Giving a Presentation (Lessons from College Readiness)
I have a lot to say about giving presentations and having the ability to give a presentation. This all comes back down to having a message and having the ability to deliver it. You can have the best idea, the best company in the world but if you cannot share that message effectively, you cannot compete. The same is true for your career and your potential for growth. I do think it is important to get this message out to the younger students and this is why my public speaking lessons are included in my college readiness seminars.
When you think about preparing for college and how we do this, there is something fundamentally broken in the process or how we think about the process. We focus on test scores and GPAs (which, of course, are important) and we spend a little less time focusing on the skills and talents needed for that after college-graduation transition from student to employee or mini-mogul.
Yes, let us say everyone can be a mini-mogul (and you could, if you follow my “Entrepreneur-Ing” advice – see more here: http://www.thenextstep1234.com/new-ebook-entrepreneur-ing.html) then you can really consider how to strategize and present yourself as a boss.
The best way to do this is to begin presenting in your real life as soon as you can. Starting young is best way to build comfort with this skill. If your school does outreach with younger grades, look into presenting something fun to a younger grade to get your feet wet on this type of skill. Once you do this, do it again and again. Find other organizations or even if you are involved in a group or athletic activity, consider training people on how to do it or how to do it better.
I find that people doubt themselves so much; we think “oh, I am not good enough to do that.” When in reality, we are very good at these things and the trick to getting good and being even better is to keep getting out there and trying and presenting and training and learning.
I made a video about it and how important it is to identify your “teaching” style – get out there and present something soon and let me know how it goes! Also, consider to follow my "University Advice" tag on the blog to find more on my college and career readiness advice that can help you as a younger reader (or can help you with your kids). And my EBook on College and Career Readiness information is here http://www.thenextstep1234.com/new-ebook-college--career-readiness.html. Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen