Do you have well-crafted career elevator speech which clearly articulates your career aspirations? If you don’t, then you need to develop one.
A career elevator speech is a concise compelling introduction of you. It should be conveyed during the time it takes to ride in an elevator. In other words, it should be straight and to the point.
You use an elevator speech with someone you’ve wanted to meet. Once this opportunity is in front of you, you must be ready to present a dynamic you. Elevator speeches are targeted towards people who can assist you with your career path or business opportunity. You must be concise, confident and personable when introducing yourself.
Here are some Smart Solution Strategies™ on how to craft your career pitch, better known as an elevator speech.
First Smart Solution: On a blank piece of paper, write exactly what you do, what you have achieved and what are your goals. Focus only on the most interesting and memorable facts. For example, if you work in sales, you wouldn’t just say, “I work in sales.” You would say: “Hello, my name is Jim Dole who enjoys working for X company or department where I exceeded our department or company’s sale goals by X dollars.” That’s what you call a memorable factoid. If your career is in education and your students scored above the national average on a standardized test, you convey this information using percentages. If you are an attorney and you meet a potential client, your elevator speech should include what type of law you practice and some of your client roster. Regardless of your profession, you should be ready to articulate what career aspirations you have.
Do you see where I’m going? The purpose of an elevator speech is to stand out from the crowd, convey credibility and make an impressive first impression.
Second Smart Solution: Practice, practice and practice more. Once you develop your elevator speech select people who will provide you with constructive feedback. Ask an expert or someone who is in in a position of influence to critique you. If what you communicate doesn’t resonate, ask for pointers on how you can become more notable. Ensure what you are saying, you believe. And, when you speak, don’t appear as though you’re running out of time. You’ll be seen as practiced and not real. Take your time and confidently speak in a conversational tone.
Third Smart Solution: Record your pitch. Ask yourself if it’s polished. Analyze if it’s concise. Determine if you have repeated some unnecessary words and lastly, conclude if you have revealed who you are, what you do and have you made a striking impression.
In Review: When developing your elevator speech, focus only on the most interesting and memorable facts about who you are, what you have accomplished and your career goals for which you aspire. Secondly ask someone you respect to provide you with honest feedback. Lastly, record your career pitch speech and practice so you convey confidence and stand out from others in your field.