There’s no shortage of resources offering guidance on putting together a winning, personal elevator pitch. Here are my top three recommendations.
24/7. Anytime. Anywhere. It’s a misconception that one only needs an elevator pitch when looking for work and attending a networking mixer. You need to be able to quickly and clearly articulate what you have to offer professionally whether you’re at a mixer or at the annual family barbecue, gainfully employed or voluntarily in transition
Focus Forward. You’re not at that job interview yet; so spare your potential contact or current connection a trip down career history lane. Instead, talk about what you are doing now, and more importantly, what you plan to be doing next.
Just One Detail. Remember that the clock is ticking and with every passing second you are at risk of losing someone’s attention. So keep it high-level, keep it crisp and please, spare them the details. If it’s relevant to whom you’re talking with, strategically bring up just one detail that will keep the conversation going and elicit a “tell me more” invitation. For example, mention a class you’re taking, an interesting project you’re working on, or a well-known (or maybe not so well-known) company that you have extensive experience with.