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Networking and the “Elevator Pitch”

Networking and the “Elevator Pitch”

I hate networking.  My husband can attest to it.  He’s always going to networking events and meeting with people and trying to grow his business.  He’s been in business for himself for many years now, while I’ve always worked for someone else.  So this networking is new to me, and I hate it.  I don’t hate talking to people, but I have to “be” a certain type of person at these events rather than myself.  I’m putting on a show for people rather than just talking about what I do and being myself.

This, sadly, is what your “elevator pitch” is.  I do better with writing.  So in my perfect world, I’d type a little something up and you’d read it.  But apparently I have to tell you about it.  So, I’m working on what to say and yes – I’ll be writing it out.  I’ll probably try to memorize what I write, another thing I’m really bad at.  As I look at articles on the Internet, the elevator pitch seems easy.  But for me, a language-driven person who just won’t be quiet, it’s hard to whittle those directives down to just a sentence or two about each.  Maybe by the time I see you at the next networking event, I’ll have it perfected.

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