Voice & Speech Newsletter

Presentation Skills

Tips vs. Training

Former basketball coach and Hall of Famer, Bob Knight, once said, “Everyone wants to be on a winning team, but no one wants to come to practice.” That’s probably true with regard to presentation skills, as well. Everyone wants to be a good presenter, but few people want to do the work it requires. And the endless demand for presentation tips reinforces that conclusion.

If you’re serious about developing good presentation skills, you need to move beyond tips and tricks. You need training. What’s the difference? A tip is a useful hint or idea from an expert. Training is a systematic process of acquiring knowledge, skill and ability.

Tips are appealing because they’re easy. But presenting isn’t easy, even though good presenters make it look easy. You must be willing to work hard and struggle a bit if you’re going to learn effective presentation skills. Training happens at the edge of your comfort zone. It will teach you how to perform well, even under pressure.

Presentation tips are appealing because they’re simple. But presenting isn’t simple. It’s a highly complex task requiring a wide range of skills. Relying on a tip is like bringing a pencil when the job requires a computer. Training gives you a comprehensive set of presentation skills so you can perform successfully in a variety of circumstances.

Tips seem to offer a fast way to improve. But effective presentation skills aren’t acquired quickly. No one masters an instrument in fifteen minutes. All skill development takes time. Training provides time for you to learn and integrate new skills, to replace old ineffective habits with new ones. And really, what is six months in the context of your entire career?

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