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How important are public speaking skills for a consultant?

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New answer on Jul 04, 2019
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Anonymous A asked on Jul 04, 2019

I am a very anxious speaker when it comes to giving presentations at conferences and town halls. Is it a major hindrance?

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Sidi
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replied on Jul 04, 2019
McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 350+ candidates secure MBB offers

Hi!

Short answer: it tends to be not very important at the junior level, and increases with seniority. That being said - consulting firms are obsessed with personal development. So chances are high that this area will be identified as a weak point, and then strong scrutiny will be placed on it - it will then be your duty to showcase substantial improvements in order to remain on track in your periodical performance evaluations.

Cheers, Sidi

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Vlad
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replied on Jul 04, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

I would say it's a must, since consulting requires a lot of public speaking, starting from the recruiting events and finishing with client presentations. Thus if you are a great speaker it can give you a significant advantage. And the opposite - if you are not good, it will be considered as a weak point and your chances to leave are increasing

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