07 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Your Gluten Free Elevator Speech

During the upcoming holiday season, I will come into contact with many people who are unaware of celiac disease, my commitment to the gluten free diet. I need an elevator speech, a carefully prepared speech explaining my gluten free diet, my commitment to it, and what I expect from them. I need an “elevator speech”, I need to provide the information they need in 30 seconds or less in a carefully written and rehearsed statement. FYI: 30 seconds is the average length of an elevator ride and one does not expect listeners to ask questions after they reach their destination. Here’s my elevator speech:

“I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1999. I had been “urged” to take early retirement but after six months on the gluten free diet I was ready to resume my career. I’m not talking about “cutting down on gluten” — I had totally removed wheat, rye, and barley from my diet. Six months later,  I was enthusiastic about returning to work. That didn’t work out, but I did make a life-long commitment to the gluten free diet. Don’t be concerned: my celiac disease is not contagious and I am in no pain. I intend to stay free of pain — that means no “cheating” during this holiday season.”

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