Secrets of the "elevator pitch"--

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Secrets of the "elevator pitch"--
how to tell your story inside a minute

The elevator pitch, or EP, describes what you do or tells a short story about your product, service or business experience. The goal is to get someone interested in hiring you or otherwise helping your business.

You should be able to deliver an EP in the time it takes for an average elevator ride--30 to 60 seconds or the length of most TV commercials.

An EP is perfect for when you and your target are in a captive environment--in an elevator, in line or at a conference or networking event. The goal is to get the person to want to learn more about what you do.

The ideal EP captures the person's imagination and tells them the benefits and results you deliver. Remember, when someone asks what you do, they really mean, "What can you do for me?"

But be careful, an EP isn't a 30-second laundry list of capabilities. It's just a peek into what you do. Here's how to put one together:

--think of some different, clever ways to express it. Put down as many ideas as you can come up with. Don't use industry jargon or technical terms. Next, tell what you do for people as a very short story. Try to paint a picture with words.

· Describe what you do

· Now put the best pieces together.

· Run your EP by as many people as possible

· When you have a written version of an EP you want to use, memorize and rehearse it until it sounds UN-rehearsed and genuine.

· Revise and improve it.

· Take a fresh look at your EP at least once a year,

· Be enthusiastic, compelling and confident. But always remember that you're in a conversation with someone, so be ready to pause for a question or comment--and try to engage them with a question at the end.

With a little time and effort, you can create an elevator pitch that will really pull in the business.... Have a great month!


because these days, everything changes quickly--your clients' needs, your goals, interests and capabilities. As time goes on, put together different versions of your EP for different people--referrals versus prospects, for example.
If you read, hear or think of a phrase that could make your EP more clear and powerful, jot it down, work it in and test it out.
--colleagues, clients, friends, family--to get feedback and hone your story.
Take your best descriptions of what you do and why people should want to hire you. Try to include elements from your story if you can fit them in.

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