Public Speaking – Why it is Important

In this day and age Public speaking is becoming vitally important in every market. With so many different opinions out there today are so many different topics it’s no wonder that public speaking has taken off dramatically.

Now for most of us, public speaking is a serious challenge and the thought of standing up in front of a small crowd can make the most courageous person feel timid. They may have hesitations in facing an audience, often accompanied by sweaty palms, stuttering, and the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon. These dilemmas often cause untold problems to the speaker.

Just as some people are born athletes or born extremely intelligent, some people are born speakers and others are not, they need to train themselves to do this and some cases actually end up better than born speakers.. Stage fright is inevitable. Actors are always nervous to a certain degree before every play. If you want to become a top achiever in any field you will need to conquer your fears of public speaking. Success in public speaking can open a whole new world of opportunities for you. Public Speaking can help you conquer new frontiers as well as broadening your horizons through personal development, influence, and advances in your profession.

There are many reasons why public speaking can improve your life and I’ll give you a few examples:

1. Public Speaking Improves Your Personal Development:
We as humans like to feel good about ourselves and like to be jeered on; giving a good speech will get a good response from the crowd giving you an overwhelming feeling of joy which will in turn give you more confidence in your next speech.

2. Public Speaking Influences Your Society:
If you have got information of value then you should shared it with your chosen society or anybody who wants to listen. By public speaking or doing a video message you can get your message across to hundreds if not thousands of people in one sitting.

3. Public Speaking Advances Your Profession:
Public Speaking can help boost your career and will then boost your income. In the rat race, employees that do most of the public speaking are the ones getting the higher salary, for entrepreneurs that do public speaking can their message across allot clearer and more conscious beating their competition. If you have knowledge and want to share your knowledge or business idea you could sell seats to you show, but you have to give good quality content. Some public speakers are making as much £20k-£70k for a weekends work!

Now while all that sounds very appealing the problem still boils down to confidence and fear. You need to overcome your fear and get a lot more confidence to stand up in front of how ever many people you have to, to make that sort of money. The best way to do this is to do your due diligence on your topic; if you are an expert in that field then you are already a step ahead of the game. The second step is to plan you speech, break it down into sections…

• Introduction
• Body
• Conclusion

If you know your subject inside out you will have nothing to worry about, remember you are the one giving the speech and you are in control.

When giving your speech there are few things to take into consideration:

Volume:

To be an important speaker, you need to have a well modulated voice, so many people are very soft spoken and this lets them down. To overcome this you need to get some more confidence, and practice speaking out loud / voice projection.

Pitch / Tone:

Your pitch is how you present your speech and is an important factor… you do not want to sounds boring and monotonous. You need to vary your pitch at different parts of your speech to keep the crown intrigued, changing from high to medium to low or different tons and accents.

Rate:

Changing the tempos in public speaking is important just like in the pitch or tone. There are 3 rates or tempos you need to use – slow, average and fast. When speaking slowly the speaking rate indicates sorrow, depression, solemnity, when speaking at an increased rate is suggestive of happiness, joy or anger. Words or phrases that are spoken more slowly and more emphatically are considered more important and more intellectually significant than rapidly pronounced words.

The last thing I would suggest is practice…as practice makes perfect. You can’t go into something without practicing it. In time you will get better and less practice will be needed, if you need to stand in front of a mirror to gauge your expressions and posture then do so…if you need to record yourself and watch the replay then do so it will all aid into giving you more confidence