Does Your Elevator Speech Go All The Way To The Top?

Finally – someone asks you what you do…  Are you ready?  You only have 60 seconds to make an impression, so what do you tell them?  Let me see.  You want to make sure they are listening, know your company, what you do, how they can help you, oh – and your name!

If you aren’t prepared you might just miss out on an amazing opportunity.  Hey, you never know!  Networking of all kinds, both online and offline can actually be a very small world.  Every interaction counts, so you need to be ready!

Take a look at this video for a few tips.


I hope you found this post helpful!  Hey – what things do you make sure you have in your elevator speech?  I would love to hear your ideas and comments.  Please feel free to share this information with all of your friends or contact me if you have any others questions.

Yours In Success,


  1. I think that elevator speeches are super important to have ready. People have short attention spans so it’s important to have something ready that will get them to remember you.

    I actually did a post on this a while back that gave a little bit of a different approach to creating an elevator speech. If you don’t mind, I’ll leave you the link to check it out.

    Great stuff Glyna 🙂

  2. Glyna,

    It definitely is important to have your elevator speech ready… and to make sure it’s clear so people really understand what it is you do. And you’re right… you really don’t know when a key relationship is staring you right in the face… always be prepared!

    ~ Pat and Lorna

  3. Glyna,
    Great subject to bring up today! No matter what your business, this is a great idea that is overlooked at times. Business cards are so important & should stand out from the normal, boring and plain cards.

    You have a great speech! You are awesome on your videos 🙂

  4. Great tips! It boggles my mind how many people not only cant really tell you what they do, but cant even describe their ideals client.

    I look forward to learning about you and your business.

    By the way what is your ideal client???

    Have a great day!


  5. yes yes YES i do! i teach this to EVERYONE who comes into my business. it’s a critical skill; we cannot afford to be undercover professionals!

    great vid glyna, you are so personable!

  6. Hey Glyna,

    Great tips on being prepared to answer the infamous “What do you do for a living” question that many people ask. Keep those posts coming.

    ~ Tim
    Empowered Tribe Member

  7. Oh that Elevator speech! That was one of the first things I had learned when I first started my first MLM. Now it’s a little different. It was so easy to explain in 60 seconds a product, but with all the things we encompass being Internet Marketers, one really has to have that speech down pat.
    When I respond “I’m an Internet Marketer” I usually get a puzzled look. But that’s a good thing because it opens more doors to the conversation. I always remind myself to keep it short. That is the hard part for me.
    Thanks for bringing this up because it is so important in the real world!

  8. Hi Glyna,
    An elevator speech is one of the fundamentals of being in business. You shared an excellent example of how an elevator speech might sound…and yes, it came in under 60 seconds! 🙂 I know from personal experience, the elevator speech is one of the hardest exercises to complete, but once you have it down pat, you are off to the races.

    Great reminder about having business cards with you wherever you go. I have been caught without biz cards a couple of times and it is embarrassing!

    Mary Lou

  9. What a great reminder Glyna! I think I have been unprepared a few times and missed the boat, especially when I was first starting out. Great tips!

  10. Thanks for the great feedback on your elevator speech. It is always a challenge to come up with the right statement on the fly, but so important to be able to do! Practice makes perfect 🙂

  11. Great job Glyna. I see BNI is starting to influence you. I always have one or two elevator speeches prepared. Problem is sometime the person I giving it to, their elevator doesn’t always go to the top floor.

  12. You are a True Rock Star, always ready at every moment. You always give such valuable tips. Keep up the good work! I always learn something when I read your blog post.


  13. I have to work on that one…I where different hats so sometimes it helps for me to know more about the person in front of me first.

    Just a question…re your pet peeve.. when someone doesn’t have a card what do you say?

  14. I usually bite my tongue and will volunteer one of my cards and a pen to them so they can write their info on the back and give it back to me. It’s not really that big of a deal – I think it was drilled into me by a few of my past sales managers so much that it stuck with me:)

  15. Haha – I know what you mean sometimes Nelson. Sometimes I get the feeling I am talking to a brick wall:) I love BNI – thanks for that tip!

  16. You are right Lisa! It can be a little intimidating to get up in front of a lot of people but if you have practiced enough to get it down pat – you should be fine:) Thanks

  17. That is the worst feeling to have. I did the same thing the first couple of times and you sit there and think – wow I just wasted this opportunity because no one is going to understand what the heck I am was talking about:) Thanks Angela

  18. You have so many things that you can share with people about what you do I bet it would be really hard to hit it all in 60 sec. I guess you just have to concentrate on one main thing each time:) Thanks Donna

  19. It is tough to convey sometimes but not if you are prepared! My ideal client changes depending on what crowd I am talking to and what I think they would be able to help with:) Thanks Joe!

  20. You are right Val about the business cards. They need to stand out and I think it is a good idea to have your picture on them if you can. Thanks

  21. In some ways, it is probably more important to get THEIR business card. My pet peeve is a biz card without a mailing address. Tough to send them a card (wink). In fact, asking for THEIR card will likely cause them to reciprocate and ask for your card. So much better if they ask for your card than if you just … give it to them.

  22. Hi Glyna,

    Appreciate the reminder that I need to shape up my elevator speech. Even talking with friends can sometimes require a short-and-sweet synopsis of what I do, since my friends don’t know anything about online marketing! I usually feel like I have to explain, but having a very short speech up front would at least give them the broad picture.

  23. Hi Sherry – You know you are right about friends and family not understanding what we do in network marketing! I need to get that speech handy as well:) Thanks

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