5 Effective Steps To Craft Your Personal Elevator Pitch

So, can you tell me about yourself?

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Networking is easy on some people, harder on others. I personally love it, because it feels like a game, and it essentially makes me meet incredible people.

But one thing that’s hard to figure out is: when I get passed the fear of talking to that stranger who’s so smart-well-spoken, what do I say ? And how do I stand out ?

About two years ago, when I had to start looking for an internship, I would attend every conference and company panels held at my school. The very first question I would ask is: Do you have opportunities for internships?

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Ha. At least it made my classmates laugh. So clumsy.

Networking is not necessarily natural. But you have to be willing to feel a bit silly, and put yourself out there to practice this crucial career and life skill.

At the Berkeley Master of Engineering, we’re really lucky to have a Career Team dedicated to us. We recently had a great Career session about crafting our personal Elevator Pitch.

Just like one would pitch an idea to an investor in 60 seconds, the purpose of this workshop was to learn how to pitch ourselves… in 30 seconds.

Whether it’s to present ourselves, or answer the question “Tell us about yourself”, this is a nice framework provided by our career counselor Terrie Moore, to work on and practice until it becomes natural!

  1. How do you define your professional identity at this point in your career?
  2. What kind of academic and professional work have you done?
  3. What kind of environment have you been in?
  4. Is there a pertinent strength that distinguishes you (Optional) ?
  5. What direction are you headed towards?

It’s really hard to keep it short. The 30-second goal is bold, yet it helps to actually stay under the 60-second threshold.

A few more tips

  • Write a first draft and skim out what doesn’t seem relevant.
  • Rehearse until it becomes a second nature, just like saying your name!
  • When you become accustomed to it, you’ll be able to adapt to the situation and swap some information based on the context and the person you’re talking to.

Got it?

So here’s mine.

I’m an entrepreneurial engineer, and have one year of software experience in Australia working in agile environments, both in a startup and tech consultancy. I’m studying leadership and strengthening my technical skills within the MEng program at UC Berkeley, to get a product position in a startup before I create my own.

Now, can you tell me about yourself?

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