For an effective elevator speech, you must always be honest. Don’t be tempted to exaggerate your experiences or your academic qualifications. Lawyers are often skilled at detecting half-truths and identifying phonies. If you are perceived as hiding something or are caught in a misrepresentation, you will then have an integrity issue for which there is no remedy. So avoid trying to make yourself smarter, richer, or more experienced. Use humility and just be yourself, which is when you are most effective.