Baseball puns aside, when you’re being pitched to no one wants to listen to a belly itcher. So don’t be one. Pitching is about more than just selling your idea or product, its about conviction and passion. You’re not scratching body parts in laziness or confusion. You’re on the mound throwing strikes!
If I’ve learned anything in my internships and college (and I really hope I have), its that you can’t fake it because you won’t make it. Finding passion and conviction in an idea or a selling point is what makes a pitch great.
For example, my group is the Safety Squad. Cliché name aside, I really believe in the providing a safe and secure environment for students to be able to leave their homes and return late at night. I’m a total night owl and do my best work at around 1am-3am. Its weird I know but the fact that I never stepped foot in a library to study until junior year should say something. I lived in the dorms until then and saw no reason to leave the safety of them, though I probably would have been infinitely more productive at a library during the wee hours of the night. But I didn’t know I could get a ride home, I just knew that we got a lot of DPS Crime Alerts my first two years here.
You youngin’s might think I’m weird and overly nervous but enter the serial rapist of the 2011-2012 school year. Enter the multiple muggings that happened around East University St. Enter the general feeling of not being safe to walk on your own campus. Yeah, you wouldn’t leave your dorm buildings either. Now that I’m in an apartment off-campus, this is especially crucial. Granted the Crime Alerts have been scaled back exponentially and I’ve figured out my options for a free ride home, but I should be able to get home from the bar*** or a friend’s house or anywhere around campus any time of the day I wish.
So there’s my conviction and passion. I want to be able to do what I want to do and go where I please and feel safe about it. Because that should be the right of any student that goes to the University of Michigan, especially the female ones who have grown up being warned of unsafe cultures. This isn’t one of them. In the Safety Squad pitch, I’m proudly going to sell you the Night Owl bus option, SAFE Ride and the other on campus options to get home at night. Because its something I believe in, and there is no way in hell I’m going to be a belly itcher.
Remember that even though this is for a class assignment, we can still do some good and pitch the ideas we are passionate about. Conviction and passion are two of the most important things behind a great pitcher who’s ready to throw a strike.
***Disclaimer: I am 21 years old.