Making a pitch - 13 - English at Work gets your pitch perfect
Narrator: Hello, welcome back to the offices of Citrus Ventures! (broken computer + murmur of people at meeting, as proceedings have been interrupted) Anna's presentation to Mr Lime and his colleagues continues… Well, almost! Her computer has jammed and the presentation, along with her notes, are frozen.
Narrator: Try to remember the key points you wanted to share, and give them one by one. If you can, give some facts that support each point. For example: Tip Top Trading is growing fast – our number of clients doubled last year.
Anna: OK. Ahem! (murmurs die down) Sorry about that, I'll just have to continue talking without the slideshow. So, ahem.... Tip Top Trading is growing fast – our number of clients doubled last year. This is because our company-
Anna: (more conversationally) Tip Top Trading is growing fast – our number of clients doubled last year. This is because our company has a strong track record of reliability and because, thanks to new technology, our fruits are more and more convincing. Our bananas have won awards for being the most authentic-looking fruits in Europe.
We are very happy that Citrus Ventures is already among our clients and we hope to build on that by offering you more exciting new fruits. Let me share with you our latest product: (sound of unzipping of a bag) the Imperial Lemon. (impressed murmur from the audience) The Imperial Lemon's key strengths are its design and flexibility. It is made with revolutionary faux-orange-premium, laser-curve-definition technology… (fade out)
Narrator: What an excellent performance from Anna. She focussed on some key points, supported them with facts and structured her answer clearly. She also managed to relax and sound more natural. She used these phrases: