The Apprentice is back on television in the UK, and with it comes the inevitable media focus on entrepreneurial business skills and, in particular, the art of pitching.
Almost every episode of the popular, business based cross between a reality program and a game show features the contestants having to make a pitch.
I'm presenting a pitching workshop for Screen Producers Ireland tomorrow (Wednesday 10th May) in Dublin. I look forward to meeting many of Ireland’s top film and TV producers.
Entitled "The Seven Secrets of a Successful Pitch", I'm going to be sharing some practical tips on pitching and presentation that will help producers pitch to their maximum potential.
Visit the Screen Producer's website www.screenproducersireland.com to find out more about them.
The Early Bird Special
The MIP TV festival is usually a busy time for me but this time it was even crazier than usual. As well as all the usual business meetings, lunches, dinners and , of course, the obligatory late night drinks at The Grand or The C21 Club, I had agreed to deliver four sessions for the organisers. My first ‘gig’ was to train people to pitch for the big 360 competition. I am delighted to say one of the companies I trained won the first prize. Harry D. Lee from Telston (www.telston.com) in Korea sent me a charming e-mail of thanks which said,
"Find out how to make the perfect pitch and avoid common pitching mistakes"
This week started with a heart-warming experience as I was invited to deliver a master class in pitching as a visiting tutor at The National Film and Television School. The inspirational Head of Television, David G.
I'm presenting a new workshop at the MIP TV festival this April in Cannes.
Entitled "The Pitch Doctor's Guide to Making It at MIP", I'm going to be sharing some practical tips on networking and pitching that will help delegates get the most out of the conference.
You can read all about it in the MIP preview magazine:
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I'm just getting ready to leave for Oslo to deliver a pitching masterclass for Norwegian media giants Monster Entertainment.
I'll be incorporating elements of my book The Pitching Bible - The Seven Secrets of a Successful Business Pitch, so if you are interested in how you can win more business and more investment by applying the Seven Secrets get yourself on a plane and ask Monster if you can come along.