36Taking Center Stage: The Role of Public Speaking in Your Career

IT IS AMAZING that there are so many capable managers who can’t handle a public speaking situation well. Standing up on the platform they come off as dull, uncertain, and of limited talent. The impression the audience receives is that they’re not very good on the job, either. That impression may not be valid, but as we’ve discussed earlier, people act based on their perceptions.

Prior Preparation

Many managers are poor public speakers because they wait until they find themselves in a speaking situation before they do anything about it. By then, it’s too late. You can be the greatest manager in the world, but it will be a well-kept secret if you don’t prepare yourself to be a public ...

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