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Outstanding presentation skills distinguish the world best leaders, managers and supervisors. They understand that moving others to action is their primary responsibility. They do that by selling their ideas in their public presentations. And, just remember this. All presentations are public.
The July 7, 2003 issue of BusinessWeek magazine reported the results a survey to 173 managers asking which two work-related activities made them most uncomfortable. Speaking to large audiences was # 3 on the list (#1 "Building relationships with people I dislike" and #2 "Asking for a raise").
The best way to overcoming the fear of giving a presentation to a larger audience is to learn and then practice presentation skills over and over again. Remember: every great presenter your can think of started out as a beginner.
Developing improved presentation skills is a commanding feature in some of the world's leading management training programs. I recommend to my management training students that they join a local Toastmasters group -- one of the better ways practice presentation skills and network. In my training sessions I tell my students to view all presentations as public presentations. They should apply to each of their "presentations" the same principles covered in the presentation skills units.
Presentation Skills is the July core competency area selection for our Best Managers Online Self-Development Series.1 Here are the notes that I recorded in My Journal© during my on-line session.
This is a report for
DIAPLAN of the
event entered into My Journal on
June 27, 2003.
The event title was: Making
My most important thoughts were:
The formal speaking exercise I recommended for a communicating skills follow up session (see the Communicate tab) also can be used for this module.2 An added feature could be to video tape individual presentations followed by group critiques.
What I like best about our Presentation Skills session is the message that each presentation should be viewed as a call to action. If a presenter will ask: "What do I want them to do?" each of his presentations will have a clear purpose with a measurable result.
Just remember, improving your presentation skills will make you a better manager and leader. (See an interesting Presentation Skills story about Albert Einstein below.)
Best of success in everything you set out to do,
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2In best leadership and management development programs each group of participants has an assigned mentor (normally the direct reporting supervisor). The mentor conducts module follow-up either through face-to-face or synchronous online sessions.
Subject: He's Nobody's Fool! [Quoted from GCFL.net]
When Albert Einstein was making the rounds of the
speaker's circuit, he usually found himself eagerly
longing to get back to his laboratory work. One night as
they were driving to yet another rubber-chicken dinner,
Einstein mentioned to his chauffeur (a man who somewhat
resembled Einstein in looks & manner) that he was tired of
"I have an idea, boss," his chauffeur said. "I've heard
you give this speech so many times. I'll bet I could give
it for you." Einstein laughed loudly and said, "Why not?
Let's do it!"
When they arrived at the dinner, Einstein donned the
chauffeur's cap and jacket and sat in the back of the
room. The chauffeur gave a beautiful rendition of
Einstein's speech and even answered a few questions
Then a supremely pompous professor asked an extremely
esoteric question about anti-matter formation, digressing
here and there to let everyone in the audience know that
he was nobody's fool. Without missing a beat, the
chauffeur fixed the professor with a steely stare and
said, "Sir, the answer to that question is so simple that
I will let my chauffeur, who is sitting in the back,
answer it for me."
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