ONLINE Perfecting Your Pitch

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ATTENTION: The winter session of this program has been canceled due to low enrollment. If you’d like to be informed when it’s offered again, please sign up for our waitlist.

Who needs an elevator pitch when you probably won’t be on an elevator anytime soon? You do! Each day we’re presented with opportunities to share our value propositions. This professional development program will prepare you to deliver your pitch with confidence and make a lasting impression.

We all have opportunities to grab the big sale, get the promotion of our dreams, win over a major donor or simply nail a presentation. Much of this success hinges on the first few moments. This interactive professional development program will provide specific actions, exercises and stories to help you learn how to maximize your virtual presence, deliver an effective elevator speech or pitch, create a lasting impression and build your virtual brand.



This dynamic program will be offered synchronously via Zoom—you’ll need access to a stable internet connection. Participation is encouraged (though not required). This is NOT a pre-recorded program.



  • Maximize virtual presence best practices
  • Redefine the elevator speech/pitch
  • Increase your credibility and your ability to influence
  • Build confidence to address any type of interaction
  • Understand what it takes to make a lasting impression



  • Nonprofit workers
  • Entrepreneurs (new or experienced)
  • Sales professionals
  • Prospective employees
  • Unemployed and underemployed people
  • People thinking about career changes
  • People who were recently laid off due to COVID-19
  • Recent graduates
  • College students just starting their careers



Headshot of Tom Dowd public speaking instructorTom Dowd (DTM) Presenter Tom Dowd (also known as “Transformation Tom”) received a communication degree from the University of Delaware. He is a prize-winning speaker, and an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, trainer and coach. As a member of Toastmasters International, National Speakers Association, Maine Career Development Association, and Maine Adult Education Association, Dowd has exhibited consistent professional success with a growth-mindset. Dowd utilized his 30+ years of experience in the financial and customer service industry to start Thomas Dowd Professional Development and Coaching, LLC, where he helps people to creatively find their own paths to success. Learn more about Tom here.




Click here for more information about paying for your professional development, including information about need-based scholarships, group discounts and tips on how to get your employer on board.

Current UMaine students are eligible for a 20% discount. Use code STUDENT20 at checkout.






2 Continuing Education Contact Hours

Certificate for completing the entirety of this program.

For more information or to request an accommodation contact Michelle Patten, Conference and Professional Development Coordinator,; 207.338.8002.


Interested in customizing a professional development program for your business, organization or team?

We can help you create an exclusive professional development program that meets your dynamic needs. Learn more.