What are you good at? What are the things that you have a knack for? What are you strengths? The answers to these questions make up your unique skillset. Why unique? Because, every person brings something personal and particular to a task. Even though two people share an identical skill, they still will perform the same task differently. This is the real secret of talent. Every person has an individual “skill fingerprint” that makes their efforts unique and distinguishable from every other person’s skill fingerprint. All it takes to allow this fingerprint to leave its mark is to know exactly what your strengths are and how you can best bring them into play.
In order to know what your strengths are, you need to do an honest assessment of what you know and take stock. Start by writing down every skill you have. Writing down a list that contains you current and previous jobs can help you remember some skills that you may have forgotten that you possess. Once you have all your skills written down, you need to prioritize in order of strength. Put you strongest skills first with weaker skills below that. Now, take a look at your list. What jumps out at you? Are your strongest skills aligned with your goals? Honesty is important here. Don’t be afraid of admitting that your strongest skills may not be the best ones to get you where you want to go.
So, if your strongest skills need a touch up or if you need to go in completely different directions in order to succeed then get to work. There is no shame in developing new competencies and in learning new skill sets. This is not a setback. It’s actually a part of the process. Trying to work towards a goal without having the necessary competencies is a little like trying to fly a plane without a pilot’s license. You might actually get where you want to go, but it’s far more likely that you’re going to crash and burn.
Reaching your goals by thinking big is a lot like running a race. Many people think that this race is a 100 yard dash and so they prepare accordingly. The problem is that this race is actually a marathon. You have to prepare for the long haul. Developing the skillsets necessary to get to your goal is the best way to prepare for the end goal. When you have the right skills, you increase the chances that you’ll cross the finish line and reach your goal.
To become a powerhouse presenter, you must know your presentation strengths. Remember, be honest when creating this list. Once the list is complete hone in on the skills you need to enhance so you can ultimately become a powerhouse presenter. Assess, develop, practice, and put action behind your presentation skills. You will now be one step closer to becoming a powerhouse presenter.