"Oh wow, Google. Are you aware if Google attends the regional conferences or just nationals?"
The first step of the elevator speech (that no one talks about) is the hook. You must start a light yet substantial conversation. For example, after 5 seconds she asked "Is this your first time at nationals?" just to fill the dead silence in the elevator. I wasted no time starting my abbreviated elevator speech.
"Yes it is! I'm very excited. My name is Keisha Johnson. I'm a supply chain management senior from C. University in South Carolina. I'm really into creating metrics, continuous improvement, SAP, and purchasing from my experience at my last internship. However I'd like to progress into systems, contracts and negotiations. Hopefully, with the intent of one day moving into program management and perhaps even entrepreneurship. I have browsed your companies career site, can you tell me anything about your leadership development program?"
So first of all, I almost never include entrepreneurship in my elevator speech- BUT, it's Google, I realized that I had to stand out. Just like your resume, you should tweak your elevator speech based on your audience. I always start rattling off my skill set. I use SAP a lot because so many companies use it. If I knew how to code, I'd rattle off all the languages I could use.
What qualifies as a skill set? College students, Include any skill that you've mastered and used proficiently in the last 3 years. Generally speaking, if a woman doesn't have a skill down 90%, she feel uncomfortable saying that she can do it. Men, can have it down only 60% and put it out there. Ladies remember, do not be so hard on yourself.
I don't have a skill set! Ok. ok. That's fine. You can talk about any creative inquiry or research experience OR
Ok! So now it's your turn. Fill in the blank
Hello, my name is ___________________________________. I am currently a
_______________________________________________ (Your major and class standing).
Throughout my time as a student, I have ________________________________________________
_________________________ (list skills you have developed). In order to advance my knowledge, I am
interested in a position that would allow me to ______________________________________________
____________________________________________________ (what do you hope to gain through your
experience?) Eventually, I would like to ___________________________________________________
_______________________________________ (what do you want to do in future?) _______________
(Express interest in learning more about company/obtaining an internship opportunity.
Remember, practice makes progress! #LeanInKeisha
Whether you are a subcontractor, a youtube vlogger or both, one cardinal rule remains the same. Your Network equals your Net worth. Make it a personal goal to put yourself out there and connect to different people with similar objectives. In the game of networking, you are expected to have a solid elevator speech.
An Elevator Speech is a short introductory synopsis of what you can offer a person. No worries, there's a fill in the blank format for you at the bottom of this page! The delivery of your elevator speech should be engaging and last the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately thirty seconds to two minutes.
The last time I used my elevator speech was (ironically) on an elevator. At the National NSBE convention, I hopped on the fourth floor elevator on to find two Google representatives. Ok. I admit, first I had to just breathe. You never want to make the person feel like they are trapped in a steel cage with a maniac. (hey, Solange) After that, I hit them with a little something like this: