Friday, November 24, 2006

Elevator Pitch

"An elevator pitch (or elevator speech) is a brief overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The pitch is so called because it can be delivered in the time span of an elevator
ride (say, thirty seconds)." - Wikipedia

One of the things that the BCC has taught us at the school is to prepare ourselves for an elevator pitch. In this pitch, the students deliver a short speech of who they are, what they offer and what they are looking for. As folks start their off campus job search, a powerful elevator speech makes a big difference. Hence, the school arranged an Elevator speech competition on Wednesday.The wanna be entrepreneurs too got a chance to talk about their dream project.

We had the big wigs of the corporate world who took some time off their busy schedule to listen to our pitches and give us some feedback.

I got the opportunity to deliver my pitch to Mr Eugene Roman, Group President, Systems and Technology, Bell Canada. He gave some excellent feedback.

Some words of wisdom shared by him for our group:

-Talk about one BIG idea in the elevator pitch.Detail around that.
-Be a good story teller. It creates an impact.
-Projet Passion when you speak during your elevator speech
-Tone and hand gestures are important
-Have a commanding voice..exhibit confidence
-Improvisation is the key
-Learn to think on your feet

The best 8 elevator pitches were delivered again in front of the entrie class. One of my classmates whoze work experience involved working for Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and hobbies include being a salsa dance coach walked away with the best elevator pitch.

Some of the pitches were so powerful that the MBAst board were impressed and wanted these guyz to contact them so that they could provide them suitable opportunities at their companies ! Now thatz what is called making an impact.

BTW, watch this video on elevator pitch


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