Improve presentation skills for a promotion

Improve presentation skills for a promotion

From mild mess-ups to major misjudgements

Career-limiting presentation (CLP) is a term I’ve created, and it’s just what it says – any  presentation that stops you from climbing the ladder of success and getting that promotion. Although not as grave as career suicide, it will ensure you don’t get promoted because you get stuck with a label that is hard to shake. CLPs happen because of nerves, insufficient planning and/or a lack of presentation skills.

When you deliver a presentation, it’s your best opportunity to be noticed by more senior staff. These are the people who pull the strings in your next career move, often without you even being aware of it. With the best opportunity to impress comes the worst time to make a mistake or miss out on opportunities to shine.

I’ve categorised CLPs into three levels, from mild mess-ups to massive misjudgements. They are all featured in a chart in my upcoming book, but for now, here are just a few of the more common mistakes:

  • Mild mess-ups include muddling up a few words; speaking too quickly; having a difficult-to-follow structure; relying on your notes too much; and spending too much time facing the screen rather than your audience.
  • Minor mishaps include losing the attention of some audience members; being unable to answer a question; not knowing enough about the audience and their aims; announcing you’ve forgotten what you’re supposed to be saying so need to look at your notes; and rarely making eye contact with the audience.
  • Massive misjudgements include reading badly from a script; not preparing properly, having no direction or purpose to the presentation; talking all about yourself and not the audience, not being self-aware enough to realise it’s going badly; and walking off stage midway.

Do you recognise any of these? You’ve undoubtedly witnessed some of them in presentations from others, and there’s a good chance that you’ve even made some of the mistakes yourself. When it comes to public speaking, most people aren’t performing as well as they could. Everyone should aspire to give career-enhancing presentations.

Simply Amazing Training offers professional presentation skills coaching and public speaking coaching for individuals and companies in Bournemouth, and across Dorset, Hampshire, Herts and London. Have a look around the website, or call me today on 0330 223 4392 for an informal chat to discuss your requirements. And check out my ‘Pass It On’ campaign; my delegates can give their copy of my book to someone else, and I’ll replace theirs free of charge.

Dee Clayton

Posted by Dee Clayton on 13 Nov 2015

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