Are you holding back from pitching yourself?

The other day, I was working with two adorable, gorgeous clients who have a really cool and exciting story to share.  I had given them some homework…I had asked them to pitch some story ideas to various magazines and shows.  The ideas were great, and they were perfect for the mags that they wanted to get featured in.  So far, so good.  I fully expected them to do the homework!

So when the excuses started coming out ……Oh, I’ve been too busy, not had time etc etc etc I enquired and delved a bit deeper.  I always recognise procrastination when I hear it!  People take the actions that they are excited about, even when they have other stuff that they ‘should’ be doing.  And they avoid the stuff that they are afraid of, even if there is only the washing up to do.

Aisling & Trish

Aisling & Trish

It transpired that the girls were afraid to pitch their ideas because they weren’t sure they would know how to ‘do it right’.  They were afraid they might get it ‘wrong’ and mess up their chances.

This made me think.

A lot of people tell me that they feel this way.  Afraid to take a chance and reach out to a magazine or a show that they would like to be in/on.  They think that there is only one secret formula for pitching and that if they don’t know what it is, they will fail!

And so I would like to let you in on a secret.

The editors/producers/writers/bloggers out there are HUMAN BEINGS!  Well, most of us are!!!

We recognise that you are human beings as well.  And we want to help you!  We want you to do well.  We also want and need stories and content for our TV shows, radio shows, magazines, newspapers, blogs.  So it doesn’t matter if you don’t know the ‘right’ way to pitch to us!  Sure, some pitches are presented in a form that is more eye catching, more user friendly than others.  And I can help you with that.  But the most important part of your pitch is the part that can’t be manufactured or faked.  That part is you.  Your beautiful, authentic self!  You and your story.  And if you are honest, open and real with people, and if you have an idea that they can use, they will respond to you.  Even if you have no experience with pitching!

P.s. Remember to have some fun with this!  It is NOT the end of the world if someone doesn’t like your idea.  It just means that you and that person are not the right fit at this moment in time.  It does NOT mean that you got it wrong or that you failed!

Schedule a FREE consultation with me to see if I can get you out there sharing your story with the world!

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