An elevator speech is a way of introducing yourself to a potential employer or contact. You say who you are, what you do, what you are interested in doing and how you can be a resource to your listeners. If you don’t have an elevator speech, people won’t know what you really do. The elevator speech cannot be longer than 25 to 30 seconds (the time it takes an elevator to go a few floors) and is between 5 and 10 sentences long.
Hello, my name is: I’m a student at The Art Institute of Phoenix studying: [Major] I’ll be graduating in: [Month, Year] After I graduate I’m hoping to: [position you’d like in what type of company] In my studies I’ve learned about: [some of the trends or issues in your industry] Would you be willing to: [Ask for something such as a business card, an appointment at a later date to talk about career opportunities in your industry, permission to send your resume, etc. — choose the most appropriate one for the situation.
The objective is to break the ice and generate interest, and you need to ask for something
- Brainstorm a list of phrases that describe you and cross off any cliches or catch phrases (keep only the most unique and honest)
- Craft a description of qualifications that you can share in 30 seconds or less. Write the pitch like you speak.
- Practice you pitch on friends, ask for feedback and adjust your pitch as necessary. Practice your pitch in the mirror
- Make your pitch about the needs of your listener—how you can help solve some of the problem in that industry
- Describe your value in solving these problems .
- Allow room for dialog.
Hi, my name is Kellie Petraglia, and yours? I am currently a student at The Art Institute of Phoenix majoring in Graphic/Web Design. My expected graduation date is December 2013 and I am enthusiastic about getting into a great creative position.My strengths are in Conceptual Illustration and Corporate Branding. I have strong publication skills as well and I am proficient in Adobe Creative Suites.
My focus is in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. After I graduate, I hope to find something in this field of study but I am open to learning a variety of areas. I am in love with the creative end of things. Would you be willing to take a look at my resume and/or website? Here is my business card if you wish to get a hold of me.