Remote pencil pitch

Energiser / Warm up, Fun

Brainstorming, Team – building

Communication, Creativity / create, Improvisation game

Up to 15 min, Up to 30 min, Up to 60 min

6-15 persons, 16 – 30 persons

Beginner

Safe

Introduction

Help your team practice their pitching skills while having fun with this improvisation activity perfect for remote teams or virtual meetings.

Necessary tools (what you need)

  • Pick a videoconferencing tool of your choice.
  • Pick an online whiteboard toolthat allows using large, zoomable canvas.

Steps

  1. Set up a slide deck of weird and wonderful objects prior to the meeting and ensure no one has seen them beforehand. You will want at least ten slides, though we recommend more, particularly for large groups. Share this on-screen with your participants.
  2. Find a volunteer or nominate a person to begin. Invite your participants to pitch whatever comes up on the next slide to the rest of the group. Their aim is to sell the object to the group and talk about its features and benefits.
  3. Time it so participants have thirty seconds to pitch and keep things moving by switching slides and nominating the next person to take over pitching when you deem fit. This keeps everyone on their toes and builds the energy!
  4. Once everyone has had a turn improvising, give everyone a round of applause and select the best pitcher. Give them an extra clap!

Tips & Tricks

  • This exercise can be tailored to your needs easily.
  • If you want to be more product-focused, have the slides be of possible future features of ideas you have worked on earlier in the session.

The exercise is successfully completed when? Conclusion?

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