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PRO: Deep Dive into Research at UR

The guide accompanies PRO: Pathways to Research Opportunities website.

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).