Words of the Week – elevator speech

An elevator speech is a concise summary of a proposal or other discussion topic. The goal is to present a compelling main idea in 60 seconds or less, about the time of a typical elevator ride.

Try creating an elevator speech of your employment history and practice it before you attend a networking event or cocktail party. In those situations, Americans often begin a conversation with the question, “What was your background before business school?” and a well crafted elevator speech will make a great impression on your new colleagues.

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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