The Perfect Elevator Pitch
Let’s say you have been in the same company working the same job for years and you are ready to move up. You could send an email to your boss, but a face-to-face chat is most likely going to be more effective. It shows you have confidence.
Let’s also say your boss is always extremely busy and you only have a few moments to get his/her attention. What do you do?
You perfect an “elevator pitch,” which is a brief, persuasive speech that you use to spark interest in what you can do. It should last no more than 20-30 seconds (hence the name).
How do you include so much information in such a short time? Lets’s take a look:
You only have a short time to explain why you think you deserve that promotion. Make the most of the 30 seconds you have. It is good to try to include:
- What you do and what you can do
- How that can be beneficial for the company
You are already showing your confidence by having a face-to-face interaction instead of hiding behind a computer screen and sending an email, but there are some things that you can do to show you are ready for what you are asking. Make sure you are in control of your body language (no crossed arms), stand up straight, have direct eye contact and speak slowly and clearly.
It is possibly to make a lasting and positive impression in 20-30 seconds. Keep a smile and enthusiastic voice while you are telling your story. This is how you will be able to stay in his/her mind after the short pitch and possibly get what you are asking for.