Marc Fest, Founder, Elevator Speech Training

About Elevator Speech Training

At Elevator Speech Training, we help professionals be clear, memorable and convincing in important, time-limited situations. For example, when they raise money for a startup or nonprofit, interview for a job, or talk about their project or organization.

We work with foundations like Carnegie, Ford, Grove, JPB, Knight and Rasmuson, because a strong elevator speech capacity is crucial to the non-profits that foundations support. We also work with for-profits like Axel Springer, an international media company, because more and more corporations find it important that their employees talk not just about profits and products, but also about purpose. We have helped clients be ready for conversations with Donald Trump, George Soros, and Bill Gates, to name just a few examples.

The basic problem we address is that most people never practice making a strong first impression in an important conversation or interaction even though that first impression greatly determines whether a door will open for them–or remain closed.

Our solution is conducting the training by video call which makes it more accessible and easy to do. All you need is a computer and a quiet place. The coaching is one-on-one and confidential. Each engagement comprises one training hour, and preparation and research on our part to personalize the coaching.

Our clients dramatically improve their elevator speeches in a single session.

Elevator Speech Training was founded by Marc Fest in 2019. It is based in Miami Beach, Florida.

From 2007 to 2012, Marc was vice president of communications for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the world’s leading foundation for innovation in communications and media. From 2004 to 2006, he served as vice president of communications for the New World Symphony, an American orchestral academy based in Miami Beach, Florida.

Marc is also known for the Message House, a free communications toolset downloaded daily by businesses, government organizations and nonprofits worldwide to achieve greater impact through more effective messaging. A self-taught programmer, Marc, in the late 1990s, developed Quickbrowse, an online tool credited with establishing the field of “metabrowsing.”

Marc was making his first footsteps as a journalist in Berlin when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, writing for publications like “tageszeitung,” Berliner Zeitung, Die Zeit and Zitty.

Marc lives with his Belgian Shepherd dog Zeus on a farm in the Everglades and in Miami Beach. Most importantly, Zeus has his own Instagram presence at