Tangent at Trinity - Masterclass in Pitching your Idea



Do you need people to back your ideas? Whether it’s convincing your boss, getting support from colleagues or securing cash from investors, sometimes it all comes down to a single compelling proposition. The secret to a successful pitch is 10% presentation and 90% preparation.

In this masterclass, you will learn how to engage your audience in a way that sets you up to succeed. You will explore ways to give your pitch a simple yet effective structure that will hold your audience’s attention and influence their decision making. You will develop a presentation style that is personalised and authentic, and learn simple techniques to overcome public speaking-related anxieties.

This is for anyone in business who needs to create a convincing argument that will persuade colleagues, managers, potential clients, investors or other stakeholders to support their venture. It is relevant for intrapreneurs seeking to gain support for their business ideas from colleagues and decision-makers, and is equally applicable to entrepreneurs and startup founders pitching for investment.

The masterclass is offered in two formats:

  • Taster session
  • Masterclass

The taster session is designed to introduce you to the topic of developing and pitching ideas. It provides a unique opportunity to sample the material, ask questions and meet those involved in developing and delivering the masterclass.

The masterclass provides a comprehensive understanding of pitching design and delivery. It explores pitch design for different audience types. It introduces techniques of visual communication and gives participants the opportunity to reflect on their authentic voice and personal challenges when it comes to pitching. 

Completion of the taster session is not a pre-requisite for masterclass participation.

What are the Course Objectives?

On completion of the taster session, you will be able to:

  • Understand pitch design and structure.
  • Apply this understanding to a range of pitch types.

On completion of the taster session a Certificate of Attendance will be provided. 

On completion of the masterclass, you will be able to:

  • Structure your pitch to meet the needs of the audience.
  • Pitch and deliver information using your authentic voice
  • Reflect on your personal challenges with public speaking.

On completion of the masterclass a Certificate of Completion will be provided.

Who Teaches the Masterclass?

Steve Rawling: Director, NewThinking.Tools

With more than 20 years’ experience as a TV journalist, Steve knows how to make his message work and now helps clients like Google, Roche, and the BBC tell better stories about their work. Steve has worked with media companies, designers, innovators, charities, startups and CEOs across Europe. Steve helps people find the great stories buried beneath the business-speak to connect with customers, staff and investors.

Time, Date, and Place

The taster session is delivered as a one-hour online webinar, while the masterclass is delivered over three hours in a live webinar. Attendees should have a computer with microphone and video capability, and are expected to participate in these interactive sessions.

Course Fees

For more information, contact the Tangent team at tangentcourses@tcd.ie


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Register your interest at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

As Ireland’s leading university, we offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes at masters, diploma and certificate level.

Trinity is an international university steeped in history, with a reputation for excellence in education, research and innovation.

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