Land the gig: The elevator pitch

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You have one opportunity and one opportunity only to make this pitch.

No, you're not a professional baseball player (if you were you'd already be making a lot more money). You're in an elevator with the head honcho, the one who you never have the chance to speak one-on-one with, and you want to sell him or her on your new idea.

To make the most of your meeting, have confidence, a clear direction -- and the data to back you up.

Don't be nervous, read notes or be vague. On the flip side, overconfidence and overstating goals and numbers can also have a negative effect.

Click through for some helpful tips:

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Something like "Uber meets Yelp for the Snapchat generation" may seem enticing to you, but your boss will likely want to hear something with more detail along the lines of "Transferring photos between devices is a complicated process, but with this app, you can do it with a touch of a button, via bluetooth."

Get to the point early on, identify a problem and propose your solution. Know your stuff -- your target market and

Rather than saying, "Anyone who's anyone will want this app," try something like "We're targeting smartphone users with more than one device, in urban areas, ages 18 to 34."

Once you get to your floor, be sure to say thanks and set up a follow-up meeting to really get your idea off the ground.

Now learn how to deal with difficult co-workers:

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The micro-managing boss

What's the best way to handle a constant nit-picker? After working with one of these personalities for some time, you can begin to anticipate what they're going to worry about and get it done before they ask.

The overly-negative co-worker

There's nothing worse than a Negative Nancy. They can totally kill your productivity and bring down the energy in the workplace. Setting limits with Debbie Downer can help you keep your distance -- and if that doesn't work, talk to your supervisor.

The creepy guy

It's unfortunate, but skeevy co-workers are still a problem outside of the "Mad Men" era. It's a delicate matter, but approach the situation dead-on and tell the perpetrator to back off.

If they still don't get the memo, write down the details of each incident that made you uncomfortable, including dates and times, and tell your supervisor.

The unresponsive emailer

Shooting a quick note doesn't seem like a difficult task, yet some colleagues are totally unresponsive. If you need an answer ASAP, try asking yes or no questions that make it easy for these types to answer quickly. 

You can also propose actions like, "Uh, I'll have to send this to the client on Thursday if I don't hear from you."

The loudest person in the office

How can you get your work done if there's someone loudly chatting nearby? More often than not, the Chatty Cathy doesn't know he or she is bothering others. Kindly telling them to lower their volume should do the trick.

You can even take it up with the whole office if you don't want to single them out.
If all fails, plug in some headphones and call it day!
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