I hear many people make excuses for postponing selling or giving presentations because they are concerned that they aren’t quite ready. Not being ready is a bad excuse for postponing success.
The concern I often hear is that people don’t feel ready because they are worried their sales pitch or presentation won’t be perfect. Typically, people have an idea in their mind of what the perfect pitch or presentation should look like. Maybe they’re worried they won’t do as well as other great pitches and presentations they have seen.
Here’s a great truth I learned years ago from a great advisor and friend: “To a worm that knows no apple, an onion is heaven.” I’ve reminded myself of this truth many times in growing Proforma.
Simply stated, what this truth means is that your prospective customer or audience has no idea what a perfect pitch or presentation should look like. They probably have no point of reference or comparison. Surely they don’t know what you think is “perfect” in your mind and haven’t seen the other pitches you’ve seen.
Whatever you do or say will be all they know, so stop making excuses for not selling or giving winning presentations. Ready, fire, aim.
Always remember that, to a worm that knows no apple, an onion is heaven.