Way back in 2008, or maybe it was 2009, I went to the launch party for the Boston-based Awesome Foundation. A bunch of people who wanted to give money to awesome causes got together and decided to jointly gift $1000 a month to something cool. They prefer projects like marshmallow launchers and particle hammocks so we have yet to get funding. Actually, I made those up. They don’t appear to keep a published list of their projects but they’re usually awesomely unusual and frequently science-based. And since they’re young and innovative, they like to celebrate with parties. So I went.
I had no idea what to expect.
GAN-e-meed did not yet officially exist although I was in the middle of pulling in board members and hunting up nonprofit filing manuals. I was wearing heels that hurt, I forgot how hard it is to park near Central Square, it was humid, and raining. Needless to say, I arrived late.
I snuck up the stairs into the crowded, hot, now defunct Beta House and attempted to memorize the names and faces of the board members the speaker pointed out in the crowd. Within minutes, we were mingling, stalking board members, and swapping ‘awesome’ project ideas.
Eventually I found myself talking to a very nice man. We exchanged ideas and then chatted a little. Someone else joined the conversation and this very nice man proceeded to pitch GAN-e-meed Theatre Project to the new person.
And he did better.
He then continued to pitch GAN-e-meed Theatre Project to several more people. Each time improving his pitch and doing it better than I.
And so began my introduction to pitching ideas.
As it turns out, I was also plunged into the finer details of networking…which I definitely failed that night seeing as I know neither the name nor the awesome project of this very-nice-man who changed my life. Furthermore, locating a single business card from that evening would be a true miracle. Lesson learned.
Don’t wait to learn how to pitch by tossing yourself in the waters like I did. Let the talented speaker, Robbie Samuels, give you a head start. Register for Perfecting Your Pitch. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.
Perfecting Your Pitch with Robbie Samuels is scheduled for Tuesday November 8th at 6:30 PM at the Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion in Hall A on the second floor. To purchase your ticket go to Perfecting Your Pitch . Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 cash only at the door.