Christoph Sollich, original ‘Berliner’ and extremely successful Pitch Coach, is today’s guest on the StartupGeist Podcast. He shares his insights on how to pitch your startup idea. In his masterclass, Christoph shares resources and best practices and answers my 10 rapid fire questions.
1: StartupGeist Podcast with Christoph Sollich
I met Christoph 3 years ago in Berlin as part of my speaking engagement at the Berlin Startup Camp sharing my insights on ‘(3) + 5 MISTAKES Founders must avoid’.
Christoph presented before me. The room was packed. Everyone was thrilled. Everyone hang on his lips. My self-esteem diminished every minute I saw him pitching because he delivered a great story with perfectly aligned slides and clicks. He was extremely confident. He was #great.
I, on the other hand, wanted to go back home. “But yeah … step out of your comfort zone, right or become a loser” — it’s what I thought.
Christoph presented in front of nearly 100 people. Afterward, 15 or 20 (or so) students stayed for my keynote. It helped me to be less nervous, though. This experience definitely taught me a lot of things (ex: a great pitch takes a lot of practice).
From that moment onwards, I took pitching very seriously. You should, too.
Listen to this week’s show and learn
- (6:54) Good ideas are tough because good ideas come from the same place as bad ideas. And that’s your brain.
- (9:37) Mindset is everything. If you want to be a great entrepreneur, you’ll end up being a great entrepreneur.
- (11:30) As a student, use your time in Uni more effectively. Even as a recent graduate, do something on the side. Have a side project.
- (14:30) I don’t believe in I sit down and plan my life approach. It just happens. Every entrepreneur who is successful or happy with what they do had this realization that they had no other choice.
- (16:34) Events are a great start for your career. Talk to interesting people, listen and build a network and meet like-minded people afterward. Every student should attend a startup weekend.
- (17:07) Three main things I learned after becoming an entrepreneur: (1) Entrepreneurship exists. This wasn’t always the case. (2) Networks matters. (3) Just do it — even on a smaller scale.
- (19:08) The problem was that I wasn’t thinking.
- (23:20) You meet the craziest people in the weirdest way.
- (28:00) As a dad, I work less but achieve more.
- (30:45) Why you should stop drinking caffeine and eating sugar
- (40:00) Ideas come over time.
- (44:30) Learn to become open to feedback.
- (47:00) Find people who speak to you and follow them.
Mentioned in this week’s show
- The Tim Ferriss Show
- Life’s A Pitch by Philip Delves Broughton
- The Pitch Doctor | Christoph on LinkedIn and Twitter
- Ryde MY Pony
- Pitching Hacks — How to Pitch Startups to Investors (pdf link)
Any thought? Please comment.
What was the thing that stood out most to you about what Christoph shares in this show?
For me, it was how Christoph embraces serendipity to meet people and values patience and constant input to ultimately come up with a great idea.
To learn from my key insights of this episode, click here.
For You? Leave a comment below.