When competing for an investor’s attention, an entrepreneur should combine their passion with detailed business information. Investors want to know why people will care enough about the entrepreneur’s product or service to buy it, but they also want to know how the business will make money.
To satisfy investors, entrepreneurs should focus on numbers and, the more accurate, the better. Pricing, turnover, breakeven points, profit margins, competitive market share, production costs, overheads—investors want all this information and more. How will price combine with volume, for example, to meet the entrepreneur’s projections? How did the entrepreneur arrive at the business’s income and cash-flow projections?
An entrepreneur should present this information accurately and without equivocation. Investors who discover irregularities in an entrepreneur’s numbers may walk away.
Entrepreneurs should also explain clearly what they intend to do with the money; additional working capital may require a different form of financing than the acquisition of fixed assets.
Entrepreneurs should talk about their ideas in plain language; they may specialize in robotics, financial derivatives or nanotechnology, but the language of making money is simple and universal.
Finally, entrepreneurs should not get discouraged if their pitch fails; even unsuccessful pitches generate useful information and investors should provide good reasons for rejecting an idea. Entrepreneurs can use this feedback to help improve their pitch until they get it right and get their deal.
Listen to Dialogue in the Den
where along with Dragon Arlene Dickinson, where she explains how negotiation requires confidence, persuasiveness and flexibility.
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Posted on Nov 30, 2009 11:48:56 AM