I recently returned from a trip to Umeå, Sweden where I coached a group of biotech companies in their pitch at the Umeå Biotech Incubator or UBI. It's a beautiful city about a 40 minute flight from Stockholm. I also had the pleasure of coaching the business coaches who work with the companies and cases in their journeys. We had "the best pitch coach" in all of Sweden in the group and even he learned some new things he can do in his coaching practice that will simplify his work. Umeå even had their own TEDx event!
Here's a short interview of my experience:
Everyone in every company needs to have at least one Explainer Video. People expect you to be able to explain what your company does in about 2-2 minutes or less and through video.
Since it can be costly to hire people to do this for you, you might want to think about RawShorts because they have a site where you can create your own Explainer Video for free. You can also share for free. Once you are ready to produce it and own it, they charge a mere $20 USD per export. Of course, you can buy a package for cheaper exports that can bring the fee down to $8 USD.
Check out their most recent additions and give it a try! You just might be able to build your own awesome Explainer Video yourself and in minutes!
For many years, people have been asking me for Part 2 of a video I produced many years ago called How to pitch to investors with 13 slides in under 10 minutes. I get it and understand why they wanted Part 2. But, as I always explained, Part 1 was 30 minutes of solid nourishment with no empty calories or any up selling. Part 2 is how I generate revenue for my business. I know people understood that, but they still wanted the information for free.
While I would go out of business if I give everything away for free, I have a "very inexpensive" way for you to gain more access to my workshop materials and then some. I hope you like this option:
I have partnered with Illumeo, a company that provides professional development online courses and workshops. Their model is you pay $99 USD once per year and you have access to their entire library of courses and workshops for no additional up sell. That is the best deal around, in my opinion.
Here is a link where you can access my course: https://www.illumeo.com/courses/how-captivate-any-audience-less-30-seconds
Also, by the end of this month, there will be a second course on Illumeo by me called Mastering Questions and Answers. This workshop will take you through all of the ins and outs of how to be more effective and memorable when answering questions. A lot of the information in this workshop comes from my media training and experience in front of a camera and live journalists asking questions on the spot. Stay tuned or check back to Illumeo for more information as it becomes available.
Do you mentor startups? Do you know a mentor?
Over the past few years, people have been asking me to share my tips and techniques for how I get results from entrepreneurs. I am pleased to announce that I am now hosting webinars and seminars for mentors who spend their time coaching and advising startups. Attendees will learn 13 proven and effective tools in less than 1 hour.
The tools I will share with you are practical and proven. During the past 10 years, I have worked with over 125,000 entrepreneurs and C-level executives around the world and personally delivered 12,000+ hours of 1:1 coaching. I am also an Industry Fellow at UC Berkeley's Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, a guest lecturer and pitch coach at Wharton Entrepreneurship, featured on Kauffman Founders School and a published author.
You can register for this webinar below. Please share this with mentors in your network. I am confident they will thank you for mentioning Nathan Gold and this post.
There is a group called the Pipeline Entrepreneurs with headquarters in Kansas City, MO that is changing the world one startup at a time. While they typically cater to companies in the Midwestern states, their influence and reach is worldwide. I have had the pleasure of coaching their teams for the past 3 years all leading up to the Innovator of the Year celebration. If you want to see how they celebrated their year long program, check out this video: