It’s no secret that presenting and/or public speaking is a nightmare for professionals and students alike. The idea of being in front of people and having to communicate a message or persuade the audience is understandably stressful.
Now, some of you may say that your current profession doesn’t require you to speak publicly. But even speaking in a meeting with a small group of two or three other people is still a form of public speaking – and the people who are well spoken in any kind of professional scenario always stand out.
That’s why I want to share this recent article from Christine Kelly, director of career development at Claremont Graduate University. In this article, Kelly gives future and current professionals 6 good tips that I believe will help you develop your career through your presenting/communication skills.
Here is a quick preview of her advice:
- Keep the audience in mind as you prepare.
- Remember the audience is on your side.
- Look at the audience.
- Be judicious in your use of PowerPoint/Prezi.
- Create effective speaking points.
- Practice, practice and practice some more.
I hope you read the article for more insight into each of these tips. Being able to present and speak in a public setting is a major step forward in anyone’s career development!