How to Master Your “Elevator Pitch”

September 22, 2015  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

How to Master Your “Elevator Pitch” At business-social or networking events, the question, "What do you do?", will inevitably be asked.  Being able to answer this question effectively will enable you to enhance your professional presence and leave a lasting, positive impression upon the people with whom you interact. An “elevator pitch” or positioning statement, is a brief business description of what you do and why someone should do business with you. The name "elevator pitch" reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver the summary in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately 30 to 60 seconds. At a networking event, when asked, “What do you do?”, if you take longer than 30 to 60 seconds to answer this question, a person’s mind starts to wander and he or she stops listening to you.  You only have one chance to make a great first impression - so use your “elevator pitch” to your advantage and grab the person’s attention. Your elevator pitch should be clear, concise and credible.  There should also be some kind of “hook” that leaves the person or group with whom you are speaking wanting to learn more.  You may ...

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Back to School Busy-ness: 5 Tips to Handle Stress

September 02, 2015  |   Advice for Students,Blogs,Business Etiquette,Protocol   |     |   0 Comment

Back to School Busy-ness: 5 Tips to Handle Stress   September is always a busy month for people, both personally and professionally.  Summer vacation is over, kids are back at school, and the momentum at work tends to speed up with everybody back at the office.  As a business consultant and coach, I work with many clients who wish to create work-life balance, but have challenges doing so given just how busy things can get, especially at this time of the year. Being busy can certainly feel stressful. Often when we feel we have no extra time, we put ourselves on the bottom of the priority list.  If we don’t take adequate care of ourselves so we are always on our “A Game’, we run the risk of not being able to take the best care of others - whether at home or in our business/at work. Here are five tips to help you slow down, de-stress, and make sure YOU are 'number one' on your priority list: 1. Create Your “Pitch-Pass-Passion” List Look at what you do in a day. Do you need to do everything on that list, or can you delegate some of those tasks? On a piece of paper, ...

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