The Best 6-Step Guide to Developing a Successful Elevator Pitch
During the job interview process, a company may ask for an elevator pitch to learn more about you! This may be in either video form or over the phone. It’s crucial that you use your elevator pitch to stand out from the competition! Some people may find an elevator pitch confusing or even difficult to start. Showcasing yourself to a company for the first time may even be a freighting experience but worry not, this 6-step guide to developing the best elevator speech is here! Just follow these steps and keep them in mind when you're ready to start creating your own elevator pitch!
Most of us want to think we are the best at what we do, or we at least want to be. But if we’re being honest – there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of people out there with the same skills as us. Competition can be scary- How can I get them to pick me? How will I make myself stand out? Well, thankfully we have this tool called social media we can use to our advantage. You can actually use your social media profiles to share your knowledge, skills, and experiences in a way that shows off your professional expertise. 70% of employers now do online pre-screening of their applicants, so use this opportunity to your advantage. But first, you need to answer the big question: What is my personal brand?
1. CLAIMS about yourself.
These should be notable personal strengths, achievements, or characteristics. Plan to share 2-3 claims about yourself within a 60-120 second pitch.
2. WARRANT claims with evidence.
Claims are best supported with personal examples from your life. Think about where, when, and how these claims were showcased.
3. IMPACT of claims.
Explain to your listener why the claim is important. Your personal attributes are your competitive advantage and add specific value to a company, so make the connection for them.
4. DELIVER your claims, evidence, and impact in a memorable way.
Impressive claims with sound evidence and relevant impact are not enough. The pitch must be delivered in a creative vehicle (personal story, word picture, rhyming, alliteration, acronym, humor, etc.) to really make a lasting impression. Have some fun!
5. When time permits... PRO TIP from OurFirstJobSearch.com: Always engage your audience. Ask about the other person! (People love to talk about themselves.)
Create your pitch and come join our competition. Compete in the U-Pitch competition on 11/1/19. Register by 10/25/19.