Is there a high-performing leader who has not bothered to hone and develop their presentation skills? I can't think of one.
So how do we do that? How do we develop our presentation skills? I believe there are three priorities:
- Practice it. Actively seek opportunities to speak in public, to give presentations. My early presentations were definitely not good; in fact, I cringe when I remember them, but they were experiences to learn from.
- Study it. Watch good communicators, live and in the flesh is better. I find watching people give messages week after week in my local church is a great way of reflecting on presentation techniques.
- Practice it some more. Experiment. We never stop learning to improve.
I've compiled a number of resources:
Power Presenting Squidoo Lens
I created this lens as my own aggregated collection of sources and resources, which you might find helpful.
Power Presenting Book List
Compiled with the help of Amazon, this is my list of top references for influencing others through presentations.
"Leaders need to present well."
Is there a high-performing leader who hasn't honed and developed their presentation skills? No. To be effective, leaders need to present well, if not powerfully.