Think of a character. Then, think of one word that describes that character. It can even be a celebrity, someone from a novel, or possibly even someone you know.
During tonight's Praxis Wednesday, we practiced our elevator pitches, but, we took a unique and simple approach with it. Instead of listing skills, traits, or experience, we practiced tying them all together to fit a theme that would stand out to the interviewer. It makes more sense to do it this way. Why? Because people love stories, so if you can be a “character” in their story, it's an easier sell.
Going back to that character you were thinking of at the beginning, who was it? What word describes them the best? Tonight we used the example of Romeo from Romeo and Juliet. I, personally, used the word “passionate” to describe him.
So, what word best describes you? What's your “theme” and how do you want people to remember you?
When you're doing this, keep in mind that there's still a good formula for doing this. You've heard the phrase “Tell them what you're going to tell them. Tell them. Then, tell them what you told them”. Here you need to take a very similar approach.
To create a good elevator pitch, you need to answer all of these questions while keeping your theme.
For example, my word is “creator”. Here's the basic outline of my pitch:
I would like to incorporate more details about projects and put more of an emphasis on the things I am going to do. The point is to first pick your theme - that's the first step. Now that I have that done I would like to revise my online presence to fit into that theme. I'm a creator, it's what I do best, and it's how I'd like to be remembered. What's your theme?