The 'elevator pitch' is something I learned about from writers. You happen to step onto an elevator and there is the editor of your dreams. How do you sell him or her on your project? Teasers are things I've been playing with, so:
Elevator Pitch: Marc and I seem to have stumbled on the principles underlying all human conflict.
Teaser: In every long term relationship, there is at least one argument that the couple have word for word periodically. There were some clues in that: It's scripted. You say the same words without ever deciding to. It's also hard to just walk away without bringing it to closure, finishing the script. It's subconscious, you are sometimes minutes into the script before you realize that you know exactly what everyone is going to say. You don't choose it. It doesn't resolve and at first that was the puzzle... but once we figured out who it served, lots of things came together.
Logic of Violence
Elevator Pitch: Just simply using the methodology of disaster planning and applying it to self-defense.
Teaser: Take a guy who teaches self defense. He's well trained and from his work as a bouncer has over a hundred real fights. How applicable is that? He's also six foot two, in great shape, and has dragons and tigers tattooed on his arms. He has had hundreds of real fights, but all with drunk college kids saying, "You don't look that tough to me." What in the hell does that have to do with an elderly lady mugged for her pension check or a 110 pound drunk girl being singled out for an abduction rape? Is the approach similar? The type of attack? The force parity. You know damn well it's not. For generations, martial arts has been about fighters teaching fighters how to fight other fighters. Almost nothing about how to teach victims to survive attackers.
Introduction to Violence sometimes called Ambushes and Thugs
Elevator pitch: It's an introduction to the context of violence. Most martial artists know how to fight, but they don't know when and they don't know exactly what they will be fighting against.
Teaser/Elevator pitch: You've been studying martial arts for twenty years? Twenty years of training in what to do if you were ever attacked by a bad guy. Cool. Tell me, in those twenty years have you spent one day studying how real bad guys attack? Doesn't that strike you as odd?
More a straight pitch: There are seven areas of vulnerability for your students and if any of those areas are left out of training your students can fight like demons and still lose. If you are teaching self-defense you have a responsibility to make sure that they understand the legal and ethical ramifications of force; how bad guys really attack; that they practice avoidance, escape and de-escalation; that they have some tools to deal with the ambush and suckerpunch; that they are prepared to break out of a freeze; that there skills for fighting adapt to the real world and; what to do and what they have to deal with after a force incident.
Elevator pitch: Really want an inside view on high-end criminal violence? It's expensive, but if you think you're up for it I know the guys.
Teaser: You get a former high-end criminal or three; one of the best and most experienced bouncers in the business; a role-playing and safety expert (for obvious reasons) and me. If you want to know not just how violence breaks down, but how violent people think, plan and react to violence this is a weekend that should rock your world.