The Art of the Elevator Pitch


Giving a talk? Presenting a poster? Networking with potential collaborators or future employers? Communication will be everywhere at EB2016. That means it is vitally important to be prepared to talk, at any moment, about who you are and what you do. And with so much happening at the meeting, you have to be engaging before whoever you are talking to runs off to the next event.

But how can you do all that while still being accurate about your science? This is a challenge for any scientist who wants to communicate, especially in situations when time is limited. So to help prepare EB attendees, the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee has put together an in-depth training workshop that focuses on a specific type of communication interaction: the elevator pitch.

An elevator pitch is exactly what it says: introduce yourself and describe your work in the time it takes to ride an elevator down from your hotel room. This type of pressure-cooker situation forces you to focus on what is really important in terms of content and delivery, and realize what can be discarded. Importantly, these lessons can then be applied to any type of communication venue, whether it be a professional presentation or a casual conversation with friends.

For our highly interactive training session on Saturday April 2, we will give you everything you need to pull off a successful elevator pitch by providing insight into all of the key elements, including:

  • What makes a good elevator pitch
  • Things you should NOT do
  • How to know if you made a good impression
  • Ways to follow up

Leading the workshop will be several expert communicators, including members of the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee, so you know you’ll be getting quality advice. The best part of the workshop is that you will get a chance to try these techniques out for yourself before you set off for the meeting proper.

This workshop is a spin-off from our online course, “The Art of Science Communication,” which provides in-depth training on presenting scientific topics to non-expert audiences. If you like what you see during the workshop, we hope that you’ll consider signing up for the full “Art of Science Communication” course to learn how to apply these (and additional) lessons to a whole variety of situations. The next version of “The Art of Science Communication” will run this summer and there are a limited number of slots available, so as an added bonus, attendees of this workshop will get priority when applying!

See you in San Diego!


Date and time: Saturday April 2 from 12:30 – 4:30 PM

Location: San Diego Ballroom C of the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina.

Registration: Sign-up is required for this workshop. Click here to register.