Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Even Beauty Queens Need Good Presentation Skills

Guest post by Diane Diresta

You say you don't need presentation skills? You're not a public speaker? Think again.

Beauty pageants aren't just about beauty. Did you know that the interview is 40% of the grade? That means if a contestant flubs the presentation there's a good chance she won't win the crown.

It's no different in business or the workplace. I've known very bright, competent people who lose instant credibility because of an inability to communicate or speak in public.

But don't take my word for it. See for yourself.

Diane DiResta is CEO of DiResta Communications, Inc., a New York City consultancy serving business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to communicate with greater impact — whether face-to-face, in front of a crowd or from an electronic platform. DiResta is the author of Knockout Presentations: How to Deliver Your Message with Power, Punch, and Pizzazz, an category best-seller and widely-used text in college business communication courses. For a free audio course visit:

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