Story for Business Pitch Decks

The course

Create a professional pitch deck for your business idea.

Take your proposals to the next level with this two day live professional development training.

Create compelling decks that really sell your idea by learning how to tell a unique story within your pitch and create visuals that people won’t be able to ignore.

From the ‘must includes’ to the ‘don’t do’s’, we’ll guide you step by step  through the process, and you’ll be working alongside a motivated peer group all looking to develop and add to their skillsets. You’ll walk away with a template to use over and over and tweak to fit all your ideas.

This workshop is taught online. It runs on UK time, but everything is embedded and archived in an online classroom you can access 24/7 – so you can join us from anywhere in the world.

 

Emma Millions

Meet your course director

Emma Millions

Emma has been a development producer for multiple broadcasters and independent production companies alongside writing for the likes of Ant & Dec, The Chuckle Brothers and the director Ken Russell. She teaches screenwriting at several film schools and is passionate about finding the perfect format for every individual story.

In partnership with John Yorke Story

Accessible, industry-focused CPD training and consultancy for professionals at any stage of their career. Online learning led by BAFTA-winning John Yorke, author of bestselling book on story structure Into the Woods.

How it works

We give you the theory in the form of videos, podcasts, written lectures and reading extracts. In the case of our live workshops, this includes a live online seminar.

You put it into practice by completing the writing assignments.

You share your work with the small group of fellow writers and the teaching team.

Your tutor and fellow learners read your work and give professional-style feedback on your submission. Giving feedback notes helps to build your skills as an editor - a critical part of the writing process.

You reflect on the exercises with the group and share what you’ve learned.

You use what you learned from the feedback and discussions to review your work and improve it.

Things to know

Story for Business Pitch Decks is for anyone with a business idea who would like to learn how to pitch them more effectively. No technical knowledge or special equipment required.

The workshop is suitable if you:

  • Pitch ideas to clients but you’re not sure if your presentation is punching through.
  • Have a sales proposal but your prospects aren’t reacting to it the way you’d hope.
  • Have a great business idea/product and you want investors to take notice.
  • Need to discover why your pitches aren’t hitting home – and how to fix them.
  • Would like to find out how to create a professional and engaging pitch deck.
  • Want to join a friendly and supportive group of learners.
  • Can dedicate two live days to the learning.

This professional training allows you to:

  • Take your pitching skills to a new level and learn how to look at your idea in a whole new way.
  • Use basic design skills to transform your pitch into an exciting visual format.
  • Find out what makes a stand-out, highly individual pitch deck.
  • Learn how to use appropriate imagery, fonts and design styles to make your idea jump off the page.
  • See sample pitch decks and analyse what makes them good or bad.
  • Discover exactly what information is needed in a pitch deck – and what to leave out.
  • Get tips and hints on how to find the perfect images for your deck and present them in a slick and professional way.
  • Find the story within your idea and how to organise your deck around it.
  • Move forward with a template that can be applied to all your future ideas.

Workshop 1 (on Zoom) – Discover the blueprint pitch-deck structure that works for any proposal, then learn how to build it using PowerPoint or your preferred equivalent (Photoshop, Keynote etc.).

Between the live sessions, apply the template to your proposal/pitch in your own time, with support from your peers.

Workshop 2 (on Zoom) – Pitch your deck to the workshop tutor for incisive feedback to hone your words and images – and learn new tips and tricks.

Join our alumni

After your course, you can join our online alumni community where you’ll meet our growing network of past students. You’ll be able to.

  • Rejoin your classmates in a private forum
  • Continue to access an archived version of your course materials
  • Meet alumni from other courses and share work for feedback
  • Join discussions about screenwriting, script editing and the industry
  • Attend live chats with guest writers and industry folk

Mentoring and one-to-one feedback

The John Yorke Story tutor team offer mentoring, script reads and reports. We are happy to quote by job or script, or to arrange a longer mentoring scheme as you work on a specific story idea. We’ll create a package to suit you, so for more information please email [email protected]

Taking things further

If you’d like to take another John Yorke Story course, we’ll give you a discount. Please get in touch for more details.

The team

Meet your course team

Emma Millions

Emma Millions

Story and Pitching

Emma has been a development producer for multiple broadcasters and independent production companies alongside writing for the likes of Ant & Dec, The Chuckle Brothers and the director Ken Russell. She teaches screenwriting at several film schools and is passionate about finding the perfect format for every individual story.

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Chay Collins

Moderator

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