This is a guest post by entrepreneur, professional drummer, speaker, and consultant, Mike Veny.
In her article, The Pressure of the Pitch, Katie Sowa says that “Giving an elevator pitch can be a terrifying experience. Whether you’re pitching in a competition in front of hundreds of people, pitching to wealthy and successful investors, or trying to land that much needed new client or job, it can seem like your entire future is dependent on those few seconds you have to pitch. The words that come out of your mouth can make or break the deal.”
- You will learn to communicate what you do well. According to Business Week, in the article The Perfect (Elevator) Pitch, this is “a skill every businessperson needs… One of the most important things a businessperson can do—especially an owner or someone who is involved in sales—is learn how to speak about their business to others. Being able to sum up unique aspects of your service or product in a way that excites others should be a fundamental skill.”
- You will feel a better connection to your company. In the Forbes article, Don’t Pitch Your Company, Share Your Story, Andrew Hoeft says that, “The goal of starting with the story is to show that you are personally connected to the problem you are looking to solve, and that you are the right person for the job.”
- You will increase your network. Dennis Koray says that “Every time you meet someone there is a possibility that they may be a potential customer or they may know a potential customer.” Learn more in his article, Elevator Pitch – Don’t Sell. Tell Your Network Contacts How You Help People.
- You will make more money. “The ability to communicate in the workplace can be a key factor in determining your success at climbing the corporate ladder. Don’t think that communication is limited to just talking with your fellow employers,” says Justin in his article, Make More Money with Improved Communication Skills, from The Frugal Path.
*Drummer, entrepreneur, speaker, consultant, Mike Veny has been able to parlay his love of music, and of drumming in particular, into multiple successful career paths and charitable endeavors. For more information on Mike Veny, visit MikeVeny.com. Mike Veny is sponsored by Gretsch Drums & Toca Percussion.