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National Elevator Pitch Competition winner to offer expert tips

February 24, 2017

Author, business coach and keynote speaker Chris Westfall is the U.S. National Elevator Pitch Champion and will deliver a speaking seminar tailored to his book, "The NEW Elevator Pitch," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at Indiana State University.

"Value starts with your story," Westfall said. "That's my focus: creating a more powerful conversation, in a way that's authentic, clear and compelling."

Westfall's business strategies have created multi-million dollar revenues on four continents, transforming global brands and launching businesses. He provides workshops and keynote presentations to Fortune 100 companies, entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, universities and businesses across a wide variety of industries. Published books by Westfall include "The NEW Elevator Pitch," "Bullet-Proof Branding" and "The Millennial CEO." The seminar comes just weeks before the first-ever Scott College of Business' Sales and Negotiations Center Elevator Pitch Competition on Friday, April 7. The competition is open to all State students. Westfall's visit will help kick off this inaugural event. "Teaching our students to give good elevator pitches is a vital skill when they are out competing for jobs," said David Fleming, director of the Sales and Negotiations Center. "It is a skill that can benefit any student regardless of major or career plan." The seminar, reception and events surrounding Westfall's visit are possible by contributions from the following grants and donors: State's College of Arts & Sciences grant, Experiential Learning and Community Engagement grant, Indiana State's Career Center, Scott College of Business, Department of Communication, Open Education Resource grant, Center for Student Success, University College and Launch Terre Haute. "I am very thankful for the college-wide contributions for this event," said Jennifer Mullen, communication instructor. "With such overwhelming support, this event is sure to benefit the masses. Through the generous funding provided by various campus units, we are able to provide an engaging seminar."

The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will immediately follow Westfall's presentation. During this time, hosts will offer free refreshments and a limited number of Westfall's books to attendees.