I received two different articles from two different continents yesterday highlighting the need for public speaking skills in the workplace. The first article discussed the issues being faced by some local businesses in a small county in Canada. The business were surveyed and it identified the problems encountered by employers when looking for new employees. One of the most common issues encountered was a lack of suitable presentation skills.
Let us contrast this with the second article I received, from Moscow. This article discussed the results of a survey of senior executives earning in excess of $250,000. The respondents were asked what they felt were the critical success factors in their career. Number one response on the list of success factors was their communication skills. The ability of an executive to communicate in a crisis, with the media, or simply the ability to deliver an EFFECTIVE presentation became more crucial to the everyday activities of a senior management.
A stark contrast where we have people struggling to get into the workforce because they lack the required public speaking skills, whilst those who have been successful recognise their presentation skills are critical to their ability to perform their day to day duties. No matter where you stand on the corporate ladder your public speaking and presentation skills are required to help you climb to the next rung. Are you public speaking skills good enough to move your career to the next level?