Elevator pitch A6
There are different reasons to prepare an elevator pitch, such as
- To get a job or internship
- To get accepted into a study program
- To sell your company or product
You can use your elevator pitch at a business fair or networking event. It can be the answer to the opening question ‘tell me about yourself’ at a job or study interview. You can post it on your LinkedIn page when you are looking for an internship during your study or a job when you have finished studying.
The goal of your elevator pitch determines the format.
During the VO-Solliciteert workshop last year you were taught how to make an elevator pitch that could also serve as your profile on your CV. This was the elevator pitch for a job interview.
General rules for every elevator pitch
- An elevator pitch takes about 60 seconds
- Be enthusiastic and sure of yourself, your qualities/your firm/your product
- Try to sell yourself/your firm/your product and make a good impression
- Use words that are understandable to everyone, do not use too much jargon
- Practise a lot, make your pitch fluent and interesting
- End your pitch with a call to action, usually in the form of a question
- Avoid talking about hobbies/interests
- Do not use cliché words
Elevator pitch format for job interview, study program or internship
- Introduce yourself (I am….)
- Talk about your skills and educational background (who are you?)
- Talk about your experiences (How did you get there?)
- Say what you are looking for (Where are you going?)
- Call to action, provoking a reaction of the person you are talking to
Elevator pitch format to sell the service of your company or your product
- Introduce yourself (name and company/product)
- Present the problem (what problem is it your company/product can solve/help with)
- Offer the solution (what is it you do)
- Explain your value proposition (why should they choose your company/product
- Call to action (end with a compliment or question)
Non-verbal communication during your presentation
- Dress profesionally
- Maintain eye contact but don’t stare
- Relax and be pleasant, approachable
- Be natural, you are not an actor
- Choose for what purpose you would like to record an elevator pitch
- Compose and practice your elevator pitch
- Record your 60-secon- elevator pitch
- Save your pitch with your name and add job, study, company or product.
- Hand in your elevator pitch to your teacher either by mail, SOM or Teams. Ask your teacher for their preference.