Whether you're speaking to an audience of one or 100, taking five minutes to think through your presentation can make all the difference. For your next presentation, try these four simple steps to increase your level of success and reduce your anxiety.
Usually, when I ask a leader about the most critical things they want to accomplish from a business standpoint, they rattle off a list of things. The same thing happens when I ask about their teams. Very few of them can easily articulate the two or three areas of focus that guide everything they do.
General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower served as our president. General Colin Powell became secretary of state. Many officers who leave the army to enter the private sector succeed when they use the leadership skills they have learned while serving their country.
Spanish executive Juan Carlos de la Osa shares an anecdote about signing a contract with a Swedish company. The contract was three pages long. He then signed a similar contract with an American company — same terms, same issues — but the contract was 24 pages long!
If you find yourself holding back, what makes you reluctant to speak up? Let’s take a look at three thoughts that might prevent you from sharing your views, and what you can do about each of them so that others can benefit from the value you bring.