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Book Review – Dragons Den: The Perfect Pitch, by Peter Spalton

In Non-Fiction Writing on January 25, 2011 at 13:42

You’ve probably heard about Dragon’s Den by now. The hit BBC TV series allows budding entrepreneurs to present and pitch ideas to a set of five Dragons – investors with spare cash looking for the next best thing. The book  “Dragons Den – The Perfect Pitch” tries to give us help in preparing for such a pitch, if we are lucky enough to be in a situation where there is the prospect of investment.This is not to say that this book can only help you if you’re on TV. In the real world, there are investors out there looking, and when the chances come you need to be ready. This book gives you guidance on what you need to be aware of when you make your first impression.

Dragons Den – The Perfect Pitch is a very easy to read book. There are lots of pictures, case studies and advice peppered throughout the book allowing you to either read from cover to cover, or to dip into. The main advice that is common is that a simple approach is best, and you must know everything there is to know about your product, inside and out. This is to ensure that you can answer all the questions to their fullest, and this increases the likelihood of success.

The three golden nuggets are to Present professionally, be prepared for in-depth questions about your business model, and to create a fact-pack for your investor to take away with them. Following the advice in this book doesn’t guarantee that you’ll have backing, but it will get you further than if you had never read it.

This book review was originally published on Family Friendly Working, a site packed with advice on flexible work for mums and dads.

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Book Review – Dragons Den – Start Your Own Business by Rus Slater

In Non-Fiction Writing on November 10, 2010 at 21:19

You’ve probably heard about Dragon’s Den by now. The hit BBC TV series allows budding entrepreneurs to present and pitch ideas to a set of five Dragons – investors with spare cash looking for the next best thing. The book  “Dragons Den – Start Your Own Business” launches into a market where there are many suitably-qualified people trying to advise on how to start a business from scratch. This is different in that although it’s not an official TV Tie-In, all of the familiar faces are there, and that there are a significant number of practical case studies that are used to highlight how the process works.There are three books in the Dragons Den range of books, and this meets the standard of being easy to read, and providing connections into the world of the Dragon. In SYOB, there is the usual guidance on business structures, financial and legal advice along with advice on who also need to be supported when someone tries to start a business. Hint: It’s your family who will have to live with the ups and the downs, and will also have to cope without you whilst you build the business up into the mega-success that it will eventually become.

That said, the real gems inside this book are the 22 case studies from the TV show, which show that even something that starts off as a ’wacky’ idea can become the very thing that either fills a gap in the market, or does something better than the existing market can do.

I found this book to be a breath of fresh air in a marketplace crowded with books on business. It won’t necessarily ensure that your business is a winner, but what it will do is make you think harder about the things that you need to do , to make it a winner.

This book review was originally published on Family Friendly Working, a site packed with advice on flexible work for mums and dads.

Have you enjoyed this review? If you have, click through and buy the book HERE!