About Elevator Speech Training

Marc Fest’s Elevator Speech Training (EST) helps professionals elevate how they communicate in situations that are important to them (for example, when they raise money, interview for a job, or talk about their project or organization).

Marc Fest during a training session

Marc’s approach is unique in that he has been training exclusively by video call since starting EST in early 2019. All training sessions are one-on-one.

The training uses a framework-based approach, grounded in the concepts of urgency, specificity, and emotion. Trainees dramatically improve their pitches in just one or two sessions. 75 percent of them rate their training “extremely useful” and 25% “very useful.”

Participants have reported that they find the training especially useful during this time of crisis. They have described it as a “breath of fresh air,” and credit it with helping them refocus on the importance of their work and adjust messaging to the new context. You can read their comments at www.est.io/testimonials.

The appointment wait time is several months, but if clients have an urgent training need, Marc will try to accommodate them more quickly.

Clients include businesses like Axel Springer, an international media company, and foundations like Carnegie, Ford, JPB, and Knight.

From 2007 to 2012, Marc was vice president of communications for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the world’s leading foundation for innovation in communications and media.

From 2004 to 2006, he served as vice president of communications for the New World Symphony. Marc has also created MessageHouse.org, a communications tool used by businesses, non-profits, governments and individuals around the world.

His work as a coach is close to Marc’s heart since he himself had a speech impediment until the age of about six. A speech therapist eventually helped him, over the course of just six months, overcome the issue. Says Marc: “Ever since then the ability to express myself clearly has been special to me.”

Marc does his coaching work from a remote farm in the Everglades where he lives with his Belgian shepherd dog Zeus. You can read the EST backstory at www.est.io/story.

More importantly, Zeus has his own online presence at www.SeeMyDog.com.