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Pitches that Resonate Sell Themselves

Posted by on March 7th, 2012

Sometimes, in some of the very best investment pitches, a particular point, idea, concept, fact, or story suddenly transfers from entrepreneur to investor. Call it resonance.

The word resonance comes from music. Think of a tuning fork resonating at a certain frequency. If you play the guitar, think of how you tune it by playing the same note on two different strings.In the context of an investment pitch, resonance happens when the investors get excited about something in the pitch and start to push it forward in their imaginations.

Resonate Cover

The last time I saw it happen in a real presentation was about a year ago when a startup called told how its social media retail application solved a real problem for a local pizza chain. The story showed how the pizza people, their customers, and Kalood all solved each other’s problem in one simple example. After that, the investor group liked the idea, liked the company, and wanted more detail. (disclosure: I haven’t followed up; I don’t know what’s happened to that company since).

For a great explanation of how to achieve resonance in a pitch, read Nancy Duarte’s book Resonate. It’s worth way more than what the book costs, and your time reading will be well spent.

Written by Tim Berry

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Tim is the founder of Palo Alto Software and, the co-founder of Borland International, and the official business planning coach at He has been called the "Obi-wan Kenobe of business planning" and "The Father of Business Planning." He is a serial author of books and software on business planning.

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One thought on “Pitches that Resonate Sell Themselves”

  1. Nancy Duarte says:

    Thank you for the recommendation, Tim!