Leadership Resources

Leadership Resources from the Carlson Executive MBA Program

Creating an Elevator Pitch

Many burgeoning executives struggle with how to efficiently and effectively tell their stories compellingly. How do we ‘sell ourselves without sounding stiff or pompous but not boring the recipient to tears. The Elevator Pitch is a tool that succinctly boils down all those accomplishments and goals into an easy-to-deliver format.

The below collection covers the styles, formats, and best practices of selling yourself in an abbreviated manner, be it a job fair, a chance meeting, or an actual elevator. The preparation for these brief opportunities is vital as you have less than 10 seconds to make the right first impression and keep the conversation moving.

If there is one common theme across all elevator pitch research, you should be comfortable and confident in your presentation. These resources give an excellent cross-section of practices that allow presenters with different goals and preferences to find a style or format that best suits them.