How to “Own” a Room and Increase Your Presentation Skills
Big thanks to Chad Sanderson for inviting Pitch Lab onto the B2B Revenue Executive Experience Podcast.
Being at the intersection of sales + comedy helped me see the benefits that an “open mic” environment provides to professionals who want to improve their presentation skills.
If you're in sales or part of a client facing team, you are the differentiator to buyers in today's competitive marketplace. Here's an excerpt from the interview:
"After several years as a regular in Denver’s stand-up comedy scene, Jay Mays noticed something remarkable was happening. He was becoming better at sales. The connection between public speaking and sales may seem obvious, but Mays wondered why there weren’t more opportunities for salespeople to practice their presentation skills publicly.
"That idea was brought to life as Pitch Lab in 2016. With Denver’s burgeoning entrepreneurial scene, Mays noticed that the only pitching practice many entrepreneurs had received was in front of actual investors. “That’s not the right time,” Mays said.
“I always thought that the idea of an open mic – that comedians were always out there, once, two, three times a night hitting these mics, whether there’s an audience or not to hone their skills, to practice their material, just to get up there and work that muscle was always so fascinating.”"
Click here to read the full article via Brian Fey @ Value Prime Solutions
Left Hand Right Brain 140: Pitch Lab w/ Jay Mays
JD is one of the hardest working comics in Denver. He's a writer, producer and genuinely hilarious guy who represented Team Comedian during Denver Startup Week's Battle of the Startups: "Entrepreneurs vs. Comedians!"
I had a blast reliving my glory days as one of the biggest names in Denver Unpaid Comedy as well as telling the origin stories of Pitch Lab & Have-Nots Comedy.
Click here to listen to the full Left Hand Right Brain interview
At the end of the podcast JD asked me if I was an artist. I struggled with the question. I didn't feel authentic saying yes, but aren't we all artists to some degree? Even if I'm not an artist in the traditional sense (painting watercolors on a canvas in front of a serene mountain creek) I am a creator. We are all creators.
Pitch Lab creates experiences to help professionals like you be more confident and engaging speakers.