Eating Etiquette for Pitching

OCTOBER 14, 2016

As an entrepreneur, pitching is part of your job description. ENGEN Pitch & Polish, in association with Engen Petroleum Ltd, Nedbank, Raizcorp and SAfm, brings you some foodie tips to ensure you are always pitch ready.

  • Saucy dishes: avoid meals where there is even a small possibility of the sauce ending up on your clothing
  • Leafy leftovers: spinach or lettuce stuck in your teeth are very distracting, keep your smile clean
  • Garlic / onion: you may think the smell is faint but it infuses the room and turns the investors off
  • Beer/coke: both can make you burp in the middle of your pitch, and embarrass you
  • Alcohol: smelling of it from the night before or before your presentation impresses no-one and gives a poor impression of the seriousness with which you are participating 

How you present yourself is as important as how you present your polished pitch. Look crisp, clean, wide-eyed, eager and alert; make certain, when you check for food stains on your clothes and strong aromas from your body, that there aren’t any and that the impression you’re going to leave on the investors will be an excellent holistic one, covering all the positive aspects of yourself physiologically and intellectually. This is your chance, as a perfectly well-groomed and fresh-smelling contender, to present a perfectly polished pitch and get the desired response from the investors.  

For more of information on the programme, visit www.pitchandpolish.com.