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Create Impact with Your Professional Pitch

Cofrin School of Business Elevator Pitch Competition
5:00pm - 7:00pm, March 10th, 2015
Phoenix B, University Union

You will be required to craft and deliver an elevator pitch and submit it into the Business Week Competition. Every savvy job seeker has a personal elevator pitch to use during quick encounters with hiring officials at job fairs, during networking events or a chance meeting someplace else. An elevator pitch is a carefully crafted message designed to explain your strengths, abilities and goals to a professional or business executive. The catch — it must be given in the time that it takes to ride up an elevator – 60 seconds or less!

Be prepared for these planned and chance encounters with employers and hiring officials. Join fellow Cofrin School of Business students by competing for top honors and prizes in the Create Impact with Your Professional Pitch – an elevator pitch competition and network night.

How Do I Enter and Compete?

Record your professional elevator pitch, upload it to YouTube as directed and email the web link by Monday, February 16 at 4:30pm to radosevd@uwgb.edu. No exceptions or extensions!

  1. Submissions will be reviewed by a campus panel of judges who will select 15 Finalists.
  2. Finalists will be announced by Tuesday, February 24, 2013.
  3. Each finalist will receive one-on-one coaching from an external professional expert and judge on March 2-6.
  4. All finalists must be present to deliver live their professional elevator pitch on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 5pm in Phoenix B. The entire class will be present at this event as will other classes and community members.

Following the elevator pitch competition, there will be an opportunity for all attendees to network with professionals from the Green Bay community attending the competition.

Prizes to Be Awarded:
Grand Prize Winner: $200
2nd Place: $150
3rd Place: $100
Remaining Finalists (4th-15th place): $50

Critical Components for Your Professional Pitch

The following criteria will be considered for judging to determine the finalists and eventual winners.

  • Professionalism (dress)
  • Communicating with Impact (delivery, tone, eye contact and speech)
  • Meaningfulness of Message

Tips for Your Professional Pitch

  1. What would you want the listener to remember about you?
  2. State your value as key results or impact. Think of this as your tag line. Allow the listener to understand how you add value.
  3. What unique benefits do you have? What do you do or have that is better than someone else?
  4. What are your immediate goals which should be concrete, defined and realistic? Is it readily apparent to the listener what you what from him or her?

Career Spots video - The Elevator Pitch

Check out the link below to help you create a solid and professional elevator pitch:
http://www.careerspots.com/vidplay_links_ext.aspx?aid=343&partid=0&apass=/j8bKfreUnYuxo/GZaXXdQ==&vidnum=7&=&

Technical Details/Tips on Using YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/t/about_getting_started It is required that all videos be un-listed