It’s all about impact. The impression you make on others carries tons of weight. Every time you communicate with someone, you have an opportunity to make a positive impact.
Especially when presenting to the C-Suite, you don’t want to squander that opportunity.
The problem is that too many of us doubt ourselves before we get into the boardroom. What can these senior executives learn from me? How can I not sound unprepared? What will happen if I forget half of what I was going to say? Not exactly thoughts that will lead to success!
Here are four useful tips that can help you increase your confidence when asked to make an executive presentation:
- Prepare effectively by designing your presentation to match the way executives think.
- Start with what are you asking for (bottom line) and why you are asking for it (business reason).
- If you don’t have an executive mentor, find one.
- Use your mentor to get advice on your talk, practice and get feedback.
- In the practice session, have your mentor throw challenges at you that you may encounter.
- Learn about the executives and what is important to them.
- Remember they invited you to speak and they want you to be successful.
- You have –or should have—information they need.
- Reminding yourself of this will increase your confidence.
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