Introduce Yourself With Confidence

Introduce Yourself with Confidence

How to Talk to Anyone Anywhere About Your Next Writing Project

You’ve been working on the book for a year now and still when your mother asks, “What are you working on?” you don’t know what to say.

Or you’re getting ready for a book launch and you want to get better at distilling the essence of your book as you create invitations to your book party.

In both situations—and many others—you need a versatile, flexible elevator speech or introduction that will ignite conversations and build your readership one interaction at a time.

In this 75-minute webinar on June 18 at 1 p.m. EDT, you’ll develop the building blocks of an elevator speech to introduce yourself as a writer and your latest writing project. You’ll leave the webinar with a first version of this introduction and with ideas for where to start practicing it right away.

This workshop is not about formally pitching a potential agent in a query letter (or at a writing conference). Rather, it is about learning to introduce yourself as a writer and present your latest writing project in a way that's appropriate for the situation or context you find yourself in.

This live program answers questions like:

  • How do I condense years of work on a project into a sentence or two?
  • What’s important to emphasize?
  • How do I begin and end?
  • What if I have several projects in the works?
  • What’s best left unsaid?

Bring your current or “old” introduction (or elevator speech), if you have one, and your questions.

A good elevator speech has many uses. You can use it for telephone introductions, grant applications, bio statements, artist statements, press packets, and when you introduce yourself as a workshop leader or speaker. A good elevator speech is the basis for all your marketing and connecting in the world with your writing.

Important: This class was run in October 2019 under a different title, 5 Steps to Your Elevator Pitch. If you registered for that class, there's no reason to register for this one unless you need the refresher.

Who should take this course:

All writers, including but not limited to:

  • Novelists
  • Non-fiction writers
  • Memoirists
  • Essayists
  • Poets
  • Playwrights
  • Screenwriters

This class is perfect for writers looking to do a better job of introducing themselves or pitching a project to an individual or group.

Do I have to attend the live class?

No. Everyone who registers will get access to the recording. However, if you’d like to attend live, keep reading.

How does this webinar work?

This class uses Zoom webinar technology. You will join through your Internet-connected computer or mobile device. When you register, you will receive information via email on how to join the class. If you don’t receive it within 10 minutes of registering, please contact us.

  • When: Thursday, June 18, 2020
  • Time: 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. Pacific
  • Fee: $20

The webinar is broadcasted via the internet with live audio delivered through your computer or mobile device speakers. The visual presentation is displayed directly from the presenter’s computer to your computer screen. The Q&A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions read and answered by the presenter for the entire class to hear.

Gigi Rosenberg

About the instructor

Gigi Rosenberg is an author, performer, artist coach and public speaking coach. She’s performed her dramatic monologues at Seattle’s On The Boards and off-Broadway at the United Solo Theatre Festival. The former editor of Professional Artist magazine, she’s been published by Publishers Weekly, Psychology Today, Seal Press and Poets & Writers. Gigi’s been a guest commentator on Oregon Public Broadcasting and is the author of Watson-Guptill’s The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing, now in its sixth printing. Learn more at her website.

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Gigi’s class was fun, well-paced, and practical, and her observation about my elevator speech hook was astute. What works in writing doesn’t always translate well into spoken form. After I pitched the agent with the revised elevator speech, he requested my book proposal. Success! Thank you!

Kate Kaufman

I attended Gigi’s workshop at the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Since then, I’ve been awarded two fellowships, three professional development grants, and two project grants from local and state agencies. Gigi put all of that in motion for me a decade ago. Thank you so much!

Margaret Malone

In just one hour of coaching with Gigi, I was well-informed about how to prepare physically, emotionally, and logistically for a successful public reading. Her supportive and insightful feedback about my style gave me clarity about my opportunities for improvement and confidence about my capacity to connect with an audience.

Sage Cohen

You receive the following:

  • Access to the 60-minute interactive class, with about 15 minutes for questions. Around the 1-hour mark, Gigi will take questions using in-class chat/text. The class will end after roughly 75 minutes.
  • A recording of the class—audio and video. This is especially helpful if you have a conflict with the class time or something comes up and you can't make the session. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for 30 days. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation.
  • Rough transcript. We use Otter to create an automated transcript of the entire webinar, which we’ll share with you in addition to the audio and video recording.
  • Worksheets. All participants receive worksheets that you complete during the class, with ideas for how to start rehearsing and practicing your new elevator speech right now.

Refund policy

Sorry, but refunds are not offered unless the webinar is canceled or rescheduled. All registrants receive access to the recording even if they are unable to attend. Have questions? You can contact us here.

System Requirements to Join the Webinar

We will be using Zoom webinar technology.

You'll need:

  • An internet connection: broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers: built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth

Recommended bandwidth:

  • 600kbps (down) for high-quality video and 1.2 Mbps (down) for HD video
  • If you connect through audio only: 60-80kbps (down)

Supported operating systems:

Supported tablet and mobile devices:

  • Surface PRO 2 running Win 8.1
  • Surface PRO 3 running Win 10
  • iOS and Android devices
  • Blackberry devices

Supported browsers:

  • Windows: IE 11+,  Edge 12+, Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+
  • Mac: Safari 7+, Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+
  • Linux: Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+

For a detailed listing of system requirements, check Zoom's site.