December 20, 2016

How To Create The Perfect Elevator Pitch

When someone asks you “What do you do?” or “Tell me about yourself.” What do you say? Instead of getting caught off guard and staring like a deer in headlights, you need to have the perfect elevator pitch ready to go.

An open and a closed elevator

Whether you’re trying to find a job, grow your network, or promote your business, an elevator pitch is a handy tool to help you quickly, concisely, and confidently talk about what you do when the opportunity presents itself. Typically an elevator speech lasts about 30 to 60 seconds and provides your audience with a brief snapshot of who you are and what you do.

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A well prepared elevator pitch is something that everyone needs to prepare and always have ready to go. You never know when it might come in handy. When properly crafted, an elevator pitch can help to intrigue your audience, start a meaningful conversation, and build a relationship. It’s amazing how much information you can present in under a minute!

An elevator pitch isn’t something you can slap together at the spur of the moment. Every word and detail needs to be well thought-out if you want to capture your audience’s attention and leave them wanting to know more about you. Take the time to create the perfect elevator pitch that will help you get what you want in life.

Luckily, creating the perfect elevator pitch isn’t super hard. Use these pointers to help you create your very own elevator pitch:

  • Keep It Simple
  • Explain Who You Are And What You Do
  • Tell Them What Makes You Unique
  • Make It Memorable – Leave Them Wanting To Learn More

Now take that information and put it all together. Take five minutes and write your elevator pitch down. Practice it until you’ve memorized it. Work on your presentation skills until your elevator pitch comes off flawlessly. A good elevator pitch should sound natural so that you appear genuine. Practice your elevator speech until it has a conversational flow to it. The more you practice it, the better it will become.

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Your elevator pitch will definitely come in handy when you’re searching for a job, growing your network, or are having a conversation with someone you just me. Usually after people perfect their elevator pitch, they find that they use it all the time.

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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