Working The Room: If you have what it takes, show it.

(If you are reading this, you have what it takes.)  Do you want your hard work to pay off?  (You respond: Yes.)  Do you want to obtain your dream job?  (You respond: Yes.)  Do you want to make tons of money?  (You respond: Yes.)  Then you are in the right place, and you are reading the right blog.

What I just did was two things—got you in the rhythm of saying yes, and I introduced myself (the blog in this case).  The elevator pitch is one of the most essential elements of working the room.  “It takes only three to five seconds to make a first impression, but it can take a whole career to undo it,” says Dana May Casperson, author of Power Etiquette: What You Don’t Know Can Kill Your Career.

What is in a good elevator pitch?  Confidence, knowing your audience, connecting with your audience (asking questions), and being precise are all essential elements to an effective introduction.  The important thing to realize is, that to the audience in the particular situation at hand (potential businesses), you are just another fish in the sea.  If you do truly have what it takes, then grab the attention of your audience, so when you present yourself, they truly pay attention.  Once you do that, you will no longer be just another fish in the sea.

From there, be personable, be confident, and show them what you are all about.  Sell yourself.  There is much more to ‘working the room’, but without your foot in the door, there is no room to walk in.

The Core Business Workshop (taking place Monday, September 27th from 6- 8:30pm, in the Walter hall rotunda) is a three part event where students will tune-up there interviewing skills, enhance their fashion sense, and perfect the ability to work a room. From speaking with professionals to networking with other students, it is sure to be an extremely beneficial event.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to further develop your framework for success!


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