Can you clearly and concisely tell somebody what you do and why it’s valuable? Can you ask for exactly what you need next to take your research forward? And can you tell somebody why they might wish to help you?
If not – why not work up an elevator pitch about your research and reserve a place to try it out?
About eight or ten people will rehearse their elevator pitches and receive feedback from industrialists with backgrounds in Microsoft and venture capital, Rolls Royce, Domino and the Cambridge Phenomenon. The Engineering Department Visiting Professors of Innovation (engineerimpact.wordpress.com/raeng-visiting-professors-of-innovation/) will provide constructive criticism and help to the pitchers.
And if you don’t want to (or need to) pitch – then come along and learn by observation
19th November, 12:00 lunch for a 12:30 start, finished by 14:00
To pitch or observe and to reserve some lunch contact Charles Boulton (email@example.com). Venue details will be sent out closer to the time.
Not convinced you need a pitch?
‘Nature’ had an article about it, so it must be important (www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/articles/10.1038/nj7435-137a).
And if you didn’t know how to do an elevator pitch then you didn’t want to share a lift with Steve Jobs: www.macrumors.com/2011/08/25/steve-jobs-demand-for-excellence-extends-to-elevator-pitches/