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Tips to mastering your Elevator Pitch!

This post was written by Anamaria Najera’17, CCD Peer Career Ambassador

How well you describe yourself in the first few minutes of meeting someone is immensely important. It only takes a few seconds to make a first impression, so your opening lines need to be just right! Here are a few tips to keep in mind when creating yours:

  1. You want your pitch to be the spark of a conversation, not a lengthy introduction of yourself. Start short and engage the other person.
  2. One way to approach your pitch is by focusing on your goal for the conversation, you can work backwards and aim the introduction toward that end. Especially with VPs, time can be limited. Getting to the point quickly is always important.
  3. When introducing yourself, it’s tempting to keep it “me” focused, but it is also important to think about what’s going to be relevant to the other person. This will help you make the connection and find common ground much quicker.
  4. And lastly remember to smile. Put the nerves aside and demonstrate your enthusiasm for what you do.

Your elevator pitch might change a little depending on who you are talking to but never forget to add your personal touch because you do not want to put on a show. Remember, be yourself and share your story.