Whether you are having a casual telephone conversation,
teaching a Sunday school class, having a conversation with
your boss, or giving a formal presentation, you are involved in
public speaking. Following are examples of how public speaking
can positively influence your everyday life, your career,
your relationships, your communication style, and much more.
Build success in your professional life. Most presidents
and CEOs of companies possess strong speaking skills.
I work with many high-level executives in the business
world, and when I ask them why they feel they need
coaching to improve their speaking skills, they all
indicate that they know their success and their
companies’ future business ventures rely on their
ability to speak well. Their promotions to the top were
related directly to their ability to communicate effectively.
Communicate with others more clearly. Many
mistakes or misinterpretations are a result of not
properly communicating your ideas. Good public
speaking skills help you articulate ideas well and make
them come alive for the listener. This was one of the
most critical skills I needed to develop as an engineer,
because I often had to speak to audiences that didn’t
know the first thing about how to “shore up” a building,
for example, but had the authority and the money to
fund my next project. If I was ineffective in conveying
why they should invest more money, I might have been
out of a job.
Build overall confidence. As you become better at
organizing and communicating your ideas effectively,
you will start to exhibit more confidence. People with
this ability have a “glow” of confidence when they speak
in public. (Let’s not confuse this with the red glow of
terror on the face of someone who is scared to death.
Increase your comfort level in social situations. How
many of you have ever been invited to a party and are
afraid to strike up a conversation? (Don’t be shy, no one
can see you.) Social situations are, in fact, the perfect
opportunity to practice your public speaking skills.
Here’s a little bonus: It is a known fact that people who
speak well are perceived as better looking. Thank God,
now I know why I worked so hard at it, and it wasn’t
just my cute smile that made me popular with the girls.
Speak more confidently on the telephone. Whether
you call to request information, make a cold call at work,
communicate with a client, or just leave a phone message,
others can hear your confidence level in the tone of your voice.
Did you know that over 86 percent of your telephone message is
communicated through the tone of your voice?
Run meetings or present new ideas more effectively. I
remember running my son’s Cub Scout pack. Having
the ability to conduct a Cub Scout meeting with six to
eight screaming, energetic boys definitely challenged
my public speaking skills (and required a lot of aspirin).
Organizing and running a meeting with adults is more
difficult, I think, because you can’t bribe them with
Become an effective member or volunteer. At some
point in your life, you may volunteer or even be
affectionately coerced to lead or participate in a
professional or social organization. Your success within
the organization depends significantly on your ability to
speak to a group and keep their attention engaged in
order to achieve common goals and objectives.
Establish trust and respect from others with greater
ease. Your success in dealing with clients—or even your
own children—depends a great deal on your speaking
skills. The ability to convince people with words is key
to establishing trust and respect. This can include not
only what you say, but how you say it.
If these examples describe characteristics you want to possess,
then congratulations—you have the desire to succeed as
a public speaker.
Lenny Laskowski is an international professional speaker and the author of the book, 10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking and several other publications. Lenny's products can be purchased "on-line" from
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