One of the benefits of being President of the College is having the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun and educational activities on campus. On Tuesday evening, April 14, I had the pleasure of serving as a judge for the 3rd Annual Elevator Speech Competition. At one point or another, most of us have had an occasion to describe our skills and abilities in one-minute or the amount of time it takes for an elevator ride, hence, the title, “Elevator Speech.” It doesn’t matter what one’s job is, there will always be a component that requires sales, persuasion, and presentations.
The Elevator Speech Competition gives students the opportunity to succinctly and convincingly talk about a topic in front of a large group. During the competition, the judges were required to comment and rate the contestants’ performances based on the content, amount of eye contact, poise displayed, and use of distractors such as “umms.” The top three contestants were passionate about their topic and, regardless of what they were feeling on the inside (and several students told me they were very nervous), they appeared calm and collected on the outside.
I would like to commend Professor Luanne Westerling for launching this event three years ago. Participation has grown from seven (7) contestants in the first year to 23 this year. I applaud her creativity in conceiving this idea and her careful attention to detail in its design and execution. Another signature event for Nichols College!