An elevator pitch is a brief mini-speech that quickly explains who you are and what you do. The speech gets its name from the typical length of an elevator ride. Its intended use is for making quick yet meaningful connections with others when you only have a few moments to spare. For example, “My name is Sally Smith, I’m vice president of the ABC Company. I recently helped launch a new software program designed to help tech industry professionals with time management skills.” An elevator pitch is utilized when you have a brief chance to make an impression or deliver a sales pitch and is an effective tool at trade shows and conferences. The introduction should always be completed with a handshake and an exchange of business cards.
First impressions have a big impact on how others perceive you, so how you introduce yourself to others is extremely important. Many people call an introductory speech an elevator speech, because it should be succinct enough that you could introduce yourself and tell someone about your goals or interests in the time it takes to ride an elevator.  It may also be called an "icebreaker" speech, as it breaks the ice and lets others get to know you.  Consider your words carefully when you write a speech introducing yourself. Crafting a good self-introduction can either build or harm your credibility.