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Chapter 1. Presentations: Vital to Succe... > Presentation Skills Take Work—and It...

Presentation Skills Take Work—and It's Worth It

Developing proficiency in oral communications doesn't occur automatically. The ability to speak may have come much as did walking and breathing, but speaking well to groups is another matter. Learning to organize thoughts and present them so people will listen and understand, determining what will win people over to your point of view, using visual and other nonverbal channels as well as the oral channel, developing sensitivity to what turns listeners on or off—these things may be assimilated by life experience, but to acquire a deeper knowledge of them requires attention.

Few things are more satisfying and confidence building than to experience important people intently listening to you as you make your case. Increasing your capability in oral communications will serve you well in many areas. Meetings, training, committees, personnel coaching and appraisal, leadership in professional societies, political or civic activities—all extensively involve oral skills. A person proficient in those skills is a valuable asset.


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