It’s All About Presentation   Leave a comment


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I had a discussion yesterday regarding leadership styles.  One aspect of that discussion included the presentation of ideas.  As a leader, I have come to learn that how an idea is presented has a great impact upon the acceptance of the idea by others.  So here are a few tips that I try to follow:

  1. Present the idea as clearly as possible.
  2. Include the rationale for the idea early in the presentation.
  3. After presenting the idea, truly listen to what others say in response.
  4. Be prepared to adapt the idea and include helpful insights others may present in their response.
  5. Identify and share with others how this idea may benefit them and/or the organization.
  6. Be sure not to give the impression that what has been done in the past is wrong, it was probably the right thing to do at the time it was adopted.
  7. Show how changes have led to a need to attempt a different approach.
  8. If feasible, provide a “trial” period when the idea is put in place and then an opportunity to review if they desired impact has occurred or if changes (and maybe abandonment) of the idea must be implemented.

I have found that if people impacted or expected to implement the idea are allowed an opportunity to understand why you feel the idea is necessary, they are more willing to attempt the idea than if they are told “this is what we are going to do.”

As a leader who understands that role in a visionary way, new ideas and directions are a part of my responsibilities.  How I present those ideas is key in implementation.  I must always be mindful of my words and the manner in which I do the presentation.  This can probably be said of most interpersonal interactions, even at home.

 

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