Science communication and the art of pitching
The Pitch Training course aims to increase your understanding of what makes a great pitch and to provide a practical step-by-step approach to apply this knowledge and develop better ‘pitching’ skills. It will help you to experiment with ‘what’ and ‘how’ to communicate and pitch in different circumstances, especially when dealing with science-based topics, research or eco-ventures/business.
This course is for anyone interested in developing their pitching and communication skills including:
- Anxious first-timers new to pitching. Those whose research, project or business launch rides on a successful pitch will find the toolkit and preparation and practice exercises invaluable.
- Anyone who needs to present technical or scientific/innovation content to non-specialists – and would like to make it easily digestible to any audience will find many tips for success here.
This course contains around 15-20 hours of learning material and activities.
This includes a range of reading, videos and external links - but the bulk of this time is for the activities you will need to put the ‘theory into practice’: deciding what to pitch, how to structure your pitch, scripting it, then practising your delivery!
Many participants find it useful to spread the learning over 2-4 weeks and there is a Course Planner in the orientation section to help you to plan your own time.
This latest version of our Pitch Training course includes a Toolkit with some handy canvasses to help you - or you and your team - brainstorm all of the information you need to design an impactful pitch:
Canvas #1 – Audience empathy map
Canvas #2 - Key message (ZEN statement)
Canvas #3 – The elevator pitch
Canvas #4 – Visualise your pitch on one page
Canvas #5 – Perfect pitch delivery model.
The content for this course was developed through a collaboration between EIT Climate-KIC and EIT Inno Energy
To join this course, all you need to do is select the green Enrol button on this page. If you haven’t already registered on the site, you will be prompted to do this when you enrol.
The content for this course was developed through a collaboration between EIT Climate-KIC and EIT InnoEnergy (https://www.innoenergy.com/).
The guide time has been worked out to give an indication of the total time you may need to develop and practise your pitch. This takes into account the time you'll need to 'read' the interactive learning materials, watch the videos and carry out the ‘offline’ activities to apply the ideas when designing and practising your own pitches. The guide time and key activities are as follows:
MODULE 1 – KICKOFF! (1-2 hours)
- 1.1 Getting Started GUIDE TIME: 12 min (Reading 2 min, Activities 10 min)
- 1.2 Orientation (you are here!)
- 1.3 What makes a great pitch? GUIDE TIME: 50 min (Reading 10 min, 4 x Videos 12 min, Web activities 25-30 min)
MODULE 2 – COUNTDOWN TO DELIVERING A GREAT PITCH (12-15 hours)
- 2.1 Find your purpose GUIDE TIME: 10 min (Reading 5 min, Activity 5 min)
- 2.2 Focus on your audience GUIDE TIME: 120 min (Reading 8 min, 5 videos 12 min, Activities 100 min) Key activities: Audience empathy map;ZEN Statement + ELEVATOR PITCH
- 2.3 Build your story GUIDE TIME: 100 min (Reading 16 min, 6 videos 14 min, Activities 70 min) Key Activities: PITCH CANVAS + PITCH PLAN
- 2.4 Craft the script for a complete pitch! GUIDE TIME: 190 min (Reading 6 min, 4 videos 4 min, Activities 180 min) Key Activities: PLAN YOUR OPENING/CLOSING + WRITE A SCRIPT
- 2.5 Deliver with impact GUIDE TIME: 30 min (Reading 10 min, 4 videos 12 min, Activities 8 min)
- 2.6 Flash Pitch activity GUIDE TIME: 100 min (Reading 5 min, 1 videos 5 min, Activity 90 min) Key Activities: FILM YOURSELF PITCHING & GET FEEDBACK
- 2.7 Final preparations for your dress rehearsal GUIDE TIME: 100 min (Reading 10 min, 2 videos 15 min, Activity 75 min) Key Activities: PRACTICE and DRESS REHEARSAL
Module 3 – SCIENCE COMMUNICATION FOR RESEARCHERS AND INNOVATORS (2-4 hours)
- 3.1 Science communication GUIDE TIME: 120 min (Reading/weblinks 70 min, Activities/Quiz 50 min)
- 3.2 Your learning journey GUIDE TIME: 10 min (Reading 2 min, Reflect/discuss 8 min)
- FEEDBACK SURVEY GUIDE TIME: 10 min
At the present time, the course is only available in English.
We expect that a minimum 1mbps internet connection is needed to go through the course content. For external resources such as videos, a higher speed might be needed (2mbps and above). The course links to various external resources from different platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. Climate-KIC bears no responsibility if there are country restrictions that block video or other content in your location.
All of EIT Climate-KIC’s courses are accessible on smartphone, tablet, and desktop. For some courses, you may also need access to a printer in order to print off work sheets and to complete offline activities. If you have any issues accessing our courses on these devices, please contact our technical support team.
When you register on the EIT Climate-KIC portal you automatically become a part of the learning community. You can then use the Pitch Training Group that has been set up for the course to seek help from other community members.
In the community, your active contribution is appreciated and encouraged. Start by setting up your profile and allowing others to get a clearer picture of who you are. You can then engage in open discussions, reply to questions or contribute to a task that has been set up. You can also initiate a new thread yourself.
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