Imagine you on the stage, all around there is above one hundred people who laugh, make notes, and at the end of your oratory, you have received a standing ovation. Not mentioning the fact of having an amount of money in your pocket equals twice your salary just from this conference. A nice distant dream? Not necessarily.
Public speaking is very important to me, and I think it is very important for all women. Unfortunately, we are less self-assured in comparison to men. There is a special moment in our lives, a moment of change, we realize that without self-confidence and ability to talk effectively to others we cannot exist happily and successfully. I have learned a lot through public speaking and I developed my inner strength such as: will power, self-discipline, self control, innovations and peace of mind.
As a trainer and mentor, I transmit my knowledge, experience, and various important information to a wide audience. Thanks to public speaking I feel fulfilled because this is my tool to help other people. I share the knowledge with them in the professional subjects with the part of my experience from the stage as a dancer. It also supports boosting confidence in my private life.
Public speaking plays a large role in the world of business. In fact, it is believed that 70per cent of all jobs involves some form of public speaking. If you have your own business, public speaking is inevitable: meeting with clients, running your social media profiles, recording films, and webinars or preparing your own courses.
Famous all over the world, public motivational speaker, Brian Tracy, says: “Your ability to communicate with others will account for fully 85% of your success in your business and in your life”.
Speaking is a skill that you may learn and master. All you need is a good source of information on how to achieve it and self-discipline. Knowing when public speaking is most effective and how it is done properly is key to understanding the importance of it.
Significant elements of public speaking are:
- storytelling techniques
- usage of gestures
- control of the voice
- adequate vocabulary
- usage a sense of humor as a communication tool
In our digital era, if you want to release your full potential in the professional world, you need to learn how to improve your effective communication skills to better communicate with people. There are many executives that make extraordinary career jumps, saving themselves as much as five to ten years of time working up the executive ladder, simply by speaking professionally at corporate meetings, conferences as an expert or in social media with the usage of the power of LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram!
Others put their careers onto the fast track by overcoming their fears and developing their presentation skills. Your fear of public speaking may be holding you back at work – is a time to overwhelm it? Many of us shy away from public speaking – but that fear may be limiting our career opportunities, especially in the world of webinars, online meetings, and generally generalizations. The growing prominence of video conferencing means even working from home requires presenting skills.
Fight or flight?
The reason why we fear it, is deeply-embedded and is obviously natural. Our brains are three to four times more likely to see a threat than a reward. When face with a group of people you don’t know, our body is in the threat mode”.
Our brain then slips into “fight or flight” mode. When this happens, adrenaline is released into the body and the heart-rate increases – great if you want to run or fight, but if standing still this excess energy injection can constrict your throat and lead to blushing and sweating.
That’s why I always repeat: “Preparation is the secret of speaking success”.
The decision of learning how to speak professionally in front of both small and big groups of people could be one of the most important you ever make in terms of your successful career and will be useful for beginner – who is currently looking for a job and for a manager who has to presents his results in front of the Board of the company.
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About Author: Kate Bednarska
I’m an author, an educator, an entrepreneur, and a dance teacher. My official titles are finance specialist, business analyst, personal trainer, blogger, and certified professional public speaker. But, as is the case with most business owners, I wear many hats, and currently connect people with their needs globally.