Let me begin with a brief definition. An elevator speech can be used anywhere and anytime, not just in elevators! However, it should be short, no longer than 30 seconds. It’s great for interviews when asked to talk about yourself, and many people find it useful for networking.
Tell the listener what you want them to know about you in your elevator speech. It may be targeted to a specific type of position or a particular company. Or your elevator speech might be broader in scope and cover several areas. Remember that the speech will change depending on the listener, so be ready to tailor it to the situation!
Tip 1: Accentuate Your Value
Be honest but positive about the value you will contribute to the position or company. Think back on your accomplishments or look over your performance reviews. What value have you provided in your previous and current positions that you can emphasize in 30 seconds?
Tip 2: Focus on Motivation
What motivates you? What projects or environments make you want to accomplish your goals? When are you at your best? What are the areas where you excel? What can you bring to the company or position that you can emphasize in 30 seconds?
Admittedly, 30 seconds is a short amount of time. Developing a content-rich speech that shows you at your best in 30 seconds will take effort! Once you have the speech down, practice it until you feel confident that you can take the basic speech and tailor it to your audience.
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