Summary of the Benefits of Public Speaking by Jessica Holter, HIP, Creative Director
If you worry that public speaking has nothing to offer you, or simply isn't worth the stress, then check out this brief review of the benefits of public speaking:
Many people have a phobia of public speaking. Jerry Seinfeld put it this way: "According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy. "Even though public speaking can be scary, it is possible to succeed in spite of these fears--with preparation and practice.
Public speaking is quite the self-esteem booster. Overcoming the fears and insecurities that accompany public speaking is empowering. Furthermore, connecting with audiences can be a great reminder that you have valuable insights and opinions to share with the world.
SHARE YOUR VIEWS WITH OTHERS
It can be very satisfying to share something that matters to you with people outside your usual social circle.
IMPROVE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
The process of writing a speech will exercise and strengthen your critical thinking skills, from the research to the actual speech-drafting.
ANALYZE COMMUNICATION HABITS
Preparing a speech will force you to reevaluate the way you communicate and re-examine your speaking habits.
IMPROVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
When you write a speech, you have to think carefully about the best organizational framework, persuasive strategy, and language to communicate your message to the audience. This type of thinking can help you improve your communication skills in other areas of your life.
MAKE NEW SOCIAL CONNECTIONS
Public speaking engagements are great places to meet other people who share your interests.
IMPRESS YOUR BOSS
Success in public speaking indicates creativity, critical thinking skills, leadership abilities, poise, and professionalism--qualities which are very valuable for the job market.
Public speaking is a great way to bring your message to a wider audience.
EXPAND YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
Public speaking can bring like-minded professionals together to share ideas. These engagements are great networking opportunities!
PERSONALIZE YOUR PROFESSIONAL REPUTATION
If you establish a good reputation as a public speaker, your public persona will set you apart from the sea of faceless resumes and cover letters.
FIND THE RIGHT WORDS TO INSPIRE CHANGE
Public speaking has a long history as a catalyst for nonviolent activism and political change. It is a powerful way to unite people under a common cause and motivate them to take action.