Hillary Chybinski: 5 Tips to the Perfect Pitch

Thursday, August 15, 2013

5 Tips to the Perfect Pitch

How to Perfect Your Pitch to Seal the Deal - 5 Tips for Success

Do you have an elevator pitch? Do you need one? Everyone needs a "pitch" - a way to introduce yourself at a party, or look for a new opportunity, or encourage someone to support your latest cause. But talking about ourselves is not always easy, so how do you make sure your pitch is the best it can be? Here are 5 tips to get you started:
  • What do you want people to know about you? What are you hoping to get from them? A job? A connection - that can determine what content you put into your pitch.
  • Write it down. This isn't an "off the cuff"situation. Write down everything you want someone to know and then edit it. Whittle it down to the 3-4 key points you can deliver in 30-60 seconds.
  • Answer these three questions: Who are you? What do you do? What are you looking for?
  • Be authentic. A pitch is typically about them, not you and the focus is on what you can do for them. 
  • Consider preparing some variations, depending on the situation. For instance, if you are introducing yourself, you would have a slightly different approach than if you were looking for a job or opportunity.
  • You should be comfortable enough to give your elevator pitch in an interview or at a cocktail party, whenever the occasion calls. So practice, practice, practice.

So there you have it. . .seems pretty simple, right? Maybe not. . .but you can do it!

Let me share mine with you:

Leave me a comment with a link to your own elevator pitch, or if you don't have one yet - what you want it to say about you.

catch you soon -