Wondering if there is a need for someone to take the time out from the busy schedules to improve presentation skills? I would strongly urge you to do so.
Presentation skills come in handy all the time and not only when you are in a business meeting.
Just as you need to take a bath daily, you need to sharpen your skills every single day. Only then can you learn, improve and deliver a better presentation.
Remember your next presentation has to be better than the one you gave before that which too must have been better than the one before that. So look to excel yourself when it comes to your presentation skills and no I just don’t mean attractive slides. A great slide show will fall flat if not supported by an engaging speech which too will fall flat if not supported by adequate knowledge. But with these things put together you will effectively drive the message through to the audience and build a connect with them.
How often do we come across people who may possess a wealth of knowledge but when it comes to sharing that same knowledge from a dais, they are petrified? We all have experienced a situation when we know the speech by rote, know the content too but when we stand up on stage in front of people, we just blank out.
Welcome to the frightful world of stage fear. No I don’t intend to scare anyone but it is true. Most of us if not all are mortally scared of standing on the stage and talking to a group.
How can we overcome this fear? As a Toastmaster, I know there is a platform to speak but then just speaking is not the be all and end all so we need to present. That is where we need presentation skills. We need to make an everlasting impact on the audience. We need to learn more than just how to talk. We ought to know what to talk, how to make it more interesting and also how to engage the audience. Practise, practise and practise. Every opportunity you have grab it with both hands. Learn from specialists who can teach you more than just speaking.
Just the other day I meet a friend of mine who is a doctor by profession. We begin talking about the days gone by and what is happening around us. I just casually mention that I am attending a 2 day workshop on Presentation skills. And his immediate response “People like you who are into sales need this. We don’t”
My mind begins wandering and pondering over this statement. Do only sales people make presentations? When I meet someone, am I not presenting myself to him? Does it matter if I am a salesperson or not?
When I fell head over heels and was proposing to my spouse to be was I selling? Or was I presenting myself?
When I enter a meeting and offer a firm handshake am I selling anything or am I presenting myself with confidence?
When I meet someone, I am presenting myself, my viewpoint. Even when I am talking to my daughter, I am presenting my point of view and I must present it well for her to accept. When I am proposing to a girl, I am presenting myself in a manner that I am appealing to her. Everyday, everywhere we are presenting whether consciously or unconsciously. And we better do a good job of it as a botch up will only ruin our chances.