As we come to the end of the year and reflect back on 2016, one of the highlights was the Summer Olympics in Rio.
I was mesmerized watching the Olympics. Having made 2 trips to Rio to facilitate training for a global company with large operations in South America, I was delighted to see the spotlight on Brazil’s beautiful beaches and warm, friendly people. I love watching the Parade of Nations during the Opening Ceremonies and was wowed by so many spectacular performances, including Usain Bolt and the U.S. women’s basketball team.
I noticed that every Olympic athlete, including all-time greats Michael Phelps and Simone Biles, has a coach. And no one thinks that their having a coach means they are weak or any less than high achievers.
But somehow, that “elite performers have coaches” mindset hasn’t translated completely to business, where many people still view coaching as remedial instead of a means to achieve the next level of performance excellence. In fact, some of my executive presentation skills coaching clients want to meet with me away from their offices, so no one knows they are working with a coach.
Here are 7 reasons why you should follow the example of Olympic athletes and work with a coach to optimize your presentation skills and executive presence. Remember, while your presentation may not be telecast to millions of viewers across the world or come down to one one-hundredth of a second, it does make a difference to your brand, success, career and impact.
So when you want to take your presentation or executive presence to the next level, don’t go it alone. Be like Simone Biles and every other high-performing athlete and get a coach.
(And I’d welcome the opportunity to be your coach - contact me to find out how we can work together to help you achieve Olympic-worthy presentations.)
Gilda Bonanno is a speaker, trainer and coach who helps people improve their presentation and communication skills so they can be more successful. Sign up to receive more public speaking and networking strategies from Gilda's e-newsletter: http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/newsletter.aspx
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