Saturday, November 14, 2009

Elevate Your Elevator Speech

Imagine being in an elevator with someone you would really like to get to know and whom you would like to know about you. Depending on what floor you are traveling to, your journey will be short so your introduction should be the same- short and too the point.

The term elevator speech is used when giving someone information about you because just as if you were in elevator, you would only have a minute to give pertinent information about yourself- the length of time you would be in an elevator.

Good elevator speeches contain the following:

 Your name and job title
 The company you work for
 What your company does
 Your latest achievement or accolade whether personal or professional.
 An exchange of business cards

Here’s an example from someone who is employed as a sales representative from a company that sells crystal products.

Hi, my name is Kim Harwood. I work for Crystal Palace a company that sells prime crystal products. Here is my business card. I would be more than happy to assist you in your needs to make purchases. We recently were awarded Business of the Year by Businessweek.

Short, sweet, and to the point! Try to exchange business cards so that you can follow-up with the person you met at a later date. This is a great way to build your network, improve your communication skills, and even build relationships that would later produce sales for your company.


Patricia Robb said...

Good reminder. As a new Executive Assistant, I tend to forget about my business cards, but from experience with my boss, he always brings back business cards when he's been on a business trip and then I enter the information in his Outlook Contacts. said...

Thank you for the reminder. I also tend to forget about my business cards. However, can solve any academic problems in minutes!