So, you don’t do presentations at work …

(And a recent LinkedIn discussion was about people who don’t make presentations at work.)

Besides delivering presentation training and coaching engagements for corporate clients, I teach a presentation skills course at the University of Phoenix, Cleveland Campus. Unlike many universities, we require all students to take this course and they do Learning Team presentations in all of their other classes.

During my opening comments, I ask students how many of them routinely deliver ‘traditional presentations’ at work. As expected, few hands go up. Then I ask them how many of them routinely talk to one or more people at work about work-related topics. Also as expected, all hands go up. I debrief by indicating most of the presentation content and delivery concepts also apply to face-to-face verbal interactions. That usually get’s some ‘ah-ha’ reactions.

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