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Taking Control of Your Research Path Workshop

The guide accompanies the "Taking Control of Your Research Path Workshop" held in the Carlson Student Research Space.

Introduce yourself to faculty and peers about why you want to do research and talk with them by using what's known as an elevator pitch!

Elevator Pitch

What is an Elevator Pitch?


Capture emotional engagement or curiosity of your audience with a story, metaphor, unique aspect of your research interest that might provoke interest or surprise.

How to Create & Deliver an Elevator Pitch

Build Your Pitch

Deliver Your Pitch

Practice makes perfect.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Enunciate
  • Use a measured cadence so your listener has time to process what you’re saying.
  • Vary your tone to keep your listener engaged (e.g. play with putting emphasis on different words).
  • Use open body language (don’t cross your arms, incorporate movement (e.g. head movement such as nods, head tilts)
  • Include non-verbal explanations such as movements to demonstrate or explain concepts (e.g. if you say two, hold up two fingers or say "sweeping changes" make a sweeping motion with your arm).