1. Be clear and stay away from industry jargon. The person reading your deck may not work in your industry, but if you can explain the business case, they'll want to know more and that's the point of a pitch deck.
2. Don't overwhelm the reader with information. Before you submit a deck, ask a few younger friends that have no real idea what you're doing to read through it. If they can understand it completely, you're on to a winner.
Growing up, I found it difficult to understand why Blackness was considered to be some sort of cultural monolith. The experience of an African immigrant to the UK, being different from those of a 3rd generation Black British person, similarly the African immigrant to the US, being different from those of a 3rd generation Black American person. It seemed odd that the Black American experience should stand as a cultural proxy for all things Black, yet it does. That’s because, despite the nuances between the geographical and cultural experiences of Blackness globally, there are many more similarities that exist between us. I’m referring to the oppression; the subjugation, manipulation, corruption and exploitation of Black communities, bodies, futures and minds.
Bami Kuteyi, Bam Bam Boogie to her legion of fitness fans, is a force of nature. A ball of energy warmer than the sun, radiating positivity and life from the instant you find yourself in her presence.
Bami is founder of fitness brand Bam Bam Boogie, a breath of fresh air bringing much-needed inclusivity in the fitness industry via its innovative classes - Twerk after Work and Twerking Heels.
Bami’s vibrance isn’t just in the warmth she exudes; her explanation of how she came to launch her brand is captivating in its simple response to a problem she faced at the time - anxiety. The search for a way to manage her anxiety, something she struggled with while working for one of the world’s biggest brands, and her journey of resilience to pivot into the self-made role she is in today, is a remarkable example of turning a challenge into a shiny new opportunity.
There are not enough positive stories for Black business owners out there, so we are doing all we can to find and highlight those stories.