Reaching to the top of any organization often takes time, persistence, hard work, and a certain amount of determination that not all individuals possess. Promotions are given out to those who are able to prove their worth by doing a tremendous work in their organizations.
It’s about pushing the limits of your current position and showing that you have outgrown your current responsibilities, and you’re ready to take on new ones. If you’re trying to figure where you went wrong in your position, here are ten things that you should consider to get promoted:
1. You need strong leadership skills
No one was born as a leader, but it is possible to possess qualities of an effective leader. When it comes to giving promotions, the first thing employers look at a person is the ability to lead. Those who aspire to be leaders and always move forward and find new ways to improve and succeed are the ones who are most likely to get promoted.
2. You need to think big and take risks
You must possess the courage to be bold. It means that you need to trust your instinctive feeling and allow your passionate hunt of determination to take flight. Now it’s time to demonstrate the years of hard work that have given you the permission to be bold in this moment. Put your competences to the test. Seize the opportunity.
3. You need to possess an attractive attitude
Attitude is everything; it does count for a lot. Today at the workplace, you have to possess a great attitude that is attractive and likable. If your co-works want to work with you – if they like your attitude, you have a better chance to be discovered by the senior management. Your behavior, decisions, reliability and your overall character are being measured at all times. Leaders can identify those who influence others to do better and who pull a crowd of followers.
4. You need to expand your skill sets
When it comes to receiving a raise, your skills will be the key difference between you and the other candidate. You must show the ability to develop your thinking and the ability to expand your skill sets. The old techniques of being good at something and never intensifying your skills are over. You must work hard to illustrate your capacity for growth – that will make you the perfect candidate for a promotion.
5. You need to have initiative and motivation
Job promotions don’t come miraculously by sitting and waiting. if you want to get ahead in your career, you need to have some sort of initiative and motivation . Promotions are given to those who work outside of their comfort zones to achieve the goals for their company. You need to possess a willing attitude to take some risks and seize opportunities in order to be noticed by your employer.
6. You need to think like a boss
Companies give promotions to the people who they see as future leaders. It doesn’t matter whether you aren’t in a management position right now, this shouldn’t hold you back from thinking like a boss. When you think like a boss, you’re able to manage and inspire others as a leader. Going the extra mile without pursuing reward is what will get you noticed by your company.
7. You need to accomplish goals
Showing good result is the key to success for every employee. If you aren’t making improvements or showing good results for your company, what’s the point of promoting you in the company? You need to make the effort to accomplish goals. Companies want employees who find ways you can bring results to the table.
8. You need to have passion for your job
Inspiring employees are extremely passionate. When you are passionate about your work, you put all your efforts and time into your assignments. This kind of passion is exactly what companies are looking for when promoting an employee.
9. You need to perform
It doesn’t matter how long you have been with the company, a loyal employee doesn’t mean you were the best employee. If the employee doesn’t possess the qualities company desires when looking to promote someone, he isn’t going to receive the promotion. People who get promoted earn it because of their determination, good results, and passion. You need to perform and start figuring out to become a better employee before expecting a promotion.
10. You need to stay on the radar
Display initiative by coming forward for projects, either within your division, on a cross-functional team. This volunteer work is an opportunity to gain more experience, showcase your skills to a bigger group, expand your network and gain name recognition. Always remember, good managers always look for talent. Your next move or promotion could come from your excellent project contributions; you never know who is watching you.
Not a lot of people are good at public speaking. You could even say that virtually everyone needs to get some practice, and preferably good guidance, before they can learn to stay calm when facing a room full of people. Having all eyes on you is an uncomfortable experience and it takes time to get used to. However, even if you can manage to control your stage fright and stay focused, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your presentation won’t put people to sleep. This is usually the case with long presentations on a very dull subject, with the presenter speaking in a monotone voice and dimming the lights to play a PowerPoint presentation.
You have to work hard to develop the right skills
If you want to be remembered and actually get people engaged, you need to make your presentation fun and enjoyable, without coming off as corny or desperate to please. I know, it doesn’t sound that easy at all! A good presentation during a promotional event or given to an important client can be a game changer for your business, so it is easy to get stressed out and fail to perform all that well. Luckily, giving an interesting lecture is something that can be practiced and perfected. There is plenty of advice out there on the topic, but let’s look at the most important aspects of giving a memorable and fun presentation.
1. Make your presentation short and sweet
With very long, meandering speeches you tend to lose the audience pretty early on, and from then on out it’s just a test of endurance for the few bravest listeners. Not only will people’s attention start to drop rapidly after sitting and listening to you talk for 30 minutes, but you also risk watering down your core ideas and leaving your audience with little in the way of key phrases and important bits of information to take away from the whole ordeal. Famous speakers throughout history have known the importance of condensing the information by using well thought out sentences and short phrases loaded with meaning.
JFK’s famous: ”It’s not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” expresses so much in very few words and gets the audience thinking. Ancient Spartans, for example were famous for their quick, dry wit, often demolishing their opponent’s argument with a single word or phrase. You’ll want to channel that ancient spirit and be as concise as possible when preparing your presentation.
2. Open up with a good ice breaker
At the beginning, you are new to the audience. There is no rapport, no trust and the atmosphere is fairly neutral. Even if some of the people there know you personally, the concept of you as an authority on a particular matter giving a speech will be foreign to them. The best way to encourage a warm and friendly atmosphere is to get some kind of emotional response out of the audience right at the beginning. It doesn’t matter what emotion it is, you just need to connect with them on a more personal level. It can be shock, curiosity, laughter, knowing smirks, nervousness – whatever gets them out of that initial feeling of indifference. There are different kinds of effective ice-breakers, but generally speaking, the most successful ones utilize one of these tactics:
Tugging on their heart strings
Dropping a bombastic statement
Telling an interesting and relevant anecdote
Using a metaphor or drawing comparisons
You can make a small, self-deprecating comment, stir the presentation one way and then suddenly surprise the audience, use sarcasm, open up with a short childhood story that taught you a lesson, quote a famous person and elaborate on it from personal experience, use an inspirational anecdote or hit them with a bit of nostalgia. Just remember to keep it short and move on once you’ve gotten a reaction.
3. Keep things simple and to the point
Once you’re done warming up the crowd you can ease them into the core concepts and important ideas that you will be presenting. Keep the same presentation style thoughout. If you’ve started off a bit ironic, using dry wit, you can’t just jump into a boring monologue. If you’ve started off with a bang, telling a couple of great little jokes and getting the crowd riled up, you have to keep them happy by throwing in little jokes here and there and being generally positive and energetic during the presentation. You need a certain structure that you won’t deviate too far from at any point. A good game plan consists of several important points that need to be addressed efficiently. This means moving on from one point to another in a logical manner, coming to a sound conclusion and making sure to accentuate the key information.
4. Use a healthy dose of humor
Some of the best speeches and presentations in the world, which have been heard and viewed by millions, all feature plenty of humor. No matter the subject, a great speaker will use natural charisma, humor and beautiful language to convey their points and get the crowd excited about what they are saying. A great example of building rapport with the audience through the use of humor is Barrack Obama talking about the government building Iron Man.
It is silly and fun, and absolutely not something that you would expect from a man in a position of power speaking in such a serious setting – and it’s exactly why it works. The more serious the situation and the bigger the accent on proper social behavior, the harder your jokes will hit.
5. Try to tell a story instead of ranting
Some people can do all of the above things right and still manage to turn their short and fun little presentation into a chaotic mess of information. You don’t want your speech to look like you just threw a bunch of information in a blender in no particular order. To avoid rambling, create a strong structure. Start with the ice breaker, introduce the core concepts and your goals briefly, elaborate on the various points in a bit more detail, draw logical conclusions and leave your audience with a clear takeaway message. You want to flow naturally from one part to the next like you are telling a big story chapter by chapter.
6. Practice your delivery
Standing in front of the mirror and practicing a speech or presentation is a technique as old as mirrors – well, come to think of it, as old as human speech, since you can see yourself reflected in any clear and calm body of water – and that means that it is tried and true. The theory is incredibly simple, yet the real problem is actually putting in the effort day in and day out. Work on your posture, your tone of voice, accent, pauses between sentences and facial expressions. The most important thing is to talk slowly and loudly enough to be heard and understood clearly. Many famous speakers, such as Demosthenes and King George VI, overcame speech impediments through hard work.
7. Move around and use your hands
Although you won’t instill confidence in your project if you are very jittery, moving around erratically, not knowing what to do with your hands and making fast movements, standing dead still can be just as bad. You shouldn’t be afraid to use your arms and hands when talking as it makes you seem more passionate and confident. The same goes for moving around and taking up some space. However, try to make slower, calculated and deliberate movements. You want your movements to seem powerful, yet effortless. You can achieve this through practice.
8. Engage the audience by making them relate
Sometimes you will lose the audience somewhat in techno-babble, numbers, graphs and abstract ideas. At that point it is important to reel them back in using some good, old-fashioned storytelling. Make comparisons to events from everyday life that most people are more than familiar with. By making things look simple, not only will you help your audience get a better understanding of the subject by enabling them to visualize the information more clearly, you will also draw a connection between you. After all, you are all just regular people with similar experience, you just happen to be performing different roles at the moment.
9. Use funny images in your slides
Although slides are not really necessary at all times, if you do need them to make your point and present your information more effectively, it’s best to liven them up. They say that facts aren’t always black and white, and your presentation should reflect this. Add a bit of color, make the information stand out and use an interesting animation to switch from slide to slide. You can use the slides to add some more humor, both in terms of the text and the images. An image that is used to elicit a positive response needs to be funny within the context of what you are discussing. For example, if you are discussing the topic of authority, an image of Eric Cartman from South Park in a police uniform, demanding that you respect his “authoritah,” is a nice way to have a bit of fun and lighten things up.
10. End on a more serious note
When all is said and done you will want the audience to remember the core concepts and keep thinking about what you have said after the presentation is over. This is why you should let things naturally calm down and end with an important idea, quote or even a question. Plant a seed in their mind and make them think. Let us turn to Patrick Henry for a great way to end a speech: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”
As you can see, there is quite a bit to learn when it comes to giving a good presentation, one that is both memorable and fun. Be sure to work on your skills tirelessly and follow in the footsteps of great orators.