Course Description

Doors close. You realize a top company official is in the elevator. You have seconds to make a great impression. What will you say? In this course, craft your elevator pitch, increase your capacity to pique curiosity and secure future opportunities through short, impactful interactions.


Course Outline

Few are born with great, natural leadership skills. Craft and hone your leadership qualities and presence, guided and encouraged by a highly-qualified instructor with decades of experience.

Develop essential elements of effective leadership through:

  • individual exercises
  • live online discussion with your classmates and instructors
  • video demonstrations to watch on your own time


This is a companion course to Executive Presence: Win the Room and Communicate to Influencel in CAPE's Maximize Your Leadership Potential series.


  • Register early to secure your spot, using the SMU CAPE Student Portal. Please be aware that insufficient enrollment may cause course cancellation.
  • If you need registration assistance or would like to enroll after online registration has closed, please call 214-768-2273 or contact smuthink@smu.edu.
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Section Title
Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch: Maximize Your Leadership Potential
Live Sessions
T, Th
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Oct 01, 2024 to Oct 03, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $75.00
Reading List / Textbook

Optional: Talk it Up: A Guide to Successful Public Speaking by David Suk Brown and Danny Suk Brown (2022) 

Suggested: Talk It Up!: Companion Workbook by David Brown (2023)

Section Notes

Students will interact with instructors and other students through Zoom and SMU's Learning Management System (Canvas). To maximize classroom instruction and your learning experience, we encourage the use of video and audio devices during the Zoom meeting, if available.


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