One of the best things you can do for yourself professionally is stay abreast of the latest techniques in your field and hone your skills. The playing field in every industry is competitive. In order to stay in high demand and be respected by your peers, being ‘in the know’ can set you apart from those who become complacent and continue doing the same old thing the same old way.
This year I had the opportunity to attend a Franklin-Covey workshop on Presentation Skills. In my profession I give presentations a few times a month and I am always reading the latest techniques of how to keep my audience engaged. While I consider myself a good presenter, I walked away from the Franklin-Covey workshop with more tools in my professional toolbox. And, the workshop presenter was phenomenal, but I already knew that because she is a friend and mentor who I respect…she’s also fun to be around and the time flew in her workshop because she is dynamic and engaging.
Whether you are seeking a new job or in a current job, honing your skills and being in the know in your industry will set you apart. When was the last time you learned a new skill that is used in your industry? I suggest the following:
Do you give presentations as part of your job? If you are a new presenter or a seasoned presenter, I suggest adding this book to your professional toolbox: ‘Boring to Bravo – Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audience To Action’ by: Kristin Arnold