People often ask me about my speaking ability. I tell them I’ve been speaking since I was 5 years old. I spoke at church, at school, in community programs, family events. I’d become quite the orator at a young age. My mother was an educator so speaking at a very young age was not only a part of my upbringing, but it was expected. I never knew that I was supposed to be afraid of speaking. Today, I make a living from speaking and teaching nationally and internationally. I encourage people in organizations and my VIP clients to use their words and speak UP!
For most people, the mere thought of speaking before an audience causes hands to go clammy and hearts to pound like a kettledrum. Statistics show that people fear public speaking more than they do their own deaths. It shows that for the majority, people would rather die in silence than take a chance to speak their minds in society. Maybe it’s conformity and a fear of saying something irrelevant.
The importance of public speaking lies in the fact that as social organisms, the ability to get your
message across in the right way will do better for you than the attempt to do a better job. Hunkering down faithfully to work is virtually useless if the boss does not even notice it.
The importance of public speaking is that it is inevitable. Sooner or later, you will be forced to enter the arena and speak to a sea of eyes and ears. Before that happens, it would always be better to meet that challenge on your terms.
Here are some points to ponder:
People at work who can communicate better go up the ladder faster. Employers prefer hiring people with public speaking and communication skills. This is because speaking with your colleagues puts them at ease about you, helps you get your job done faster, and gets what you want to be done across much easier.
You feel better about yourself. Successfully speaking before a live, listening audience improves your self-confidence, poise, character, and sense of fun. You become less self-conscious, nervous, and can control higher levels of stress. This does not mean you won’t make mistakes. Expect to make mistakes the first few times; learn from them and keep going. If you’re consistent, that paralyzing fear of speaking to a large audience will be a thing of the past.
Public speaking positively impacts all aspects of your life. Being able to speak publicly opens up new opportunities unimagined in your former life. You will find yourself more eager to participate in causes you sincerely believe in, interact more with people of the opposite sex. You will find yourself assertively asking questions to clear up a problem, take the lead in a cause, or calmly explain a thorny situation without losing it. The effect of public speaking on your life is exponential.
Public speaking is an essential addition to the human repertoire. Technical knowledge is just as vital, but the ability to speak well takes your abilities and talents beyond the borders of your own skin and into the hearts and minds of others.