Posted on August 29, 2013 at 3:35 PM by Amber Ahlo
In this issue of Career Compass, Dr. Benest gives us a blueprint to talk like TED.
I’m a newly promoted recreation manager in a city Community Services Department. As part of my new role, I am being called upon to make verbal reports and other kinds of presentations to the Recreation and Parks Commission, community associations, and user groups such as the Little League Board.
In my first two presentations, I thought that I prepared well and wrote out my remarks to make sure I covered everything. However, I did not feel comfortable and it was evident that I was not effective in making my case. In fact, in one situation, the commission heard my report, took testimony from a few people with some minor concerns, and then postponed its decision even though there was enough information to take action.
For me to be a success as a manager, I recognize that I must improve my presentation skills. Do you have any advice?