Skye entrepreneurs will have the opportunity of attending a workshop to help hone their business pitch skills.

Organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) through its Entrepreneurial Academy, the free to attend pitching skills workshop will takes place in Portree on 31 October 2018.  It will be followed by a workshop on brand development in March 2019. The workshops aim to help entrepreneurs of businesses and social enterprises, and their employees, improve skills in these key business topics.

Delivered by Maryanne Johnston, who has provided pitching and presentation skills training to entrepreneurs and employees from start-up stage to large, established corporates, she hopes to give Highlands and Islands entrepreneurs the tools to communicate effectively when under pressure. Maryanne’s past clients have had huge success; from helping fledgling entrepreneurs secure Scottish Edge funding to preparing corporate clients for new business pitches worth millions of pounds.

Commenting on the upcoming pitching skills workshop, Maryanne Johnston added: “I believe that everyone can communicate effectively when they are relaxed, and it’s the stress, pressure and rush of adrenaline that can throw you off. Many people believe you have to put on a show when pitching your business, but I encourage people to be themselves. An investor or new client needs you to be the best version of yourself, not you putting on a performance. I help people build their confidence, calm nerves and handle adrenaline, and find new, efficient ways to show their business proposition in the best possible light.

“Whether you’re pitching for investment that could see your business expand globally, selling a product to customers or speaking at a conference, the basic principles of pitching are all the same. I think it’s a life skill everyone needs, whatever your business sector or position.”

Entrepreneurs, or staff, of growing companies and social enterprises or those with ambition to scale that are interested in attending the one-day workshops should sign up here.

The pitching skills workshop takes place at the Aros Centre in Portree on 31 October.