Rise to the Top with a Fresh Elevator Speech

3 tips for a powerful pitch.

By Sandi Smith, CPA
Accountant's Accelerator

An elevator speech is that short and sweet 30-second answer to the question “What do you do?” In networking circles, it’s critical that your elevator speech is clear and interesting. If it’s not, people will be confused, and no one who is confused will know how to refer you to others.

Sandi Smith

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The typical networker recites their elevator speech by listing everything they do. For example, I recently heard an insurance agent say, “We insure your auto, car, home, life, …” Well, I heard part of it. She listed a dozen more things – the kitchen sink may have been in there – and I bet some of those services haven’t been sold in years.

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