Elevator Speech and Networking Discussion

Elevator Speech and Networking Discussion

Elevator Speech and Networking Discussion

Learning Resources

Required Readings

American Association of Medical Dosimetrists. (n.d.). Why networking is important. Retrieved November 8, 2018, from https://www.medicaldosimetry.org/career-services/w…

Golash-Boza, T. (2015). Writing a literature review: Six steps to get you from start to finish. Discover the Future of Research. Retrieved from https://hub.wiley.com/community/exchanges/discover…

PublicHealth. (n.d.). Professional networking in public health. Retrieved November 8, 2018, from https://www.publichealth.org/resources/professiona…

Walden University Career Services. (n.d.). Branding: What is an elevator speech? Retrieved November 8, 2018, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/careerservices/…

Walden University Career Services. (n.d.). CareerBoost: Home. Retrieved November 8, 2018, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/careerservices/…

Walden University Career Services. (n.d.). Networking and branding: Home. Retrieved November 8, 2018, from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/careerservices/n…

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Common assignments: Annotated bibliographies. Retrieved May 7, 2019, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/a…

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Common assignments: Literature reviews. Retrieved November 8, 2018, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/a…

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Paper reviews: Introduction. Retrieved August 27, 2018, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/p…

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Reference list: Common reference list examples. Retrieved November 30, 2018, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/a…


Document: B.S. Healthcare Management Capstone Project Template (PowerPoint)

Optional Resources

The Go to Market Company. (2018). Alternatives to LinkedIn. Retrieved from https://www.thegotomarketcompany.com/news-events/a…

Discussion: Professional Networking and Your Elevator Speech

Louis Pasteur once observed that “chance favors the prepared mind” (Forbes Quotes, n.d.). You have probably heard of many chance encounters that led to an unexpected opportunity or a perfect job. It can happen anywhere and anytime, so you need to be ready. If you don’t want your career to be a matter of “chance,” you need to build your professional network. Having a great “elevator speech” is an important way you can prepare for any opportunity that may come your way, expected or otherwise. An elevator speech is a brief, convincing “impromptu” talk that conveys your uniqueness and professionalism in the time it takes to ride an elevator to your floor—because you never know who you may meet, or when. Furthermore, your elevator speech can contribute to your online professional profile on such sights as LinkedIn.com, where you can expand your networking opportunities.


For this week’s Discussion, you will discuss the importance of networking and branding to your career development. You will also craft an “elevator speech” that highlights your unique professional skills and knowledge.

Forbes Quotes. (n.d.). Thoughts on the business of life. Retrieved November 15, 2018, from https://www.forbes.com/quotes/6145/

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources pertaining to elevator speeches.
  • Review this week’s Learning Resources pertaining to networking and branding.
  • Create a profile or revise your current profile at LinkedIn.com.


Post the following:

  • Post your unique 150-word elevator speech.
  • Provide one example of how you can use your elevator speech in networking. Include an example location and person.
  • Explain a time when networking benefited you or someone you know in the past.
  • Include the link to your LinkedIn profile where you posted your elevator speech and profile.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.


Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Make a suggestion for improving a colleague’s elevator speech.
  • Expand on how a colleague can use an elevator speech in networking.
  • Offer suggestions for improving a professional profile.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of your colleagues’ comments. You are welcome to post these final insights.


Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:
Week 3 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 4 and Respond by Day 6

To participate in this Discussion:
Week 3 Discussion

Capstone Project Assignment 2: Annotated Bibliography

Creating a literature search is like selecting materials to build a house. The house you build will be more likely to remain standing over time if the materials you use are high quality and appropriate for your specific project. Similarly, the literature that you select to inform your Capstone Project must have direct bearing on your topic; be from a high-quality, reputable source; and must address the Program Learning Outcomes. Your Capstone Project Assignments will rely heavily on the literature that you select this week, so take the time to locate the best resources—the best building materials—to support the structure and results of your Capstone Project.

To prepare for this Capstone Project Assignment:

  • Review the Learning Resources and pay special attention to the articles in the Walden Writing Center for tips and extended explanations on how to organize and conduct a literature review.
  • Investigate literature from a variety of sources, such as the Walden Library, books, professional magazines, and newspapers for insights that describe and support your Capstone Project topic.
    • What scholarly knowledge is available that has produced insights into your Capstone Project topic?
    • What other knowledge or knowledge formations are available that have produced insights into your Capstone Project topic?

To complete this Capstone Project:

  • Create an Annotated Bibliography of 8–12 resources you are considering for your Mini Literature Review.
  • Each reference (APA formatted) should be followed by two paragraphs; a summary of the article and the rationale for using this specific reference to address requirements for your final project (see Final Project guide for the requirements). The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the quality, accuracy, and relevance of the resource to the topic.
  • The resources for your Annotated Bibliography need to address your health or healthcare topic and the Program Learning Outcomes. For example, you could search for “HIV” (a possible topic) AND “program planning” (a Program Learning Outcome) to find articles on both.
  • You should have at least one resource for each Program Learning Outcome. This will provide you with information and support for each Program Learning Outcome and each aspect of the Final Project requirements.

All resources must be in proper APA format.

Once you receive feedback from your Instructor, review the feedback and revise your Bibliography taking that feedback into account.


Submit Your Annotated Bibliography.


To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, do the following:

  • Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK3Proj+last name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.
  • Click the Week 3 Project Rubric to review the Grading Criteria for the Assignment.
  • Click the Week 3 Project link. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for grading criteria from this area.
  • Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find the document you saved as “WK3Proj+last name+first initial.(extension)” and click Open.
  • If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.
  • Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.
Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:
Week 3 Project Rubric

Check Your Assignment Draft for Authenticity

To check your Assignment draft for authenticity:
Submit your Week 3 Project draft and review the originality report.

Submit Your Assignment by Day 4

To submit your Project:
Week 3 Project