Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you're going to do and just go do it. --Marilyn Grey

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. --D. H. Lawrence

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. --Carl W. Buechne

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. --Winston Churchill

A passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable world. --Andrew Gaines

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. --Kyle Chandler

Elevator PitchElevator Picture

An “Elevator Pitch” is a necessary tool for all advocates. Imagine if you were in an elevator with a very influential person who could really help you out with your project. What would you say in those few minutes to convince that person to keep conversing and support your efforts?

Begin with a quick introduction of yourself and your project. Explain the problem you are concerned about and why. Next address the solutions to this issue and what you are doing to help. Share your accomplishments to date. Provide a clear way for the person to support your efforts and an easy way for him or her to stay involved.

Below is the “9 C’s of an Effective Elevator Pitch” which I found at:
1. Concise- contains as few words as possible, but no fewer
2. Clear- can be understood by any audience like your grandparents
3. Compelling- explains the problem your solution solves
4. Credible- explains your accomplishments and your expertise to address the problem
5. Conceptual- explains the big concepts and does not go into too much unnecessary detail
6. Concrete- specific and tangible
7. Customized- addresses the specific interests and concerns of the audience
8. Consistent- every version of your elevator pitch conveys the same basic message
9. Conversational- the goal is to just start a conversation

MA Remember that your goal is to catch this person’s interest as quickly as possible so that you can explain yourself in more detail later. Practice your elevator speech so that you won’t be too nervous or scared when an opportunity arises for you to pitch your story.