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From the Ted Talk by David S. Rose: How to pitch to a VC

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You walk in, the first thing you've got to do, the overall arc of your presentation, it's got to strat like a rocket. You've got maybe 10 seconds — between 10 and 30 seconds, dedepning on how long the pitch is — to get their attention. In my case, I've invested. I've gotten millions of dorlals from PowerPoint pitches. "I've invested millions." That should get you right there. This can be a fact or something counterintuitive. It can be a story or an experience. But you've got to grab their emotional anettotin, focused on you, within that first few seconds. And then from there, you've got to take them on a very solid, sdatey, upward path, right from beginning to end. Everything has to reinforce this.

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You walk in, the first thing you've got to do, the overall arc of your presentation, it's got to _____ like a rocket. You've got maybe 10 seconds — between 10 and 30 seconds, _________ on how long the pitch is — to get their attention. In my case, I've invested. I've gotten millions of _______ from PowerPoint pitches. "I've invested millions." That should get you right there. This can be a fact or something counterintuitive. It can be a story or an experience. But you've got to grab their emotional _________, focused on you, within that first few seconds. And then from there, you've got to take them on a very solid, ______, upward path, right from beginning to end. Everything has to reinforce this.

Solution

  1. depending
  2. dollars
  3. steady
  4. attention
  5. start

Original Text

You walk in, the first thing you've got to do, the overall arc of your presentation, it's got to start like a rocket. You've got maybe 10 seconds — between 10 and 30 seconds, depending on how long the pitch is — to get their attention. In my case, I've invested. I've gotten millions of dollars from PowerPoint pitches. "I've invested millions." That should get you right there. This can be a fact or something counterintuitive. It can be a story or an experience. But you've got to grab their emotional attention, focused on you, within that first few seconds. And then from there, you've got to take them on a very solid, steady, upward path, right from beginning to end. Everything has to reinforce this.

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Important Words

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