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Video Pitch Notes

On September 16th, your video pitch is due as a part of your deliverables.

 

Here are some tips on how to get the best out of your presentation from a content and technical point of view.

Video pitch notes

Video pitch content

The video pitch is a variation on your elevator pitch. 

It’s the balance of getting the maximum information into the minimum time frame, AND finding the space to share an element of who you are and why people should invest in you.

If you’re able to record your pitch to camera (or phone), I’m happy to assist with the editing and packaging of your video.

Here's a roadmap...

Duration

The video pitch is a variation on your elevator pitch and shouldn't go beyond about 90 seconds. If you're having trouble with the time - get some feedback from a team member or even better - someone that's outside the project. It's easy to get attached to aspects of your story that are superfluous.

 

And remember - you don't need details about the science or technology - only the principles.

The elements

Highlight in your video pitch:

  1. An opening statement tease (e.g. imagining if there was a way to…)

  2. What's the need?

  3. How you’re addressing this need

  4. How it works

  5. Why you’re qualified (your & your team's experience)

  6. Insight into the market / business case

  7. Where you are now

  8. Where you’re heading…

Write a short statement to address each of these headings, join the dots - and you'll have a draft outline to work with.

The presenter

Who's the best person to present your pitch?

You may be the brains or team leader, but you may not be the best person to present the pitch.

You're selling yourself and the team, as much as you're selling your innovation, so consider these qualities when deciding on your presenter. 

  1. Clarity of words

  2. Energy in your body language and delivery

  3. Openness - subtle communicating that you're authentic and trustworthy

  4. Confidence - showing that you know what you're talking about and truly believe in your innovation.

Presenting to camera

It's great if you can memorize the pitch and flawlessly present to camera - but if not...

Write out the 8 key headings on large cue cards and have one of your team members hold them up next to the camera, one at a time, as you tell the story.  If the letters are big, you should still be able to keep eye-contact with the camera without squinting as you speak to the headings.

If you can afford it, consider buying a simple auto-cue that runs off a phone - they fit over your camera lens, allowing you to present and read into camera - and they're easy to operate.

Here's a link to the inexpensive autocue system that I use: https://padcaster.com/pages/parrot.

 

Eye contact

It's important to maintain eye contact with the camera - breaking eye contact reduces the connection between the presenter and the audience, and makes the presenter seem less certain.

Distance and height

I recommend that you stand about 5 feet from the phone/camera.

Set the camera at the same height as the presenter's eyes.

Tripod

Please use a tripod to create a constant steady image! It's really distracting to have a moving/shaking camera when you're sharing a short, information packed presentation.

Body language

Your body language tells the viewer a lot about you. Make sure your body is telling the same confident story that you are. The camera is recording you from at least the waist up.  So consider these options to assist you.

- Use your hands.   If you're uncomfortable with your hands, or fidgeting, find a prop to hold - something relating to your innovation.

- Be demonstrative and expressive.

- Smile, and don't be stiff. 

Choosing a location

Your choice of location is yet another part of the storytelling process. Look for a location relevant to your innovation, but in a controllable environment.

  • Avoid a noisy area

  • Avoid distractions and interruptions

  • Find somewhere that's visually interesting and has depth

  • You can record against a plain background if necessary, and edit accordingly.

Lighting

The best lighting arrangement is when you can take advantage of natural light - or light that's already available.

Make sure that the presenter faces the light and is far away enough from the wall not to cast shadows.

If you need additional lighting and don't have any 'video lights,'

  • use a desk, floor or light-therapy lamp

  • if there are ceiling spotlights, direct them towards the presenter

  • buy a couple of bright LED lights, and cover them with tracing paper to soften the light.

Audio

Don't let poor audio quality spoil your presentation. Avoid using the internal microphone on a phone or video camera. You'll pick up all the ambient noise in the room, which makes a presenter's voice unclear.

Use an external microphone - it really makes a difference to the quality of the sound - and the effectiveness of your pitch.

Here are a few links to affordable external microphones that can work with phones or cameras: 

Editing

Once you've recorded your presentation, you'll need to edit the video and add any additional visual information to support your pitch.  You'll also need to add your logo at the beginning and again at the end - along with email, web address and any social media links.

If you're going to do the editing yourself, but don't have the software yet - here's a range of editing software for Mac and PC, from freeware to about $300: