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.

Rethinking the Elevator Pitch

Jeff Hilimire

In the post, “This is where I encourage you to pitch your elevator pitch” , Adam talks about the fallacy that he sees in the concept of an elevator pitch. I hate the whole concept of the elevator pitch. But I have never bought anything or hired anyone because of a brief discussion I had on an elevator, escalator or Wonk-avator. The post Rethinking the Elevator Pitch appeared first on Begin the Begin.

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.

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 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.

6 Rules for Nailing the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

Whether you ever have to pitch in a literal elevator, being able to do it right will make you a better entrepreneur.

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.

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.

How to Write an Irresistible Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

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

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.

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?

4 Tweaks to Make Your Elevator Pitch Stronger

Inc Startups

Want to polish up your elevator pitch? Use these four simple tweaks to ensure it's memorable and ready to impress

Watch: (Literal) Elevator Pitch Contest

Austin Startup

During the ATX Startup Crawl, we did a (literal) elevator pitch contest for entrepreneurial guests at the Sputnik ATX stop. Some things to consider when casting your vote : Delivery / performance of pitch Viability of business idea Market opportunity Creativity of startup and passion for idea Consumer surplus [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] Which startup do you think is most worthy of funding, if any?

Give the Best Elevator Pitch Ever With a 3,000-Year-Old Technique

Up and Running

You’re riding in an elevator with just one other passenger and the guy looks familiar somehow. You’ve got exactly three minutes (it’s a really tall building) to tell this angel about your brilliant idea before the elevator reaches the top floor where, being an angel, he must certainly perch.

Best Elevator Pitch Ever! 17 Ways to Persuasively Tell Your Story

Inc Startups

Here's how to create a compelling pitch. Forget rhetoric. Ban tech talk. Sales

The Fundamental Guide to Better Elevator Pitches

Inc Startups

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

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?

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.

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 Ways To Improve Your Elevator Pitch Today

Inc Startups

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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


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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

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.

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 Youngest Female Founder of an IPO Shows You How to Master the Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

Stitch Fix CEO Katrina Lake has perfected a company overviewthat covers all the elements of a great pitch.

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

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

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

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

Inc Startups

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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.

7 Reasons Your Elevator Pitch Isn't Working--And 7 Ways To Fix It

Inc Startups

Is the elevator out of order? Here's what to do to make your pitch powerful and persuasive. Sales

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 ».

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

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

How a Literal Elevator Pitch Got This Company Its First Big Contract

Inc Startups

Bird Blitch of Patientco learned the value of a great elevator pitch--in his case, $699,000

How To Give a Flawless Elevator Pitch

Inc Startups

To find new customers, learn to segue the right way not the wrong way