Thursday, August 6, 2009

training to fit your career steps

If you're considering training in public speaking, you may be approaching it as an overall issue to be addressed, one that's always with you. But you may find it useful to come at it from a different direction: Seek out training at different points in your career, and ask the trainer to tailor your lessons to help you step up from one stage to the next. Consider these important career steps that some of my clients have approached with training in hand:
  • When you're starting out and want to advance faster: No need to wait until you're senior--in fact, you have fewer bad habits to unlearn early in your career. Gaining presentation and speaking skills now can rev up your promotion chances.
  • It's your first big speech: Never delivered a formal speech to a big audience? No better time, then, to seek out training and learn how to do it right from the get-go. The same is true for any especially important or high-pressure presentation.
  • After a promotion: If your new role will require you to present, chair meetings or be more externally connected, make the case for training when your promotion's negotiated, and take advantage of it right away. It signals you're serious about your new role, and you can put the learning to use to establish yourself.
  • When you become a manager: If you've made it to manager without speaker training, invest in it now. It will help not only with major presentations, but also with handling questions, responding thoughtfully and shaping the messages you want to inspire others.
  • When you take on a volunteer leadership role: Been elected president of your professional organization or in line to take over? This is a great opportunity to be visible in your broader professional community--and you'll have plenty of times when you're expected to speak extemporaneously, chair meetings or introduce others. You'll have more impact if you take the time to develop a message for your leadership year, and learn how to put it across, to make the most of your visible role.
  • When you're starting your own venture or launching a job hunt: You'll need to be able to describe your business, or your career goals, in all manner of situations, from formal to on-the-fly. Developing a message, building your speaking confidence, and extemporaneous skills are a must.

If I can help you with speaker coaching and training for the next step in your career, email me at info[at]dontgetcaught[dot]biz.

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