Tell Me Quick!

Let’s face it, we are in a sound byte world.  Messages need to be the quick sound byte or as short as a twitter feed.  We get bored and distracted by long speeches.  Our minds wander.  We can blame this on all sorts of things, people, and situations, but blaming does not change our reality.  Instead, we have to decide how we are going to deal with the present reality.  We have to choose how we are going to live in a sound byte world.
Have you adapted?  Do you have an elevator talk about who you are, or about what you believe?  An elevator speech is a 2-3 minute monologue that could be given to someone else who is riding in an elevator with you.  It is short, sound byte short, and it is to the point.  Far too often, we spend so much time getting to the point, that we lose the opportunity to make the point.  We talk about non-essential things like the weather, local eateries, and sports, rather than getting to our point.  Then, the other person reaches his or her floor, or parts ways with us in some other way.  The moment has passed.  The connection is lost.  There is no way to recapture that lost opportunity.
So, what is your sound byte elevator speech?  How do you convey who you are and what you believe, so that you can make a connection with the person in the elevator or the checkout line at the grocery store?  You are more than the non-essentials, but no one will know that unless you consider how you are going to share that information.  Take time to consider, write, and practice your elevator speech.  Then try it.  Let me know how it worked and how you felt.  Also, I’d love to hear your speech.


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