We’ve all been there: You’re in the hallway, the VP walks by and asks, “How’s that project going?” We stammer and try to recall all the details. Disorganized ramblings leave both parties disappointed.
That’s why engineers need elevator pitches – one for each of your projects and one for every project or job you want. Have a 30-second explanation of goals, progress and status, how your strengths help overcome challenges and what’s next. Then, practice. Have that information ready.
Being prepared shows competence. Knowing you’re prepared boosts confidence. Adding more competence and confidence to your technical knowledge elevates your profile.
– Katherine Brennecke, The Engineering 100