3 keys to your small yet vitally important workplace presentation

That meeting with a top exec or client could have huge repercussions for your organization, your department and your own career. Avoid this trio of blunders to ensure success.

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You have an important meeting at work—giving a quarterly report, trying to sell a huge client or talking to the big boss.

You start prepping by reading up on public speaking tips. Then you remember that there’s no stage at work. No microphone. No TED logo (unless you work at TED).

Instead it’s you and the senior vice president in a small conference room with no windows and the stench of a decaying apple core in the waste bin.

The vast majority of public speaking advice is focused on how to give a formal speech to a huge crowd. At work, though, you’re probably giving project status reports, budget updates, marketing plans, a financial analysis, sales pitches to small groups, and updates to your boss’s boss.

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