Presentation Skills Aren’t ‘Soft’: 8 Ways Leaders Can Help Their Teams Communicate More Effectively.

By Maurice DeCastro

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Presentation skills are often referred to as a ‘soft skill’ in many organizations.

At Mindful Presenter we believe that there is nothing ‘soft’ about the art of communication. We would go as far as to say that it is the most important skill in the world today.

Whether you choose to accept the highly respected work of either the late Psychologist Abraham Maslow, or the more recent thinking of Tony Robbins we know one thing for certain.

Human beings need to connect with one another.

Maslow calls it belonging/love whilst Tony Robbins refers to it as connection/love. At Mindful Presenter we believe that ‘connecting is everything’.

Whether you are an engineer, lawyer, teacher or tailor, the way we communicate with each other is extremely important.

Just because we can speak doesn’t necessarily make us good or effective at it. Anyone can share information but whether that content is clearly understood, felt and acted upon is an entirely different matter. A number of leaders operate in the belief that as there are no technical competencies attached to communication, it doesn’t affect the financial success of their business. To make matters worse there is a ubiquitous assumption that just because we can speak and got through the interview that we can all communicate effectively.

The inability of our teams to communicate with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders in a way that truly connects with them can have an adverse impact on every part of the business.

What’s the problem?

Poor communication is a bit like high blood pressure. If you neglect it for too long the consequences can be disastrous.

At school we are taught to read, remember and repeat. Whilst we may learn a very wide range of other skills, generally, one of them isn’t effective communication.

Some of us move on to higher education and the growing pressure we felt during our first few years of education to pass exams increases exponentially. Very little, if any time at all, is invested on helping us at this vital stage to speaking with confidence, clarity, and impact in a way that connects us with others.

The definition of success that is instilled in so many of us throughout our education is that the goal is to simply get your degree so that you can then go out and work hard. Immersing yourself in a good education and developing your knowledge, wisdom and critical thinking is, of course, a worthy goal.

On its own however, it’s not enough.

We often work with teenagers in schools to help them to develop their public speaking skills. A group of teenagers I was working with recently had been labelled ‘gifted and talented’ by the teaching faculty. Having spent the whole day with them I left the school with the concern that for most of them communication wasn’t one of their talents or gifts. I had to remind myself that was exactly the reason the school had asked me to help them in the first place. What concerned me more was the belief Go to the full article.

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