what is the difference between an elevator speech and an escalator speech? i can’t quite figure this out.
i guess in an elevator speech, you are supposed to present this idealized synopsis of your accomplishments with the intent of making the most positive impression you can possibly make to another passenger. does that sound about right? am i even close?
but that doesn’t mean that an escalator speech is the complete opposite. i think it might be about presenting yourself exactly as you are right now, free of any concerns about impressions…because for all you know, once you get off the escalator, you may never see that person again.
and if you do see that person again, they will have a better sense of who you really are. the elevator is about building something up and the escalator is about letting it go.
actually, now that i’ve had a few minutes to think about it, i might be completely wrong. because i was only imaging an elevator as going up and an escalator as going down. which makes no sense at all.
but for some reason, it feels easier to part ways at the end of an escalator ride.