You are getting into an elevator and you hear a voice call out from behind you, “Please hold the elevator!” With ninja-like agility, you simultaneously press the “door open” button and hurl your hand between the doors, tempting fate and saving the day.
In strolls Oprah Winfrey, who thanks you and offers a smile. She says, “I could use someone on my team that is fast acting and not shaken when the plan suddenly changes. Tell me, what do you do?”
Holy crap! Your mind instantly floods!
Do you tell her what you currently do or what you want to do? Do you tell her your title or your talent? Do you tell her about your hobbies or how you are certain to receive a Grammy as soon as they let you record an entire album of you singing in the shower (because you sound REALLY good in there… to yourself)?
Simmer down. Simmer down. You know just what to do. You smile and confidently deliver your elevator pitch. Nailed it!
What? You don’t have an elevator pitch? You don’t know what the hell an elevator pitch is and why you need one?
With a previous employer, part of my training upon entering the company was to develop my own elevator pitch for the company. The objective is to outline what you (or your company) do, why it’s exciting, and why they need you in their life.
M’kayso… I am paraphrasing a bit. For greater understanding, you can read this article on Forbes entitled, “The Perfect Elevator Pitch: In 20 Seconds or Less, Tell Me What You Do”. (Actually, if you search the term “elevator pitch” on Forbes Online you will find a slew of articles including, “How to Create an Elevator Pitch.”)
So there you have this week’s challenge…
TFTBN Tuesday Prompt: Give us your best elevator pitch. In one minute or 200 words, tell us who you are, what you do, and why you do it differently than anyone else on the planet. Get us as passionate about what you do as you are. In short, GET’TAH pitching!
Don’t forget the TFTBN schedule:
Tuesday: Creative Prompt
Wednesday: YouTube Video Discussion
Thursday: Post Collaboration
Anyone can participate by simply commenting on any post. I look forward to hearing from you.
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