Getting Over Yourself

October 4, 2012

Office politics can undermine your presentation


To make sure those politics don’t ruin your golden opportunity to shine, keep your eye on the prize – a successful presentation.

The politics and the danger may be very real. But focusing on them will create the very problems you’re trying to avoid.
Be aware of what happened to previous presenters if the political machine got them and recognize how their fear of what might happen contributed to the outcome.
(Were they tense? flippant? subdued? agitated? torpid?)

Acknowledge the politics to yourself up front; then make yourself invisible – focus on your commitment to reaching the audience with your message.

Self-preservation will keep you from saying something damaging. Focusing on your interest will make you effective.

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