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Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch
You’re on an airplane, you’re going on a date, you’re in an interview, you’re even in the proverbial elevator and someone asks you: “So, what do you do?”
It’s time for your elevator pitch! First of all – know your audience. Who are you talking to and what is most interesting to them? Secondly, know yourself and what you can bring to the table. Your pitch may vary if you’re looking for a job or telling people about your organization, but these basics will apply.
If you’re job searching, Idealist suggests focusing your 30 seconds on answering three questions:
1. Who are you? Make sure to clearly state your name and mention what sets you apart.
2. What are you looking for and why? Have a good idea of what you’re looking for whether it is an internship, job, or fellowship. The more specific the better.
3. Do you have a specific outcome? If it’s appropriate, asking for a specific outcome can be helpful such as an informational interview or advice on your search. The more open-ended the request, the easier it will be to continue the conversation.
Whether you’re prepping an elevator speech for your organization or in your job search, it can help to craft a “story” to tie these elements together. Remember to know your audience (and what matters most to them) and know what you can bring to the table!
Resources to Perfect Your Pitch
- Three Tips for Perfecting Your Personal Elevator Pitch (Harvard Business Review)
- 5 Tips for an Elevator Pitch that Gets Results (Forbes)
- Preparing Your Elevator Speech (PDF) (Pepperdine University)
by Alexandra Gilliand
September is the start of so many things. The start of football, the start of Fall, and the start of school, and back to school means back to school lunches. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that each school lunch on average creates 67 pounds of waste a year. A combination of uneaten food, sandwich bags and juice boxes make their way into landfills each year. Fortunately, there are methods to making school lunches more sustainable.
Here are some quick tips to upgrade your lunch for a healthier planet and self.
Bring your lunch from home
The first step to making a meal more sustainable is to make it at home. Not only will this save you money, but it also cuts down on packaging and allows you to determine the exact contents of the meal.
Rethink your lunch containers.
Don’t stop at subbing out brown paper bags for a lunchbox; replace your plastic resealable bags. There are now large selections of steel containers, mason jars, bento boxes, and alternative reusable wrap mats available for purchase that you can use in place of plastic bags and tupperware.
Shy away from the individually packaged snacks, and instead buy or bake items in bulk. Not only do homemade baked goods reduce packaging, but they also tend to be healthier and tastier.
Short on time in the mornings? Think about getting a week’s supply of containers and prepping for lunches as much as possible during the weekend.
Rethink the contents.
It doesn’t matter how sustainable a lunch is if it goes uneaten. If you’re making lunch for someone else, take note of what comes back home in the lunchbox, and talk to that person about what they do and do not like. Experiment and play around with the amount and type of food to figure out a balanced combination.
When selecting lunch options, remember to shop locally and seasonally. Go to your local farmer’s market and build lunches around the items. Select vegan and organic options to reduce the environmental impact your food makes.
Here are some quick and easy vegan lunch ideas for a more sustainable lunch:
*Nut Butter and Banana Sandwiches (substitute the banana for pumpkin or apple butter for a different take on a classic sandwich)
*Cold Pasta Salad (pesto and vegetables)
*Avocado and Hummus Sandwich with lettuce and tomato
*Buddha Bowl (Grains, vegetables and beans)
*Hummus and Crackers
*Homemade Trail Mix (nuts, pretzels, dried fruit and chocolate chips)
*Homemade Baked Goods
*Raw Fruit and Vegetables
Take these tips and enjoy a fresh start with a fresh lunch this September!