Happy it’s almost Thursday so it’s almost Friday UAlbany Great Danes! One great thing about life meeting new people and new making connections…but it’s a strategy to it.
Ever heard of an “elevator pitch” or a “30-second commercial”, well they’re your quick moment to shine. The concept comes from the idea that when you’re meeting someone or introducing yourself first impressions are everything. You want that moment to count. In a professional sense you have a about 30 seconds to introduce yourself, sell yourself and hope that gets you somewhere.
Personally, I had heard of this concept but never thought much about putting it into practice. However, when I became a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-ed professional business fraternity, I quickly learned the importance of introductions. So when you meet an employer or professional or someone at a networking event—what follows after you say “Hello my name is…”? Any thought?
As a college student (or even recent grad), you have the perfect advantage to networking because not many people are going to shoot down a college student. In that moment what information about yourself are you going to highlight? Name. Major. Year. Graduation Date. Career Aspiration (the what & the why). Strength(s). There are a lot of approaches or things you can include. Most importantly realize it’s what you think is best about you for that moment.
Hello my name is Darius Jordan. I’m a senior at Grand Valley State University majoring in Public and Nonprofit Administration with an emphasis in Community Development Planning. I will be graduating in December of 2013 with plans to further my education with a Masters in Higher Education and Students Affairs. It is my purpose driven and people focused passion that motivates me to promote resources that enhance the development of college students.
These are general things that you can include but always tailor it to the person or the situation or the circumstances. Be confident and personable in your approach and release the nerves; you can’t mess up information about yourself. Practice in the mirror and be sure to work in a smile here and there. Lastly, think of it as a conversation, not a speech, that way whether you’re giving your full introduction or just having dialogue you’re prepared.
Hi what’s your name?
Hello my name is Darius Jordan.
What do you do?
I’m a senior at Grand Valley State University majoring in Public and Nonprofit Administration with an emphasis in Community Development Planning.
So, what are your plans after college?
I will be graduating in December of 2013 and I plan to further my education with a Masters in Higher Education and Students Affairs.
What draws you to that career field?
I’m really purpose driven and people focused and that passion motivates me to promote resources that enhance the development of college students like myself.
It’s all about the pitch; think about how you would like your interest to be kept when talking with someone. Until next time stay tuned, keep up and “Let’s Do Lunch”.
Darius the Intern