|July 25, 2013|
|7 Tips To Win A Business Competition Or Pitch Contest|
|By Rohit Bhargava|
| There’s a few things they don’t tell you about being on The Shark Tank.
One of them is that every pitch on the popular reality business TV show starts with a silent 10 second staring contest. I spent an afternoon talking to a former (winning) contestant from the show, and one of the the insights he shared was that the first moment you walk into “the tank” on the show is highly scripted. The cameras are rolling to capture that perfect one second facial expression that will be edited into the final episode when it aired. To get that split second shot, though, you need to stand motionless (as do the Sharks) for almost ten seconds.
Imagine being an entrepreneur lucky enough to make it onto the show. You have submitted your story. You have shared all your financials. You manage to hone your story, work on your pitch and try to prepare as best you can. Then you walk into the biggest pitch of your life that will be televised to a national audience and you have to just stand there in a real life pit stop for 10 endless [...]
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