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Whether you are trying to raise money for your business or just want to perfect your business strategy, a solid elevator pitch is an essential tool for achieving your goals. An elevator pitch can be delivered either verbally, ideally in 60 seconds or less, or as a one-page overview of your business. Think of an elevator pitch as an executive summary that provides a quick overview of your business and details why you are going to be successful.

Here are the 8 key components that every elevator pitch should contain:

1. Use a Framework

Here are the important parts of a good framework: introduce your company name, who your target users are, the problem these users face, your solution to their problem and how your solution is better than others. Then, describe your pricing model and what users will receive in exchange for payment.

2. Keep it Short, Sweet and To-the-Point

When creating an elevator pitch for yourself or your business, make sure it’s short, sweet and to-the-point. For example, if you are an SEO agency, you should say “We can rank your site at the top of search results above your competitors at the lowest guaranteed rate possible.” This would be a perfect elevator pitch: there is no question about what you do or how it will benefit someone.

3. Differentiate Yourself

If you only have one sentence, you’d better make it attention-grabbing. The key is to differentiate yourself from the crowd immediately. The human mind is curious by its very nature, so pique its interest by identifying a unique quality about your business.

4. Make it Relatable

It’s not enough to describe your business in one sentence, which means you need the listener to rely on his/her personal experience to fill in the gaps. Know who you’re pitching to and have different one-liners prepared for industry insiders, potential partners, consumers and investors. If done right, they should be able to “get it” after one sentence.

5. Keep it Simple But Significant

You should be able to sufficiently explain what you do in one sentence in a tight spot. In your one-sentence pitch, you should say who you are, what you do, who you target and how you help them. I’ll use my company as an example: “As a Managing Partner at THYNKgroup, LLC, I consult with business Owners to develop and grow their brand by acting as an extension of their marketing team for half the cost of a typical employee.”

6. Cut the Fluff

Your pitch should explain clearly what your product is trying to accomplish. You want to make sure you keep it concise so the person you are pitching to does not lose interest. Take out any unnecessary language, and get to the benefit of your product or service ASAP.

7. Don’t Stress on it Actually Being One Sentence

It’s important to keep it short, but honestly, sometimes “short” doesn’t effectively encapsulate the value proposition. If you need two sentences to prove how unique the company is, then use two. What’s more important to focus on is time. If you can’t say it in under 30 seconds, then it’s too long.

8. Break it Down and Leave Room for Questions

Break down the highlights of your business into bullet points. Then, combine it into two or three effective sentences and communicate your pitch to five or more people who aren’t familiar with your business yet. Give them a chance to ask questions and keep your answers relevant and concise. It’s the most time-efficient strategy!

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