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What's an Elevator Speech?

Definition: Elevator Speech

Also known as an elevator pitch, some business big shots say it's as important as a professional looking business card. It's a concise but effective speech that should be completed in the time of an elevator ride, and it generally consists of a pitch about what you have to offer whether it is your own attributes or a service. Outside from literally meeting someone important in the confines of an elevator, your speech can be used in any networking situation or in a job interview when asked the dreaded open ended question "tell me about yourself." You want to market yourself / business / service in a way that gives the person receiving the speech a desire to know more about you.


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gigill gigill 8 years
I should work on of these for myself just for introduction purposes. I never know what to say.
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
I think this is a good tip. as person who often finds it hard to answer the tellus about yourself question it can help to have something a little pre planned up your sleeve plus keeping it short makes it easier to edit yourself for just the most important attention getting facts
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I could never do this...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Very nerve raking! My dad had to do LOTS of these and so I have learned from the best :D
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I agree. One of the many reasons I will not go into sales/marketing.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 8 years
These are so nerve racking. I hate to sound like a recording when I have to talk about what the company I work for has to offer.
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