Tuesday, September 14, 2010
By Milly R Sonneman
Have you ever wondered how executives and busy professionals find time to learn new skills? The answer is simple. They take control of their time and their professional education.
In today's workplace, many professionals struggle with hectic schedules and a non-stop stream of urgent issues. Yet, to keep up in this kind of fast-paced environment, learning is vital.
Many of the leaders and business owners I work with tell me that they need to constantly learn new skills. Continuous learning is the hallmark of successful leaders.
So it should come as no surprise that competitive executives, who are serious about winning results, take charge of their own professional development.
When it comes to presentation skills, there are many areas that a business professional must learn - and continuously keep fresh. If he or she is serious about giving presentations that get business results.
While you may have taken a presentation course or two in the past, there are new areas, new technology and new trends changing the landscape.
Just to point out a few of the most popular areas right now:
How to tell a compelling story
How to use persuasive visuals
How to inspire action
How to be authentic in delivery
How to answer questions under fire
Most leaders and business owners also add to this short list by focusing skill development to be effective in new media. This includes:
Social media storytelling
Video presentationsfor clients and prospects
Lead generation webinars
Informational and educational seminars
Many seasoned executives have mastered how to be confident and comfortable in front of a live audience. Yet they feel unprepared to be equally effective on camera and only facing a camera or computer screen.
If you are curious about how you can fill your knowledge gaps about presenting, the answer is simple. Take a three-step objective approach.
First, identify the areas you want to improve. This will vary based on your education, training, roles and responsibilities.
Second, get specific online training. Online classes are flexible and an ideal solution to fit into your hectic schedule.
Third, get virtual one-on-one presentation coaching. Personalized feedback is essential so you can leverage your unique strengths and talents.
This 3-step response puts you in charge of your own executive education and allows you to build new skills within the time constraints of your hectic schedule.
Many of my clients find that executive coaching is the crown jewel. Direct and candid feedback is the fastest way to take skills development to the next level.
To make this even easier, my clients like to use video feedback and send in recordings of their presentation. We review the performances in confidential sessions, going step-by-step to fill in knowledge gaps.
If you are serious about growing your professional expertise rapidly, use this 3-step system to make rapid improvement.
Assess your skills, get online training and use virtual coaching to fill knowledge gaps in presentation skills. With a small investment in your education, you can expect to see a dramatic improvement in your presentation skills.