8 Common Elevator Pitch Blunders, and How to Fix Them

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur needs a value proposition statement for his or her startup that can hook potential investors and partners in less than a minute -- the short time you might join them in an elevator on the way to their offices. Skip the sales pitch and avoid preaching.

It’s Time To Overhaul Your Elevator Pitch — Here’s How

YFS Magazine

Lead business networking elevator pitch marketing networking professional networkingFor many of us, our attention span powers down after the generic, "Hello, my name is Jane. Glad to meet you. What type of business are you in?" spiel.

How to Write an Irresistible Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

You need a teaser--and you need it for a few reasons. Marketing

Inventors: 10 Do’s And Don’ts For Your Elevator Pitch

YFS Magazine

Lead communication elevator pitch inventors pitch meeting sales pitchIf you can sell your idea to companies or potential investors, your product could become the bestseller every inventor dreams of creating.

Craft a Stronger Elevator Pitch By Asking These 3 Questions

Inc Startups

Want to craft a more impressive and memorable elevator pitch? Start by asking yourself these three questions. The Inc.

The 7 key components of a perfect elevator pitch

Up and Running

Whether you are trying to raise money for your business or just want to perfect your business strategy, a solid elevator pitch is an essential tool for achieving your goals. Here are the 7 key components that every elevator pitch should contain: 1.

The Fundamental Guide to Better Elevator Pitches

Inc Startups

Sometimes, an elevator pitch is the only chance you have to progress the deal further

How to Take Your Startup Elevator Pitch to the Top

Startup Professionals Musings

An "elevator pitch" is a concise, well-practiced description of your startup and your plan, delivered with conviction and enthusiasm, that your mother should be able to understand in the time it would take to ride up an elevator.

Elevator Pitch

Market by Numbers

Services Marketing Help Downloads Contact Log In Elevator Pitch By brantcooper , August 11, 2009 9:28 pm Note: Originally published at SANDIOS. Everyone has heard of the “elevator pitch&# and all entrepreneurs know they need one. I’m talking about the ability to tell your business story in the time it takes the elevator to get the floor where your audience will egress. So how to develop a great elevator pitch?

Inventors: 5 Do’s And Don’ts For Your Elevator Pitch


A well-designed formal presentation can sell investors on your idea, but before you get to that stage, you’ll likely have occasion to provide an “elevator pitch” — a brief, informal statement that conveys your idea concisely and compellingly.

5 Ways To Improve Your Elevator Pitch Today

Inc Startups

Use these simple tips to successfully pitch a prospective client or investor.

Love in an Elevator (Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

An elevator pitch may be an old-fashioned concept, but it’s more important than ever. A great elevator pitch is not a static entity. Your pitch should address how your new financier will turn a profit quickly. Practice your elevator pitch. Heads up.

7 Essential Tips for a Good Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

You've heard the usual good ones. Here are the extras that can make the difference. Startup

The 3 Steps to a Great Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

You never know when you might have a chance to sell your services.

5 Secrets for Crafting the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

Crafting the right elevator pitch can make the difference between success and failure. So why not get it right

Sales for Startups: Elevator Pitches, USP's & Value Props

Mark Birch

I was planning on writing something that helped break out the differences between the elevator pitch, the unique selling propositions (USP’s) and value propositions. A value proposition is often confused with an “Elevator Speech” or a “Unique Selling Proposition.” Elevator Speech. An elevator speech is a short, 1-2 sentence statement that defines who you work with (target market) and the general area in which you help them.

Why Entrepreneurs Everywhere Should Stop Crafting Elevator Pitches

Inc Startups

Here's how to stop people from rolling their eyes when they hear about your company

I've Heard 20,000 Elevator Pitches. Here's What They've Taught Me About Getting Funded

Inc Startups

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Fix Your Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

What you think is an elevator pitch will actually alienate customers. If you're like most entrepreneurs, you think an "elevator pitch" is a one- to three-minute sales pitch that you could presumably give during a very long elevator ride.

An Elevator Pitch Guaranteed to Open Doors

Inc Startups

Learn how to deliver the perfect pitch to make the sale and get what you want

The $10,000 Elevator Pitch


This card goes to the company with the best elevator pitch. The finalists will literally ride a 49 storey elevator to make the pitch. Attention Canadian entrepreneurs: The folks from VISA Canada contacted me to let me know about a chance to win a VISA card with $10K on it to help you run your business. To enter, tell VISA. What is your business? Who are you competitors? How do you generate revenue? What’s different about your business?

Business Pitch, Elevator Pitch, and the LivePlan Pitch Page: What’s the Difference?

Up and Running

What’s a business pitch? The business pitch. When I say pitch or business pitch I mean the short presentation startup founders make for angel investors or venture capitalists. ” That’s what David Rose talks about in his TED talk How to Pitch.

How to Master the Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

Use this video and these posts to master the art of writing and giving an elevator pitch

Give the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

Ah, the classic elevator pitch. The concept is simple: communicate what you do in the time it takes to ride an elevator from ground level until the door opens and you have to leave. Most likely, they are only thinking about what they are going to pitch to you.

5 Secrets to a Killer Elevator Pitch

Austin Startup

I have given a lot of pitches and seen a lot of pitches and here is what I’ve learned. elevator-pitch entrepreneurship funding pitching startupWatch my video and apply these 5 secrets. It works! Continue reading on Austin Startups ».

Veteran-Led Startups Debut at the Bunker Austin’s Elevator Pitch


He’s still got the close-cropped haircut of a soldier but instead of an army uniform, Curry […] The post Veteran-Led Startups Debut at the Bunker Austin’s Elevator Pitch appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At well over six feet tall with a strong build, Rodney Curry, a retired member of the U.S. Army’s 101st airborne division, wears a camel colored bag slung over one shoulder.

Do These 3 Things Right Now to Improve Your Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

Sometimes you only have one chance to deliver your elevator pitch. Make sure you get it right

Elevator Pitch: Verbling

Inc Startups

PREVIOUS FUNDING: $170,000, from Y Combinator, SV Angel, and other investors FUNDING SOUGHT: $1 million The Pitch: "Plenty of people study French or German in school, but few become fluent, because they never speak with anyone from France or Germany.

Ten minute-pitch: What to I include in my slide deck since it’s not really an “elevator pitch”?


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How Standing Chest Deep in Sub-Freezing Sea Water Improved My Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

For pitching or presenting, opening the whole kimono leaves nothing to the imagination. Give them just enough to interest, excite and leave them asking for more. Startup

What an Investor Looks for in Your Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

Rick Gibson, an investor at HOTventures, describes the components of a standout elevator pitch

The Secret to an Irresistible Elevator Pitch in 4 Steps (Hint: Don't Even Mention Your Product)

Inc Startups

If you have limited time to make a big impression, here's how to use it wisely. Strategy

5 Reasons You Don't Need an Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

Using a traditional elevator pitch can go wrong in so many ways. It is far more effective to avoid it and use these networking strategies instead

How to Pitch to Investors in 10 Minutes and Get Funded

Up and Running

I know what it’s like to pitch to investors—both angels and venture capitalists. Sometimes you only get 10 minutes to pitch your business opportunity to the investors (or less in some cases). First, take the time to put together a pitch deck. Best of luck pitching your business!

Do You Have Your Elevator Pitch Ready?

Up and Running

They call it the elevator speech, or elevator pitch, and it’s a good exercise. I was there last Thursday to hear these two pitches , two of the best from 16 one-minute pitches at the University of Oregon’s New Venture Championship. These are good examples of classic elevator pitches, limited to 60 seconds. By the way, I did a four-part series on my main blog on how to optimize an elevator speech.

Network Like A Pro: What To Say!

YFS Magazine

Here are four tips to consider before you put the finishing touches on your elevator pitch. Lead communication elevator pitch leadership networking networking events personal development

3 Key Tips to Nailing Your Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

JJ Ramberg, co-founder of GoodShop.com and host of MSNBC's 'Your Business', describes how to get anybody's attention when pitching your idea

Great Elevator Pitches: SVASE Presentation

Entrepreneurship Blog

This is a list of slides that I wrote for a presentation which I moderated at SVASE's Silicon Valley North Startup University in February.

How to Create an Elevator Speech (With Examples)

Up and Running

An elevator speech is a 30- to 60-second answer to the question, “So, what do you do?” A great elevator speech will spark interest in your business and hopefully lead to a deeper conversation. Elevator speeches are a great opportunity for entrepreneurs. Elevator speech tips.

Great Elevator Pitches: Intro

Entrepreneurship Blog

Elevator Pitch Series Table of Contents: Introduction 3 Key Lessons What to Include Delivery Matters Screwing Up My Elevator Pitch SVASE Presentation Slides 3 Additional Opinions Over the last 18 months I’ve attended numerous VC breakfast clubs , founders' brown bag lunches , cocktail receptions and keynote speaker dinners that I think I must have gained 30 pounds. The goal of an elevator pitch to a potential employee is to kindle a passion for your product.