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Strategic Account Director in NYC

I was very fortunate to make the acquaintance of career coach Astrid Baumgardner in the June 2014 Encore Transition Program at Pace University.  All of us Encore students were exploring how we might create meaningful “second act careers for social good” for ourselves, and Astrid served as a wise, compassionate and enthusiastic counselor in the process.  She guided us through many valuable reflective exercises to help us discover our personal strengths, identify our transferable skills, understand our core values, and identify our areas of life passions.  Astrid’s open and direct style challenged us all, made us less afraid of the unknowns, and affirmed our new uncharted directions.  We all gained a deeper self understanding and established life purpose statements and action plans through Astrid’s work.  I wholeheartedly recommend Astrid for her career coaching skills.  Her respect and love for people will become evident early in your introduction. 

—Diane Coleman, Strategic Account Director, New York, NY

Attorney

Astrid is an invaluable resource for ALL lawyers in transition.  I felt lost and defeated after years of working at a law firm,and I wanted to make a change but didn\'t know how.  Astrid immediately inspired confidence and helped me make positive changes in my career and personal life.  The coaching process was empowering as I re-discovered my strengths and interests in addition to  working on improving my weaknesses.  With coaching, I was able to identify alternative career paths that I would find rewarding and that I would be passionate about based upon my unique set of strengths and values.  Astrid also coached me through my interviews and brought out the best in me as I presented myself to new employers.  I am excited about the opportunities in my new career, and coaching was instrumental in allowing me to be a happier and more productive person.

Joshua D., New York, NY

Pianist, Harpsichordist & Juilliard Graduate

 

"After having lived in NYC for 3 years and experienced myriad professional musical relationships, I thought it was about time to find a better way to manage them and reduce my schedule to a realistic and happier situation.  I really enjoy the rapport [with Astrid] because it gets me to think of my personal issues on a more global level in terms of relating to others in and out of my field of work, and also in a manner that breaks down specific problems into manageable chunks.  It seems that every question I ask and every issue we talk about ties into a deeper core problem which I am only now beginning to reveal and understand about myself...I love that Astrid can personally related to almost everything that is brought up during coachings.  I also love that Astrid can prioritize the coaching so that we spend more time on the not-so-obvious problem solving first, before tackling the things that I myself feel are big problems."

— IFW, New York, NY

 

Networking is one of the key tools that can make the difference between a good career and a great career.  Many people shy away from networking or fumble around when meeting new people because they do not know what to say about themselves.   They are missing an opportunity to connect with the very people whom need them! The secret is in crafting a short and powerful “elevator speech”.

The most effective elevator speeches are succinct, carefully-crafted messages that immediately tell someone why he or she would be interested in connecting with you.  An elevator speech should tell the listener:

1. what you do;

2. who your target audience is;

3. what need you fill for them; and 

4. what result you would like from this encounter.

This type of elevator speech focuses on your target audience:  what they lack, what they need and why you are the best person to solve their problems or fill that important need.  This type of message is more likely to encourage your listener to talk to you, find out more about what you do, have another meeting and eventually hire you or refer you to someone who will hire you.

Here is my Elevator Speech:

“As a professional life and career coach and lawyer. I help professional musicians and artists to achieve the career success, financial security and life balance that they long to have.”

Depending on whom I am meeting or where I am, I will then add:  How would you like to find out more about coaching?  or

Let’s set up a meeting so that we can see how coaching might help you.

To create your Elevator Speech, answer the following questions:

1. What do I do?

Consider what you do.  Then think about how you distinguish yourself from the other people in your niche and what makes you unique and memorable.

2. Who is my target audience and what do they lack?

Visualize your ideal audience member.  What is that person’s occupation? What demographic does that person fall into?  What does that person love to do?  What is missing from that person’s life?  What challenges does he or she encounter?  What would make that person’s life better? 

3. What need do I fill for my target audience? 

Now that you have some better insights into your target audience what they are lacking,  think about how you fill the need of that audience and what skills or talents you have that they need.

4. What would I like from this encounter?

The last part of the elevator speech helps you to take this contact to the next level. What are you looking for?  A meeting?  A name of someone who can help you?  A resource?  ASK!

Put these elements together using the following template:

As a____________________________________________________,

(describe yourself)

I help____________________________________________________

(your target audience)

to_______________________________________________________

(describe the need that you fill for your target audience) 

so that they ________________________________________________.

(the benefits that they derive) 

Here’s what I would love for us to do:______________________________.

(your goal from this encounter)

You can refine your Elevator Speech in a few ways:

  • Change any long words or jargon into the language that your target audience will understand. 
  • Cut out unnecessary words
  • Finalize your speech by making sure it is no more than 90 words long (excluding the last sentence on your goal from this encounter). 

Practice your speech in front of a mirror so that you are comfortable with the message and you feel authentic when saying it.

Now you are ready to connect with the people who need you most!

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Astrid Baumgardner, JD, PCC is a professional life coach and lawyer, Coordinator of Career Strategies and Lecturer at the Yale School of Music and the founder and President of Astrid Baumgardner Coaching + Training, which is dedicated to helping musicians, lawyers and creative professionals take charge of their lives and experience authentic success.  In addition to her work at YSM and her individual coaching practice, Astrid presents workshops at leading conservatories and law firms on topics including Career Planning, Goal-Setting, Time Management, Dynamic Communication, Conflict Management and  Personal Branding and Networking.  She is the author of numerous articles on the various aspects of how to achieve and live authentic success.