How do you set yourself apart and keep people engaged? Whether it be a networking event or job interview, you need a specific skill set to stand out get people interested in what you have to say. Jay-Z happens to walks into an elevator, what do you say?

Getting people to see that you are indeed fascinating and have great ideas to contribute can be a difficult task. The following insightful tips can help you cultivate the perfect pitch to sell yourself and shine in any situation.

  • Know your objective

You need to answer the following questions: Who are you? What do you do? What can you offer? What are you looking for? Knowing what you want to achieve sets clear expectations and makes it easier to meet your goals.

  • Keep it brief. Summarize

Outline what’s important and keep bullet points your best attributes

  • Paint a picture

Become a master storyteller! People remember things when there’s a killer story attached to it. So tell a story and make sure it’s good – they’ll remember you for it.

  • Avoid jargon

You need to be able to explain what you do and who you are in a way that appeals to most people. Excessive use of jargon makes it difficult for people outside of your industry to follow and engage.