Recently the CEO of a new web start-up came to our office to propose a strategic partnership. This fledgling company is posed to make it big. They came up with a great idea, have a great product and are answering a huge customer need. They’ve developed a good story. They are networking with all the right people. They are eager and hard working. They seem to have the technological capability. They are willing to learn and they are asking a lot of good questions. I’m impressed but….
The PowerPoint presentation he showed us was riddled with misspellings, errors, mismatched formatting, text running over images images and text too small to see. I’m sad that the slides they developed are not more polished because now I wonder if they will give attention to detail in other parts of their business. If we partner with them will they get things right? Will they be too relaxed about key issues that really matter to us? Will they deliver a error free site to our customers?
You never know when you’ve got a lot of money or opportunity riding on a presentation. Do it right. Hire a great proofreader. Have your business partners, mentors or other trusted friends read, proof and give you feedback. If you are selling from PowerPoint slides make sure you are pitching a perfect presentation.