Week 1 Discussion

An elevator speech is an excellent way to convey your skills while networking and seeking employment. Prior to entering into this discussion forum, review the Forbes Mentor Week // Dr. Murad Abel (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.video (Abel, 2015) that addresses the concept of “elevator speeches,” the Forbes Mentor Week // Dr. Marcus Crayton // Ashford University (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. video (Crayton, 2015) about how branding applies to you personally and professionally, and the Forbes Mentor Week // Dr. Karen Lynne-Daniels Ivy // Ashford University (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. video (Ivy, 2015) about navigating the future with your personal action plan. An elevator speech is a one-minute summary of who you are, why you are qualified, and what you have to offer the organization or industry. A brief sales pitch will ensure that you are prepared to discuss your career goals whenever the opportunity presents itself. In addition to the videos listed above, review the following two Forbes’ articles:

After you have read the articles, develop your elevator speech. The elevator speech should focus on how you practice leadership. Record the audio to your speech using one of the following options:

Once you have completed your recording, share your elevator speech with the class by copying and pasting the link of your recording into the body of your initial post. If you are having trouble recording your elevator speech, please contact your instructor.

Listen to/view two of your peers’ elevator speeches and comment on how well they presented the following information: who they are, why they are qualified, and what they have to offer the organization or industry.

Example Elevator Speech

Hi, my name is John and I am a student at Ashford University completing my Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management. For the past five years, I have worked in a leadership role in the food service industry, where I was able to reduce costs and increase revenues. I am seeking to increase my management responsibilities and move into a district manager role where I can help improve company productivity and increase profitability.

 
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