Speed Dating Elevator Talks

This activity, contributed by the Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence, was created for a graduate communications class to provide students with the opportunity to practice concise description of their graduate research projects.  Students go on "speed dates" to practice giving eloquent blurbs of their research.The activity steps are as follows: Students are asked to stand in two lines, facing each other. In pairs, each person gets a chance to give a two-minute elevator talk to their partner who then provides feedback on clarity, fluency and conciseness of speech. Partners switch roles when the buzzer rings. To allow for more language practice, this can be repeated once more by having one line move down so a new pair is formed.

This activity was contributed by Cornell University