In the current ‘millennial’ generation, many young people are being accused to being weak, poor in skills, poor in EQ, yet demanding high pay, and less work. Now, if you are a millennial, don’t get angry. There are reasons why the older generation sees us this way.
But hey, whatever impression they have you on, doesn’t mean that’s true!
Now, if you are new in workforce and looking to progress up the career ladder faster than your peers, then here’s an important skill that you have to learn.
And this skill is not a difficult skill. It’s an important skill, but not taught in schools, not even in university levels. If you possess this skill, you will be seen as more credible, more confident, and more reliable than your peers, hence giving you an unfair advantage over them.
And that skill is…
Public Speaking & Presentation skills.
Now, you may say this skill is so easy. I can speak and present well in front of others. Heck, you have been doing so many of these presentation during university classes!
But hey, the thing is not about just speaking or presenting. It is knowing how to present, what to say, when to say it. How to say it well, how to speak in a way the evokes confidence. How do you speak to a group of people to motivate them when they are down. All these are important as a skill.
Why you need this skill.
Executives are always looking for talents to train them up to lead teams when corporations grow. And one important skill they look for is public speaking skills.
When you can speak confidently in public, you are showing your boss that you are able to command attention whenever you speak. You are able to give clear instructions whenever it is needed. You show that you can lead.
How to learn this skill
Public speaking skill is a learnable skill. Some people claims it is an in-born talent because their parents are presenters, hence, it is ‘natural’ for their kids to speak well too. Nah, that is wrong. Presenting and public speaking is a learnable skill. Anyone can learn it.
To learn this skill, you can learn from a public speaking coach, or join a presentation skills training workshop. By putting in time and effort to learn, you are equipped with certain skills before your next presentation.
To fully master the art of speaking confidently, you simply have to speak more, speak well, speak often. Get more stage them in front of people. If there’s an opportunity for you to present in front of others (or even better, present on behalf on your boss), grab it! That is where you get the opportunity to shine, to lead.
As you progress up the corporate ladder, you will have to speak more, present more, from a small crowd to a larger and larger crowd. You will do less, but you will lead more. You will execute more, but you will decide more. A lot of decision making processes taking place at the same time.
But with good public speakings, you will be able to pass on instructions clearly to each and every team, and thus, gainly respect from your team when the project is well done.
That’s all for the tip! Go start grabbing opportunities to speak well and present well now!