How do you discover new talent within your organization? The conventional way is to go through the usual hierarchical process where certain individuals are selected by different levels of management to make presentations at various business events.
However, in this fast-moving age, it is more effective to look at more unorthodox approaches, which is why programs such as “The Voice,” “X Factor,” “Arabs Got Talent,” and “American Idol” have become so popular.
This is this unconventional angle that our Operations and Business Services (O&BS) organization recently took when it launched the Best Presenter Competition to engage employees, encourage a healthy competitive spirit, and discover talented presenters. The competition invited all employees to take part, allowing everyone to participate on an equal footing.
This first competition proved successful and was enthusiastically received. About 200 employees participated in the competition, which consisted of three rounds with contestants assessed under two categories: age 35 and under, and over 35.
The overall winner was Rayah S. Al-Gheithy, who captured first place as best presenter in the 35 and under category, with Alanood A. Al-Rabiah as runner-up. Éric Saint-Gelais was awarded the title of best presenter in the over 35 category.
Departments proactively encouraged employees to enter the competition, with many supervisors offering their support.
For the first round, participants were requested to submit a presentation with slides on a business-related topic of their choice, accompanied by a three-minute video of themselves giving the presentation. Presenters were assessed on a set criteria of five elements: topic, structure, graphics, delivery, and timing. Following a panel review, 21 individuals were selected to advance to the second round.
For the next stage of the competition, participants gave a 10-minute presentation to an O&BS manager-level panel, again on a business-related topic of their choice. The top six presenters were then selected to go through to the third and final round.