We have all seen as episode of, ‘The Apprentice’ when a member of the team’s poor pitch or presentation severely lets the side down and fails to make the essential sales results the team was hoping for. Presentation skills are an essential part of a career in business and being unskilled in this area can severely hamper successful careers. Students should be taught presentation skills from an early age but inevitably as these students grow older and begin to move into more challenging careers the stakes get higher and the skills needed to make effective presentations become more complex. It is important to remember that absolutely anyone can make a good presentation. Some people make excuses for their weaknesses in this area. Perhaps they describe themselves as not very effective communicators, doers rather than speakers or writers rather than verbal masters. Or, they may say their shy personality makes them more suitable to be a team player than a leader type making presentations. All of these preconceived notions can be got over by presentation skills training.
The Importance of Presentation Skills Training
Presentation skills training has been proven to be more effective than getting tips from reading a book or researching on the internet. This is because a professional can come into your own unique corporate environment and give you feedback as you practice presentation skills practically. They will teach you the essentials, like the need for initial good preparation, creating a presentation style, getting over nervous feelings and being able to connect with the audience and put a good structure of presentation into effect. All of these stages require practice to overcome. Different types of people may be particularly good at one stage but not the next. An effective planner will perform excellent preparation but may be stuck when it comes to performing well. A great performer may be very charismatic in person but may not do enough detailed research to make their speech really effective. Learning to balance all these essential skills is a great way to develop an excellent overall presentation.
Why People Need Presentation Skills in Business
You may ask what are presentations actually used for in an everyday business career? Naturally, their function greatly differs according to what industry someone is competing in. Someone might need to get their foot in the door in any industry with a captivating presentation at the interview stage. Others will need good presentations to make a sales pitch, advocate a marketing strategy or make a presentation to a board of corporate directors about business strategy. There are a million reasons why people need great presentation skills. They could be representing their company to other businesses and need to do that well, or they may need to convince their colleagues of the effectiveness of their own ideas through presentations. These different reasons often make different skills relevant, like a change in presentation style or structure.
How Drama Helps to Develop Presentation Skills
Drama is such an ideal way to teach people presentation skills because it lets people be a different person for a while so that they can practice putting on ‘different faces’. This allows people to experiment, learn and grow with the input of others in a safe environment. Drama affects emotions and can help people to find confidence and overcome nerves. Drama is creative and can involve group play easily so that everyone benefits from everyone else’s ideas about presentation skills.
Visit Dramatic Solutions to find out how these ideas can be put into reality for your own business, your own career development or for helping others with presentation skills training.