Public speaking is one of the most common fears people have all around the world. When it comes to running your business or building your career, however, it is an extremely useful skill that will help you in your growth journey. Here’s how and why you should embrace learning this skill as part of your entrepreneurial journey.
1. Boost your confidence
Presenting a speech can be empowering – especially if by doing you are overcoming an insecurity of speaking publicly or performing. Self-confidence is invaluable to developing your business or career over time and exploring new opportunities.
2. Improve your communications skills
Public speaking improves your verbal and written communications skills as well as critical thinking as speech-writing in itself is a valuable skill. Whether you are seeking to entertain, persuade, educate or present an argument, there is an art to finding the best way to convey a message to an audience. Speechmaking is a great way to learn and understand this art so that you can apply it to aspects of your business.
3. Advance your presentation and storytelling skills
Preparing and delivering a speech requires attention to the way you structure information and tell stories so that it is comfortable for you to present and understandable for your audience. So the more you do it, the better you will be at presentation planning and storytelling.
4. Build and Expand Your Leadership Skills
Speaking clearly, presenting ideas, communicating with confidence and inspiring action are all traits associated with strong leaders that are also exercised by public speaking.
5. Grow Your Network
Making a speech is a great way to engage with a lot of people at the same time. Making your speeches personal or unique to your own style or cause can resonate with audience members and is excellent practise for the way you conduct yourself in your professional life. Overall, speaking at events is a great opportunity for making acquaintances and friends, meeting new contacts – including other speakers and spreading your message.