We’re serving Companies, Innovation Teams and Startups with practical tools to help them pitch and win resources and business.

Best3Minutes provides access to the best pitch trainers, slide designers and performance coaches available.

Founded in 2013, we are based in Amsterdam and have trained corporates, professionals and innovators in over 25 countries.

David Beckett – Lead Pitch Coach

David Beckett
David Beckett

David Beckett – Founder of Best 3 Minutes

David began pitch coaching in 2013 at world-renowned accelerator Startupbootcamp. After pitching himself as a mentor to the founders, he set about learning what a Startup pitch was all about while coaching teams towards Demo Day.

As he worked with the Startup teams and analysed numerous successful pitches, David found there were certain recurring elements in the process of developing the pitch storyline, and created The Pitch Canvas©.

Later he created a complete methodology for building a pitch, called Open-3-Close©. This methodology forms the backbone of David’s interactive and hands-on workshops.

“I’m passionate about helping people shine, and I’m fascinated with the impact the ability to pitch and present has on people’s careers and lives. Being a Pitch Coach brings together my passions, and I’m so happy to have found a role that enables me to have impact on entrepreneurs.”

Previous to becoming a pitch coach, David worked for Canon, in the UK, Netherlands and Austria. Over a 16 year period, he followed a path from beginning as a Marketing Assistant, and progressed to the position of Country Director, leading 80 people in 5 countries. He left in 2009 when his role moved form Amsterdam to London.

“I love living in another country, and a return to the UK felt like a step backwards. I’d been looking for a new turn in my personal and professional life, and felt this was the moment. I was 42, single and halfway through my working life. It was time to change, so I took the opportunity.”

David is the author of a number of books, including Amsterdam… The Essence, Three Minute Presentation, and Zet Jezelf op de Kaart (in Dutch, co-authored with Sheila Schenkel.) He’s currently working on a new book about pitching, based on what he has learned over the last 4 years.

He has also created a number of video courses, which capture the tools and exercises he uses in his workshops.

“The business grew bigger than my time, and therefore I’m focused on creating tools that will help people learn to pitch when I’m not there. A combination of books and video courses is powerful, and can be a good starting point for anyone who is not familiar with pitching.”

David has coached and spoken at conferences in over 20 countries – including Korea, Taiwan, USA, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Slovenia and Czech Republic.

In his Canon career, David did business in 41 countries. In his private and working life, David has visited over 60 countries.

“I’ve been away from the UK for more than 20 years now – I made my own Brexit a long time ago! I love to work with people from different cultures, and enjoy the challenge of adapting my coaching style to the character of the people I am working with.”

David is married and is the father of two children.

“I work hard – anyone who has started their own company knows it takes time to build your client base – and I believe you are only as good as your last work. I take my responsibility to deliver top quality every single time extremely seriously.

Equally, family is very important for me. We carve out time for our young kids and work in the evenings after they’ve gone to bed if we have to, so that we can have a sustainable, impactful business, and positive family environment. It’s a joy to spend time with my little boy and girl!”

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Sheila Schenkel – Pitch Coach

Sheila Schenkel
Sheila Schenkel

Sheila is a positive and supportive pitch coach using the Best3Minutes Methodology©. She has trained startups and employees at e.g. PwC, Impact Hub, Present Your Startup, Women in Tech Regatta and Startupinresidence.

Together with David Beckett she wrote Zet jezelf op de kaart, which helps professionals get to the next level at any kind of office – corporate or startup – by giving them practical, instantly usable tools to improve how they present themselves.

Sheila also talks at conferences and events, on the topic of how Women in Tech can pitch themselves and their business more effectively.

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Anna Heijker – Pitch Coach

Anna Heijker
Anna Heijker

Anna has wide experience in training at Startup Accelerators and competitions, such as Startupbootcamp, Impact Hub and the TEDx Amsterdam Award. She has also worked with large corporates.

Anna is also an experienced moderator, having presented and moderated numerous events for a diverse range of organisations and events.

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Robin DohmenBest In Class Slide Designer
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