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Elevator Pitch | Tips & Examples

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elevator pitch | Definition

singular nounelevator pitchplural nounelevator pitches

  1. a short but effective explanation that is intended to persuade someone to buy a product or accept an idea.
  2. a short description of a product or business idea, especially one given to a possible investor.
  1. an informal an extremely short and pithy version of a sales pitch or business plan.

Oxford Languages
  1. a succinct and persuasive sales pitch.

elevator pitch | Explained

up2dateSKILLS summary

An elevator pitch is an extremely brief, catchy and somewhat persuasive sales speech where you offer something specific, such as yourself, your services, an idea, a product or a business project. Selling something is not usually the point. The point is to spark interest in whatever you are pitching. The term “elevator pitch” derives from the idea of having to impress a senior executive while using an elevator/lift to move from one floor to the other. Since it is meant to be about the length of a ride in an elevator, it should last somewhere between 30 to 40 seconds. Although is called “elevator pitch”, you can deliver one almost anywhere.

elevator pitch | Blog Posts

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What Is an Elevator Pitch? (+How to Create One)

by Charlotte Powell

Whether you have a 20-minute meeting, a five-minute walk-and-talk, or the few seconds before your prospect decides to hang up the phone, you need a pitch for every occasion. How do you build all these different things? Start with your elevator pitch. 

12 Elevator Pitch Examples to Inspire Your Own

by Aja Frost

If you’re connecting with a prospect for the very first time, you have to be prepared. In this post, Aja Frost shares useful insights and some examples that you can adapt to create your own elevator pitch.

elevator pitch | Media Library

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What is an Elevator Pitch?

Examples for Students and Job Seekers

Definition of an “elevator speech” and elevator pitch examples for students and job seekers to help guide you as you create your own. Learn how to prepare yourself to deliver an elevator pitch anywhere you go. 

5 Pitch Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make, and How To Fix Them

by Brendan Baker

Learn how to pitch a product or a business model pitch with Brendan Baker’s tips & tricks. Keep the pitch short and to the point is the main ingredient.

How to Give the Perfect Pitch

with TedX speech coach David Beckett

As an experienced pitch and TedX speech coach, David shares his insights on how to pitch and get your ideas heard. According to four principles, his ‘Open, three, close’ Model and The Pitch Canvas, he explains how to get your audience to engage with your story.

The elevator speech is out of order

Michelle Golden at TEDxCitadelPark

Consultants tell us that we should have a prepared 30-second “elevator pitch,” but Michelle Golden calls it in-person spam. In her TEDx talk, she tackles the problems with canned pitches and teaches an alternative approach that’s not only more effective, it actually feels right.

How To Create A Killer Elevator Pitch

Susan Trumpler, from Unstoppable Women in Business

Do you have a killer elevator pitch? Do you find it easy to introduce yourself at professional networking events? If not, or if you would like to learn how to be even more compelling, Susan Trumpler a tip that will help you.

How To Create Your 30 Second Elevator Pitch!

with Lauren Berger, The Intern Queen

Create an effective and productive personal pitch to make lots of professional connections. Lauren takes you through each step of a perfect pitch and she includes an example that is easy to deliver and that will help you create lasting impressions.

How To Create A KILLER 30 Second Elevator Pitch

with Professor Heather Austin

Do you have your pitch ready? If not, tune into Heather Austin’s video where you’ll learn how to create a knockout 30 second elevator pitch using my simple 4-part formula. 

I Critique Your Elevator Pitches

with Vanessa Van Edwards

John is a website analyst and submitted his personal pitch. Vanessa breaks out John’s elevator pitch and gives him some insight on what he did well and what he could improve on. Take notes from this video and implement them into your elevator pitches to be more confident!

First-Year Student Sample Elevator Pitch

Cawley Career Education Center

Great speech. You can get example sentences and adapt them to create your own elevator pitch.

The best "Elevator Pitch" of the World?

"The Dilema" | movie clip

This is a perfect example of an “elevator Pitch”, given in “The Dilemma” (2011), the Movie. It summarizes probably everything at the best, and shows how you can build a very convincing story in only 2 minutes.

Elevator Pitch Winner

Sales pitch

Pitching a service. This is what people say about this young man’s pitch: Great idea, Fast, Furious, Action packed, Awesome, Concise, Informative, Entertaining, and really gets the core message across in less than 2 minutes. 

Elevator Pitch Examples for Students

Home at 30

Here are elevator pitch examples for students to use at career fairs, networking events, and in casual conversation. In this video, you’ll learn elevator pitch tips, the best elevator pitch templates, and how to write an elevator pitch.

Elevator Pitch Example

Software Developer with Experience

Great speech. You can get example sentences and adapt them to create your own elevator pitch.

Software Development Elevator Pitch

by Meredith McIntosh

Great speech. You can get example sentences and adapt them to create your own elevator pitch.

Riley Slayden Elevator Pitch | Software Engineering

by Riley Slayden

Great speech. You can get example sentences and adapt them to create your own elevator pitch.

Elevator Pitch, Software engineer

by Rohan Raju

Great speech. You can get example sentences and adapt them to create your own elevator pitch.

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