It’s humbling to put something out there and see (a) what people think about it and (b) if people who don’t know you will actually buy it. For the most part, that’s what I did with Practice Your Pitch. I’m overwhelmed by the reviews on Amazon. It’s not the volume, mind you, since the 8th review was just posted today. No, it’s the content of the reviews that intrigues me. That all the reviews are 5-star blows me away.
“Practice Your Pitch” Reviews on Amazon
Marianna has been attending Pitch Practice since last fall. She will tell you that she is shy, and not comfortable at all talking in front of a group of people. The degree to which her presentation of herself and her company (AppZoro) has improved is really incredible. She has taken the time to attend consistently and practice, practice, practice. You can see the results in this short video on Linkedin. Full disclosure: I handed Marianna a copy of the book at Pitch Practice a few weeks ago.
Chinika visited Pitch Practice back in February, and asked if I would do a special session for the high school kids in her program (mentioned above) called “BossUp101“. Chinika has taken on the task of introducing her students to the world of entrepreneurship. Her students are teenagers diagnosed with various forms of learning disability or learning differences. These kids most likely won’t get into colleges or be accepted into the military, so Chinika is seeing to it that they learn how to start their own business and be independent. I highly recommend you support BossUp101. Full disclosure: I donated 10 copies of Practice Your Pitch to Chinika for her students.
John is a local Atlanta entrepreneur. We had coffee about 3 years ago, and stay in touch, but we haven’t spoken in a long time. No disclosure here. He bought the book and gave it a straight up 5 star review. Thanks John!
Though this reader chose to remain anonymous on Amazon, I know his name. He’s a voracious learner, extremely articulate, and what about that idea of sharing the profits?!? It’s not the first time someone has suggested I take some sort of equity in every company that practices their pitch every Friday. Why didn’t I think of that sooner?!? 😉
Total disclosure: Bruce emailed me after buying the book because he found a typo. Yup, “Lesson 3” and “Lesson 4” are listed on page 21 and then again on page 32. The actual lessons are different, but the numbering is messed up. Editor?!?
Bruce had a great question: “Lesson 10 warns us of using the UBER of ____. But does not explain why this is a hazard to be avoided. Would you care to expound?”
My response: “Uber for ____________” is a very powerful analogy…IF it fits. Uber has personified the sharing economy; however, not everything is sharing, on demand, driven by an app, or displaces an entire global industry (taxis). And, unfortunately, Uber has a branding issue, starting with its founder and former CEO, Travis Kalanick. When you say “We’re like Uber for __________” you risk alienating half the audience with one sentence.
Thanks, Bruce, for the typo catch, great question, and 5 star review.
Thank you, Tee, for this one. I like the last sentence: “Quick, useful read.” Practice Your Pitch is intended to be “the elevator pitch” of business books. Nice to see someone agrees.
Mr. Penick is a telecom executive with CenturyLink. Our kids used to be in Cub Scouts together, many moons ago. Getting the next meeting is important, no matter what stage of business you’re in.
Finally, Oliver attended Pitch Practice a while ago to practice his pitch for his venture called SkyPitch, a soccer league that funds low income youth soccer teams through adult soccer leagues. Even though it was almost 2 years ago, I remember working through Oliver’s pitch with him and how hard he worked to make his message compelling. Well done, Oliver, and thank you for taking the time to buy, read, and review the book.
Thank you to everyone who has taken a chance on this $10, 100 page book, and then taken the time to write a really positive review. I hope that the contents of Practice Your Pitch are helpful to lots of new entrepreneurs all over the place.