examples of elevator pitches

Public Speaking: The Power of 7

7I just got back from a networking event.  Networking is a form of public speaking - it's your sales presentation.  If you're like me, you experience the speakers as unclear or they're so long-winded that you tune out.  In business, your elevator speech is the most important presentation.  Speakers who are unclear are leaving money on the table. So I decided to challenge myself to describe what I do in 7 words or less.  There's a magic to the number 7:  Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Seven Seals, Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, and Lucky Sevens.

Here's what I came up with: Reduce speaking anxiety and monetize your mouth.

After I sent this out to our listserve, a number of people commented about how much they loved it and how well it describes what I do as an executive speaking strategist.  So, I decided to offer the same challenge to people in my network.  Admittedly, it was difficult.  But I was proud of some of the responses that came in.  Here is a sampling:

What about you?  What do you do in seven words or less?  Let us know in the comments.

Elevator Pitches Would Be Better if They Didn’t Make You Gag

Jeannette Paladino, author of the blog, Write Speak Sell, recently interviewed Business Coach for Introverts & Shy, Patricia Weber about elevator pitches. We're including her write-up as a guest blog post. Here's what she had to say:

Elevator pitches have gotten a bad rap because most aren’t very good.  Pat Weber, Business Coach for Introverts and Shy, is a business colleague I met on LinkedIn.  It turns out we both have strong opinions about what I prefer to call a brand statement — because it is supposed to communicate in about 30 seconds the “what’s in it for me?