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Lions Roar : March 2010
MINDFUL LIVING At Work IN THE WORKPLACE, it helps to have an elevator speech or two—messages that last as long as it takes to share an elevator ride. In an elevator speech we step out from be- hind the torrent of tweets, emails, Skypes, and phone calls and deliver a face-to-face, short, compelling message with passion and clarity. The beauty of delivering an elevator speech is that we force ourselves to simplify and communicate clearly about even the most complex topic. Maybe we are asked, “Hey, what’s this quantum mechanics thing all about?” Or maybe, “I thought you left the company—why are you still working here?” And right there without a misstep we de- liver a short, focused speech that simplifies and clarifies while connecting with another human being on the spot. It’s an indispensible skill in today’s workplace. One of the elevator speeches I’m often invited to give is: “How can mindfulness meditation help me at work?” In my experience, people often seem to expect a cat- alogue of benefits: how mindfulness meditation can repair our damaged immune system, cultivate self-awareness, reduce stress, lower absenteeism, and improve pro- ductivity. And though such an elevator speech can no doubt be helpful, I choose a different approach: Mindfulness at work starts with synchronizing with our experience. Then we can address our primary responsibility: seeing clearly. By appreciating our circumstances in such a way, we can more skillfully contribute to our world. And in the end, live a confident, decent life at work. The thing about elevator speeches is that there is always a hidden hope that when the elevator reaches its destination our colleague will say something like, “Wow, that’s Beyond the Elevator Speech The intersection between professional fulfillment and mindfulness can’t be fully unpacked between floors one and seven. Michael Carroll offers a deeper exploration of his own elevator pitch. 55 SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2010