When Pitching, Don’t Try To Be The Smartest Person In The Room

Proposing a project involves a lot of variables. Making yourself seem to be the smartest person around shouldn’t necessarily be one of them.

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As Matthew Hussey notes over at The Next Web, getting ready to pitch a new project — in his case, chasing VC funding — involves multiple variables, and being ready to face complex challenges. Amongst that grouping could be the temptation to show off exactly how smart you are as a way to impress your potential VC suitors, but Hussey notes that this is often a mistake.

“Before our Series A fundraising, I re-assessed my seed pitch and realized what I was doing wrong: I was trying to prove that I was the smartest person in the room. What I should have been proving was that I was a leader who could deliver on an exciting vision.”

Getting bogged down in the details is fine once you’re actually working on a project, but in the initial stages, it makes sense to deliver a broad picture instead, while being ready to dive deep if those you’re dealing with demand that kind of information.

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