Make Your First Impression Last
If you want to make your first impression last, you’ve got to know how to start the conversation.
There are four great conversation starters for your elevator pitch – four ways to create engagement with your story. How do you do create that initial connection? By focusing on your audience. And remembering that your “pitch” is actually a conversation.
At an initial meeting with a coaching client, she told me I had come very highly recommended and she was curious to know more. (Of course I was flattered but then..uh-oh, the pressure was on! I had to live up to whatever she had heard. Gulp!)
“So, tell me a little bit about yourself”, she said.
WOW! That’s an easy one! I got this!
I quickly shot back,
“Well, I’m the national elevator pitch champion.”
She said, “That’s fantastic!” And then,
“What’s an elevator pitch?”
My first thought was: Ooooh, I can definitely help you!
But first, I had to help myself!
I had made a CLASSIC Elevator Pitch blunder. I had failed to frame the conversation, and I blurted out an answer without any context.
Has this ever happened to you: you get wrapped up in the inner monologue in your head, fueled by your own publicity (or lack thereof) and you find yourself telling a story that relates to no one but yourself?
The antidote to blurting, and ego-centric conversation, is to focus on your listener. Set the stage for what’s about to come out of your mouth, with one of these four framing statements:
Here’s a quick video example of creating an elevator pitch on the fly, from a recent workshop seminar. Note how the framing is crucial, and how you can sense the agreement from the audience:
What do you do, to make sure you stay focused on your listener? And, how do you keep your conversation relevant in your elevator speech?