What it’s like going from Mechanical Engineer to Entrepreneur,
I almost lost my voice this past weekend because I was talking about EllieGrid so much. Last night, I must have told people our story almost a dozen times. I’ve talked to so many people, yet I haven’t opened my CAD software in at least a week.
Fortunately for me, I was raised by a motivational speaker and have no problem speaking in front of crowds or to important people, in fact, I actually enjoy it, but I also know that a lot of technically minded people don’t have the same comfort level. The truth is this: you don’t need to be comfortable selling your idea to be an incredibly powerful advocate for your product. When you say the product works, people believe you. When people ask you questions about the minutiae and technical details, you know the answers. And honestly, you’re probably better at memorizing important statistics than anyone else on your team.
I wish I could offer some specific advice to make this easier, some silver bullet to make pitching your idea to groups and important individuals painless, but the truth is it has always come naturally to me and I don’t want to diminish how hard it might be for some. I can say this however: you know your product better than anyone, and because of that, your words carry weight even if you don’t speak them very loudly.