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If you’ve made it this far in our Elevator Survival Pitch Series, then you already know it’s important to take the time to create the right elevator pitch. As you practice and refine what you want to say, here are some final tips to take your elevator pitch to the next level.

Define Why You Are the One

Salespeople already know the key to hooking a customer is to make them feel safe and secure in their purchase choice. How do you do that? By making them feel understood and presenting your product as the solution to all their needs and desires.

In the case of an Elevator Pitch, you are the product you are trying to sell. Some key points to remember:

  • You are telling the story of you, so make sure you are a fully fleshed-out character.
  • Know your audience and understand what concerns and challenges they face.
  • Always present yourself as a solution and a benefit.

Once you have a list of what makes you unique, you can then have an idea of how your individual attributes come together to create the persona you want to project to prospective employers. 

Draft Your Elevator Pitch

Once you’ve done all your research, writing out your Elevator Pitch should be relatively simple. The right pitch should be around 30 seconds long provide your audience with a basic understanding of who you are and what you stand for. the listener a foundational understanding of who you are and what you stand for.

Here’s a rough template you can follow as you begin to work on your own version:

Hi, I am [Name] and I am a [current position or the one you are applying for] working within [your niche or target industry]. Those that know me can say that I excel at [skills and talents] and can [UPS or unique strength]. I value [what is important to you] and I’m excited to leverage my [strength that makes you stand out] in ways that allow me to significantly contribute to [organization you are applying to]. 

Here’s how the above could translate in the real world:

Hi, I’m Jill Smith, and I am a computer science professional working with the SaaS industry. Those that know me would attest to my keen attention to detail and my ability to quickly learn new technologies. I’m excited to leverage my creativity, analytical thinking, and software development experience in ways that will allow me to significantly contribute to XYZ Corporation. 

The Best Elevator Pitch: Final Thoughts

Once you’ve nailed down a version that works for you, the next step is to practice, practice, practice. Use your friends and family as a sounding board. Reach out to your mentors or professors to see if they are willing to hear your pitch and provide feedback. The goal is to make your Elevator Pitch seem like second nature, just like when you introduce yourself to someone for the first time.

Ready to get started? We’ve created an entire Elevator Pitch Survival Guide. Click Here to get a rundown of all of our tutorials. If you feel ready to plunge right in, Upkey’ Gina module can guide you through the process step by step. In 20 about 20 minutes, Gina will lead you through the creation of an attention-grabbing introduction, an interesting and effective body, and a show-stopping conclusion. Click here to find out more.

If you feel ready to plunge right in, Upkey’ Gina module can guide you through the process step by step. In 20 about 20 minutes, Gina will lead you through the creation of an attention-grabbing introduction, an interesting and effective body, and a show-stopping conclusion. Click here to find out more.

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