Pitching an idea to your peers can be extremely nerve wracking, even though I wasn't the one speaking, I still felt the tension as we threw our brain children at the audience. Unfortunately, we hit a brick wall, our pitch was met primarily with confusion and criticism, and so we didn't get out of our pitch the feedback that we'd hoped for.
However, there were many lessons I can learn from pitching my ideas to my peers. First and foremost, pitch only the essentials. "Be ruthless with the information you convey." as it was so well put by my facilitator. These words reign true, especially when given a time-frame to pitch in. I made the mistake of thinking that, as a team, we should display that we had fallback ideas. My suspicions didn't get the better of me, and this make or break rule I allowed to be violated. In the future when I nail down ideas I will ensure that only those ideas are pitched unless I'm really up the creek without a paddle. Ensuring that your timed pitch is clear and concise is key. Which brings me to my next point.
Your ideas will never be as clear as you think they are. It's the reason why rule books are so robotic, and technical. Why that guy over in the corner always questions what you say, because you're not being clear with your words. This is also proven with a 5 minute pitch. Seeing other team's pitches concise, yet unclear really nailed the lesson. Some people just don't seem to understand, no matter how clearly you think you explained it. When pitching, keep industry lingo to the minimum, and time saved to the maximum. In the future, I'm going to try to script my pitches using less flowery words, or technical words, trying to write my ideas down in as few words as possible, while ensuring they still convey clear meaning. Which also runs into the final point.
Pictures! Pictures speak a thousand words, an age old saying, especially when you're trying to explain how your board game will be laid out or the zones of your card games is set up. Diagrams will be your deities, even if you open up paint and slap some rectangles on a white canvas, anything that shows what your ideas are without words is a savior. When it comes time to pitch again, I'm going to be using diagrams as much as possible, no clutter, just simplicity.
Oh and the most important pitching tip. K.I.S.S keep it simple, stupid.