About Marc Fest

Marc Fest

Marc Fest

When he was 15 years old, Marc Fest would teach his classmates mental tricks to help them memorize pesky Latin verbs. Those were the early signs of a life-long compulsion to create tools of all sorts for getting more done in less time–and of his love of coaching.

More recently, Marc developed the eight-step Elevator Speech 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. In the late 90s, Marc created Quickbrowse, a Web-based software tool credited with the invention of “metabrowsing,” and Online HomeBase, a precursor to Google docs.

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.