Presentation Skills

Written by Bob Howard-Spink   I have a new hero. Stepping up to the plate – or maybe that should be the to the pole – is ex-strip club waitress Mary Bassi aged 60   Mary’s fully deserved hero status is earned after winning an age discrimination claim against her former employers – and getting herself $60,000 worth […]

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by Bob Howard-Spink Listening to the radio yesterday and hearing some 'phone in requests I realised how naturally humble people tend to be! "I'd just like to say…." "I'd just like to ask…" And it's the same when people receive awards or are invited to make impromtu speeches at leaving dos or something like that. "I'd just like to […]

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Why am I telling you this? Because this also relates to your CV. When you are wondering what out of your extensive list of skills and abilities to list in your four pages think achievement rather than activity. It is commendable that you are able to overcome adversity, but your new boss doesn’t want to know about the 150 times you thought you might have failed. Rather, they want to know about the one time that you know you were able to succeed

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When a company is hiring they are doing it for a business purpose. We need to have a Head of Marketing so that our company continues to be promoted, we remain in our client and prospects focus and gain new opportunities to generate revenue. This is an easy one to see; we all know that without revenue a company falls into decline. What if you work in the post room?

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When you are looking to advance your career you need to gain recognition above and beyond the skills and responsibilities you demonstrate now. What you do right now is perfect for the role you currently hold. The next step up, or the step above that even, has completely different criteria that you will either need to demonstrate, or demonstrate capability of to reach.

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Great news, you have a second interview. As part of the hour long meeting they want you to present for twenty minutes on … oh my goodness, the subject of your choice. Where on earth do you start with deciding a subject. Should you go professional, serious, fun, talk about something you have done, something you are doing, somewhere you have been?

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CONFIDENCE is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective.

You know you are going for the right role, you know you can do the job, you know you are a good fit for the Company, therefore everything you need to feel confident is available to you. So how do you carry this through to feeling good on the day?

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When you have all the content prepared practice at least twice. Run through the entire thing from start to finish out loud. If you can find someone to listen great, if not do it anyway. This will give you an idea on timing, make you confident of the intonation and highlight any areas that would benefit from a little polish.

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Someone once told me that there is no such thing as over dressed; just better dressed. Never has this been so true as when you are attending an interview. A suit is always the answer no matter how the employees dress for their regular work day. When you are an employee you too can dress like them. In the meantime you are making a good first impression for which you have one chance and one chance only. You want to make it count.

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