Crafting an Elevator Speech

Picture it: you find yourself sharing an elevator, in line at the grocery store, or tabling an event for your project, and someone asks you “What’s AmeriCorps?” (you’re wearing AmeriCorps gear, of course)

You have 30 seconds or less to explain what AmeriCorps is and what you do inimage-claxon-pitch the community… What will you say?

When crafting an “elevator” speech or pitch, you want to make sure that the person you’re speaking to will (1) UNDERSTAND what you’re talking about, and (2) will ASK
QUESTIONS
. Once they’re asking questions, they have become engaged, and you can share even more information.

We have a couple sample scripts to help you get started:

Script 1:

I’m an AmeriCorps member with the Washington Service Corps. I serve at [your site] in [your city/community].

AmeriCorps is a nationwide community service program.  In every state, members like me help local organizations address needs within our communities, like literacy, poverty, public safety, healthy living and protecting the environment. We serve at schools, non-profits and other public agencies.  We also help recruit community volunteers for the organizations we serve.  At the same time I’m making a difference in my community, I’m learning skills that I’ll use my entire career, no matter where I work, and I’m earning money to further my education.

 

Script 2:

I’m an AmeriCorps member with the Washington Service Corps. I serve at [your site] in [your city/community].  AmeriCorps members serve 40 hours a week for ten and a half months.  Some of the priorities of AmeriCorps are education, healthy living and protecting the environment.  At my site, I focus on [priority area], and I [give a 1-sentence example of what you do at your site].