What’s an Elevator Pitch?

The elevator pitch is a quick summary of yourself. It’s named for the amount of time it should take to deliver it—the duration of a short elevator ride (roughly 30 to 60 seconds or 75 words). Elevator pitches are sometimes thought to be specific to an idea or a product, but you can also use it to sell yourself as a professional.

Why is it important?

A good elevator pitch is important because it’s an effective way to demonstrate your professional aptitude, strengths and skills. You should always have some talking points about yourself prepared (so you’re ready to take advantage of unexpected opportunities), but an elevator pitch is particularly helpful during a job search.

You can use your pitch to prepare for an interview. From phone screen to in-person interview, you’ll be asked to provide a summary of who you are, your background and what you want from your next job. The elevator pitch can be a good framework as you’re planning your answer to the popular interview question “tell me about yourself”.

Action Task:

In the comment box below, write your elevator pitch. Feel free to make a video of you delivering your elevator pitch.

Also, be prepared to present your elevator pitch to the group.