Don’t Leave Home Without Your Elevator Pitch

by Harlan Yee on October 4th, 2010

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to meet John Chow at the first Seattle Dot Com Pho. For those of you who don’t know, Dot Com Pho is a weekly meet-up with John and like-minded individuals craving a big bowl of hot pho! He shoots the meet-up on his camcorder and it becomes his weekly video on his blog. Now that he lives in Seattle, I can attend more of these pho gatherings!

John Chow in car

At the first Seattle Dot Com Pho, I was the only guest that showed up. I knew the routine and that I’d be a part of his video, but what caught me off guard was that after he did his introduction, he turned his camera on me and said “Tell us a little about yourself”. At that point, I was scrambling to figure out what I was going to say. I blabbed some meaningless stuff for a few seconds and then it was over. Thinking back, I know I should’ve had my elevator pitch ready.

What is an elevator pitch? It’s a short description of yourself that you can confidently present in under 20 seconds. It should be right to the point and inspire people to ask follow-up questions. It’s a great thing to have in your mind whenever anyone asks you to tell others about yourself. Sometimes you’ll need alternate versions of your elevator pitch, depending on who you’re speaking to. So it’s a good idea to have a couple of different ‘pitches’.

I’ve been meaning to have my pitch ready for quite awhile now but last weekend, when I needed it, I didn’t have it. That’s what procrastination does. So this week, I’m working on my elevator pitch so I’m not caught off guard again. Fortunately, John gave me a quick plug on his website, which is cool!

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