Trainee Testimonials

Atlantic Point enables high-level professionals in just a single one-hour, video-call-based training session to elevate how they communicate. The testimonials below are a reflection of this impact.


“It’s a brief but extremely useful session that will help you craft or improve your message. Very professional and friendly.”
Pavel Podvig, Senior Researcher, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Other Strategic Weapons, United Nations

“One of the best trainings I ever had. It provided excellent tools and involved real-time practice and feedback which are invaluable!”
Marielena Hincapie, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center

“The session with Marc was transformational.¬† Marc showed me how to home in on what matters and share it in a way that resonates. It was incredibly helpful!”
Melissa Rodgers, Director of Programs, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

“This training experience has been life-changing, to be honest.”
Michelle Andonian, Artist, Detroit, Knight Arts winner

“This elevator speech training was the best speech training I have ever had! Every leader of a non-profit should take this training as it will dramatically improve their ability to talk about their organization.”
Eric Cohen, Executive Director, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

“Marc listened carefully and provided specific feedback, which I found to be extremely helpful.”
Diane Samuels, Vice President of Talent and Human Resources, Ford Foundation

“The training gave me really great tips on making a strong presentation about my organization!”
Ralph Williamson, President, Faith Organizing Alliance (FOA)

“Miraculous improvements‚Ķ in one fast-paced hour.”
Roz Savage, first woman to row solo across three oceans, Author, Environmentalist

“I wish I could have had the training earlier.”
Kyle Kutuchief, Program Director, Akron, Knight Foundation

“It really helped me elevate my pitch to a more personal and strategic level.”
Eneide Geiyer, International Director for Human Resources, Ford Foundation

“This was a quick, simple training. If you are a community organizer, this is a great exercise to learn to advocate for our projects!”
Xiomara Corpeno, Transborder Migrant Justice Fellow, Groundswell Fund

“I actually had a meeting with a potential partner (corporation) the same day of the training and it helped me prepare. The meeting with the corporation went really well!”
Lindolfo Carballo, Director of Workforce Development, CASA de Maryland

“Telling the personal story—the “why I care about this” story—is so valuable and I appreciate Marc’s assistance with this.”
Vaughnetta J.Barton, Program Officer – External Affairs, Rasmuson Foundation

“The Elevator Speech training helped me to meld elements of multiple conversations I have about myself into a brief, coherent introductory narrative.”
Mark Harris, Program Officer, Poverty, The JPB Foundation

“It was a great training that provided me with concrete things for improving my elevator speech. Watching myself, debriefing afterwards to identify areas of improvement was incredibly helpful. Thank you Marc, truly appreciated your patience and support.”
Julieta Garibay, Director and Cofounder, United we Dream

“I felt comfortable, and supported. Marc’s suggestions were spot on, fun, and I could tell he really cared about making my experience personal to me, not canned or scripted.”
Carly Maready, Special Assistant to the President, The JPB Foundation

“A unique moment to focus on critical skills to further my work.”
Valerie Zukin, Lead Attorney Coordinator, Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco

“Marc was able to identify specific areas where I could improve and shared concrete examples/tactics for addressing the points I was stumbling on.”
Alycia Cheng, Program Manager, AAPI Civic Engagement Fund

“I like how after each iteration of my speech, we went over pluses and deltas and worked to improve my speech. It was a very focused activity that helped me think about not only how to structure my speech, but also to include elements of viscerality and urgency, so listeners are moved to support our work.”
Anni Leming, Co-President, Asian American Association of New Mexico

“The training allowed me to understand an area of growth for myself and to integrate stories into my pitch to clarify who we serve, how, and why. The modeling of examples of stories helped me see how simple but effective these stories are. The clarification questions helped me find the flourishes in our own stories which was also helpful.I appreciated how the coach also challenged me to immediately try another pitch after receiving feedback and seeing the story element modeled by the coach. While I don’t have all the stories we need now, I am excited to have concrete next steps to generate those stories with my team, and to apply the framework in so many different scenarios – from meeting with funders, to advocacy with policy makers, and pitching to media.”
Quyen Dinh, Executive Director, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

“Marc is a great coach! I learned a lot and definitely walked away with a more impactful elevator speech.”
Nadia Tonova, Director, Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services

“The training provided by Marc was exceptional in the way that it not only focuses on the technical aspects of speech but also the human element of how to impact and make the audience feel.”
Luis Aguilar, Virginia State Director, CASA

“At first I cringed at the idea of watching a recording of myself giving my elevator speech! But it turned out so helpful to watch and discuss with my trainer who gave me individualized, valuable feedback and tools for improvement.”
Moira Duvernay, Deputy Director, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

“I would recommend Marc’s training to anyone who deals with the public. He has an ability to put you at ease and open up about the subject at hand. More importantly, he is able to guide you to sift through the information you are trying to convey and synthesize it in a meaningful and impactful way.”
Steve Love, Director of Development, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

“This training has made me much more confident about talking to people about my work in a way that is compelling, natural, and people-centered. It gave me skills that I will be able to apply to any situation, as well as tools to improve how I practice future pitches on my own.”
Noelle Pourrat, Program Analyst, Carnegie Corporation of New York

“Whether a frequent public speaker or occasional one, elevator speech training is an effective tool for anyone who wants to hone their skill set for reaching their audience.”
Lora Saalman, Associate Senior Fellow, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

“The framework that Marc provided was very helpful. Marc did a phenomenal job in helping me refine my pitch, and gave me multiple opportunities to test it out. Recording the sessions, watching it back together, and listening to the feedback from each section was also invaluable.”
Sara Kutchesfahani, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, NSquare

“I appreciated Marc’s research before the session that made the training very personalized, and his ability to be flexible. I walked away with a strong sense of where I can improve and how to do so.”
Michelle Dover, Director of Programs, Ploughshares

“Marc was extremely easy to communicate with: warm, encouraging, and specific in his advice and feedback. I found the training to build my confidence and give me a lot of useful ideas moving forward. I recommend his services to people in any field.”
Elsie Kagan, Artist

“This is a valuable opportunity to test messages and to get some supportive and objective real-time coaching on impactful communications.”
Todd Shenk, Senior Program Officer, Rasmuson Foundation

“Marc’s approach to communications training is as sophisticated as it is supportive. He helped me to understand the audience’s mind, and he worked closely with me to reframe key messages for maximum impact.”
Wally Patawaran, Program Officer, Poverty Program, The JPB Foundation

“I have been struggling on trying to come up with succinct way to deliver a message about my books to the public and without this session I would never have succeeded.”
Patricia Mull, Author

“My session with Marc helped me to better understand my current process of conveying information to a live audience. I left feeling inspired to improve my speech writing and other professional communications skills.”
Joseph Jung, Program Assistant, Carnegie Corporation of New York

“Anyone could benefit from this ‘elevator speech’ training opportunity. It helps one to stay relevant to the opportunities that present themselves through daily connections.”
Bob McFalls, Executive Director, Florida Philanthropic Network

“The ability to articulate your work and its value has to be worked on. You can’t be sure on your own that you are actually using the strongest arguments or raising the best examples. This type of interactive training one-on-one rapidly orients you to what is an ongoing process of honing your messages.”
Whit Faulconer, Program Officer, Environment, JPB Foundation

“Marc Fest is an excellent coach. His elevator pitch training provides a very efficient and effective way to get leaders to practice their key messages and turn them into compelling pitches for joining their cause.”
Carol Goglia, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, Community Foundation of Texas

“The training also felt relaxed –I didn’t feel pressure to get it right — it allowed me to get right to it and not spend much time ‘getting comfortable.’ I felt I had some say over how we used the time so I could get what I needed out of the experience, and perhaps, most importantly, it felt like a judgement-free zone.”
Kamilah Duggins, Senior Manager, Talent & Human Resources, Ford Foundation

“Great way for a non-profit board member to structure and refine their convictions and thoughts about their cause to help others quickly understand why a cause is worth supporting. Direct and to the point and worth the time and effort.”
Roger Wu, Board Member, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

“As an artist, Elevator Speech Training was a great way to practice communication strategies for my work and to prepare me for fundraising my project.”
Lauren Shapiro, Artist, Bakehouse Art Complex

“The training helped us identify our weaknesses and gave us clear and specific tools to overcome them.”
Roxana Barba, Artist, Barba-Marcotulli

“I feel empowered and confident to share my project with a greater focus.”
Portia Dunkley, Founder, Teeny Violini