We all have jitters the night before a big test, no? It doesn’t matter whether you’re in elementary school or in postgrad – no one likes to feel like they aren’t adequately prepared.
And guess what? This anxiety carries over from school and into the workplace. You want to be ready to face your boss, client, or even the interviewing panel but just before the actual encounter, your mind starts playing games.
Luckily, there are ways in which you can beat these jitters, depending on the situation. Let’s look into some of them, shall we?
Depending on the frequency with which you conduct them, presentations can either make you anxious or feel like a routine. Either way, there’s no denying that each presentation has to be perfect, so you have to be really ready before facing your audience.
Tim Calkins, a marketing professor, says that being ready isn’t just about working on your stage presence. It should rather be big on ensuring that you drive your main point home, backing it up with lots of relevant data. Focus on the flow of information, and let your presentation be like a story you’re telling.
You should also manage your presentation time in a way that allows feedback from your audience and once you work on all these beforehand, you’ll be all good once you hit the stage.
Whether in a formal or social setting, the one question you can be sure will come your way during such an event is the one about your career. A smart person should have an intriguing answer to this question, making sure that it sparks interest in whoever asks. That’s the whole point of a networking event, isn’t it?
Craig Wortman is a professor of entrepreneurship and innovation, and he says that you should have a few versions of this answer ready, choosing the one to go with based on who’s asking. If the interested person is in the same field as you are in, be more technical in your answer, as that will surely make them more interested to talk about it.
To advance in your career, you’ll have to master the art of negotiation. It could be over a promotion, salary, or any other opportunity out there. To get the most out of it, you have to be more than prepared for what the other party throws your way.
Victoria Medvec, the founder of the Center for Executive Women at Northwestern University, says that women need to take heed of this more, especially because they are prone to self-doubt. By being prepared, they are able to gain the confidence they need.
Prior preparation means that when you’re finally at the table, you can wiggle your way through anything. If caught off guard though, Medvec says that you should ask for more time to regroup your ideas.
Meeting the CEO
No matter how far you’ve risen in the company, meeting the overall boss is an opportunity you shouldn’t let pass you by. Chance encounters like this don’t come very often, and Rob Apatoff, a former CEO, says that you should share as much information as you can within the shortest time possible.
To do this, Apatoff says that you should have short bullet points on the general overview of the department you are in, making sure that they share insights on just how the section relates to the rest of the organization.