Leadership Inspirations Activities

Elevator Pitches

Describe ideas in a quick and concise way

Duration

10-15 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

Come up with a quick and concise pitch to easily explain an idea, event, or group.

 

SET UP

  • Assign partners to work on elevator pitches together.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Tell the group that you are going to be writing elevator pitches. Let them know what their elevator pitch should be about. Depending on the needs of the group, the elevator pitches can be about the group or organization, an upcoming event, or an idea that a person is working on. 
  • Explain that an elevator pitch is a short description of an idea or group that explains it in a way that interests the listener in a short period of time.
  • Have each pair determine who their audience is, what information is important for that audience to know, and what tone is appropriate for that audience (for example, pitches to peers should be exciting, pitches to adults should be professional, and pitches to admin should be persuasive).
  • Have each participant write a draft of their elevator pitch. Then, have each participant practice delivering their elevator pitch to their partner. Partners should provide each other feedback and help each other revise their elevator pitches.
  • Allow the partners to continue practicing and revising their elevator pitches until they feel good about them.
  • Have a few volunteers deliver their elevator pitches in front of the group.
    • Facilitator Note: Delivering an elevator pitch in front of a whole group can be more high risk than delivering it to just one partner. Make sure participants feel comfortable doing this, and make sure the group is supportive and not overly critical if they provide feedback.

VARIATIONS

  • If a group is struggling to start their elevator pitch, you can provide a fill-in-the-blank type structure to use, such as “Hello, my name is ___ and I am a member of ___. Our organization does ___ and ___. I really like being a part of this group because ___. I hope that you will ___.”
  • You can have the group work together on one elevator pitch that everyone can use.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Alignment

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?

Accountability

  • What are you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you accountable?
  • What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
  • What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?