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Buy My Bacon: The Elevator Pitch Game

Buy My Bacon: The Elevator Pitch Game

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Ready to hone your communication skills? GAME ON!

Based on popular Elevator Talk workshops created at Stanford University, this game helps you create elevator pitches using absurd products. Players practice and collectively learn the elements and timing of an elevator pitch, with optional reflection cards for classroom/training use. 

We've playtested the game in a variety of settings, from high school entrepreneurship classes and job centers to corporate offsites and university communication workshops. The response has been the same: a brief, fun game to learn how to speak about anything!

Suggested Age: 14+ (although we've tested with kids as young as 8, and the game still works with adult guidance)

Instructions are included in the deck. Each player will have a hand that requires them to use the focus card to create a one-minute talk about the product (and features) to the selected audience.

Sample player hand

We suggest giving 2-3 minutes to formulate a one-paragraph story about the product. For the actual one-minute talk, a sand timer is more helpful than a phone, but use what you have!

We also suggest playing this game in two rounds: First round pitches tend to be formulaic, merely describing the product and features. Consider that a warmup round.

There are two blank product cards. If you draw one, feel free to pull another card -- or use your imagination and create a new product with a dry-erase marker.

Blank cards are dry-erase marker friendly

Post your creations online using #buymybacon for a chance at a free game! Use the hashtag on Instagram to learn more about how the game was made.

The optional Feedback card is useful to debrief on the speaking experience. Most appropriate for classroom use. If playing for fun, try these challenges: 1) Don't use the Focus card; 2) Add a second card to create a new product; 3) No prep time -- just talk; 4) Create the opposite of the Audience card (i.e. instead of hero, use a villian); 5) Debate against the Focus card.

Optional Feedback Cards

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File Last Updated:
October 18, 2019
This title was added to our catalog on November 06, 2019.
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