A key element of success is the ability to present effectively. When standing in front of peers, superiors, and customers, you need to exude confidence, professionalism, and in-depth knowledge of your field. Are you comfortable behind the podium? If so, great, but that doesn't necessarily make you a good speaker. Invest time at your local Toastmasters chapter to hone your presentation chops. Within 6 months to a year, you should be able to hold an audience's attention with enjoyable, interesting presentations.