Money How to Nail Your Elevator Pitch in 6 Steps

19:20  14 april  2017
19:20  14 april  2017 Source:   Mental Floss

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But we know you have it in you—once you follow these six simple steps , that is. No matter how fabulous your elevator pitch , you're not going to be offered the investment or job opportunity on the spot, says Chris O’Leary, author of Elevator Pitch Essentials.

I promise to respond. I was asked to speak on Fox Business network and help new entrepreneurs develop their elevator pitch . So I thought I’d give it some thought before I turn up. Close by telling me what the next steps are or how I can help.

How to ace your elevator pitch in six steps © Mental Floss How to ace your elevator pitch in six steps

Quick: You have a potential investor's attention while he waits for his cab, or you meet someone at a dinner party who works for your dream employer. Convincing this person in less than 30 seconds that you have a brilliant, profitable idea or are the smart, capable person they need to help their company grow is a tall order. But we know you have it in you—once you follow these six simple steps, that is.

1. THINK ABOUT YOUR GOAL.

No matter how fabulous your elevator pitch, you're not going to be offered the investment or job opportunity on the spot, says Chris O’Leary, author of Elevator Pitch Essentials. “That’s not possible,” he says. “Instead, your goal is to just get a conversation started.” You want to make a connection, pass along a business card, and get them to agree to chat again about the next step.

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From How to Nail Your Elevator Pitch by Sarah Kessler. Use these 5 steps to perfect your elevator pitch from The 5- Step Elevator Pitch That Turns Strangers into Clients by Julie Brawden Davis.

People are busy, and being able to communicate who you are and what you do quickly and effectively will ensure that you get your most important points across, no matter how short the conversation.” 5 easy steps to nail your elevator pitch

2. FOCUS ON YOUR OPENING STATEMENT.

This is key, says Catherine MacDermott, professor of Business Communication at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. If you're pitching yourself in a job interview, don’t bother introducing yourself with your title. Instead, try presenting your role in a light that really shows how you’re helping your company—and how you’d benefit theirs. "For example, instead of saying, 'Hi, I am Jane Smith, and I am a college tutor,' why not say something like, 'I'm Jane Smith and I help students succeed,'" MacDermott says.

3. SOLIDIFY YOUR CONNECTION.

James O’Rourke, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame, says you want to find common ground with the person you're pitching. When you introduce yourself, explain how you know them—is yours a family, university, or business connection?

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Here’s how to create an elevator pitch that’ll take you to the next professional level – it’s the best Start your pitch with an attention grabber. (We’ll explain more in the next step .) You’re a pro- pitcher now. If you’ve done a great job with your elevator pitch , your listener will want to know more.

Get ready for the ride of your life with our step -by- step guide to crafting and perfecting your elevator pitch . Grab five index cards, and label them “Who I Am,” “What I Do,” “ How I Do It,” “Why I Do It,” and “Who I Do It For.”

4. MAKE CLEAR WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR...

Once you give your descriptive introduction, “Then, make the transition into what’s next, what you’re looking for long-term," says O'Rourke. But your aspiration has to connect with your qualifications and the steps you're taking to get there, whether that be finishing up your master’s degree in science at night or you’re seeking your MBA.

5. ... AND WHAT YOU NEED FROM THEM.

The best you can get from this first conversation is an agreement to continue the conversation—either with this person or someone more appropriate. So before you part ways, ask if you can get another, longer meeting on the calendar or if they can put you in touch with someone else. O'Rourke suggests saying something like, "I'm looking to make the next step, seeking contact in the world of [finance, education, publishing—whatever it is], and I’m hoping you might help me head in this direction."

6. LEAVE YOUR BUSINESS CARD.

If they decline to help, ask if you can simply leave your business card. Which, by the way, you should have handy. You never know when you’ll be making your next elevator pitch, so it should be in your suit pocket, purse, or another container that's readily available, O’Rourke says.

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Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones left Saturday's game against the Twins in the third inning after getting drilled in the face by a pitch. © (Getty Images) JaCoby Jones This hurts every time I watch it. Jacoby Jones hit by pitch in the face. #DetroitTigers. #Tigers#HitByPitchpic.twitter.com/0iMeTQv1MR— Southbound Sports (@sboundsports) April 22, 2017Jones tried to move out of the way of the Justin Haley 90 mph fastball, but the pitch caught him directly in the nose/mouth area and he had blood rushing down his face. His status should be updated after the game.

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