“Research shows that a significant factor in people being promoted at work is the ability to express one’s self in public or at a meeting, concisely and effectively, no matter how large the gathering.”
I can say from my experience, this is absolutely true. As soon as I completed my year-end recap to the Chairman of the Board and the Executive Team, I quickly received a significant raise and bonus, in full.
I was surprised; this year I didn’t have to ask for what I wanted, they just gave it to me.
My work-product was as good as always, but my ability to command the room, navigate the bar graphs and explain tons of statistical slides without the aid of notes, made me look like a rock star, apparently.
As a natural born introvert, I have always worked with great dedication. However, now I could easily handle impromptu questions and explain my analysis easily, without losing my train of thought. This not only impressed them it gave me the edge I had been looking for. My presentation was thought out, smooth, polished; what was originally slated to a daunting 45 minutes of content went swimmingly well and lasted for 90, without me doing much other than being myself.
A huge win for me (and my fellow introverts out there). My work was as solid as ever and now upper management could articulate my results easily, complimenting me on my presentation for several weeks after.
Things were looking up. It’s not like I practiced my work PowerPoint at our weekly meetings. But I learned what it feels like when the speaker gives too much detail (and information) which overwhelms audience, rather than engaging them fully.
Regular feedback on my speeches and other roles, highlighted compassionately what I was doing well along with ways to improve.
It’s been 6 months or so and I am still unpacking what happens in club 5553. It’s a team effort where all the players meet up to share and engage compelling content which helps each member reach their own Toastmaster goal.
I encourage you to drop in and join us for an engaging hour of professionals honing their craft. Come one, come all: seasoned speakers, quiet types, introverts, extroverts, ambiverts – you will certain gain wisdom and confidence in your delivery and tips to refine your message.
Join us on every Monday from 6-7. Please be prompt. The doors open at 5:45-5:50 and we begin and end on time. See you soon!