How to craft your “Miami Hello”

Maybe you’ve heard of a “Miami hello” before. Or maybe you’ve only heard it be called an elevator pitch. They’re essentially the same thing, and it’s important to have one prepared. You never know when you’ll be in a networking situation, and you don’t want to be caught unprepared. Unsure of how to create a Miami hello? Keep reading for the basics of what it should include!

  1. Start with your name, year, major(s) and hometown.
  2. Highlight your past experience (internships, leadership experience, on-campus club, study abroad, etc.)
  3. Talk about what you’re currently doing (on-campus job, part-time internship, applicable class, etc.)
  4. Give insight into what you hope to do in the future (work in a specific industry, go to grad school, etc.)

An example of a Miami hello:

“Hi, my name is Sally Smith and I’m a junior majoring in marketing and interactive media studies. I’m from Chicago and last summer I had an internship with XYZ company in Chicago working in their brand management department. Currently, I work as a marketing intern for Miami University’s office of communications. In the future, I’d like to work in professional services marketing.”

If you know who you’re talking to beforehand, tailoring your Miami hello to them is best. Highlighting experiences that are most aligned with the work their company does is best, but sometimes networking is spontaneous. Being prepared is key, regardless of who you’re talking to.

Questions about a Miami hello? Having trouble explaining your experiences? Stop by our drop-in hours with Peer Career Coaches! Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. or Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.