Mary Vee had a helpful post on pitching your story this week, and one of her suggestions was to pitch to the family pet, so I asked Reno to help me practice. Practicing a pitch should be a cinch for someone who has taught riding as long as I have. At least that’s what I assumed. But whoa there. This is not easy.
An Easy Start
We started yesterday. Reno ate hay, and I groomed him. He committed to a full three weeks of daily practice after I promised a treat for each session. Today he got a carrot.
So Reno has the cushy job, and mine is a bit discouraging. Not only do I have to speak this to strangers, I had to decide what to say.
Today we did video of our practice. Boy! This definitely classifies as raw footage- no make-up, no fancy clothes, and no idea of where to hold the phone’s camera. And obviously no thought about lighting. We’ll see if we can get good videos of our pitches each week as we improve. (We’d better improve because, well, watch the videos!) Even our videoing will improve.
If after three weeks of practice while holding the camera myself, keeping Reno’s attention and trying to remember what I want to say, I’ll be able to give my pitch under pressure and with all sorts of distractions, any place, any time.
Reno is a tough audience, and just because he knows the author didn’t automatically earn my effort a positive review. I think he intends to make me work for his approval.
Come back next week and check our progress!
Hmm, I wonder if I can write-off Reno’s carrots as a writing business expense?