Elevator Pitch: increasingly important, especially when networking to get to the next step! You need a powerful and persuasive elevator pitch to extend and support your personal brand. What and How you talk about yourself is equally important.
10 Pitch Tips:
- What is unique about you? Write it down and practice it. How will you stand out from the crowd?
- It has to come naturally and “roll off your tongue”, if it sounds to rehearsed you lose the power of what your saying.
- One sentence is usually enough. One sentence to start is good- it will force you when writing it down to choose your words carefully- and avoid sounding like a rambler. Short and Sweet!
- Your second word should be a verb- what do you do? Think about your accomplishments and results. Use the list of action verbs provided in the NYU Resume handout for guidance.
- You have to believe it! Be confident when telling others about your strengths. If your elevator pitch makes you embarrassed consider why- is it worth changing, or do you need to believe in your accomplishments as much as you are able to actually achieve them?
- Be energetic and enthusiastic!
- Smile! Smiling shows you are confident, friendly and open to continuing the conversation- everything you need to have a successful first impression!
- Know when to shut up and listen. Fight the urge to say more just to fill the space. You elevator pitch should stand on its own and be a gateway to as conversation, not a monologue!
- Leave them wanting more- a great litmus test for your elevator pitch is if the other person asks you a question based off your pitch.
- Have a few elevator pitch tools to fall back on- an elevator pitch is unique to each person. Who your audience is will likely determine what your elevator pitch is- having a few different pitch options will help you to tweak what you say for each situation.
Your elevator pitch should be just like you- unique, well presented and professional!