Chapter 47. Every Presentation Is an Opportunity for You to Shine

At the tender age of 16, a young man named William Hague made a speech at his political party’s conference in the UK. Despite his youth, he knocked the audience’s socks off. Twenty years later, that young man became the youngest leader of the Conservative party of Great Britain in over 200 years. Hague had carefully built on that initial day in the spotlight.

In any organization, exposure is the key to getting known and getting ahead. Speeches and presentations are among the best ways to put yourself out there. However, like any public exposure, risk is involved: If your moment in the spotlight goes badly, your reputation can be permanently damaged. You minimize risk, and maximize ...

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