Introducing yourself well sets the stage for a professional conversation. We often use this at the beginning of an interview. We recommend an elevator pitch to make the introduction simple and effective.
A personal elevator pitch is a quick summary of yourself. It’s named for the time it takes to ride an elevator from bottom to top of a building (roughly 30 seconds or 75 words). Elevator pitches are sometimes thought to be a pitch to sell yourself as a professional.
Practice makes Perfect!
After you’ve taken time to develop a pitch that’s focused on your background and immediate goals, practice and refine it. Read it out loud to help reveal any mistakes or opportunities for better wording.
Polish your speech and be ready to go!
Below are tips to help craft and deliver your personal message.
- Start by introducing yourself – Give your full name
- Provide a summary of who you are and what you have been doing in your core area of expertise.
- Take your time – Be mindful of rushing through it or trying to add in too much information.
- Express confidence – Use a strong speaking voice to show confidence in your experience, what you want in the future and how your experience can add value.
Developing an elevator pitch one step at a time makes it simple to create a speech that can be used in any professional situation. Elevator pitches can be helpful as you take them into your next networking event or interview. Your elevator pitch could the beginning of a new opportunity, so draft, review, refine and deliver with confidence!