How to create an elevator pitch to talk about your research in under 5 minutes
"So, tell me a little bit about yourself and your work" We've all had this question directed towards us - either at networking events, job interviews, conferences, informal work gatherings, etc.
Ideally, it should be the easiest question we ever answer. We're experts on ourselves and our work, right? But this question seems a lot more complicated when you actually have to answer it in the spur of the moment, especially when you have only a few minutes to convey your core message and pique your listener's interest.
The best thing we can do is prepare. But how do we decide what to add? Researchers are used to talking about their work in depth and getting into the smallest details and technical specifics (thesis, research papers, elaborate posters, blog posts, etc.). How can we sum up so many years of work into just a few minutes?
Here's where an elevator pitch for your research would come in handy. An elevator pitch is a crisp introduction that highlights the most important points of what you're trying to convey. It needs to be quick, engaging, and interesting.
The article below lists useful tips and a step-by-step guide on drafting this elevator pitch for your own research. I thought this would be a great exercise to try on R Voice. So here's what I want you to do -
- Read the article and let me know what you think in the comments
- Use the tips to prepare an elevator pitch for your work/research (You don't have to share it with the community, if you don't want to. But, I'd love to know whether you found it helpful)