How’s It Going? (And Other Elevator-Speech No-Nos)

We’ve all probably heard it 100 times – you need to have your elevator speech ready for that unexpected ride with the CEO.

But what if that actually did happen? Would you be ready? Maybe it’s easier to prepare for that day than we think…

Here are a few tips and tricks from a guide to starting conversations in 5 common work situations, including elevator chats and “corridor conversations”. You can also watch The Wall Street Journal elevate the art-form even higher with their “In The Elevator With” interview series with prominent business leaders.

And if your elevator chat with the CEO takes a turn for the worse, you’ll find some sage advice on handling conversations when emotions are running high in the book Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High.