Having strong presentations skills – being able to share your ideas and point of view with several people at once – can make all the difference in a person’s career, or a company’s success. That’s because the men and women who make the blockbuster sales, get the big promotion, or direct the organization all have one thing in common: they can communicate their ideas and passions when it matters most.
This article is designed to give you some of the basic tools you’ll need to get, and hold, other peoples’ attention while still getting your message across.
What Blocks Your Presentation Skills
As powerful as a solid presentation is, most people are poor speakers. This is partly due to fear. Public speaking regularly ranks as the number one most common phobia across men and women of every age and demographic – one step above death. Given the terror that talking to groups incites in most people, it’s no reason they don’t excel at it.
Technology is another factor. Email, PowerPoint, and other tools have decreased the amount of personal contact we make with our colleagues, and our face-to-face skills have suffered as a result. But with more and more organizations making decisions by committee, or consolidating their leadership into fewer layers, having the ability to say what you mean – and do it in a way that increases attention and respect – is more important than ever.
Sharpening Your Presentation Skills…
Anne Warfield, CEO of Impression Management Professionals in Minneapolis, MN.
IMP is a provider of strategic presentation skills training focused on the Outcome Thinking Methodology, helping leaders gain executive presence.