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Going up? Then get your elevator pitch ready.

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It's important to have a practised, memorable elevator pitch so you can be ready to impress when the opportunity arises. To help perfect your pitch, Sarah shares 8 steps to win them over! If you want to practice your elevator pitch on someone, or need help streamlining your content, USQ’s Career Development Practitioners at Student Services are the people to contact.

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Going up? Then get your elevator pitch ready.

  1. 1. Goingup? Then get your elevator pitch ready.
  2. 2. An elevator pitch is one of the best tools to have in your toolkit when it comes to networking and career advancement.
  3. 3. An elevator pitch is one of the best tools to have in your toolkit when it comes to networking and career advancement. You may have achieved top grades and worked hard at extra-curricular activities, but unless you carry a copy of your résumé with you everywhere you go, people aren’t going to know those things.
  4. 4. That’s where the elevator pitch comes in!
  5. 5. That’s where the elevator pitch comes in! A great elevator pitch can convince someone to hire you, to collaborate with you or to recommend you to someone else.
  6. 6. ‘Thepurposeofanelevatorpitchis todescribeasituationorsolutionso compellingthatthepersonyou’rewith wantstohearmoreevenafterthe elevatorrideisover’ — Seth Godin. Source: (www.azquotes.com/quote/859911) AZ Quotes 5/10/16
  7. 7. There are a number of elements required to make your elevator pitch a success. The part that requires the most preparation is presenting all the relevant information, in a polished and practised way in the time that it takes to ride in an elevator (30 seconds or less).
  8. 8. You never know when the opportunity to present your elevator pitch will occur. That is why you should be prepared with a rehearsed, concise and memorable pitch. An elevator pitch is your chance to impress, so you need to be ready to deliver it – anytime, anywhere.
  9. 9. Introduce yourself STARTWITH AHOOK discuss SUCCESSES STATEYOUR PITCHGOALS USEACALL TOACTION Hello, my name is (your name).
  10. 10. Introduce yourself STARTWITH AHOOK discuss SUCCESSES STATEYOUR PITCHGOALS USEACALL TOACTION Hello, my name is (your name). Be confident, smile and make eye contact while being conscious of your body language and personal space. Your pitch should sound like part of a conversation, not a sales spiel.
  11. 11. Introduce yourself STARTWITH AHOOK discuss SUCCESSES STATEYOUR PITCHGOALS USEACALL TOACTION I am familiar with your company but may I ask – do you have lots of new ideas generated from recently graduated university students? Because if not, I am a recently graduated uni student with many new ideas.
  12. 12. Introduce yourself STARTWITH AHOOK discuss SUCCESSES STATEYOUR PITCHGOALS USEACALL TOACTION I am familiar with your company but may I ask – do you have lots of new ideas generated from recently graduated university students? Because if not, I am a recently graduated uni student with many new ideas. Your pitch should start with a hook – something unique or compelling about your skills or experience that will get their attention. Consider posing a question that you and your skills are the answer to. With such a small window of opportunity, everything you say has to be relevant, clear and concise.
  13. 13. Introduce yourself STARTWITH AHOOK discuss SUCCESSES STATEYOUR PITCHGOALS USEACALL TOACTION I am familiar with your company but may I ask – do you have lots of new ideas generated from recently graduated university students? Because if not, I am a recently graduated uni student with many new ideas. Your pitch should start with a hook – something unique or compelling about your skills or experience that will get their attention. Consider posing a question that you and your skills are the answer to. With such a small window of opportunity, everything you say has to be relevant, clear and concise. Don’t use jargon or babble and remember to stay on topic.
  14. 14. Introduce yourself STARTWITH AHOOK discuss SUCCESSES STATEYOUR PITCHGOALS USEACALL TOACTION I have worked in a number of relevant fields and have completed projects that not only strengthened my understanding of the industry, but also achieved great success for those involved.
  15. 15. Introduce yourself STARTWITH AHOOK discuss SUCCESSES STATEYOUR PITCHGOALS USEACALL TOACTION I have worked in a number of relevant fields and have completed projects that not only strengthened my understanding of the industry, but also achieved great success for those involved. Talk about your previous success and highlight your skills and connections to build credibility. Statistics can be effective but should be used sparingly. If you have no supporting data, pitch your vision and dream.
  16. 16. ‘Letyourpassionshinethroughby beingyourselfandallowingyour pointstocomeacrossnaturally’ — Richard Branson. Source: This is what they mean by an elevator pitch, Jack Preston, April 1, 2015.
  17. 17. Introduce yourself STARTWITH AHOOK discuss SUCCESSES STATEYOUR PITCHGOALS USEACALL TOACTION I am always looking for new avenues and opportunities to expand my skills and would love the chance to work for a distinguished company like yours.
  18. 18. Introduce yourself STARTWITH AHOOK discuss SUCCESSES STATEYOUR PITCHGOALS USEACALL TOACTION I am always looking for new avenues and opportunities to expand my skills and would love the chance to work for a distinguished company like yours. State your goal for the pitch. If you have researched the company and understand their values, mission and history, incorporate that knowledge.
  19. 19. Introduce yourself STARTWITH AHOOK discuss SUCCESSES STATEYOUR PITCHGOALS USEACALL TOACTION It has been great meeting you. Here is my business card. I would really appreciate the opportunity to have a more in-depth conversation. Can I call you next week to set that up?
  20. 20. Introduce yourself STARTWITH AHOOK discuss SUCCESSES STATEYOUR PITCHGOALS USEACALL TOACTION It has been great meeting you. Here is my business card. I would really appreciate the opportunity to have a more in-depth conversation. Can I call you next week to set that up? End your pitch with a call to action. Hand them your business card, ask them for their card or confidently ask for a future meeting.
  21. 21. The most important thing to remember when it comes to your elevator pitch is that practice is essential. Practice in front of your friends and ask for feedback on ways you can improve your delivery. Practice in front of the mirror while focusing on your body language. Self confidence is the key to a successful pitch. The best way to be confident is to know your pitch off by heart and to be passionate about what you are saying.
  22. 22. Now it’s time for you to write your elevator pitch! Remember: »» start with a hook »» discuss your successes and skills »» state your goal »» end with a call to action »» practice, practice, practice. An elevator pitch is your chance to impress, so you need to be ready to deliver it – anytime, anywhere.
  23. 23. CRICOS: QLD00244B NSW02225M TEQSA: PRV12081 29.1.5 11.2016 social.usq.edu.au To help perfect your pitch, Sarah shares 8 steps to win them over! If you want to practice your elevator pitch on someone, or need help streamlining your content, USQ’s Career Development Practitioners at Student Services are the people to contact.

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