Five Steps for the Perfect Elevator Pitch

“I hate talking about my business.”

The number of times I hear people say this, well…it’s fatiguing. What it tells me is, either:
a) You’ve bought so deeply into Austalia’s Tall Poppy syndrome that you’ver never figured out how to say good things about what you do
Or
b) You’re not aware that it helps the person you’re having a conversation with. Really, it helps the flow of conversation, it helps open the door to something the other person might be interested in. By speaking well about your business, you open up communication.

In July I’ll be speaking at an event for emerging entrepreneurs about how to do this. I hope to help them understand the value of opening up a conversation about what they’ve been passionate enough about to turn it into a business.

This blog post is a great start for taking the time to really think about how we might help spark an interesting conversation.

Life as an Investment

If you an entrepreneur with an amazing idea and want to pitch it to your friends or even an investor, get ready to experience sweaty palms and rosy, red cheeks. Why?

Because you never have a second chance to make a first impression!

Here are some tips to avoid screwing it up:

    I.         Make a plan and write it down.

 Here is a plan: The American Express advice US makes it simple and useful.

You never have a second chance to make a first impression FIRST BLOCK

1)    Name of your business

2)    Your product/services

3)    Market segment

4)    Problem solving

 SECOND BLOCK

 1)    Why your product is needed

2)    Which problems can it solve (this makes life easier, saves time and is more productive)

3)    Why are you better than the competition—USP

 THIRD BLOCK

1)    Sales & Profitability Statement

2)    End with a statement about what you are looking to accomplish

 

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4 thoughts on “Five Steps for the Perfect Elevator Pitch

  1. I love going to presentations so that I canmeetmore people.If they use me to do their will they use me.I don’t care one way or the other. My joy is getting out there and just engaging in a conversation.Nopowerpoints no props just me out for a chat.

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    • That’s such a generous attitude, Mark. It’s great to engage in a conversation, and to call that a joy- A lot of people have told me they don’t feel like that- sounds like we could all benefit from finding the joy in that.

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    • Thank you so much for the post! I love how clear and accessible it is, and am so glad to send people to this as a framework. It’s a great tool to clarify our own business, and be able to communicate that to others.

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