Hello, everyone, my name is Virginia, and today I am going to talk to you about my experience with elevator pitches (lol). So, I had to make an elevator pitch for my capstone class, and boy was it fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (not really). In the next blog, I am going to talk about my experience in developing, delivering and listening to my colleagues’ elevator pitches, and what I learned from the experience.
For our class, we had to create a product and we had to learn how to sell it in a minute; if we could not sell it in a minute then it was not good (at least in my eyes). In order to sell a product successfully in a minute, one has to prepare A LOT. Some of the things that you can do to do a successful pitch are these:
- Do a list of what is really important about your company/product. The most important things about your company or product are what makes it different, these are; the opportunities that it has, the problems and how you will solve them, who is affected by it and who can benefit, and why people should choose your product instead of another one.
- After you have a list, you need to put it together in a way that makes sense and makes the audience interested.
- After you have your “narrative” you need to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. PRACTICE as it is the last thing you are going to do. PRACTICE as if you were thirsty and PRACTICING is water. PRACTICING will help you see what works with your pitch and what does not. If you did not get this point, what you have to do is P R A C T I C E. (you will thank me later, I swear)
- Now that you have done all of these things, the only thing you need to do is pull yourself together, and I learned this from my peers. Doing an elevator pitch can be REALLY nerve-wracking, so you have to make sure that you take your time to relax and pull yourself together. The only person in your way is you. Just think that after you give that speech you are done.
I believe that these four steps will help you lots.
I was really stressed and nervous about giving my speech because speaking in front of people is always hard for me. However, these steps helped a lot. I did not forget my pitch because I PRACTICED like crazy, I did talk faster than I should have, so for future presentations I need to PRACTICE this. Also, by watching other people I learned the things that work and what does not. For example, making eye contact with the audience is always good, and you should never move a lot (like I did) because it will get distracting. Doing an elevator pitch made me realize how presentations are not that bad if you give them time. It also taught me that I will never create a product for the sole purpose of not wanting to do an elevator pitch ever again. (Do not pay attention to me, if I could do it so can you)
I hope these tips will help you. If not, here are some things that you should not do during any presentation.
Thank you for reading!