Marc Fest is the founder of Elevator Speech Training (EST).
EST helps professionals speak with clarity and confidence in important, time-limited situations. For example, when they raise money for a nonprofit, interview for a job, or talk about their project or organization.
The basic problem EST addresses is that most people never practice making a strong first impression in a conversation.
EST’s solution is conducting the training by video call which makes it more accessible and easy to do. All you need is a computer and a quiet place. Clients dramatically improve their elevator speeches in just a couple sessions.
EST’s clients include foundations like Carnegie, Ford, JPB, and Knight, but also for-profits like Axel Springer, an international media company.
From 2007 to 2012 Marc was vice president of communications for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the world’s leading foundation for innovation in communications and media.
From 2004 to 2006 he served as vice president of communications for the New World Symphony.
In 1999 he founded QuickBrowse.com, a service for browsing Web content more quickly.
He first came to the US in 1994 as a Miami-based correspondent for a Berlin daily.
Marc was living and working in Berlin as a journalist when the wall fell in 1989.
Marc also created MessageHouse.org, a free communications tool used by businesses, non-profits, governments and individuals around the world.
He lives in Miami Beach, and on a farm in the Everglades, with his Belgian shepherd mix Zeus.