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Monday, 21 November 2016 02:17

Speeches: I am changing job and I will be required to give presentations and talks more frequently. Do you have any advice?

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Knowledge is PowerI've never really given talks before, so general tips or links are welcome.


First off, congratulations on your new job! I’m hoping that it is one that you had applied for and were looking forward to. That can be completely different than being assigned to a new job that you haven’t requested or look forward to.

So, assuming this is a job that you are looking forward to … One of the first strategies that I would suggest is in getting a clear understanding of what the topic is that you will actually be presenting. Will you be giving a canned speech that has been created by somebody else or will you be able to create your own content for the presentation?

Will it be the same presentation over and over or will it be different every time? Do you have any experience with the topic, or is it brand new and requiring you to research it?

Besides presentation skills do you have the skills to create presentations e.g. working with Powerpoint and other software?

Secondly, I would suggest researching to see if there is a local Toastmasters club that you could join. Toastmasters is a great place to develop communication skills, including public speaking.

Equally as important as public speaking skills for delivering presentations and talks is self-confidence, leadership skills, being able to think on your feet, being able to respond to questions on the fly and many other skills that are considered to be ‘soft skills.’ These all can be learned and practiced by regularly attending and participating in the Toastmasters program.

As in any other skill-building activity it takes time to develop the skills. It always seems to be the case that we think about what skills we need to solve a problem rather than getting the skills in place and going out to look for a problem to solve.

Thanks for your question and have fun with your future presentations!

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