What do I need to be successful?
Key Learnings
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Prepare for living in a new country by researching language, climate, living accommodations, social norms, etc.
Minimise culture shock by investing time to experience your new cultural surroundings and understand local customs.
Know how to present yourself in any situation in order to make positive impressions that help you stand out and build stronger professional relationships.
To give an effective presentation, there are three elements that you need to keep in mind: have a presentation plan, know your audience, and engage your audience.
Effective visual aids can help the audience remember your messages.
Improving your professional skills in different areas (attitude, behaviour and presentation) will strengthen your level of professionalism and make more positive impressions.
Professionalism takes effort, commitment, and application, but when you adopt and maintain professional standards, you feel better about your overall abilities, which can translate into greater professional opportunities.

What makes a good presentation?

Presentation skills can be decisive in many situations – job interviews, making a sale, negotiating a contract or discussing concerns with coaches and teammates. Presentations are not just about speaking in front of large groups of people. Rather, knowing how to present yourself in any situation – at the negotiating table, discussing concerns with your coach, meeting with sponsors, etc. – can help you make positive impressions that help you stand out and build stronger professional relationships.

In all these situations basic presentation principles can be applied to convey information effectively and potentially influence the actions of others in your favour. Ultimately, you can find more success and generate more opportunities in your personal and professional endeavours as you improve your skills as a presenter.

Similar to any new skill, you will have to practice presentation techniques. Nerves and uncertainty are part of the process. With time, these skills can make a meaningful impact on developing opportunities off-the-court.