Creating an elevator speech for your next presentation is a great exercise for honing your message. Create a 30 second statement that describes what the main takeaway of your presentation is, how and why the audience will benefit from it and the action you’ll ask people to take after hearing it.
Next, call your voice mail and leave that elevator speech as a message. When you listen to it later, you’ll have enough distance to react and edit, if need be.
This provides you with a great tool. You now have the direction for developing the complete presentation. And, when people ask you what you’ll be speaking about, you can tell them. Just the act of reciting the elevator speech to different people will give you more confidence and make you calmer when the time comes to stand and deliver.