What the Chesire cat teaches us about presentation skills
The newly unemployed need to refine not only their resumes, but also
their presentation skills. It's not just for the interview, but also
for their discussions with networking acquaintances. It's not just for
the acquaintance discussions, but also for their own clarity of
To get a job, particularly in today's economy, the candidate must be a
skilled presenter by "staying in the present." The candidate must guide the listener through a story in a
manner that is both understandable and creditable. The candidate does so by
turning one page at a time and gives only as much information as
can be absorbed and is relevant for the listener.
Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat understood the connection of flailing thoughts to clarity of speech.
"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where –" said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
It's not easy to determine what to say that will be received as value by the listener. Most unemployed get to a point at which they "don't much care" where they are going--as long as it somehow leads to a job, any job.
Yet, without a crisp presentation path that demonstrates clarity of thought, it will take a long, long time to land a job. I know how difficult it can be--because I'm one of the many unemployed.