Do you miss being able to grab a coffee with a journalist? Our client-exclusive sessions run for one hour, with five minutes for you to pitch directly to the journalist and an opportunity to network and discuss ideas with other PRs for the remainder.
We’ve gathered some FAQs to help answer any questions you might have about how speed pitching works on the day.
For any further queries, please contact Olivia.
Our sessions are designed to give you time one-on-one with the journalist, to hone your personal pitching skills. They are also short and therefore not suitable to be shared between two people. So we do ask that you go into the pitching room solo.
The actual pitching session with the journalist lasts for five minutes. However, you will also have the opportunity to network and discuss ideas with other PRs for the remainder of the hour outside of the breakout room (if you have time and would like to).
Each session is £35, tickets are available to purchase via Eventbrite. If you have an exclusive promo code you can enter this at checkout for your discount.
During our four trial sessions, all of our journalists behaved slightly differently. Some were stony faced and didn’t reveal anything until the end of the pitch, others asked questions throughout. If they don’t ask questions, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t interested – you may just be covering all the information they need to know. Either way, remember – this isn’t an exam. We encourage our journalists to be relaxed and informal and ask them to give you a clear indication during or at the end of the session if they are interested in any of your ideas.
To help us keep the session running smoothly, and to make sure you don’t miss your slot, it’s important to be punctual. Please log on ten minutes before your allocated time slot. We will greet and introduce you to the group, and then give you a couple of minutes warning before you are automatically moved to the pitching room with the journalist.
The only thing limiting how many stories you can pitch is the time constraint. During our trial sessions participants found they had time to pitch two to three stories well, four if they were really quick.
Yes, Zoom allows you to share your screen. However, during our trial sessions PRs who attempted a full PowerPoint found it ate up all their time, and the journalists told us in their feedback that it was unnecessary. If you still wish to use PowerPoint, we would advise sticking to imagery only.
Absolutely. We understand that for some pitches, images are essential. Our sessions take place via Zoom which allows you to share your screen with the journalist and show them the images on your computer. Simply click the green “Share Screen” button in the bottom toolbar once you’ve joined the pitching room.
You will receive an email containing your Zoom link three days before the session – keep this safe!
30 seconds before your pitching time comes to an end, a member of the Roxhill team will re-enter the pitching room. This is your signal to wrap things up.
Roxhill virtual speed-pitching sessions last for one hour and are made up of eight five-minute pitching slots. Before and after the pitching slots, we invite PRs to join the Roxhill team to catch up with one another, chat and network. During our trial sessions, the PRs involved really enjoyed this, and benefited from a chance to discuss industry news and current challenges with one another. However, we completely understand if you have to get on with your day, and can’t stay – the choice is yours.
The most important thing is to practise your pitch with a timer. This will give you confidence and help you hone your pitch so you don’t have any extraneous (time-wasting) information. When you purchase a ticket, you’ll also receive a full Roxhill Speed-Pitching Package, giving you all the information you need for the day, plus our top hints and tips to help you prepare for your pitch.