Many thanks to Joel Nitzberg for thoughtful advice on networking for a new job. Many of us know that whether we are promoting our organizations or ourselves, we need an "elevator speech": a quick summary of who we are and how we can make a difference to the person whose attention we have for only as long as it would take for a short elevator ride.
Joel said that if I ask him to help spread the word about me, I need to give him an elevator speech about me. It should take the form of "You should talk to Dennis because here's what he can do for you." What problem can I solve for the person he's speaking to? Would hiring me help their agency grow--or even, survive?
Have you ever crafted an elevator speech for someone else to give on your behalf? How did you do it, and how did it work out?