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A strong pitch can be the deciding factor in receiving funding for a new idea, gaining approval for an important project, or securing business from a new client. However, pitching your idea to people who may not know you, your idea, or your goals in a very short time period is not an easy task. Unfortunately, a great idea poorly explained ceases to appear great.

Delivering a crisp and compelling pitch takes planning and practice. Those who do it well distinguish themselves from the pack and dramatically increase the likelihood that their ideas will be embraced. From a career development perspective, few things can help you advance faster than demonstrating strong public speaking and persuasive presentation skills.

This course focuses on “pitching” ideas. It will teach you how to build interest, create understanding, and get people to take action in support of your ideas.

Course Series

This course is included in the following series:

2 CoursesBecoming a Successful Innovator

  1. Become a Successful Innovator Part 1: The CO-STAR Method for Perfecting Your Brilliant Idea
  2. Become a Successful Innovator Part 2: The CO-STAR Method for Pitching Your Brilliant Idea

Learning Objectives

  • Explore your skills as a presenter and recognize the empathy needed in order to persuade your audience
  • Identify the communication traps to avoid and tips to use to get your message across
  • Recognize the essential ingredients and structure of a CO-STAR pitch
  • Discover how to prepare yourself and your pitch so you can confidently express yourself clearly and connect with your audience every time you propose a new and innovative idea.



Last updated/reviewed: May 24, 2022

4 Reviews (10 ratings)Reviews

Anonymous Author
Useful suggestions and framework for developing idea pitches, tailored to your audience and objective for the pitch.
Member's Profile
Great follow-up to the first course, with helpful and useful examples and tips. Well-presented and engaging!
Anonymous Author
I quite enjoyed this course on being a successful innovator. Very informative.
Member's Profile
I will listen ot this one again..great stuff


Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. However, it is recommended to take the other courses in the series prior to completing this one.

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Syllabus
  2:20Introduction to The CO-STAR Method for Pitching Your Brilliant Idea
  4:45Types of Pitches
  9:40Pitching Tips
  3:33Pitch Exercise and Final Suggestions
Continuous Play
  30:24Become a Successful Innovator: The CO-STAR Method for Pitching Your Brilliant Idea
  PDFSlides: The CO-STAR Method for Pitching Your Brilliant Idea
  PDFThe CO-STAR Method for Pitching Your Brilliant Idea Glossary/Index
  PDFCO-STAR Template
  PDFPitching -- The What if Story