Marc Fest, Founder, Elevator Speech Training

About Elevator Speech Training

Elevator Speech Training is a service helping professionals be clear, memorable and convincing in important, time-limited situations (for example, when they raise money, interview for a job, or talk about their project or organization).

The first impressions one makes can open a door–or cause it to remain closed. But most people never practice to make a strong first impression.

Elevator Speech Training addresses this problem by making practice sessions more accessible by video call. All that trainees need to dramatically improve their elevator speeches in just a couple sessions is a computer and a quiet place. 80 percent of participants rate the training “extremely useful” and 20% “very useful.”

Clients include businesses like Axel Springer, an international media company, but also foundations like Carnegie, Ford, JPB, and Knight, who have Marc train their own staff and their grantees.

Elevator Speech Training is operated by its founder, Marc Fest.

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.

In 1999 he founded QuickBrowse, an online service for browsing Web content more quickly.

He moved to the US from his native Germany in 1994, initially working as a Miami-based correspondent for a Berlin daily. He became a US citizen in 2010.

Marc was living and working in Berlin as a fledgling journalist when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

Marc has also created, a free communications tool used by businesses, non-profits, governments and individuals around the world.

He lives on a remote farm in the Everglades with his Belgian shepherd dog Zeus. Most importantly, Zeus has his own online presence at