Presentation skill for career success

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 12 Jul 2017, 22:26:43

Presentation skill for career success

In a world where people are bombarded with messages through television, social media and the Internet, one of the first questions you may ask is, 'Do people still deliver speeches?' If one types the words 'public speaking' into, one will find more than two thousand books with the words 'public speaking' in the title.

Prezi, the cloud-based presentation platform company, collaborated with Harris to survey employed professionals about their attitudes on presentations. Seventy per cent of employed Americans who give presentations agree that presentation skills are critical to their success at work. The findings reflect just how important presentations skills are to one's career, and also reveal the extreme measures people take to get out of giving a presentation. For example, 20 per cent of respondents said they would do almost anything to avoid giving a presentation including pretending to be sick or asking a colleague to give the presentation, even if it means 'losing respect' in the workplace.

Last week's topic of the career based radio programme 'Follow your dreams' was public speaking skills. M Murshed Haider, corporate coach and CEO of OptiMA HR Solutions, along with the host RJ Nazyr talked about ins and outs of public speaking and presentation skills and how students and young professionals can succeed through learning and practicing these skills in their corporate and business lives.

Murshed, who was also the 2016-17 President of Dhaka Toastmasters Club, mentioned that joining Toastmasters Club or similar platform is ideal for the beginners for practicing public speaking. It gives great opportunity to network with people with similar intent and get mentorship and guidance from the pros. Moreover, once the speech projects are completed by the club members, they are awarded with 'Competent Communicator' certificate from the Toastmasters International which is globally recognised as one of the best platforms for public speaking.

During the discussion, Murshed shared his experience about how today's corporate and business world is rewarding the people with better communication and presentation skills. Murshed suggested a few points for the audience as essential elements for presentation skills, which are: (a) knowing the topic of the presentation-- inside and out, (b)  practicing the speech and how it'll be delivered, (c) paying attention to audience and making them comfortable, (d)  using the power of PAUSE, (e)  not speaking to the slides (10/20/30 rule by Guy Kawasaki can be used, i.e. a PowerPoint presentation should have ten slides, will continue for no more than twenty minutes, and will contain no font smaller than thirty points), (f)  using body language effectively and (g)  having a backup plan.

Each episode of the show also covers 'Book review' section. Last week's show introduced the book 'Ordinary to Extraordinary' written by Step Jones, a multi-millionaire himself. While the tagline of the book is 'I've succeeded in life and I am just like you', this book talks about the factors determining the success. Each episode of this show also contains a quiz. Winner of the quiz in each episode receives autographed book 'Master Password' written by M Murshed Haider and Gazi Yar Mohammed.

Career based radio programme titled 'Follow your dreams' is broadcast from Radio Shadhin 92.4 FM on every Thursday. The eleventh episode of this programme is to be broadcast today (Thursday) from 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm and the topic for discussion is 'Finding the passion and setting the life goals', says a press release.
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