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  • Writer's pictureMeghan Allsopp

Elevate your Elevator Speech



While "running into people" is far less likely during a global pandemic, we think you should be ready with a sharp pitch conveying who you are, what you want out of your career, and what you offer in a workplace environment. In fact, we all might be a little rusty when it comes to impromptu conversations, so pgaa tax is here to buff out your conversation skills so you can shine when the opportunities arise. Let's start with your pitch.

1. What is an elevator speech?


It's less than 30 seconds. It quickly draws in the listener. It succinctly answers that awful interview question, "Tell us a little about yourself." It says who you are in a workplace, what your colleagues would say are your biggest assets, and what you want out of your career. At the end of it, the listener should have their interest peaked, wanting you to expand on one or more key components of your speech.


2. How do I write and memorize one?


List your strengths.


If you have a hard time with this one, remove yourself from the narrative. Instead write down what your colleagues would say about you, from your equals to your report's to.


examples: quickly provide tools for streamlining inefficiencies. Critical thinker in times of pressure. Creates a culture of motivated teams, driven by a common goal. Roll up the sleeves team player. Solid foundation with Big 4 accounting firm, EY.


List your career goals.


Goals that support and propel a company forward. Goals that improve systems, promote positive work environments. What makes you feel like your job is meaningful? Write that down.


example: Meghan wants to be a master tax director, leveraging over 15 years of tax experience at large multinational corporations. I want to the best in my field; quickly building, advancing, and motivating high-yielding tax team. I will be the go-to person for tax planning initiatives. I will amplify expert voices in my team, and quickly master new tax regulations. I want to be an engaging leader for business transformation across departments. Office culture will be based in integrity, transparency, a willingness to learn and adapt to new information and positivity energy.



Put it all together.


This takes some craftsmanship. The words you use in your elevator speech need to be potent. They should paint a visual for the listener of you in the office bringing your "A"game. It should also be natural. Don't use language that doesn't come out of your mouth naturally. It will be hard to memorize and confuse the listener because it isn't a true display of who you are. Write a few drafts and read them aloud to yourself. Read it to a friend and get their feedback. PGAA tax also is hear to help you craft and polish your pitch. Get in touch with us to get started.


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