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WTS-Boston PD Committee Hosts “Speak with Impact- Polishing Your Elevator Speech” with Kate Carleton


By Stefanie Bridges, Weston & Sampson

On March 7th, Professional leadership coach Kate Carleton led a brown-bag workshop for a group of about 35 WTS-Boston members and industry professionals at Ten Park Plaza, home to MassDOT and MBTA. Kate coached attendees on how to highlight their professional skills and achievements in an “elevator speech.” She explained that an effective elevator speech is a great way to sell yourself to prospective clients, employers, and colleagues. Kate suggested that, in addition to mentioning your job title, background, and experience level, your speech could include a few specific accomplishments or projects that emphasize your skillset. Volunteers presented their speeches, and Kate and fellow workshop participants provided supportive and constructive feedback. Kate also provided pointers on maintaining confident body language while speaking in front of others. Her tips included maintaining proper posture, keeping a wide-set stance, and “grounding yourself” by placing one hand on a desk, chair, or podium.

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Thanks to Kate Carleton and MassDOT for hosting the workshop, and to everyone who braved the weather to attend! Thanks as well to the following WTS-Boston Professional Development Committee co-chairs: Allene Rieger, TranSystems and Stefanie Bridges, Weston & Sampson as well as to member volunteers Carolann McCarron, MBTA; Amanda Finelli and Kim Bean, both of TranSystems; and to Board Liaison, Gen Cahill. Professional Development is planning its next Brown Bag for early June---details coming soon.





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