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Michelle Weinstein, AKA The Pitch Queen, is the host of Success Unfiltered, which features an array of unique and inspiring guests. She talks to all kinds of innovators and achievers, including multi seven and eight figure entrepreneurs, Shark Tank veterans, authors, performers, and investors.

Her guests share their most intimate stories, no holds barred. It’s the raw and vulnerable stuff that you don’t always hear about, like major rejections, epic failures, and unrelenting setbacks.
They share their most inspiring stories of overcoming adversity, never giving up, and achieving success beyond their wildest imaginations.

She created this podcast to help entrepreneurs realize that they are NOT alone. Everyone who has attempted something epic has had their share of setbacks, failures, and NOs. By sharing unfiltered stories from extraordinary individuals who overcame hardships and ultimately achieved their version of success, her hope is to inspire others to stay in the game and hold out for their own dreams.

Her mission and goal is to inspire rising entrepreneurs to break through barriers, overcome obstacles, and make a bigger impact in the world. It’s her passion to show people how to take action, own their value, and grow their top-line revenue. You CAN build a successful and flourishing business and make a global impact by doing what you love, and Success Unfiltered will inspire you ever step of the way!

Dec 12, 2018

081 | Justin Kitteridge Shares Why Mastering Your Pitch is SO Important

Justin Kittredge is a footwear veteran. Having worked with professional athletes and entertainers at Reebok for over a decade, Justin had more than his fair share of cultural experiences. In 2013 when he decided to step away from the big brand to create what is now the most dominant powerhouse in the sandal industry, ISlide, he kept one thing in mind, "Don't wait for opportunity. Create it." Since then, ISlide has worked with DJ Khaled, Antonio Brown, French Montana, Iskra Lawerence, Def Jam, NBA All-Star weekend, Dick's Sporting Goods, and over 20 Professional sports arenas.

Imagine going into the biggest pitch of your life and completely blowing it. How would you deal with that?

If you’re like most the of the entrepreneurs that listen to Success Unfiltered, you take that massive mistake and you learn from it, because you know failure is NOT an option around these parts.

This week’s guest, Justin Kitteridge, went into his very first big-time pitch meeting with (as he called it) diarrhea of the mouth. He couldn’t stop talking and he never once shared why he believed his company would be viable.

In fact, he just kept talking for so long, he believes the investor he was speaking with, actually fell asleep!

However, Justin didn’t take this as the end of his journey, he learned from his mistake and has now spent years refining his pitch. And, actually, he’s now going into his second round of funding, hoping to get $1M.

If you’re absolutely sick of making the same mistake over and OVER again, then this episode of Success Unfiltered is a MUST LISTEN!

Enjoy, and thank you for listening and tuning into Success Unfiltered!

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Special thanks goes out to Justin Kitteridge for taking the time to chat with Michelle. Be sure to join us next week for our next new episode!

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Here are a few key secrets we talked about in this episode:

  • Michelle introduces Justin Kitteridge.
  • Justin shares a little bit about who he is and what his company is all about.
  • When Justin first started his business, people doubted he’d find success, simply because he’d never owned a business, only managed at Reebok.
  • We all have a story of our first horrific pitch, and Justin shares his in this episode. He shares information that he’s never told anyone else (besides his wife) before.
  • Justin shares how he emotionally overcame the blow of his first pitch.
  • It’s been two years since Justin and his company have been trying to bring in investor money, and they’ve definitely learned a thing or two since the first time. Justin shares his top three tips for raising money successfully.
  • Justin often looks to his team of investors and advisors for advice to ensure they don’t make the same mistake twice.
  • Justin took ISlide to a Shark Tank audition, hoping to make it on, but knew his chances were small at first since only 1 in 40,000 people make it on.
  • The whole purpose for ISlide getting onto Shark Tank was to not only get an investment but also build exposure.
  • Justin shares the full Shark Tank story, but let’s just say a major disappointment, turned into a MASSIVE positive. Justin tells the full story, in this episode!
  • After Shark Tank aired, ISlide ended up creating a partnership with DJ Khaled, which did so much for their exposure.
  • When it comes to hiring, Justin believes that every employee will have a different personality, but have a similar DNA. Listen to this episode to learn and understand more!
  • Justin shares some tips on ensuring that the people he hires are going to be a good fit.
  • Justin shares what he would tell his younger self.

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P.S. Your Sales Pitch Went Flat. Now What? Click HERE for 5 ways to get over rejection and get back in the sales game TODAY!

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