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Elevator Pitch

Your elevator pitch (self-intro) is a quick summary of yourself. This is usually a very quick introduction that should take less than a minute or so to share. Elevator pitches are not a one size fits all solution. Think through how you would use this self-introduction in different settings. Remember to be genuine while sharing your elevator pitch. Think about the situation in which you are sharing your elevator pitch and how you can get your point across and stay connected. Below are some helpful ideas on how to present a successful elevator pitch.

How to develop, create and deliver your elevator pitch

Your elevator pitch should answer the following questions:

Who are you?

What do you do?

What do you want?

1. Start By Introducing Yourself

Start your pitch by giving your full name, smile, extend your hand for a handshake and add a pleasantry like, “It’s nice to meet you.”

2. Summarize What You Do

Include the most relevant information such as your education, work experience, and/or any specialties skills, or strengths. If you’re not sure what to include, try writing everything that comes to mind down on a piece of paper. Once you’ve recorded it, go through and remove anything that’s not absolutely critical to explaining your background.

3. Explain What You Want

This step will depend on how you’re using the pitch. The “ask” of your pitch could be a consideration for a job opportunity, internship or simply to get contact information. This is a good opportunity to explain the value you’ll bring, why you’re a good fit for a job, or generally what your audience has to gain from your interaction.

4. Finish With a Call to Action

You should end your elevator pitch by asking for or stating what you want to happen next. If you feel an elevator pitch is appropriate for a certain situation, begin with the goal of gaining new insight or determining the next steps. Examples can include asking for a meeting and expressing interest in a job.

How To Give an Elevator Pitch