Demo – UpInt – Making an elevator pitch – The Language Professional

Demo – UpInt – Making an elevator pitch

The Language Professional - Prepare-Learn-Review-Followup

Prepare

In this lesson, we’ll be imagining we’re in an elevator with the CEO of the business.

Take a look at these 3 example videos and decide:

  • Whose speech do you prefer?
  • Why do you prefer it?

You can tell me your opinions in the lesson.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ytYZUN_ArE&w=320&showinfo=0&rel=0&start=60&end=127] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbz25q0M9hU&w=320&showinfo=0&rel=0&start=76] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH0Thez9gvA&w=320&showinfo=0&rel=0&start=5&end=79]

Now consider what you would say to the CEO – you only have about 30 seconds!
We’ll start our lesson by role-playing this situation:

Elevator pitch

Learn

You’ll need to book a lesson to attend.

Review

You’ll receive an activity sheet after the lesson to help review and summarize the lesson.
To write answers on these PDFs: 1) download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, 2) Tools -> Fill & Sign.

Follow up

Look back at the 3 videos. Do they follow the IDEA model?

If you have completed the activity sheet, then you have already written a short pitch.

Now it’s time to practise it.

  1. Stand in front of a mirror – it’s a great way to get visual feedback on your speech.
  2. Reflect on your body language and fluency. Practise further until you look confident and sound natural.
  3. Record your speech on your phone and watch it for a more detailed understanding of how you perform.
  4. Send your speech to me and I’ll post it on the blog!

Broadcasting your efforts by posting them publicly is a great way to motivate and provide goals for your learning. I hope to see plenty of students doing so in future!

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