Career Advice : Why Career Advice and Career Coaching Is The Key To Retain Talent


Career Advice and Career Coaching As A Powerful Talent Retention Tool

career adviceIn my years of coaching and leading teams, one of the biggest challenges is attracting talent and staff retention in a very competitive industry where competitors are willing to fork out huge salaries to lure your key talents away.  One of my best kept weapons is the ability to provide career advice and coach my staff in their career journey.

What Constitutes Career Advice or Career Counselling?

career adviceFor the purposes of not losing the larger picture of the intention of this article, I have loosely used career advice and career counselling interchangeably.

In general, career advice or counselling focusses on issues such as career exploration, career change, personal career development and other career related issues.  Every staff or member of your workforce has a career need which varies with their working experience and age.

For example,

  • new workforce entrants or graduates tend to be lost or need advice in career direction – not knowing exactly what types of jobs they should go for and what they would excel in.  This of course is not always the case but a good 70% of those I have coached tend to face such issues.
  • Employees who have worked for 5-10 years tend to get anxious or be more concerned about career progression, job enlargement or promotion prospects especially when their peers are doing far better.
  • Senior employees who have worked between 10-20 years tend to seek worklife balance, or even more aggressive promotion or career advancement opportunities as their lifestyle needs change – most of them might have formed their own family units and hence the changes in career needs.
  • Finally, those employees who have worked over 20 years tend to seek out the meaning of lives and how their careers could bring out the meaning.

career adviceAs you can see, whilst I might have generalised the types of employees, their career needs are varied, and a function of their lifestyles and life aspirations.

If you are the manager of these employees, how would you be able to provide career advice to these employees, and what happens when you do not give adequate career counselling?

Let’s take the 2nd question first : When you can’t provide adequate career counselling, you have not considered your employees’ needs in totality.  If you are merely MATCHING your HIRING needs with your employees’ SKILLS, you have missed out a large part of the staff attraction and retention principle.   If you were to interview your staff on what types of managers they like to have, a number would tell you it’s those who can coach them in their career (and that’s much more than job coaching).  For example, awarding promotion opportunities to a staff who is seeking worklife balance or meaning does not necessarily appeal to them.

Case Study 1 

Peter was a highly driven manager whose team brings in the results, and Peter has a reputation of being a very good manager who cares about his staff.  One day, one of his top performing team members, Jessie resigned.  Upon probing and chatting with Jessie , I discovered that Peter’s strive for high standards was something that staff, upon reaching 45, felt she could no longer cope with.   In order to meet his expectations, she had to make a lot of personal sacrifices for years and she felt she could not sustain this as her children were growing up.







Case Study 2 

Leena was a senior regional manager who values staff loyalty and commitment.  Leena rewarded all staff with enlarged jobs or promotions.  Monika resigned one day to the shock of everybody – everyone was expecting Monika to be promoted or to have a huge salary increase in the next 6-9 months.  Monika explained to me that she was a sole breakwinner and the salary simply wasn’t enough.  She loved everything about her job, the environment and working for Leena.  But she desperately needed more money for the increased living expenses of her family and her children growing up.

Therefore, the manager who is able to differentiate himself/herself as a leader is likely one who is able to understand the personal and career aspirations of the team members and find a common path between this understanding and the job and work environment.  Sometimes this path is blurred or narrow but the successful manager is able to create this path when it’s non existent or be prepared to let go of their skilled talents to competitors.

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3 CAREER ADVICE TIPS For Managers To Coach Your Team Members Or Employees: 

1.  Set aside time regularly – at least once in a quarter of a year, to chat with your employees and LISTEN to them.  They might have new lifestyle needs which impact on their jobs and such issues are unlikely to surface in usual work environment unless in informal discussions like these.  One of my good friends Christina lunches with her staff on a regular basis.  Consider this if it works for you.

2.  When you are hiring – go beyond matching job needs to employees’ skills.  It is far more than that.  Consider how your job can meet the aspirations and needs of your potential employees.  Therefore, instead of just asking what they can do, find out what are important to them in their career.

3.  Practise career coaching skills.  Such skills don’t come naturally – you need to practise them.  If you haven’t ever counselled anyone on their careers before – start on a small scale by listening to your employees’ needs.  First step is to listen, understand BEFORE you give any career advice.


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How To Overcome Fear of Public Speaking and Give A Great Presentation

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1. Public Speaking Training Tip 1 –
Recognise the true source of your fear
. Is not knowing what will happen when you are in front of people, giving your speech or presentation?  Your fear of public speaking is not that you don’t know your topic. It is the uncertainty of outcome – not knowing what will happen when you step to the podium or stage.

  • Most of the time when I coach professionals on public speaking – the most commonly cited fear of public speaking is caused by fear of being judged, making a costly mistake,  or the lack of self confidence because of the comparisons with better speakers you see on TV.  If you are coming from an authentic place, and you cover the material with clarity and sincerity, you’ve won 75% of your inner battle with fear.

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2. Public Speaking Training Tip 2 –
Be Comfortable and Share :
Whenever you feel uncomfortable about a presentation, it’s invariably because there’s a slide with something on it that you don’t really believe, or that you’re putting in to achieve a certain result or reaction from the audience.  Sometimes you get stuck on phrasing things a certain way so that your listeners will think a certain way. On many occasions, I met many managers ‘inherit’ slides from bosses or colleagues and sometimes are not comfortable with certain messages but they simply keep the old sleek looking slides because the messages sound professional even though they don’t sound right.

  • My advice, for those who have attended my Public Speaking Course (in Singapore and Malaysia) and Impactful Presentations Skills Training Workshop (in Singapore and Asia) especially when you’re starting out, is to avoid keeping every slide that you have inherited, and instead adopt the mindset to share rather than to impress. The most important thing is to be comfortable with your material, and to feel like you’re genuinely sharing how you feel about whatever subject it is you’re talking about. The last thing you want to do is to be trying too hard to make sure that you phrase things in just the right way and everything is perfect. When you let go of trying to be perfect, and just try to honestly share what you know it lowers the stress level of public speaking or delivering a presentation immensely.

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3. Public Speaking Training Tip 3 –
Spend MORE Time in Rehearsing :
Are you one of those who can spend hours and days or weeks to prepare the materials for your presentations or public speaking, but neglect to spend sufficient time on your rehearsals?  Perhaps the most important piece of advice I would give to professionals who aspire to improve their public speaking skills is this :

  • Don’t be fooled.
    A final note: even the best “impromptu” presentations are rehearsed. Mark Twain, as the story goes, was fond of saying, “It takes 3 weeks to prepare a good impromptu talk.” And Winston Churchill, one of history’s greatest leaders and speakers, was thought to spend as much time preparing and rehearsing his “impromptu” remarks as he did on his formal speeches.

In my Effective Presentations Training Workshop, you will learn how to rehearse using power techniques like Key Messages, Verbalisation and Visualisation

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4. Public Speaking Training Tip 4 –
Do not be Afraid To Pause frequently. 
The true story of King George VI reveals that the kind suffers from stuttering.  In the movie,  “The King’s Speech,” one of the successful strategies the speech therapist deploys to help the king overcome his stuttering is the use of pauses. Pausing helped the king regain his composure whenever he was gripped by anxiety.  It is natural to feel anxious when public speaking, therefore do consider pausing more frequently.  To reduce your fear of public speaking and improve your public speaking skills – consider a few strategic pauses between key messages to experience a calming effect. 

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5. Public Speaking Training Tip 5 –
Get Used to the audience expressions – Fast!
  You will definitely become more anxious when you misinterpret the audience’s facial expression.  In daily conversations, we’re used to getting feedback from the listener – an occasional smile or a nod that signals approval. This however is different when are are presenting or public speaking, audiences listen differently.  Audiences are more likely to give the speaker an ‘unexplainable’ blank stare, which doesn’t mean they don’t like or disagree with what they hear.  More often than not, it simply means they’re focussed on listening to the message. This is especially true of audience members who are introverted.  So don’t be too affected by expressionless faces of the audience even when you think you have given your all.

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I have coached many professionals and managers in the areas of how to overcome nerves and fear of public speaking, and to improve their public speaking skills, BUT I have met a greater number of people who kept enquiring for months and took NO action to attend any Public Speaking Courses or Effective Presentations Training (Singapore, Malaysia, Asia).  They would ask a long list of questions such as – which is the best public speaking training out there, are toastmasters Singapore courses helpful, who is the best public speaking coach (in Singapore, Asia, Malaysia), how to improve public speaking, are courses offered by British Council Singapore effective for public speaking, how do Presentation Skills Training Courses offered by 36 HR Training and Consultancy compare with Dale Carnegie’s Effective Presentation Skills Training courses, and what are the best public speaking courses BUT after asking for months, they remain exactly in the status quo mode and did not take any action to attend any Presentation Skills Training or Public Speaking courses.

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Stop justifying why you should delay overcoming your fear of public speaking.  Stop the excuse on why you haven’t progressed in your career because you suffer from stage fright.  Take MASSIVE action today to discover :

  • how to overcome your shyness,
  • how to overcome fear of people
  • how to fear of failure
  • how not to be nervous about public speaking
  • how to IMPROVE your public speaking skills and take your business and career to the next level

Contact Tan Teck Kim, Director of 36 HR Training & Consultancy, Public Speaking Coach (Singapore, Malaysia, Asia) to learn how to overcome your fear of public speaking, and to deliver Impactful and Effective Presentations.  Start connecting with your audience, and stop fearing them.

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Tan Teck Kim is trained in NLP,  is a certified MBTI trainer and coach, and is also a certified FIRO and FIRO-B Trainer and coach.  He helps professionals, business managers, managing directors to differentiate themselves through their personal brand and ability to persuade.  He also conducts corporate in house training programmes such as : Communication Skills Training, Effective Presentation Skills Training, Team Building using MBTI, Team Building and Team Bonding.

Impactful Presentation Skills Training – Real Life Case Studies

Welcome To Our Impactful Presentation Skills Training (Singapore and Malaysia) – Real Life Case Studies Series

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1.  Impactful Presentation Skills Training (Malaysia) Case Study – A Musician

Milton is articulate, suave and smooth as a presenter – reason : He’s a trained musician who performs regularly on stage and hence knows how to command attention.  What surprises him is that his audience often couldn’t relate to him – during the July 2015 Impactful Presentations Skills Workshop in Singapore, this is what we discovered when Milton delivered his 3 minute presentation :

  • Milton spoke passionately about Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and how new music trends are like.  The audience could feel his passion but not a single one understood him.  The challenge Milton didn’t realise :  The audience happened to be in their forties, whilst Milton, a 20-something trained musician, was using a language that never in his mind that others could not understand.

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  • When I coached Milton one to one on his presentation skills, I suggested that he could consider using terms like Taylor Swift is the Celine Dion of 90s, whilst Beyonce is like the Toni Braxton of the 90s.  Milton’s biggest takeaway from the Impactful Presentation Skills Training Workshop is realising that what’s very obvious to him is not obvious to his audience, and when presenting or public speaking, he needs to tailor his language and communication style to suit the audience.


2. Impactful Presentation Skills Training Case Study – A Renovations Company

The directors and staff of a Singapore based renovations company attended the in house customised Impactful Presentations Skills Workshop in Aug 2015.  Their problem was how to differentiate themselves from their competitors as they had to present during tenders.  Some of the key issues I uncovered for them include :

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  • Presentation Slides :  designed and created by the company’s secretary and not any of the speakers.  The slides had over 5 types of fonts of varying sizes and shapes, and some of the fonts are similar to story books of children.  The slides had different looks and feel throughout.  I advised them to standardize the corporate look and to adopt their corporate (eg logo) colours. I also advised them to use at most 2 types of font, and to adopt fonts that are more commonly used by corporations eg Arial, Tahoma
  • Contents : They had endless number of points on multiple slides,  which I consider ‘motherhood’ statements – anything that anyone could have dug out from google research, such as “we are very professional, we are trustworthy”….  They was no meaning, nor underlying story to support any of these statements. Anyone could have said those statements and they don’t add any value to the audience.   I advised them to carefully contemplate what really made their clients choose to work with them, and why they are successful,  and to limit these to about 3-5 points, with supporting evidence and short stories of clients’ work and successes. In short, study and carefully craft out their unique selling proposition with short stories or evidence.

They worked hard at it, and they came back 2 weeks later with another group in house presentation skills training (in Singapore)  – their story and their selling proposition was significantly strengthened, and we could then focus on their delivery styles. Their journey to learning how to deliver will be featured in another post in this website.

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3. Train The Trainers – Impactful Presentation Skills Training Case Study on Training Company

In 2015, this education company organised an in house  Effective Presentation Skills Training Workshop for their training staff – they create materials and train teachers and educators.  Most of them are  articulate and confident.

Their challenge was how to make it interesting for their audience who are teachers, who are used to taking the lead in public speaking in classes.  The advice I shared with these trainers of teachers was :

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  • Not to just focus on their training materials and contents.  Instead focus on their audience problems and find an angle, through their materials,  to solve these problems.  Only then would the audience be interested.  We brainstormed on the problems of these trainers’ audience, who are teachers – and the results were really interesting.  For eg, some listed  ‘children’ as key issues, whilst others listed ‘parents’ of the teachers as being the source of challenge for teachers.  So we discussed ways to resolve common issues relating to parents.  That 10-minute segment got my trainers (participants) so excited – it was a good illustration of how as a speaker, I solved their (these trainers’ problem) and gained their respect and attention.  The trainers discovered how they (trainers) could likewise use the same technique to arouse interest in their audience (teachers).

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5 Ways On How To Be An Interesting Public Speaker

Welcome To Our Latest Series of Online Public Speaking Course Tips – 5 Ways To Be An Interesting Public Speaker (by Public Speaking Coach Tan Teck Kim) 

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Speaking publicly is mankind’s number 1 greatest fear, and many would rather die to speak on stage.  Yet, in our careers, we often have to speak publicly or present in front of large audiences.  If you have to speak publicly as a job, or as a passion, and are unsure of how you can become an interesting public speaker – the following public speaking techniques and tips, extracted from my Dynamic Public Speaking Course in Singapore (2 days), will help you :

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Here are additional Tips On How To Be An Interesting Public Speaker

1.  Find out what your audience wants – remember WIIIFT – What’s In It For Them.
Singapore Public Speaking Workshop CourseWhy should they care about what you say? What keeps them awake at night?   Make it a point to link your message to their needs.  The more you are appear interested in their concerns (and provide a solution to your audience needs), the more they are interested in what you say too!

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In the book Marketing and Selling Professional Services (by Kogan Page), there was a true story about a sales pitch for which the firm of architects involved prepared slides to show to the committee of a charity for the blind. They prepared their presentation extensively only to find that the audience were all blind, and the slides could not be used, and they did not have a contingency plan.  Know your audience before your present!


2.  Make your audience the STAR!
Public Speaking Courses in Singapore - Presentation Skills Training SingaporeDon’t be only focussed on your content – think of your presentation or public speech as making your audience the star.  Engage them, connect with them.  For eg if you wish to send an email message to your most important client, you do not just click on the ‘SEND’ button.  First you must ensure your computer is ‘connected’ to the wifi before you send the message.  Likewise, spend time to connect with the audience.  One proven way to connect with the audience, as taught in my Dynamic Public Speaking Course (Singapore) is to share stories.  Share stories about famous people, or yourself, about a struggle or a problem that was solved.  People connect to the emotions of stories, more so than facts.


3. Vary something or your mode of delivery every 10 minutes.
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There are too many things that will distract your audience today – whether it’s their unfinished work/email or family issues, or a stock market crash or the next Facebook post about some new virus or bacteria that kills thousands.  Your competitors (for your audience’s attention) are extremely tough as they are part of your audience’s habits, whilst you are not.  Research suggests that audience attention will fade after 10 minutes.  To arrest this ‘problem’, the best way is to vary your mode of delivery every 10 minutes – this eliminates boredom and adds a dose of freshness.   Check out these other useful resources :

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4.  Here are some suggestions on what you can VARY every 10 minutes when speaking publicly:
To improve your public speaking skills, learn to vary your Eye Contact – most beginners and even very seasoned speakers suffer from a eye contact blindspot, thus unintentionally ignoring a certain segment of your audience.  Make it a point to give sufficient eye contact to every one.

In my Dynamic Public Speaking Course (Singapore & Malaysia), I also teach you to develop your executive presence to be an interesting public speaker.  You can vary your facial expressions, body stance, gestures, movements, where you stand and how your stand.

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In my Impactful Presentation Skills Training Workshop, I teach participants also how to vary their tonality – from pace to volume to using pauses (and yes, SILENCE!).

In my one-to-one personal Coaching on Public Speaking Training and Public Speaking Techniques, I also coach on the use of various media aids – from flip charts to sounds (MP3) to videos to powerpoint.  Most people underutilise sounds and videos.  Let me for eg show you one of my favourite short videos during my Dynamic Public Speaking Workshop is on why Steve Jobs is such a successful public speaker and how you can be coached on public speaking by watching his video here :


5.  Live Life Differently at least once a month
Public Speaking Training Course in SingaporeFinally, to be an interesting public speaker, you can live through different life experiences so that you have more insights to share. One of the most popular tips in my Presentation Skills Training Workshop is :
Make a point to try something different at least once a month – for eg, try that guitar lesson you always wanted but didn’t have the time, or fly to London for the meeting of like minded people to support your favourite footballer.  Or dare to hit the gym or the beach for beach volleyball.  Maybe it’s helping the needy at social welfare events. Or maybe invest in the next Dale Carnegie High Impact Presentations, or British Council Singapore or 36 HR Training & Consultancy Presentation Skills Training Singapore Course.   Whatever it is, build your experiences, think about them, and your insights will grow and make you a more interesting speaker.

Contact 36 HR Training & Consultancy at affordable rates today for an in-house Presentation Skills Training Workshop, in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Vietnam or Thailand, or for the next public run of the Dynamic Public Speaking Course Singapore.

36 HR Training & Consultancy was founded by Tan Teck Kim, who has trained and coached hundreds of professionals, executives, managers and senior managers. Tan Teck Kim is also certified as a coach and trainer in various psychological instruments such as MBTI, FIRO-B. As a public speaking coach (Singapore and Malaysia), he combines his coaching experiences and psychological instruments to bring out the best in people.  He conducts Public Speaking Workshops, Impactful Presentation Skills Training Workshops regularly for the public as well as customised in house training.

Learn Public Speaking Skills From Steve Jobs

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Did Steve Jobs ever attend any Public Speaking Course or Effective Presentations Course?  What makes his presentations so compelling that audiences repeatedly crave for more?  How did he introduce his revolutionary products with revolutionary public speaking skills?

While even the most skilled and effective presenters simply convey information, Jobs also inspires. He impactfully sells the steak and the sizzle at the same time, as one reader commented a few years ago.

Let’s take a look at his defining 2007 speech when he introduced iPhone and see what we can learn from his public speaking skills.  If you are seeking to improve your public speaking skills – you can watch it in full (about 10 minutes) and then later watch bits of the video which relate to various Public Speaking Tips :

Effective Public Speaking Skills – Training Tip 1 :
Start with a quote or statement that causes your audience to ponder.  Steve skillfully introduced his speech with this : “Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.”

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Effective Public Speaking Skills – Training Tip 2 :
Arouse the curiosity of your audience.  Steve Jobs skilfully said, “… in 1984, we introduced Macintosh,  It didn’t just change Apple, it changed the whole computer industry… in 2001, we introduced the first iPod… and it didn’t just change the way we listened to music.  It changed the entire music industry.  Well, today, we are introducing 3 revolutionary products.”  Impressive isn’t it?  That impactful and deliberate public speaking strategy definitely got the audience panting for the new products.  Watch the relevant portion of the video here :


Effective Public Speaking Skills – Training Tip 3:
Build in a surprise riddle.  Check out the extracted portions of the full video in the shortened video below where Steve built a ‘riddle’ inside his speech without telling his audience.   And when the audience are still guessing, Steve did the fourth deadly thing…

Effective Public Speaking Skills – Training Tip 4:
To improve your public speaking skills or deliver an effective and impactful presentation, dare to TEASE the audience.  “Are you getting it?”  was what Steve Jobs asked when the audience started to realise that the 3 powerpacked new revolutionary features are inside the new iPhone. He did not explicitly say so initially but let the audience slowly conclude for themselves.. how cool a public speaking tip is that?

In fact, Steve Jobs teased the audience again when he suggested having the stylus.. and then he said “yucks”..  That was a classic funny moment we will always remember 🙂
[Note : In my public speaking courses (Singapore and Malaysia) and effective presentation skills workshops, I teach participants how to arouse audience curiosity and tease audience with additional tips.]

Effective Public Speaking Skills – Training Tip 5:
Create the WOW factor.  It’s a definite compelling buy when audience realised that the only need to pay for 3 revolutionary products for the price of 1!

[Learn multiple ways on how to create that WOW factor for your audience in my Public Speaking Course (Singapore & Malaysia)]

Effective Public Speaking Skills – Training Tip 6:
Make a bold declaration.  The ever consummate public speaker Steve Jobs delcared: “Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.”

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Effective Public Speaking Skills – Training Tip 7:
Solve a MAJOR problem or problems currently not solved.  From 3:15 onwards, Steve Jobs spoke of the problems associated with typical smart phones.  Then he went on the explain and EXAGGERATE these problems.  For eg, he illustrated how not smart a smart phone is, and how not easy it is to use a smart phone. In fact he used about 4-5 minutes to discuss all the inconveniences of the prevailing smart phones.

Effective public speaking course by steve jobsThen he summed up what iPhone is : it solves all these problems.  So the public speaking trick he used here is to talk about the problems, exaggerate the problems, and then say, hey I solve all these for you.

Effective Public Speaking Skills – Training Tip 8:
Use Media effectively and skilfully.  Steve Jobs and his slides were totally integrated.  His slides illustrated exactly what his message was.  His slides carried not long paragraphs but only key messages and pictures.  He was clearly the master and the slides were the servant.  Many beginners or those who suffer from stage presence tend to hide behind media.  To improve your presentation or public speaking skills – master the use of a few types of media (slides, flip charts, sound, videos).

Effective Public Speaking Skills – Training Tip 9:
Exercise your stage presence.  Steve Jobs was clearly at ease with the stage – he stationed himself at the side, the centre, and knew when the take the limelight, and when to let his media take the limelight.  Did you notice that every hand gesture, leg movement and body movement was calculated to lend weight to what Steve Jobs was saying.

[In my Public Speaking Workshop Singapore (2 days), I share powerful tips to supercharge your body language so that you do not need to remain awkward or shy]

Effective Public Speaking Skills – Training Tip 10:
Rehearse and keep presentation simple.  Throughout his speech, Steve kept his contents simple.  The construction of iphone was obviously a very complicated research and production process but there were hardly any jargons used.  Learn to rehearse with the correct techniques to improve your public speaking skills!

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Want to watch the Steve Job’s powerful public speaking skills again?  We re-produce the video below :

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Public Speaking Course in Singapore – 5 Tips To Deliver Impactful Presentations

Are You Thinking Of Attending A Public Speaking Course In Singapore or Malaysia?

Don’t attend any public speaking course in Singapore or any Singapore Toastmasters Club Course until you have read these 5 Tips On How To Speak Publicly and Improve Your Public Speaking Skills :

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The first thing to know about improving public speaking skills is that there are many successful speakers who never started off as naturally gifted public speakers. Everyone acquires the ability through the same process of preparation, repetition and control – in short PRACTICE.  Even 2nd World War Leader Winston Churchill, who was famous for his war rally speeches, was was not born a great orator. It is reported in history that Winston Churchill had a slight stammer and a lisp when he was young. He compensated by investing in hours and hours crafting his speeches, practicing and perfecting each word.

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It is very important to recognize that public speaking is not a terror to be shunned, but an opportunity to be seized. Most Singapore or Malaysia training courses in Public speaking Skills will teach you that Presentation Skills are all about persuasion of human beings by being connected with your audience and engaging them.

A Little Known Secret About Steve Jobs, one of our most awesome public speakers and innovators of our generation (watch the keynote speech by Steve Jobs and then his presentation secret is revealed below):

The Presentation Secret of Steve Jobs is this : Steve Jobs spends at least 2 days on presentation and public speaking practices and rehearsals, after he has prepared his keynote speech.

Online Public Speaking Lesson (Singapore) 1 : How much time do you spend on preparation versus rehearsals?  When you start adjusting and allocating more time for your presentation rehearsals, you are on your way to experiencing more success with public speaking

You use public speaking to gain something you want.  It does not matter if you are attempting to sell a product or persuade an audience as to how compelling your viewpoints are. The best outcome of any public speaking engagement is a win-win between you and your audience. You have implanted your ideas on fertile ground, you have picked up sales orders or gained customers. You can win and make your life much better by mastering the basics of public speaking.

• Key Messages are a critical success factor in successful public speaking. Figure out what you want to say, not every last word but every last concept you wish to touch upon. Leave nothing out and avoid any ad libs until you have mastered the craft enough to safely deviate from your notes without clouding your intended message.  If you are not clear what you want to say, chances are your audience won’t either!  And they won’t take a long time to find out.

Online Public Speaking Lesson (Singapore) 2 :  Decide what your key messages are and plan your hooklines, stories and plot around your key messages.

Whether you attend a Singapore public speaking training course by British Council of Singapore, or join several Singapore Toastmasters Clubs, or enrol yourself in the Speech Academy of Asia,  you are likely to be advised of the importance of key messages and rehearsals.

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• Budget your time. You must know how long you will be speaking. There is nothing worse than awkwardly trying to stretch out a five minute speech except perhaps trying to squeeze a long speech into a short window.

Online Public Speaking Lesson (Singapore) 3 : Most audiences will be grateful if you end slightly earlier than scheduled especially in a long day of public speaking seminars.

• If possible, visit the speaking venue in advance. Stand on the stage and look out over the arena. Test the equipment and sound system.  The more familiar you are with the venue, the more comfortable you will be when it comes time to actually deliver.

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Online Public Speaking Lesson (Singapore) 4 : Tap on the power of visualisation – it’s a very powerful public speaking technique which you must incorporate into your rehearsal/preparation.  Many successful salesmen practise visualisation before they actually speak to clients to enhance their chances of success.

• Practise your speech in front of a mirror so you can judge if your technique,  body language and gestures are awkward or distracting. Do it again and again until you find that you do not need to use your notes at all. They will be there to catch you if you fall or stumble, but the plan is to carry on without them.

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Online Public Speaking Lesson (Singapore) 5 :  Rehearse using this technique called Verbalisation.  It’s like your body muscles – you need to repeat your exercises before your arm muscles start toning.   Likewise you need to exercise your mental and vocal muscles.  You may verbalise key messages only if you are running out of time.


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Conquer Mankind’s No. 1 Greatest Fear : Public Speaking.

It has been said that some people would rather die than to speak on stage.  Does that apply to you?  If you are one of those who would do anything to escape public speaking, or wish to learn a secret formula to deliver effective presentation skills, read on the following real life cases – they are all former participants of my public speaking courses in Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia.  They might inspire you 🙂

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Effective Presentations Skills Case Study 1 :  Fear of Public Speaking

Lixin would freeze whenever she went on stage.  This was due to a childhood situation when in school, she forgot everything she was supposed to speak on stage.  Since then, she experienced panic attacks whenever she’s on stage.

During my coaching session with Lixin, I suggested to her to try to visualise the happiest moments she had – which she said were riding on the motor-bike, because she felt liberated.   I suggested to her to use visualise the same image in her mind, and the same liberating emotions she felt, whilst on stage.  She did and started smiling.  This was when her public speaking fears were loosened.  During that Effective Presentations Course (Singapore) – How To Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking,  she won the award for being the most Improved Presenter.

Effective Presentations Skills Case Study 2 : Stiff Steve

Steve, whom I coached during a Public Speaking Course (Singapore), was a great technical expert who can have an explanation for anything connected with technology. But when he has to speak publicly, he is frightened and starts stumbling for words.  In addition, he is stiff and he stands rooted in his position from the start to the finish of his presentation.  There were moments when the public speaking class participants laughed, in good team spirit, at his awkward gestures, when he tried to gesticulate.

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I suggested to Steve to practice his presentations and look in front of the mirror.  After that, nobody could guess what he was like (previously) because his gestures look so natural.  Yes, the good news for nervous speakers is that : Gestures can be practised and learnt.  The right amount of gestures can help you achieve a greater impact in your public speaking or presentations.

Effective Presentations Skills Case Study 3 : Forgetting Your Message and Tongue-tied

One of the most common fears shared by my participants in my Public Speaking Course (Singapore and Malaysia) is about their fear of FORGETTING their lines.  Take the case of Janice Heng.  There were times when she had to speak as part of a larger group.  Even if she only has to speak 1 minute, the fear of public speaking would overwhelm her.  She would forget her what she was supposed to say, and her mind would go blank.

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The solution :  Rehearse using KEY MESSAGES, not memorising your text word for word.   If you are one of those who memorise every word, you would be lost the moment you forget even just one word, while presenting.  Instead, remember your KEY messages.  For eg, If I were to ask you what this whole case study 3 is about – you wouldn’t recall every word.  You would remember this story’s Key Message is about Key Messages. They form like a jigsaw puzzle in your head.  That’s also how you want your audience to remember!


 Effective Presentations Skills Case Study 4 : Boring Brendan

Brendan is a senior manager in his company.  He rose to his position due to his technical competence and track record.  He is not afraid to present but he knows something is amiss when he speaks… the audience is not interested and starts to snooze.  The more polite audience stare blankly at him.

Don’t be a BORE when you present publicly.  Please spare your audience of technical details if they are not relevant.  To be effective in your presentations, whether 1 to 1 or 1 to many – you need to tailor your message, understand what your audience needs are.  The presentation starting point is NOT about you or your wonder product.  It’s about the audience.   Before you go on stage, do your homework and find out :

– what do the audience want to know?
– what do the audience already know?
– what is in it for the audience?
– what keeps them awake at night?
– why should they listen to you?

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and finally what can you offer to solve their problems/needs?  So forget about sharing in detail the excellent award winning 20 features of your product, and focus on the 3 features that meet your customer or audience needs.   They will be awake during your presentations or public speaking!  More useful resource here :

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Effective Presentations Skills Case Study 5 : Get Your Audience To Remember You

Alice attended my Effective Public Speaking Course (Singapore) and she is is not nervous, she has key messages, and she is reasonably competent managing the audience. She is not boring.

But perhaps she has the most serious problem – nobody remembers her after she speaks.  She simply blends and leaves no impression.  Her brand isn’t visible.

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The cure?  Start having a story.  In fact, you can illustrate your speech effectively with carefully designed stories.  All humans love a story.  Whether it’s about Steve Jobs who was one of our greatest come-back heroes (always rising from the ashes of failure to greater heights of success), or your neighbour next door – there’s a story to be learnt.  In my Effective Presentations Course (Singapore and Malaysia), and my Public Speaking Courses (Singapore) – I teach participants how to build stories, and how to help your audience remember you, your brand, your key messgaes, through your story 🙂

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Written by Tan Teck Kim, trainer and coach in Effective Presentation Skills Courses, Delivering With Impact workshops. He has travelled to various parts of Asia to train country managers and executives to deliver impactful presentations.   Teck Kim is also a trained coach to administer MBTI and FIRO-B personality instruments which are used for understanding human interactions, leading to higher performance.

Contact Tan Teck Kim if you wish to enrol of the latest Effective Presentation Skills Course (Singapore) or Impactful Public Speaking Course (Singapore and Malaysia).  Teck Kim also customises in-house Business Presentation Skills Training Workshops as well as Public Speaking Workshops.  Or if you have an urgent need and prefer to be coached personally on a one to one basis, you may contact public speaking coach here.

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3+5 Ways To Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

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Here are 3+5 Powerful Tips To Help You Improve Your Public Speaking Skills :

Presentation Tip 1 : Prepare A Great Speech

How To Improve In Public Speaking Skills Be clear about what you want to achieve.  Eg : – I want the audience to know why our company must trim costs by 30% to stay competitive
– I want senior management to support investing in a new technology to gain new clients
– I want my company to sponsor all front line staff for a public speaking course to improve their confidence in speaking to clients.  If you are unclear in what you want, neither will your audience be clear!  To be a winner in public speaking, be clear in what you want to achieve.

 Presentation Tip 2 : Understand Your Audience Pain Points

How To Improve Public Presentations Skills The starting point of your speech should be from your audience’s perspective.  The more you understand what their pain point is, the better you are prepared.   Connect your solution to your audience pain point – the greater the pain, the more likely they are motivated to hear you out.  The deeper the pain they experience, the more they will be willing to invest their time with your solution.  All public speaking courses (in Singapore or Malaysia) will tell you to ensure your starting point is your audience – take time to understand their needs.

Presentation Tip 3 : Arouse Interest In Your Audience In What You Say

Best Public Speaking Courses Singapore Do you know when you take centre stage and speak – you only have 18 seconds to impress the audience before they decide whether to continue to listen to you?

In my Public Speaking Course Singapore – Stand Up and Stand Out – I teach participants 10 ways to arouse audience’s curiosity and interest.  Here are a sample of effective opening statements to deliver effective presentations or impress your audience :


(I)  Ask Interesting Questions:

 public speaking training in singaporeThe moment you ask any questions – it’s the audience natural response to answer them, even in their minds.  For eg, for my public speaking courses teaching people how to overcome their fears, the opening questions I ask will be : “Do you know what is mankind’s greatest fear?” “Do you know that many people would rather die than to speak publicly?” “How many today are interested to conquer mankind’s greatest fear?


(II) Ask Good Questions : 
Improve public speaking skillsA father took his young son to the opera for the 1st time.  The opera conductor started waving the baton, and the soprano began hitting her high notes.  The boy watched everything intently and finally asked, “Dad, why is he hitting her with his stick?” “He’s not hitting her,”, answered the dad with a smile. “Well then,” asked the boy, “why is she screaming?” “Well, those are good questions the son asked and I’ll like to share some good questions with you today…”  The above is just a sample.  You can ask good questions by spending time to design them before you delivery your speech publicly.

(III) Make Shocking Facts or Statements About A Problem Which Needs Your Solution

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One of my favourite tip in my public speaking course (Singapore and Malaysia) is to start a presentation with a shocking statement of fact that people don’t think much about.  For eg :

“Every year, 300 million people contract cancer.  Of these 1.1 million people die.  Out of 1.1 million people, less than 10% have left sufficient monies for their dependent families.  Most people don’t save, nor invest in insurance, nor write a will.”

Another example of my effective presentations training – opening starters :

“We all know that global warming is BAD for humans and our future generations.  But do we know that the following are also linked to global warming? – higher crime rates due to higher temperatures – more kids today now have asthma compared to 20 years ago – Sea levels have risen about seven inches in the last 100 years, which is more than in the previous 2,000 years combined – in short cities can sink.


(IV) Use An Interesting Quote

Effective Presentation Skills CourseIf you are delivering a presentation topic on Teamwork: “Individuals play the game, but TEAMS win championships.”  Do you agree? “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”  ~ Phil Jackson

The idea is to get your audience to start thinking about an important topic. Arouse their interest in your presentation!


(V) :  Tell A Story

Singapor Toastmaster Club CourseMost people cannot remember details and not everyone is interested in details – think about this :  Can you remember what was the last sentence said by the lead actor in your favourite movie?  But can you recall the storyline in brief?   Yes, we are all wired to listen to stories.

Make the connection with your audience through your story telling skills.  Once you have connected with your audience with a story (or stories), they are more likely to listen to what you have to say.  In fact stories are not only powerful starters, but are highly effective presentation skills strategies to keep your audience engaged throughout.

►►►Read this article on case studies and stories of participants in my previous public speaking classes.

During our 2 day workshop on public speaking and business presentation skills, we share with you secrets on how to tell stories, and how to engage and connect with your audience through different story telling techniques.  It’s one of the most exciting parts of the course!  Stories don’t have to be long! Whether you are seeking the best public speaking course (in Singapore or Malaysia) or attend hours and hours of Toastmaster Course Singapore or whether you are personally coached by the best public speaking coach – you need to practise your public speaking skills.

Remember you can’t learn football skills by merely reading.  You’ve gotta get out there and kick around!  More useful public speaking resources here :

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Career Advice | Personal Branding part 1 | How To Brand Yourself

Managing Your Career : Personal Branding Career Advice – Tips and Strategies

by Career Strategist and Workplace Trainer Tan Teck Kim

Recently many readers wrote to ask about what is the most important career advice I can give them in their career development.  From the perspective of a Trainer and A Career Coach, several key ideas come to mind which I have shared with several interviewees. Here are the excerpts of Tan Teck Kim’s interview with Glow Magazine, a leading lifestyle magazine in Singapore, produced in 2 parts.


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1. What does self branding entail and why is it so important to do so in today’s modern economy?

First let’s agree on what constitutes Personal Branding, a much hyped subject in our modern and tech-savvy economy, which has intertwined closely personal and business networks.

Personal branding is basically the way one markets oneself to the world.  How one markets one’s beliefs, image, attitude, skills and behaviour in a coherent manner.  Our personal brand is the summation of all the associations people have of us in their minds.   In some ways it’s outside one’s control, but one obviously has some influence over it

People and the world are still forming impressions of us all the time and it’s in our interest to have a consistent branding strategy that drive these impressions.   If you speak to any career coach or counsellor and seek advice on career, it is very likely they would highlight the need to be consistent in your personal branding.

A positive branding is important because it could gain you advantages in your career and in relationships.     More on this point later.

IMPORTANT : If you don’t brand yourself, chances are someone is already doing that, and succeeding at it plus getting the chances and the deals which elude you.  Branding differentiates you from others because you become identifiable with certain beliefs, attributes or skills or images.

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2. To achieve success in life, marketing oneself is important. How does one go about starting to do so and what are the main things to note?

There are 2 parts to this :

A.  One’s Internal branding

B.  One’s External branding

 A.  Internal Branding :

How one perceives oneself is drives one’s internal brand.  To achieve your desired internal brand, start by asking yourself what 3 short sentences or adjectives would you use to describe yourself?  Take a moment to reflect on this question, and jot your answers down. Is this a brand you feel good about?  Does it really resonate with you?  Answering these questions is the best piece of career advice you have rendered yourself.

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B. External Branding

Be holistic and consistent in your branding strategy – consider your beliefs, your attitude, your image, your skills and your behaviour/job performance. If for eg you believe yourself to be trustworthy and reliable and want others to see you that way – reflect this in those things that represent you, and not just your job.  Don’t have for example, a personal email ID that says : or or a daily sloppy dressing to work.

Important : Your internal and external branding must be in sync. If they are in conflict, your external branding may not be sustainable.

To brand yourself externally, ask the following questions :

  1. 3 sentences that I would like myself/brand to perceived.
  2. 3 sentences on how others perceive me to be.
  3. What strategies do I need to close the gaps between (a) and (b).


This reflection process is an absolute necessity before you start.  How many times have you heard your boss saying that he’s smart but you totally disagree in your heart?  Or your assistant who wants a promotion but you think she should be fired for poor performance?  Your Personal Branding begins with uncovering the gaps between reality and desired perceptions.  In all my coaching workshops – this reflection process is one of the most powerful Career Counselling Tools to help my candidates to be honest with themselves. Your Personal Branding and Image starts and ends with you.


career adviceTo take this to the next level, find someone you can trust, and whose opinions you value, and share your self reflections with him/her.  Alternatively, if you wish to have a full fledged career advice discussion with Tan Teck Kim, please contact him here :

Look out for Part 2 of this interview on how to position your Personal Image, Confidence and enhance your Personal Branding


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Managing Your Career : How To Differentiate Your Personal Branding by Tan Teck Kim

<< This is a continuation of the previous career counselling article on : Career Advice Parts 1 and 2, part of the Interview of Tan Teck Kim with a leading Lifestyle Magazine, Glow >>
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7. In terms of self-branding, how does social success translate to career success, and how are the 2 correlated?

  •  When was the last time you bought something you really didn’t need, all due to the persuasive skills of the likeable salesperson?
  •  If you are a manager, who would you choose to promote from 2 equally competent staff?  1 who is hardworking, competent and reliable but quiet.. the other who is equally competent but with good people skills and is able to interact with people at different levels.
  •  If you have 2 job offers, you would choose to work for the manager whom you think can share his knowledge and counsel you on your career progression. Do you agree?

I believe these 3 examples illustrate the importance of strong EQ or people skills which are to some synonymous with social success, and the ability to connect.

Social Skills are a highly valued asset.  If you are in your 20s or 30s, you can stand out with your ability to connect. If you are in your 40s and 50s, your ability to coach and connect makes you the leader why your staff want to stay on despite competition poaching staff…

 Social skills are critical and give you a cutting edge in your career and business :

  1. Differentiation : In today’s world dominated by technology – social skills become a highly valued asset.  The population in the 20s and 30s are especially strong in technology but you can stand out from the crowd with your ability to connect with people.  And if you are a leader in your 40s or 50s, then your ability to coach and connect becomes the reason why your staff want to work for you despite plentiful opportunities.
  2. Problem Solving : In business, problems with processes, people and clients happen all the time.  The one who can resolve the problems is the one who gets counted when it matters.  And problem solving is often a function of one’s ability to work through different geographies, departments and the people in them.
  3. Forming Meaning Relationships :  Social skills generally translate into one’s ability to cultivate meaningful relationships.  This opens up tremendous opportunities.
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In the business world, the higher one climbs the corporate ladder, the more responsibilities one assumes – and it becomes a situation of being able to manage people to get things done for the organisation, rather than doing everything yourself.   International firms and businesses  are constantly look for leaders and managers who can work with people and bring out the best in others.

Social success translates naturally into opportunities which in turn lead to career success.  To grow and advance further in one’s career, social skills come into play again.

Need I say more?

8. What are some of the most crucial things you need to bring to the table at a job interview? 

The 2 Key Factors are :

(I) TAILORING your message and Adding VALUE.

(II) Decide what your KEY messages are in advance, and TAILOR them to suit your audience/interviewers.

Know in advance, as much as possible or practicable,

    • Who your interviewers are
    • What their communication styles are like
    • What keeps them awake at night (or what problem they need to solve).

To illustrate the importance of being prepared and knowing your interviewers with a real life story : I once arranged for a candidate (whom I intend to recruit) to meet my lady boss who had a very stern and austere air about her.  Despite my friendly ‘warning’ in advance, the candidate did not expect what she saw – she was so startled to see my boss during the interview that she stumbled and completed faltered in incoherent sentences.  She didn’t get the job of course.

On communication style : If for example, the interviewers are CEOs, they might be more keen on the big picture and revenue numbers – this means you might need to trim your 10 page report to a 1 pager to highlight pertinent high level issues that impact on the company’s viability and market standing instead of sticking to what you know.

IMPORTANT : The key differentiating factor for you is your ability to add value to them in a problem where they cannot resolve fully or at all. Adding value can be giving new perspectives & effort that will contribute to resolving the problem. This will make your interviewers feel that you are the one they need to hire.

Many fresh graduates or less experienced job interviewees I have interviewed ‘suffer’ from this fatal flaw : They always ask what they can learn.  There is nothing wrong with this expectation but if the focus is only on themselves and not on what the potential employer needs, then you haven’t differentiated yourself and come across as just another interviewee.

To add value, you must understand what issues your interviewers are facing.  Get info from the interviewers about what their challenges are, what the challenges of the job (you are interviewing for are), and relate them to your previous experiences (you can quote examples of school projects which are relevant) to demonstrate that you could solve their problem.  This perhaps is the singular most important piece of CAREER ADVICE I would give to anyone preparing to go for a job interview.  Help your potential employee solve a problem or position yourself as the one who could solve their problem and you are on a roll.


9. What are some no-no’s when it comes to presenting yourself well? 

a. Don’t go to any meeting without being prepared or a mental rehearsal.  There are times when I hear my coachees say that they don’t know who they are meeting, and they get so nervous and so they would just adopt a ‘I’ll-go-as-I-am’ attitude, without any preparation.  This is a definite no-no.   If you don’t know anything – at least go back to the person who connected you to the chance to present yourself and find out as much as possible.  And google search to help you do your homework!

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b.  Don’t be mousy – I once interviewed a candidate who stood at my door entrance, but her body was half hidden by the door.  The impression I got was she lacked confidence and experience or maybe had something to hide.  Would that be your preferred hiring choice if you are the manager?  Knock the door, wait for acknowledgement and walk in confidently.

Manage Your Personal Brandingc.  Don’t talk too much – use any meeting as a chance to understand others’ perspectives and whether there is a chance for you to contribute and learn. If you are going for an interview, you must at least spend 30% of the time listening (some experts put it to 70% and so that gives you an idea of how important it is to listen).  If you are making a public presentation, obviously you have to do more talking but you still need to observe your audience and listen and make adjustments accordingly.  For example, if you audience asks a question, listen and acknowledge it and answer it at the appropriate time.

d.  Don’t stick to a prepared script rigidly.  I know I said one must prepare but equally important is the need to adapt and tailor your message.  I recall in the early years of my career when on one occasion,  I stuck to my 30-min prepared script despite only having 5 minutes to speak as the speakers before me took more time than planned.   I learnt lesson 101 on adapting and tailoring my message to the circumtances, after we lost the deal and I got ‘painfully’ famous for it.

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e.  Don’t start off with an apology or bad note. “I’m sorry as I’m presenting for the 1st time and hence really nervous.”  “I didn’t want to come up but my colleagues pushed me up here to share.”  Avoid negative statements that immediately discredit yourself.  With your preparation and rehearsals, you could be doing much better than you realise!

f.  Don’t focus on your weakness – instead focus on what you can contribute to your clients.  Draw comfort in the fact that everyone is nervous or has been through that stage, when presenting or meeting a new prospective client or employer.

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I once coached someone who insisted that she could never present in front of a group.  She spent 2 hours convincing me that she could never ever do that.  To-date, she remains the only 1 person I have coached who still fumbles and falters at every presentation.

As you can see, you can manage your Personal Branding consciously by applying these tips and strategies above.  I hope you have enjoyed these 3 part series on Career Advice and Managing Your Personal Branding.  Develop your image, your confidence and adopt the right attitudes.  Differentiate yourself from others through your social skills – increasingly an asset in today’s world too reliant on technology.  Invest in your career by first investing in your personal branding.  You can improve your presence and confidence in public speaking too by investing in the right Presentation Skills courses.

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