The ubiquity of pitching raises an important question – what makes an effective pitch?
Dr. Clay Spinuzzi, Department of Rhetoric and Writing in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, has been studying pitching as a genre (a formalized technique or strategy in communication) in collaboration with the IC2 Institute since 2012. Dr. Spinuzzi and his colleagues, including Dr. Gregory Pogueat IC, have explored pitching to understand how entrepreneurs respond to market feedback and craft compelling arguments through studying the experience of Korean, Portuguese, and U.S. entrepreneurs.
This month, Dr. Spinuzzi was asked by Insider to comment on what makes a great pitch. In this article, the contribution of founder experience, style, and passion were highlighted as components that build trust and create attraction between investors and founders pitching innovative ideas. Dr. Spinuzzi and other experts describe what works in pitching, but also point out important biases and limitations associated with pitching. Such insight helps the public see what “sells” and why some highly risky ventures can attract high quantities of venture capital, but still lack a validated and scalable revenue model.
So, look at this interesting article, ” Science has figured out why Silicon Valley keeps forking over millions to charismatic screw-ups like WeWork founder Adam Neumann” to gain advice to create more effective pitches while avoiding risky pitfalls.
Examples include: Spinuzzi, et al., 2023, in press. Linked but desynched: An OODA analysis of associated entrepreneurship accelerator programs. Journal of Business and Technical Communication 37:1.; Spinuzzi, et al., 2020. Go or No Go: learning to persuade in an early-stage student entrepreneurship program. IEEE Trans. Prof. Commun., 63:100-117.; Spinuzzi, et al., 2018. Articulating problems and markets: A translation analysis of entrepreneurs’ emergent value propositions. Written Communications 35(4):379-410.; Spinuzzi et al., 2016. How magnets attract and repel: Interessement in a technology commercialization competition. Written Communication 33(1):3 41.; Spinuzzi, C., Nelson, R.S., Thomson, K.S., Lorenzini, F., French, R.A., Pogue, G., Burback, S.D., Momberger, J. 2014. Making the pitch: Examining dialogue and revisions in entrepreneurs’ pitch decks. IEEE Trans. Prof. Commun., 57:158 181.