Leadership Communications   Great leaders use Power Language. It adds interest and colour to what they say. You will recognise ten core techniques that great leaders use to make their talks and presentations more powerful. Using the same...

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How to Choose a Public Speaking Coach

August 21, 2017

How do you choose a public speaking coach? When selecting a public speaking coach or presentation trainer, you want to work with a genuine expert.   To sort the genuine from the quacks, we've identified five regularly-quoted pieces of advice that are complete bunkum. If your prospective...

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Five simple spoken language tricks to improve your talks and presentations

April 26, 2017

Rhetorical Devices for Talks and Presentations Spoken language is the most powerful communication tool we possess. Unfortunately, many of us use it like amateurs. While we may all have worked away at our written English, few of us learn how to craft outstanding spoken...

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Powerpoint is Dead: Long Live the Message-Led Presentation

April 26, 2017

We’ve all experienced Death by PowerPoint - it’s one of the most unattractive aspects of business today. As advertising legend David Ogilvy (nearly) said, “most people use PowerPoint like a drunk uses a lamppost – for support rather than illumination.” It’s almost as if...

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How to Make Your Investment Pitch More Memorable – Six Tips

March 29, 2017

How do you make your investment pitch more memorable? It's a real challenge these days. Investors have more opportunities than ever to invest. So if you are pitching to investors, it's much harder to stand out. One essential strategy you want to deploy when...

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Give high impact talks and presentations – 5 simple tips

March 1, 2017

Do you want to give high impact talks and presentations? Do you want to engage your audience? And do you want to look and feel confident when speaking? If your answer to any of these is ‘yes’, then these techniques are for you. We’ve been...

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