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“The ability to deliver efficient, effective, and compelling communication is a core value within the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses educational pro­gram. Small Message, Big Impact has been a wonderful resource in supporting the 3 minute rocket pitches within the curriculum we designed for growth-oriented business owners.”

—PATRICIA GREENE, Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies and National Academic Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative

“We never could have launched our company without a carefully planned elevator speech. Terri Sjodin shows you how to master yours so you can attract investors, market your company, and succeed wherever you go.”

—ALEXANDRA WILKIS WILSON and ALEXIS MAYBANK, cofounders of Gilt and bestselling coauthors of By Invitation Only

“There’s no better way to jump-start your personal brand than with a well-prepared elevator speech. And there’s no better expert to show you how than Terri Sjodin.”

—DAN SCHAWBEL, founder of Millennial Branding and author of Me 2.0

Small Message, Big Impact is an insightful yet practical book. If your job depends on persuading others, you’ll find yourself inhaling the contents and breathing easier because your message will have more traction and you’ll persuade more people to take purposeful action.”

—GERHARD GSCHWANDTNER, founder and publisher, Selling Power magazine

“Whether you’re advocating for a community cause or pitching a business idea, Sjodin’s creative tools provide a framework for speaking with clarity and confidence.”

—ANDREA RENO, Senior Director of Brand Development and Compliance Marketing Communications, YMCA of the USA

Small Message, Big Impact is an easy-to-read, easy-to-apply guide for making a positive first impression and communicating with impact.”

—CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS, U.S. Congresswoman (WA)

About the Author

Terri L. Sjodin is the principal and founder of Sjodin Communications, a public speaking, sales training, and consulting firm. For more than twenty years she has served as a speaker and consultant for Fortune 500 compa­nies, industry associations, academic conferences, CEOs, and members of Congress. She lives in Newport Beach, California.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio; Revised edition (August 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591845483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591845485
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not a book intended to help you create snappier elevator pitches, but a 200 page brochure for the author's training practice.

The first 60 pages are devoted to Terri's background, including a story of how she snagged a sales appointment with a big client and then trying to whet our appetite to learn more about elevator pitches by lecturing on how important they are (we know, that's why we bought the book. Get on with it!)

When she does get on with it, she breezes through the instructional nuggets carelessly, spouting not deep wisdom based on expertise but worn-out ideas you could read on any blog. Chapters about how to capture the audience's attention are short, with an inane list of techniques like tell a story or share a startling statistic. Ideas like this are too small to fill a chapter, so she adds a lot of stories (often based on TV shows - she appears to watch a lot of TV!) and side comments to stretch a simple idea to cover 10 pages.

There is very little attempt to build practice examples into the book so you finish each chapter not knowing how to do anything different. The examples she uses are either generalized, so you cannot model them, or are clearly boring and inept - like a three-minute talking brochure.

I was deeply disappointed by the lackluster effort on this one. Packaging ideas is a challenge that requires a deep understanding of rhetoric, human motivation, storytelling and so on. Terri's ideas are an inch deep. Don't buy this book. You'll be disappointed and won't learn anything you can actually use.
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Format: Hardcover
Especially given the blizzards of communication exchanged electronically in recent years, I agree with Terri L. Sjodin that a "smaller" message not only can but usually does have a "bigger" impact. In fact, there are comparable admonitions such as "think big, act small" (the title of one of Jason Jennings' books), "Swing easy, hit hard" (Julius Boros), and "Less is more" (Robert Browning, in his poem "Andrea del Sarto"). I am also reminded of a bet Ernest Hemingway won in a bar in Paris when he was challenged to write a short story with only six words: "For sale, baby shoes, never worn." Brevity can indeed be, as Shakespeare suggests, "the soul of wit." It can also penetrate clutter and eliminate ambiguity.

Sjodin organizes and presents her material within 12 brief chapters and, while doing so, demonstrates how much meaning can be conveyed with both precision and concision. In the last chapter, Chapter 12, she poses and then responds ("with nuggets of advice and answers) to frequently asked questions. She thus shares a wealth of information, insights, and counsel to help each reader to communicate more effectively, whatever the given circumstances -- audience, content, format, strategic objective(s), etc. - may be. During the course of her lively and eloquent narrative, she explains

o How and why "The Elevator Speech + The Butterfly Effect = The Elevator Speech Effect"
o How specifically the Elevator Speech can communicate a small message that could have a large impact
o How to determine, clarify, and then articulate intentions (e.g. strategic objectives)
o How to formulate a basic core outline
o How to make a strong case, use illustrations effectively, and deliver a message with high-impact
o How to build a persuasive case (i.e.
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Format: Hardcover
Small Message, Big Impact is one of the true game-changer books of 2012. Whether you're speaking to a theater full of people, a room full of board executives, or even someone you meet in the elevator, you need to understand how to effectively present a compelling message - and it needs to be one that generates real results.

Terri Sjodin outlines the tools and skills you need to perfect in order to master the art of the elevator speech effect. According to Sjodin, "an elevator speech is a brief presentation that introduces a product, service, philosophy or idea. Its general purpose is to intrigue and inspire a listener to want to hear more of the presenter's complete proposition in the near future." She gives you everything you need to know to make the most of what may only be thirty seconds with someone to make an impact.

This book is a differentiator you need to separate yourself from the competitive herd. If you're serious about improving your presentation skills, sales skills, and creating influence in todays market - get the book and devour it.
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By Greg H on September 16, 2013
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I loved every page of this book. Most people tend to talk so much and say so little. This book demonstrates how to talk "little" and say much. The message is so needed. This book will dramatically improve your ability to communicate effectively. Buy this book and read it today. You'll be glad you did.
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Terri has nailed it!
Best book on the planet for anyone that speaks or presents.
Small Message Big Impact is my go to book before any speech or presentation.
It is must have book in helping you grow your career and become a clear communicator both professional and personally.
Terri also delivers some amazing training if you ever have the chance to have her come to you company and present.

Randy Garn

Best Selling Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur
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