I’ve been involved in pitches from time-to-time in my career in advertising, but I’ve never actually been in the room to pitch the work when the the actual meeting took place.
Today I got that chance, and although I spent a lot of time rehearsing and fretting over it, it boiled down to the same thing I do in every presentation: know my shit. If you know what you’re talking about, there’s no reason to be nervous. It’s when you don’t that you have to watch out.
That’s not to say that I didn’t spend the night having dreams that I wouldn’t be able to find my pants in the morning, I was still nervous as hell leading up to things, but when it came down to it I think I did a pretty good job.
And then I ripped my shirt open on a stray nail in the boardroom as I retook my seat.
Yep, that sounds like about right.