Here I sit feeling rather guilty... for two reasons. Firstly, because I haven't written a blog article in some time and secondly, because rather than put that right, I am about to use my blog to engage in some rather shameless self promotion.
I'll make no excuse for my first failing (largely because I don't have one) but as per the second, my hope is you will appreciate I am making this suggestion not so much because I want to sell a few books, but because I honestly feel the little gift I am about to suggest could really make a difference in someones life.
So here we go:
Still wondering what to get them for Christmas?
How about higher grades, better performance reviews, stronger sales results, exciting new opportunities, a bigger pay cheque...?
According to University of Pittsburgh's Katz Business School, the ability to communicate is the single greatest factor contributing to one’s success in business. Most teachers would also suggest it has a huge impact on a student's learning ability, not to mention marks. Public Speaking is the ultimate demonstration of this ability and a critical skill for anyone seeking a position of leadership, especially in an area that involves sales and service.
Unfortunately, most of us are not entirely comfortable with the prospect of being called on to present, especially to a large group, or to strangers.
If you know someone who fits this description, you might want to consider giving them a copy of my book How Not to Suck at Public Speaking which features 50 ways to leave your fears behind and become a great presenter.
At $14.95 it makes a great stocking stuffer and it could just turn out to be one of the best gifts you ever gave them.
Enough said. Thanks for allowing me this little indulgence. I promise to return to my old ways and post a less commercial entry very soon.
Until then... here's wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and All the Best of the Holiday Season!
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