3 Ways To Learn How To Effectively Pitch Yourself and Your Science at #PlantBio16

dreamstime_xl_68184202Your “elevator pitch” is how you present yourself in an intriguing, attention-grabbing and articulate way.

When someone asks you about yourself or your work, being prepared with your “pitch” immediately catches their interest and opens the conversation so you can provide more detail.

Developing and refining your pitch is more difficult than it sounds, which is why there are so many books on the topic!  

Have no fear, you can practice your pitch at #PlantBio16 – and create your own 90 second video with a professional videographer for free!

Here’s how:

1. Attend the How To Create A Winning Elevator Pitch Workshop on Sunday at 11:30 – 1:30 presented by Geoff Hunt & Teresa Evans

In this comprehensive, hands-on workshop, presented by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, participants will learn how to construct an elevator pitch, a brief, engaging research description that can be used to do exactly that.

During the workshop, participants will learn the importance of having strong communication skills. We will go through examples of successful (and unsuccessful) communication approaches, and will walk through the necessary steps for constructing a successful elevator pitch. Participants will then break out into groups in order to work directly with one of our expert mentors to develop their own pitch. To put practice into play, the ASPB has arranged to have a videographer present at the meeting so that participants can be recorded trying out their elevator pitches.

NOTE: This is a lunch-and-learn so please bring your own lunch, no food will be served during this session.

2. Record your pitch with our videographer

Visit our videographer in Room 13B after the workshop and have your 90 second pitch recorded for free.  Videos will be recorded on a first-come first-served basis at the following times throughout the meeting:

  • Sunday 2:30 pm – 4 pm
  • Monday 12 noon – 3 pm and 4 pm – 7 pm
  • Tuesday 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Bring your colleagues if you want some immediate feedback as you’re recording. Videos will be posted on the Plantae YouTube channel and the best video pitch will win a prize at the at the town hall meeting on Tuesday!

3. Post your video on Plantae and on other social channels

Pop in to the Blogger Lounge in room 13A once you have your video link add it to your profile on Plantae.  Others who may not be able to attend in person can see the results. Who knows, your pitch might actually lead immediately to the result you’re looking for…


See you there — look out for more tips in the posts to follow!



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