The hidden benefits of public speaking

When you see a professional speaker you might think “wow, they were impressive, I wish I could speak like that but I could never stand up in front of a group that size and speak so confidently and eloquently”. You start to compare yourself to the professionals, we use them as a benchmark not as someone to aspire to and so we don’t learn this vital skill.


There are many hidden benefits to learning to speak in public and you may be surprised at how relevant they are.


Taking that first step into the public speaking arena can seem daunting but this is a skill that could potentially have a huge impact on the rest of your life.


So why would you want to learn how to speaking in public?


1. Imagine going to a job interview, sitting across the table for 1, 2 or more people knowing that you can speak confidently about your qualifications and the experience you have. When they ask you a question you don’t panic, you think about the question and then calmly give your reply.


2. Your boss asks you if you can give a presentation to the team next week at the team meeting. You feel confident enough to say “Yes, I can do that”. You walk over to your desk and start to draft a list of the items you would like to talk about.


3. Being a small business owner you need to be able to market and promote your business in the best possible light to clients, the bank manager or investor. With your speaking skills you are able to articulate why they should buy your product, or lend you some money to help with growth, new staff or expansion.


4. The big day has arrived, your best friend is getting married, it’s been months in the planning and you have been asked to give a speech. You have the opportunity to express how you know the couple, tell a funny tale and wish them well. You have never spoken to over 200 people before, but you have the skills to handle the situation.


There are many hidden benefits to learning how to speak in public effectively both in the workplace and in your personal life, why not unearth the opportunities that are there for you?


Keep speaking – Carrol

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One Response to “The hidden benefits of public speaking”

  1. James Says:

    Great post.

    I teach public speaking and job interviewing and so your first point comes up a lot in both classes.


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