Notre Dame head women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw was asked about her role as an advocate for women’s sports. Without hesitation, she gave a powerful reply that was passionate, fact-filled and powerfully made her point. (You can watch/read it here.)

Whether or not you agree with her stance, you have to admire the way she delivered her answer. McGraw has been an advocate for women in sports for many years and she certainly has her “elevator speech” well-honed.

Think about what you would say if posed a similar question by a reporter. Could you eloquently communicate – complete with facts and examples – the essence of your position on the topic that is relevant to your work? Do you have a cogent response to the challenges your organization faces that you could deliver without notes, on the spot?

If not, use McGraw as a role model to see how it’s done. Make it your mission today to gather those key points and supporting evidence and start rehearsing aloud!

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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