I have always rated myself (so modestly) as quite brilliant at new business pitches, and at structuring presentations to win. Deluded fool that I am! This became abundantly clear when I read this story about Coco Chanel. I suddenly realized how naive I was, and how badly I had got it wrong. Here’s the story.
I loved the theatre and acting as a young man. So new business pitches were an aspect of business I was immediately seduced by. The thrill of the chase, the creativity of shaping a great presentation, the fun of rehearsing, the theatre and drama of the pitch. That delicious taste of victory.
I spent years gathering techniques to deliver the perfect pitch, and to structure presentations so they are irresistible persuasive. The hit rate has been pretty good. It would have been much higher if I had heard this story about fashion icon Coco Chanel at the beginning of the journey. Here it is.