About Marc Fest

Marc Fest

Marc Fest

Creating frameworks, checklists, systems, and tricks of all sorts for effective communication, learning and information processing has been a recurring theme throughout Marc’s life. Already when tutoring classmates as a 15-year-old, he devised mnemonic tricks based on surreal imaginations to help them memorize pesky Latin verbs. More recently, he developed the eight-step Elevator Speech Training Framework to help executives express their ideas more effectively.  Companies, NGOs, and governments worldwide also use his take on the Message House Framework to develop key messages and increase messaging discipline (www.messagehouse.org). In the late 90s, Marc created Quickbrowse, a Web-based software tool credited with the invention of “metabrowsing.”

Before founding Elevator Speech Training, Marc served as vice president of communications for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a foundation focused on media innovation. He served in the same capacity for the New World Symphony, an orchestral academy for gifted graduates of music conservatories. Helping others express themselves clearly is close to Marc’s heart as he struggled with a speech impediment when he was a child. Today he lives at a remote farm in the Everglades near Key Largo, with his Belgian Shepherd dog Zeus, and an assortment of alligators, great blue herons, and raccoons. In his spare time, he tinkers with IntheSameBoat.org, a project aimed at spreading the notion that we are all in the same boat.