Elevator Speech

There are so many times in our lives when we have to make our case in 1-2 minutes. Tell your story, sell your idea, convince someone to join — where do you use the concept of an "elevator speech"?  

What does the phrase "elevator speech" mean? 

The name comes from the notion that the speech should be delivered in the short time period of an elevator ride, usually 60-90 seconds.

In the Lead4Change lessons, students will create their own elevator speech in Lesson 8 (12-track) or Lesson 4 (6-track). It is a great exercise in choosing the right words, practicing their speaking skills, and making the case for their project idea.  

In fact, students will learn the process in a 1-minute explainer animation video. Perhaps you will be like Principal Ken Moeller

Ken made life size cardboard cutouts of leaders and put students, one by one, in an elevator with the ‘leaders’ (and one teacher). They were able to practice their elevator speech until they could say it without their note cards.

The best part is that the students are autistic, so this was a safe way for them to practice their speaking skills.

What creative process are you using to teach and practice the lessons in Lead4Change?

We would love to hear about your experience. Share
here or on social media!!

Have You Started Your Challenge Entry?

Are you teaching the Lead4Change lessons but can’t remember how to get started on your Challenge entry?

On your member Dashboard, take the first step and create a team. This is done by entering a team name. That’s all - Done!  

From there, you can click on the first part of the form— Student Input —  and begin to add the Lesson Deliverables.  The Student Input form can be shared with students via the link on the form. (**The link is all they need to access the form). 

This allows students to enter information as they complete the lessons. You, the teacher/advisor, will always be able to review and edit their work. 

Be sure the
Save Progress after each entry so you don’t lose your information.  

Entering information as you go through the lessons will save time at the end. Have a question? We are here to help along the way.

Meet our Advisory Board

It is important to be an authentic, standards-based program. Lead4Change has an Educator Advisory Board to keep our standards high and our resources "educator approved."  

Our Advisory Board members also mentor others as they get started, speak at events and conferences in their area of education, and share Lead4Change across all 50 states.
See our entire board here.

Find an educator like you and start a conversation.

Whether you are an administrator or teacher, middle or high school, in a rural or urban setting — there is a board member with a similar story.  

Click the link on any board member's profile and communicate directly. They can’t wait to hear from you!

Need to know...
  • Have you seen our newly released Research Study? We are excited to have evidence-based data supporting the learning outcomes of Lead4Change. See complete details here.

  • Meet Lead4Change team members at an upcoming conference:
    • Nov 15-17 FCCLA FLC Dallas
    • Nov 22-24 Nat’l Council of Teachers of English Baltimore
    • Nov 23-25 Nat’l Council for Social Studies Austin
    • Nov 30 - Dec 2 National Conference on Student Activities Des Moines
    • Dec 5-8 MN DECA Conference Minneapolis
    • Jan 10-12 FBLA State Advisors Summit Reston, VA
    • Jan 14-17 FETC Miami

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