Nilofer Merchant: The Importance of Onlyness

Honored to have TED speaker and beselling author Nilofer Merchant at Pitch Refinery 2012

    Pitch Refinery 2012′s Keynote Speaker, Nilofer Merchant talks about the importance of “Onlyness.” Nilofer explains onlyness in her book, 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era, as that thing that only one individual can bring to a situation. It includes the journey and passions of each human. Onlyness is fundamentally about honoring each […]

Reasons People Gave for Attending Pitch Refinery

Following is a list of reasons attendees gave for desiding they needed to come to Pitch Refinery this weekend. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Join us! The amount of time it takes for some responses to come back. I’m still struggling to describe my unique services in a way that piques people’s […]

Sponsor a Student Ambassador

Sponsor a Student Ambassador

We’ve been getting several emails a day from college students who want to go to Pitch Refinery but are unable to afford even the student ticket. They are more than happy to volunteer and we’ve taken on a few of them, but we can’t possibly support the more than 20 students who have approached us […]

Pitching Like Jagger – The Three Stages of Pitching

Pitching Like Jagger - The Three Stages of Pitching

We’ve all heard it: Practice Makes Perfect – But How Much Practice? And when do you know it’s perfect? Pitch Refinery‘s organizer Melissa Pierce, sheds some light on the three stages of Practice, and why you have to go through them all to get the perfect pitch.  The First Stage: You’re Pitch Stinks This is […]

Scholarships Available

Scholarships Available

The kind people at StrategyJQ  have provided scholarships to attend Pitch Refinery as a VIP! “One of the most challenging aspects of running my business,StrategyJQ, is presenting to potential clients. I admire the people I see at conferences that speak so well and with so much confidence – it’s something that took me a long time […]

Pitch Refinery Redux

Pitch Refinery Redux

We’re excited to announce we’ve added a new item to our agenda! In the interest of getting you out of their comfort zone and into the flow we’ve arranged for an expert panel of judges to challege you in your newfound pitching skills! At the end of day two, attendees have a chance to take […]

Speaking on Stage? Take the Audience on a Hero’s Journey

Speaking on Stage? Take the Audience on a Hero's Journey

Trying to figure out the arch of your presentation, use Joseph Campbell’s handy “hero’s journey” graphic to guide you to giving a thrilling talk!

Spotlight on Organizer, Melissa Pierce

Spotlight on Organizer, Melissa Pierce

Melissa Pierce is a bootstrapping DIY entrepreneur who is passionate about doing things she’s never done before, just so she can learn to do them. Under her belt of curiousity led adventures into the unknown are film production, founding a computer programming school, creating a search engine just for finding women leaders, and organizing Pitch Refinery. She is one of […]

8 Tickets for the Price of 6 with Table Sponsorship

8 Tickets for the Price of 6 with Table Sponsorship

We’ve added a new selection to our registration menu! You can now purchase a table for your group or company. What that means is that you’ll get 8 tickets for the price of 6! A great package for small companies, sales teams, schools, or start-up incubators. You will also get reserved signage at your table […]

Start-ups Need to Learn to Pitch to More than Just Investors

New Event Picks Up Where Traditional Pitch Events Fall Short For Immediate Release: Start-ups and small businesses can learn to pitch more than just investors at Pitch Refinery September 22nd and 23rd in Chicago IL. Entrepreneur and filmmaker Melissa Pierce has seen her share of start-up pitch events, and although she understands their value, she […]

Excellent Advice on the Power of Body Language!

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