Presentation Skills Gaining Its Popularity
Presentation skills have seen gaining importance at the workplace in recent years. With the pandemic, corporations are taking their stand on conducting meetings virtually.
In today’s blog, we will talk about how this skill can help us achieve our career goals.
In the earlier years, knowledge was essential, and most education system focuses on scoring on academic subjects.
This priority has evolved tremendously over the years. In today’s context, we talk about soft skills.
In Institutions, even down to lower primary schools, trainers are engaged by external providers to give training to young students to equip themselves with the skills they need to stay in employment or land their first job.
“Employers/Industry is demanding graduates with excellent presentation skills.”The essence of effective presentation skills in engineering education
Even those from the technical industries, such as engineers, start to realize the importance of presentation skills as they advance to their career path.
Executives working in foreign companies have also faced competition for career growth, where presentation skills are crucial for not getting a deserved promotion.
What You Need To Know
Since there is so much emphasis on presentation skills at the workplace, what do presentation skills comprise? It comprises:
- The Content
- Body Language
- Visual Appearance
- Eye Contact
- Voice Skills
- Voice Dynamics
- Speech Fillers
Have you noticed something? The “content” only represents a small fraction of the whole presentation skill set. So, what does this tell you? It tells you that contents are important, but how you deliver the contents is even more critical.
In the 1970s, Prof. Albert Mehrabian of the University of California in Los Angeles cited that words, tone of voice, and body language respectively account for 7%, 38%, and 55% of personal communication.
What are the benefits of having good presentation skills?
Perception: Perception is about mental association. A person with good presentation skills will be perceived as confident, reliable, trustworthy, and refined.
Heighten Your Confidence: Have you been applauded after a speech? It feels good. Will you do more speeches in the future? A BIG YES!
Time-Saving: A well-planned presentation can eliminate a lot of wasted time on rambling the unnecessary.
Minimize Miscommunication: If you are constantly being asked this: “excuse me, what did you say? Can you please repeat?” Some people don’t even bother to ask you to repeat. They ignore what you just said. Good articulation will enhance enunciation, and this is very important.
Demonstrate Authority: Voice projection is about grounding the sound wave from the sound you made. A grounded voice with good voice dynamics will allow you to present as a leader. Listen to Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. Don’t you want to sound like him?
Positive Branding: Energize your image with your voice. Double it up with your body language. People associate these elements with positive vibes.
Better Promotion Opportunities: A couple of years back, a senior executive came to me for presentation skills training because he missed his promotion. When others constantly interject when you present, it is time for you to look into improving your presentation skills.
It is never too late to look at your own presentation skills. Try presenting in front of a camera, record, playback and evaluate. How did you score in the Albert Mehrabian’s 7-38-55 Rule of Personal Communication
In my coming blogs, I will cover more on business communication and presentation tips and techniques.
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