EGEE 120
Oil: International Evolution

Participation Activity


Elevator Pitch Assignment Description

This week, we are going to return to the elevator pitch, giving you the opportunity to practice sharing your opinion and knowledge gained through this short assignment.

What's In an Elevator Pitch (as applicable to this course)?

Choose one of the questions listed in Canvas, and write an Elevator Pitch response to that question.

This exercise is all about one focused topic: Use the OREO formula. Opinion - your opinion on the question, Reason & Facts to back up your opinion, Explanation of how the facts correspond to your opinion, Opinion - short concise re-statement. Your elevator pitch is a quick way to share your opinion, examples, and credentials backing your opinion quickly and effectively.

What to include in the Participation Assignment

Be brief. Restrict the speech to 30 to 60 seconds (150 – 250 words) — that's the time it takes to ride an elevator, hence the name.

Be persuasive. Even though it's a short pitch, your elevator speech should be persuasive enough to spark the listener's interest in your idea, examples, and/or knowledge on the topic. Clearly state your opinion, use something like these phrases “In my opinion…..” “I have come to the conclusion that…..”

Share your knowledge. Your elevator pitch should explain why you have this opinion. Try to focus on the top supporting points that add value and are the most persuasive points that add value to your opinion. This is your chance to show your thoughtfulness and ability to draw conclusions from information presented. Use examples from the lessons to support your opinion.

Know your audience, and connect to them. For this course – your audience is other college students, who are NOT familiar with the oil industry. In some cases, using jargon can be a powerful move — it demonstrates your industry knowledge, but for this course keep jargon to a minimum.

Keep Focused on the one question and include only 2 or 3 supporting points. You also do not want to have unfocused or unclear sentences in your pitch, or get off-track of your opinion that is presented. Edit out unnecessary and/or repetitive words and phrases - which would turn into - Edit out unnecessary words.

Avoid Rambling. This is why it's so important to re-read your pitch before you submit it. Likewise re-read before you post on any chat, or discussion board. Not only in this course, but everywhere you are in a discussion online, on in email replies.

When and How to Use an Elevator Pitch – beyond the course.

You can use your elevator pitch at interviews to explain your point quickly and supported, OR in an online in discussion about a focused topic, In addition, An elevator speech is a great way to gain confidence in introducing your opinions to managers and in meetings.

You can also use an elevator pitch to explain your perspective at networking events and mixers. If you're attending professional association programs and events, or any other type of gathering, confidence in having an opinion on a general topic with supporting examples adds value to your opinion on other topics also.

The list of prompts will be in the Canvas Module for Lesson 7. This writing assignment will take place in Canvas.

Elavator Pitch Assignment Submission Instructions

Make sure your narrative is meaningful! Later on, you will find that these will be helpful pieces to use to study for quizzes and exams.

  1. Select one of the essay prompts above to write on. Your essay should be between 150 - 250 words and should directly address the prompt you are responding to.
  2. When you are ready, log in to Canvas.
    • Open the Modules tab.
    • Scroll down to Lesson 7.
    • Open the Lesson 7 Assignment.
    • Provide the prompt you selected at the beginning of your submission.
    • Type or paste your text into the dropbox Message window (attachments have been disabled).  You are encouraged to keep a copy of each submission as technological difficulties happen.
  3. Click the 'Save' button at the bottom of the window.

Grading criteria

You will be graded on the quality of your participation. See the grading rubric in Canvas for specific details that will be used to help differentiate between unsatisfactory, satisfactory, and excellent contributions.