The Top 5 Places to Pitch Yourself
An elevator pitch is typically a short 1-2 minute spiel you give to explain who you are, what you do, or what you sell, with the idea that it’s short enough to pitch to someone on an elevator ride with the goal of acquiring the next meeting. However, the idea of an elevator pitch can be misleading because it is rare that you will actually pitch on an elevator. Not only are most elevator rides pretty quick and short, but usually they are packed with more than one person and are not the most appropriate place to start talking about yourself.
We can take the idea of an elevator pitch and apply it to real life situations in which we actually encounter the need to strike up a conversation with someone. Here are the top 5 places that you should be prepared to pitch.
1) Networking Event
The most common place that will require a simple and direct pitch is a networking event. With the goal of meeting and connecting with new people, a well-executed pitch will leave others with a good first impression of you. Whether you are pitching yourself or pitching your company, networking events are the perfect places to meet a lot of people in a short period of time. Since everyone in attendance is on the same page, others will expect to hear your pitch and go from there.
Meetings or conferences are another great opportunity to present your pitch. Since these are typically professional or work-related events, a compelling and simple pitch will help others not only better understand what you do or what you are working on, but it can leave them interested in following up with you afterwards for a future conversation.
At a job interview, it is vital that you sell yourself. The best way to sell yourself is to come across as a polished professional, and you can do this with a personal pitch. Create a pitch that identifies who you are and what you bring to the table. This type of pitch can be a great way to open up an interview to give off a positive impression. It will make you seem more confident in yourself and therefore increase the confidence that the interviewer will have in you.
4) On a Date
First dates or blind dates can be nerve-wracking. What will you talk about? What will he/she think about you? Well, a personal pitch can easily share who you are and what you do, all while leaving a great first impression. With a rehearsed conversational pitch you, will come off confident and self-assured, which is the ideal way to present yourself to keep someone interested and if nothing else, will kick off the date on the right foot and have you feeling good about yourself.
When you go to a party or out to a bar where there may be people you don’t know, a pitch is a great way to start a conversation. It is the perfect answer to the common opening question “What do you do?” The right pitch is intriguing and will generate interest enough to snowball into a conversation. Make a good first impression and maybe make a few new friends along the way!
It is important to always be prepared with your pitch. Practice it in front of your mirror, give it to family and friends to test out how you come across. Real life can present many occasions to pitch, and if you’re ready for it, you’ll be able to take advantage of any opportunity that arises!
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