Elevator Scripts: How to Introduce Yourself

Be ready for planned or surprise networking opportunities by preparing an elevator script, a 30-second statement highlighting a few key facts about you that will generate a conversation with a virtual stranger. A good elevator pitch highlights your skills, qualifications, and professional goals, and allows someone to connect with you over a shared interest or experience.

For example, “I’m a Tufts senior exploring media careers.” This can lead to a discussion about Tufts, your post-graduate plans, and/or your interest in media. You may not recognize this as networking until your contact says, “My best friend works at NPR.” Now, you’re in a position to move the conversation toward NPR and the possibility of a referral for an career conversation (informational interview).