6 reasons Public Speaking is something you should be doing more of
Public speaking. Just hearing those words sends shivers down the spines of most. In fact, Glossophobia (the fear of public speaking) is the second most common fear in the UK* after Acrophobia (the fear of heights). Yet in most jobs, public speaking is something you have to face, and it really is a case of ‘practice makes perfect’.
We all really should be finding the courage to step outside our comfort zone (or dive, in some cases!), as public speaking is known to have positive impacts on both our professional and personal lives.
Here are just some of the reasons you should be taking steps to increase your public speaking experience:
It makes you more visible and memorable within your company.
It’s a great opportunity to demonstrate your skills, show off your expert status and become more prominent within your business.
It helps us to develop key leadership skills.
The ability to influence, gain empathy and build connections with people is essential in leadership and these are all achievable aims from public speaking.
You’ll learn about yourself and your own perspective.
Speaking about something you’re passionate or knowledgeable about helps you to gain clarity and fully understand your point of view. When pulling together the information to talk about you’ll be forced to ask yourself the following questions:
– What do I actually want to say?
– How can I contribute to the discussion?
– What do I want my audience to feel and think?
And you might even gain a new perspective.
Opening yourself up to discuss any topic with an audience is likely to trigger questions and others to share their opinions with you. It might help you see your project/topic from a different perspective and grow your knowledge on the subject.
The more you do it, the better you’ll get at it. And it really doesn’t matter what you’re talking about, as long as you’re prepared, passionate and determined to try your best.
Practice makes perfect (or sometimes just ‘average’ – but that’s ok too!)
You have to remember, that there’s very little competition as even if you’re an average public speaker, you’re still better than those who are not trying. Not everyone is made to stand up in front of a crowd and talk, but if you give it a go, you’ll at least be better than those who haven’t.
Over the past couple of years, we have been growing our network of meetup groups we sponsor and have connections to. From .NET Oxford, Azure Oxford, Oxford Python Developer meetups to Digital Marketing, if you’re thinking it might be time to take on a public speaking challenge and you’ve got something you’d like to share, please get in touch!
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