Picture this! You step up behind the podium overlooking a crowded room. All eyes staring at you, waiting. You glance at your notes, shuffling the papers, look back up, open your mouth and …. Are your palms sweating yet? Public speaking is one of the most common fears but what many people do not realize is just how beneficial public speaking skills can be for your career.
The first step is to, of course, work on overcoming your fear or, if that is not possible, work on managing your fear. There is no easy way to do this, because it is a matter of gaining confidence and beginning to feel more comfortable. This can only be achieved through practice.
Once you are at least a little bit more comfortable with public speaking, be prepared to reap the rewards!
Strong public speaking skills lead to:
· Improved self-confidence
· Effective communication skills in general
· Improved relationships with others (able to form better connections with people)
· Impressing potential employers or supervisors with your professional skills
· Networking opportunities
· An edge over your competition
If you are interested in tackling public speaking consider taking COMS 132 Public Address at Luther or joining your local Toastmasters group. Toastmasters is an international public speaking club. Click here to learn more.