I’ve seen many pitches end in frustration as a result of begging for a yes. Sometimes that works. But often it doesn’t.
The thing is: a pitch is not about you making a good deal. It’s about the decision maker making an even better deal. They might be in the mood for doing you a favor. But don’t count on it. Usually, they are not. They are much more likely to give you a “yes” when they see how it’s a no-brainer deal for them.
That’s not about undervaluing yourself or agreeing to terms that are less favorable than you deserve. Nor is it about overpromising or making things sound better than they are.
It is about actually being the better deal.
The beauty of it is that in a great partnership, both sides feel like they got the better deal. They have money that you don’t have, you have ideas that they don’t have. They have connections that you don’t have, you have innovations that they don’t have.
So, why are you the better deal? There’s no need for begging when you are. (All you need to do is tell a true story about your idea.)