Thursday, April 10, 2008

April 16 - CSULB Elevator Pitch

Wednesday, April 16, 7 pm
CSULB Design Gallery
California State University - Long Beach

What's this?

We have asked the students to imagine that they have stepped onto an elevator with you – the fabulously successful, (maybe famous) professional, Industrial Designer who knows all the tricks and has heard all the lines. They have the time it takes to ride from the lobby to the penthouse suite (because, obviously, that's where you are staying) to convince you that they know their stuff and that you should give them a second look.

We ask the professionals to sit in on a panel of three people, watch the pitches and then each give a few lines of advice. It's not so much a critique of their work but a critique of their ability to come off professionally. Then it’s on to the next pitch. Just as fast as we can, with no pitch lasting more than 3 minutes – and, of course, no advice lasting more than 3 minutes either. We will try and rotate the panels every five students so that no one gets burned out. If you are standing in the back watching, and absolutely must tell a student a thing or two, you can pull them aside and give them your own two-cents, off-stage.

Volunteer to join a panel and give your advice to the students. These are Juniors – they are not yet looking for a job. So you have absolutely no obligation to take one home. However, some of them are still looking for internships and if you see something you like, you can always give them your card.

Be part of the panel, or just come to talk shop (or not), laugh, see old friends again, make some new ones, and enjoy the evening.

Reserve your place on a panel or get more information by emailing
Dave Teubner at: tooby at csulb dot edu

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