When meeting someone for the first time you should be able to give them a quick summary of who you are and what you do. Your ‘elevator pitch’ is an approximately thirty second story to tell during a brief elevator ride to a hypothetical top floor. I like to think that I used to have a decent pitch ready to give. It went something like this, “I’m a public relations student who wants to work in the non-profit sector when I graduate. I love meeting people, volunteering, playing tennis, etc.” While all of those things are still true I find that my pitch has been changing lately, or in come cases disappearing.
I’m starting to ask myself where I want to go next. I would still love to work in the non-profit sector one day but I’m starting to see other possibilities. Too many possibilities – that’s my issue. There are a lot of things I could do, careers I could pursue, dreams I could bring to life. How do I explain to others where I am going if I have no idea myself?
Now when I meet new people it feels like I’m rambling off a million different thoughts and ideas. This isn’t exactly an awful problem to have. I’m excited for new possibilities. It’s great to question yourself and reevaluate your goals. I know that I’ll find my pitch again soon. Until then, let’s hope we don’t meet in an elevator.
2 thoughts on “Losing My Elevator Pitch”
Maybe you can incorporate your old twitter handle into your elevator pitch so you don’t have to lose it completely.
“I’m Hannah, and ever since I was little, I’ve been opening GNT (giant) doors. Recently the giant door to my future got a lot bigger and I see endless possibilities in my future…” I like it.
Seriously though, I completely understand. I have the worst elevator pitch in existence because I’m in the exact same boat. On the plus side, if you don’t have a defined pitch, it shows that you are open to new and different opportunities and you’re willing to shake things up a bit – and these days, that will get you even further.
I know exactly what you mean about “rambling in a million different directions”. It almost makes me try to avoid those conversations.
I guess the reality is that we are in a process and not an event and things just take time to work out. Unfortunately, I have found it often does not work on the timeframe we might want;)