Let’s look at this, how often do you talk to people you just met in the elevator, is the first question about what they do for a living? Personally, I imagine you are much more likely to stare at the numbers of the floors passing as you go up (or down), focus on your shoes, or play with your SMART phone (a great device that allows us to talk to people even less). As I have shared this thought recently, I have had other people communicate with me that they do talk to people all the time when they get into elevators; it seems, though, that none of those talkative people have gotten into an elevator with me, as I fail to remember the last time I spoke to a stranger in an elevator.
Removing the conversation from the actual elevator, what comes to mind when thinking of elevator speeches? Usually, it is in response to someone inquiring “What do you do?” With an elevator speech, I envision the person taking a huge breath so that they can suck in as much air as possible to then start on a wordy & windy speech about what it is that they think you should know about their business… going for at least 15 seconds, sometimes lasting over a minute! Continue reading