Examples of "elevator speeches"
You can use your speech to simply introduce yourself, to ask for action on an issue that's important for you or as a thank you.
Remember, you're the expert on your story. Keep it short and on topic, and be sure to say "thank you" when you're done!
Hi! I just wanted to come over and introduce myself. My name is ___________ and I'm your constituent. I volunteer at the National MS Society and it is a cause that is very important to me. People with MS and their families face really tough challenges and I want to be sure the important programs and services they rely on are not cut. It's so important that people are able to live as independently as possible in their communities. I'd truly appreciate your support on this topic.
Hello! It's nice to see you again. I'm wearing orange today because I'm spreading the word about MS activism. I got involved because my daughter was diagnosed three years ago and it's important that people who have MS have their voices heard. The issue I'm most concerned about is caregiver support, because I want to make sure my daughter and family can afford to stay together and that they have the resources to do so.
Hello! It's nice to meet you. My name is ___________ and I live in your district. I've been living with MS for five years and am an activist with the MS Society. I have been on one of the MS drugs since I was diagnosed and it has helped me so much. I have been able to stay employed and active in my community because of it. It is important that these drugs are affordable and available to people who need them. Without MS medications, the disease progresses faster and results in even more expensive medical costs. Please remember my story when you work on health care legislation.
- Hello, my name is ___________ and I just wanted to thank you for helping to pass the Complete Streets bill which makes our communities more accessible. I have MS and have been using a scooter for years. It's important that I am able to get around and enjoy our neighborhood with my family. The Complete Streets law helps ensure I will have safe and reliable access in my scooter.