Elevator speeches are great tools for network and try to be effective at presenting what you or your library do to an specific audience or person. As a tool, it comes from the business world and it is often recommended for people seeking a job to introduce themselves in a effective and concise manner. In LIS, Michael Stephen at his Library Journal column offers a brief note about why elevator speeches are important in the library world, especially when we are out there in the world and someone asks why what you do matters. Kathy Dempsey at InfoToday provides a longer reflection, but also a funny alternative name to the action, the taxi chats, and offers some basic ideas to start drafting a chat.
Beyond this two background posts, following you can find more concrete resources that can help you start thinking about your own speech:
- ALSC Infographic
- ALSC notes on a discussion about elevator speech creation
- A definition and some general resources from the International Librarians Network
- The people at Hack Library School posted about this tool, linking to some successful LIS examples and giving some reasoning about why it might be important to do this.