1. Volume - Volume can be cultural and how it is used changes around the world. Americans tend to speak louder than many other cultures and not everyone is comfortable with this. How much energy do you want to inject into your pitch? Your volume should change from softer to louder in different parts of your pitch.
  2. Accents - Don’t overthink your accent. Use it to be unique and stand out in a sea of startup pitches. It is not necessary to sound American, but it is necessary to be clear. Make sure you are not cutting off the final sounds of words which will impact clarity and hold the vowels a little longer to create emotion.
  3. Voice - You spend hours preparing the pitch, yet how often do you prepare your voice? Alcohol and coffee will dry your voice out so be sure to drink plenty of water so your voice can stay hydrated. Gentle humming will warm up your vocal cords and clears the voice before you present or go into a meeting.
  4. Pitch Variation - Here we are talking about the pitches and stress you use on words. If you lack vocal variation, you can easily lose your audience. Stress on keywords using a slightly higher pitch helps those words to stand out and can bring them to life. Practice a short phrase three ways, changing the stress on different words each time you say it to create different meanings.
  5. Record, Record and Record - Watch yourself on film, listen on audio, and get to know your style. This might not be your favorite activity. Some might say it’s downright painful, but it is the key to understanding how you present and whether how you perceive yourself is actually how you are delivering.

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