Presenting Your Ideas & Falling Walls: Tips For Researchers

If you stepped into an elevator tomorrow and found yourself face to face with a global leader who could take your research to the next…

If you stepped into an elevator tomorrow and found yourself face to face with a global leader who could take your research to the next level, would you know what to say before they reached their floor? Your "elevator pitch" should be short, impactful, and easy for your listener to repeat and share with others. And at its core, that is what Falling Walls is all about.

This global competition, which has a starting stage right here at the U of A, encourages young researchers from all fields of study to pitch and spread their ideas in just three minutes. If you think your idea is great (and you're right - it is!) and should be shared, but aren't sure if you have what it takes to share it, keep in mind these tips from past Falling Walls participants. After all, even just applying to participate can help you craft and polish your "elevator pitch."

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Tips to Consider:

  • If you know your stuff, three minutes is an easy amount of time to organize your thoughts
  • Think about the broad appeal of your idea
  • Consider how your idea can help others
  • Talk to people who've shared their own pitch before
  • Don't worry about winning the competition - focus on what you can learn from the opportunity
  • Have fun and enjoy the experience
  • Learn more about Falling Walls Lab UAlberta and apply by visiting the U of A's Falling Walls Lab website. Applications are due by August 15, 2018.