Friday, April 15, 2005

The Safety Catalyst: Secrets of Presenting to Executives

Have you ever felt like the safety manager who declared, "Sure I work a 40 hour week – by Wednesday!"? Or the HSE director who, in response to my statement that many people are doing the job of two others, ruefully responded, "Two? That's all?"

By Robert PaterSeems like everyone nowadays struggles with time famine. So the last thing anyone wants to hear is they should spend more time doing something not currently on their plate. But sometimes you do get what you pay for. Allocating strategic time to preparing for, and presenting effectively to, executives can pay many times over - in currency of receiving more resources, enhanced professional credibility and influence, support for your efforts so you know you're not fulfilling your mission alone, and more.

I've had the fortune of presenting to many groups of executives in companies worldwide, focusing on energizing and redirecting them towards active safety leadership. Along the way, here are some strategies I've learned that yield strong results but don't have to take tremendous time.

Presentation Cartoon - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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