In almost every job description there is the requirement that the person filling the role must have “excellent communication skills”. Unfortunately in many cases the communication skills of the employee are average at best – it is the reason why there are so many courses and books on improving your public speaking and presentation skills.
Aside from what skills a job description claims you should have, why should you have great public speaking and presentation skills?
1) Gain respect from colleagues
When you can stand up in meetings and present confidently to your colleagues you doing something they are fearful of invariably you will gain their respect. Your ability to deliver a presentation will set you apart from your colleagues and project the aura of a leader. People respect those who take on the leadership mantle – and you can gain their respect by being prepared to deliver effective presentations in the workplace.
2) Build your reputation within the industry
Apart from gaining a reputation within your own organization, if you have great speaking and presentation skills you can put yourself forward to speak at industry conferences. By delivering presentations at conferences you will develop a name and reputation, gaining credibility and recognition. When other companies look to hire someone with your skill set you will find them calling you first (with a great pay offer to complement your skills).
3) Impress senior management
There are few things more daunting than presenting to the senior executives of your company. In a few minutes you can kill your reputation or you can transform yourself into a company superstar with your presentation. I know what I’d rather do. People naturally reemember someone who was bad or someone who was great. You’ll find it much easier to get a promotion if they remember you for the right reasons.
4) Selling to your customers
Now you don’t have to be in a official sales role to make sales presentations. Almost every company department today has customer, either other internal departments or actual cash paying customers. Similar to the reasons above, you need to build their confidence in you and enhance your repuation with your customers through your presentations. If you give effective presentations you are more likely to gain the agreement on projects or purchase from you because they have confidence and understanding that you can deliver.
5) Gain confidence to stretch yourself
Maybe the biggest reason why you need to have great presentation and speaking skills for your career is confidence. Those people who have mastered the art of public speaking are more confident. They are prepared to try new things and back their ability to master new skills and do n, more challenging roles.
Self confidence is priceless!