f you suddenly found yourself next to someone who could benefit your career or business connections, would you be ready to seize the opportunity?
According to the little pink book, It can be as simple as having the right elevator pitch.
“It’s your calling card,” says Ginny Clarke, co-author of Career Mapping. “Anywhere at anytime, there could be an opportunity for a conversation that could serve your career.”
She says preparing an elevator pitch lets you present skills, experience and capabilities in one, five or 15 minutes.
Where to begin? “Write a script,” says Clarke. Other experts recommend writing down what you do in 10 to 20 different ways, then practicing so you know the keypoints you want to leave people with.
“Offer what’s important in your life and what means something to you,” says Clarke. She encourages women to talk about personal subjects so people know who you are, allowing others to connect with you.
Something to avoid? Cramming your whole resume into your pitch.“This isn’t a job interview,” says Clarke. She relates it to being on a first date. “You’re getting acquainted, not trying to sell yourself or ask for favors.”
Do you think an elevator speech is important?