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Exercise 2.5 - Prepare your Elevator Pitch

An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that you use to spark interest in yourself. A good elevator pitch should last no longer than a short elevator ride of 20 to 30 seconds, hence the name. It should be interesting, memorable, and succinct. It also needs to explain what makes you unique.

Before you start this exercise

  • Study these examples & speech templates on how to write an elevator pitch.
  • Find out more on mindtools about crafting an elevator pitch.
  • Have your results of your Personal SWOT analysis at hand. If not done yet, you might want to do this first in this exercise 2.4.
  • Have your professional role or job posting ready, you want to apply to.

How to complete this exercise

Close your eyes and think of someone who you would like to work for. Now imagine that suddenly you have the chance to speak to this person. You meet this person in the elevator. Get ready for that moment:

Step 1

Write down what you will tell to present yourself at best and raise the chance to stick in her/his mind.

Step 2

Try your elevator pitch out loud.


Congratulations - You made it!

Once you master your elevator pitch, that is when you feel confident about it, ask someone to listen to you and give feedback.

Educators' area

Background information and teaching material for guiding your students through the exercise or offering it in your classroom

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