Creating your Elevator Pitch
The first impression we make on people is crucial. That’s why introducing yourself with a strong “elevator speech” is so important. Elevator pitches aren’t just for the elevator, use them every time you meet someone new in a professional setting – careers fair, networking event or when asked about yourself at an interview. They say that people make up their mind about who you are to them in the first 30 seconds of meeting – this is how to make those seconds count.
So what exactly is an elevator pitch?
It is a 30-60 second marketing tool to introduce who you are and what you offer someone or a company.
The purpose of your pitch should be to connect with the other professional, it should not be about getting a job. The key to any connection is authenticity.
What is your pitch made of?
Eg. My name is Mary Mandwell
Eg. I am a third year chemical engineering student at University of New South Wales
Eg. I am currently completing research in energy storage.
Eg. I think Australia needs to focus on developing their energy resources for future use.
Eg. Hi there, my name is Mary and I am a third year chemical engineering student at University of New South Wales who specialises in energy storage and have some innovative ideas on the future of Australia’s energy resources.
Other tips for pitch perfection: