A fascinating article landed on my desk recently. The report outlined a shift in the thinking of some universities offering MBA program’s as they move from focussing solely on technical skills towards incorporating soft skill training in their MBA program’s. Formal recognition that to achieve success in corporate life you need to have effective presentation skills.
It’s no longer sufficient being technically brilliant, but you need to have the ability to share and sell your ideas to your colleagues. Peter Jarvis, executive director of the Certified Financial Analysts association of Toronto makes the following observation:
“As someone in the industry, I’m able to say this is what I want to see in a report. This is good and this is bad. If I don’t feel comfortable putting you in front of a senior management committee meeting or in front of board members, then you are not the right person for this job. That is a real part of the business,”
Before applying for your next position the question you should consider the impact of what Peter is suggesting. Can you deliver a presentation to senior management or a board of directors effectively? If you can’t then you face an uphill battle to get your next promotion…