It’s a new day, a new year, and I’m wondering, where do you want your career journey to take you? I ask not so much with your “technical” skills in mind, but rather, your human skills.
Here’s an inspiring truth: We often do our best work and have the most powerful impact when we learn to let our inner leader shine. Like the best leaders, that means learning to communicate in ways that spark and encourage great ideas; drive the business forward; and build caring, compassionate working relationships.
Do you have a presentation coming up with a couple of your colleagues? Perhaps a team presentation that is critical to moving a project forward? Team talks can be sloppy, unfocused, and ill prepared, at worst. At best, they offer a chance to showcase an engaging, polished team. The following tips help assure your team enjoys a “high five” moment at talk’s end, and stand out from the crowd.
You can spend weeks crafting content and slides before a talk. Maybe you even rehearse for polish. Then what often occurs during presentations? Well, uh, actually, um…filler words happen, undermining your credibility. Simply put: if you use too many of them, it’s distracting. How can you avoid these language crutches and display more confidence? Read on to learn our tips for eliminating filler words from your talks.