elevator pitch

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From the idea that such a pitch is concise enough to be given during a trip between floors in an elevator.

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elevator pitch (plural elevator pitches)

  1. A brief and simple sales pitch; a short summary of a business plan, process, or product, and its selling point and value proposition.
    • 1998, Electronic Business, volume 24, Highlands Ranch, Colo.: Cahners Business Information, ISSN 1097-4881, OCLC 67051500, page 8, column 1:
      Once you've found the right person, the art is in making an elevator pitch—spill the beans fast.
    • 1998, Don Pfarrer, Guerrilla Persuasion: Mastering the Art of Effective and Winning Business Presentations, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 978-0-395-88168-2, page 110:
      An elevator pitch raises more questions than it answers but they are likely to be questions about how the business works, not what it is.
    • 2010, Frances Kay, “The Elevator Pitch”, in Successful Networking: How to Build New Networks for Career and Company Progression, London; Philadelphia, Pa.: Kogan Page, ISBN 978-0-7494-5879-9, page 137:
      This chapter is about the elevator (or lift) pitch: what it is, how you develop one and how to use it effectively. It is a single sentence that describes your work and which you can deliver in 30 seconds or less – the time it takes an elevator to travel from one floor to another. [] If you want to create a compelling elevator pitch, it needs to be short and accurate. [] The elevator pitch is about getting your message across in the shortest possible time.
    • 2017, Sara Kelly, “Brand You”, in Personal Branding for Entrepreneurial Journalists and Creative Professionals, New York, N.Y.; Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, ISBN 978-1-138-21846-8, page 66:
      Elevator pitches are called what they are for a reason. They force you to focus your personal pitch to the mere 30 seconds or so a typical elevator ride takes. The term is old, but the concept remains relevant.
  2. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see elevator,‎ pitch.
    • 1987, Dave Prochnow, Flight Simulator and Flight Simulator II: 82 Challenging New Adventures, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.: TAB Books, ISBN 978-0-8306-0462-3, page 39:
      Control the glide descent angle through small amounts of elevator pitch movements.

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