Pitching Workshop

Time: Day 1, 11:40-13:10

Room: Committee Room 3, Level 03

Facilitator: Bonnie Hacking

Panel Members: Gillian Docherty, Gabrielle Milson and Susie Fisher

Co-ordinators:  Khawar Shehzad and Zalina Ayob

RDF Domain: Domain B: Personal Effectiveness


This workshop is aimed at developing your pitching skills, regardless of your prior knowledge or experience.  The workshop will help you to develop your confidence and skills in pitching to an audience and you will be provided with specialist guidance and advice from our expert session facilitators.  This session will be capped at 15 delegates to allow adequate time for pitching and feedback.  Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

This workshop is aimed at:

  • Delegates who want to improve their communication skills, or increase their confidence of pitching their research to an audience
  • Budding entrepreneurs – researchers who have a business idea and want to gain skills for pitching to potential investors

Learning Outcomes:    

Delegates will:  

  • Learn the basic techniques required for creating a good verbal pitch and presentation.
  • Look at designing the right pitch structure and content
  • Get exposed to the method and practice of different types of pitching, understand and learn how to switch between personal pitch, business pitch and your solution to the audience.
  • Improve public speaking skills and confidence
  • Have an opportunity to pitch to an audience and receive expert feedback.  

The panel will decide upon the 3 best pitches at the workshop session and these delegates will then have the opportunity to deliver their pitches to the conference delegates at the final presentation session on the afternoon of day two.


Those registered for this session will need to be prepared to pitch a specific idea (i.e. their research or a business idea) to an audience, including a panel of experts from business and academia.  Each pitch must last no more than 2 minutes.

In preparation for the session, you should:  

  • Provide a short abstract about your pitch (max 250 words)

Please email your abstract to the session coordinators ks228@st-andrews.ac.uk, and a.zalina@strath.ac.uk at least one month prior to the session.