Learning should not stop when you've got the new job. What got you here is not enough to keep you here and especially not enough to get you to the next level.
I've seen the increase in demands on everyone from EVPs who reach the C-suite to supervisors who become managers. Learning needs to accelerate so you make the strongest possible impression quickly.
Most important is educating yourself so you can meet the greater demands for communication through the spoken word. Whether you're expected to speak to large or small groups, high quality speaking and presenting will reinforce your reputation as a person who deserves the new position.
If you think there's a limit to how much better you can become as a speaker, you will find yourself at that limit pretty quickly. Many others have expressed this wisdom: "if you think you can or you think you can't, you are correct."
Speaking and presenting is about so much more than subject matter expertise and knowledge. Most important is the connection you make with the audience. That's a skill that's learnable, and that continues to grow with experience and education.
When people tell me they have lots of speaking experience and they want to get better, they do. One CEO was invited to speak to a huge audience (3500) at a conference filled with movers and shakers. She knows her subject deeply. Yet she knew that to make the impact she wanted to make, expertise was not enough. We created her call-to-action, designed her content and her slides and then practiced and rehearsed until every phrase was crafted for maximum impact and long term retention. Two months later people are still writing and calling her as a result of that speech.
How about you? How much better do you think you can be when speaking and presenting? If you think you can't be any better, I guarantee that you are correct.
If you think the sky's the limit, I also guarantee that you are correct. What are you waiting for? Begin your upward trajectory today!