“Presentation skills are key. People who work for you represent your brand. You want them to present themselves – and represent you – in a certain way.” – Marc Benioff
What do you think would be the first thing you will do in your job once you complete your PGDM in Hyderabad? Still Thinking? Let me help you. The first thing you will need is to make a lot of presentations and establish your brand so that you create a trust factor in your workplace. Presentation skills in workplace are as essential as eating and breathing. Whatever you are working on, it would be for nothing if you are not able to present it beautifully and seamlessly.
So why should you have good presentation skills? With strong presentations, you can present yourself as a thought leader and can build your personal brand. It will not only help you create a direct impact on the business but will also establish you as an upcoming leader.
In VJIM, we always lay emphasis in acquiring this essential skills. Students are encouraged to make presentations and are encouraged to present in front of professors and fellow students. Special sessions are kept where students learn various techniques of public speaking. All this training helps them in various ways in their job.
In order to create an impact, you need to sell your ideas and get them on board with it. You can not do anything productive if your senior management is not supportive if you. But how will you bring them on board? Obviously by showing them your vision and how it will impact the company positively in the long run.
Not only senior management, but you will also need the market research team, finance group as well as the sales team to give you a go ahead. In almost every organisation, people take important decisions at meetings. Texts are not a cool way for corporate decision making and emails are better for communicating important information. So it all boils down to hoping in a meeting where all the concerned groups gather to review a recommendation. This, my friend is a presentation and now it is time for you to rise and shine and present yourself as an individual who everyone cares to listen.
“Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king.” – Winston Churchill
Having good presentation skills will help you establish your brand. If you are a good presenter, people will take you as a smart and talented person. On the other hand, if you present poorly, they will formulate a whole different opinion for you. And as they say, people talk. Remember whenever someone is talking about you, your branding is happening. Now it is up to you what you want people to talk about you.
Presentations are also a great way to shine and make your mark in front of the senior management. Fresh out of a PGDM college in Hyderabad, it is your time to create your impression. Riding the same elevator with the senior executive or setting in a meeting with him won’t do much good to your personal brand. But presenting in front of someone is going to create a direct impression and this time it would last for few months at least.
So now that you know how important the presentation skills are for you. Materialise this skill to the fullest. Seek out opportunities to present. In big organisations, there will be many occasions where you just have to raise your hand and say, “I will do it.” If you present frequently, you will gain experience and become more comfortable as well.