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The 15 Second Pitch, aka Elevator Speech

Posted by Lori on January 22, 2010

Most of us are familiar with the saying, “You only get one chance to make a good first impression.” Mastering the 15 second pitch, also known as the elevator speech, is critical in solidifying a positive first impression at a job interview. The thought is that when you tell someone about yourself, you may only have their attention for a few seconds, about the same time as getting from one floor to another on an elevator. You simply must be prepared to talk about items of relevance, not your old cat with the hair ball or your ex-sister in-law who used to work for a similar company 20 years ago.

The folks at 15secondpitch.com created a pitch wizard that helps us organize our thoughts in a succinct manor that is easy to remember. You simply fill in the blanks and the wizard puts your information in template. It’s as simple as that. Rehearse it a few times and the people you meet will know who you are and what you do without having to hear extraneous information that does not apply to the situation.

Even when you introduce yourself to new people in your neighborhood, church, or any other place, they want to know a little about you. With your handy, dandy elevator speech, you can tell them all about you in a short amount of time!

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