Pearl School of Modeling – Elevator Pitch Challenge

PEARL SCHOOL OF MODELING
WEEK 9 of 12

Today our #RisingPearls delivered their elevator pitches. As a former university professor, I challenge our students with a curriculum similar to a university leadership program. Did you know how to deliver an elevator pitch when you were 10? 13? or 17?

Congrats to our students selected as the top winners of our Elevator Pitch Challenge: Yomari Jackson and Jasymn Allen.

Honorable Mention: Tisa Nuwagaba, Alaina Crisostomo, Kelsey Johnson, Mara Solis


Thank you to judges Attorney Roodgine Bray of the David Bozeman Law Firm and Real Estate Broker Charles Lawrence of Charles Lawrence Realty for providing their knowledge and wisdom to our students!

Here are some tips on composing an elevator pitch!!

Components of an Elevator Speech

  • I am (personal introduction)
  • My interests are (relevant to listener’s needs)
  • I know about your organization (I have done my research)
  • My skills/accomplishments are (I can do what needs to be done)
  • I would like an interview/meeting/ eferral (I am confident you will benefit from the meeting)

I am …..

  • Name ___________________________________
  • Graduating with a ______________________ degree in May from __________________________
  • Looking for a position as a  ___________________________________

My interests are

Examples:

  • developing marketing plans
  • in the field of __________________________
  • providing _____________________ service

I know you

Examples:

  • I’ve researched your company and learned ________________________
  • You produce _________________________
  • You are a leader in _________________________
  • You need _____________________ in your company

My skills/accomplishments are

Examples:

  • I excel at ___________________________
  • I can bring __________________________
  • My previous supervisors have said I ________________________
  • I produced ______________________________
  • I can deliver _____________________________
  • In my last position I accomplished ____________________________

I would like an interview/meeting/referral

  • You must make a request at the end of your speech
  • Don’t ask for a position or about benefits
  • You want to discuss further:
  • Your skills
  • The company
  • A project
  • Obtain career advice
  • A referral

Sample elevator speech, separated into components

(I am) “Hi, I’m/this is Mary Smith. I’ll be graduating from USF in May with a bachelors degree in marketing and I have a real passion for the environment.

(Interests) I love creating outside‐the‐box marketing strategies for new products, especially environmentally‐sensitive ones.

(I know you) I understand that your company has produced some new products that aren’t on the market yet.

(My skills / accomplishments) Last semester, while interning for a local firm I created an aggressive marketing campaign for a new product, which improved their sales.

(I’d like to meet) I’d love to talk to you about how I might be able to use the skills I’ve learned to help your company. Are you available for a brief meeting on Monday or Tuesday?”

Putting it all together

“Hi, I’m/this is Mary Smith. I’ll be graduating from USF in May with a bachelors degree in marketing and I have a real passion for the environment. I love creating outside‐the‐box marketing strategies for new products, especially environmentally‐sensitive ones.

I understand that your company has produced some new green products that aren’t on the market yet. Last semester, while interning for a local firm I created an aggressive marketing campaign for a new product, which improved their sales.

I’d love to talk to you about how I might be able to use the skills I’ve learned to help your company. Are you available for a brief meeting on Monday or Tuesday?”

Some Do’s and Don’ts

Do:

  • Rewrite your speech in order to sharpen its focus.
  • Make it sincere and provide a glimpse into your personality.
  • Speak confidently and enthusiastically.
  • Practice your speech until you’re comfortable with it from beginning to end.
  • Maintain eye contact with your listener.
  • Prepare different versions for different situations.

Don’t:

  • Use more words than necessary.
  • Include industry jargon or acronyms.  
  • Rush breathlessly through it.
  • Make a “canned” presentation.

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The Pearls taught the teens the runway, and discussed the importance of confidence.
“I loved working with the young ladies. They picked up the techniques very quickly. There was something very special in the air,” says Ms. Pearl, the founder of Pearl School of Modeling.

Ms. Pearl plans to come back to the YMCA to work with the young ladies again, and perhaps produce a fashion show.

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Pearl School of Modeling #givesback to the community of New York during New York Fashion Week.

Pearl School of Modeling visited The Dream Center Harlem, and taught the community of girls how to walk the runway and exude confidence. “Life is your runway” says, Ms. Pearl, the founder of Pearl School of Modeling. “After you leave here, carry the same confidence you exude on the runway, everywhere you go.” Students Aniah Lake, TK Hill, and Khella Lazarre served as assistant instructors to founder Ms. Pearl Fils-Aime.

Photos by Ayanna Njeri Adams #pearlnyfw

MODEL TALK TUESDAYS

MODEL TALK TUESDAYS
Join us for Model Talk Tuesdays launching on March 19th on instagram live http://instagram.com/aladynamedpearl with Linda “Pearl” Fils-Aime, former Ebony Fashion Fair model, beauty queen, and founder of Pearl School of Modeling.
https://youtu.be/ew1Lh-eOQAs

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Vote In Style Fashion Show!

Vote In Style Fashion Show
Vote In Style Fashion Show is an event focused on increasing voter awareness amongst women in the state of Georgia for our upcoming election.

On Friday, Oct 26th, we will be hosting a “Vote In Style”  fashion show featuring top designers and present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues. This event will be held at the Phillip Rush Center, in Atlanta, GA. Doors open at 7:30pm!

#VoteInStyle | The Movement
Vote In Style, created by famed songwriter Kipper Jones; in partnership with A Lady Named Pearl Foundation, conducts action and advocacy and is a non-profit 501c3 focused on women’s beauty and leadership.

Friday, October 26th, 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Phillip Rush Center (Annex) 1530 Dekalb Ave, Atlanta, GA

FREE EVENT

7:30pm : Doors Open
8:00pm : Pearl Welcomes Audience
8:10pm: Kipper Jones, famed songwriter, political advocate
Discussion on voting process, candidates, and positions/issues for upcoming Georgia election (non-partisan)
8:40pm: Students from Pearl School of Modeling present designs with focus on concept “Vote”
9:00pm: Vote In Style Fashion Show featuring top designs from Tracy Nicole Clothing and S. Denton Collection
9:30pm : Close with performance by A Lady Named Pearl

RSVP at voteinstyle.eventbrite.com