Public speaking gives you an opportunity to be heard, to showcase your knowledge and work, and attract amazing career opportunities. Being able to confidently communicate your ideas (whether it be to one person or a group of people) is an advantage that will pay off in career growth.
If you see the value in public speaking and would like to become good at it, here are some small steps you can take today:
Read a book
Reading is a great way to master a skill, at your own pace. You can do it in the privacy of your home and test proven strategies to deliver a great speech. It’s the most stress-free way of becoming familiar with a concept.
Practice with someone
When it comes to public speaking, knowing the theory is not enough. You have to practice! You can go even further in your learning by delivering a speech (or a script) in front of someone. Whether it be a friend, a speech coach or a colleague, find someone who will listen to you and offer constructive criticism. You will get their individualized attention, which can help you improve in subtle areas like how to be more concise or better articulate certain thoughts.
Join a mastermind group
What’s a better way to learn something than surrounding yourself with people who are trying to learn the same thing? Challenge yourself even more by joining a speaking club! You and the members will take turns at taking the stage, which will give you a lot more experience. A group like this can help you figure out how apply public speaking to your next career move or how to deliver a talk to different audiences. The feedback you will receive from your peers will be invaluable!