We have all heard that for many people the thought of a slow and painful death is preferable to having to stand in front of a crowd and give a talk. As an experienced public speaker I can really relate to this and there are still times when I break into a cold sweat before going on stage. Sometimes it is harder to stand and present in front of a group of 20 people than it is to talk in front of 1000 people – but there is no doubt that for most of us it is challenging.
I did my first public speaking course when I was at High School and I must say I am very glad I did. But I like to do refreshers every once in a while and I am firmly committed to improving my skills as a public speaker. The opportunities that public speaking presents are considerable and it gives you the opportunity to become an expert in your chosen field.
There are many situations that call on people to present in a group situation and if you let people know that you are prepared to do it, more opportunities will come your way. So take the challenge, face the fear and go for it.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TODAY? Anyone can become a better public speaker – like most skills though we need to be taught how. Sign up for a course in public speaking that will teach you how to overcome nerves and other insecurities that will enable you to get up in front of a group of people and share your own knowledge and experiences. Lots of businesses offer these courses, Toast Masters International is one of the most renowned organizations but there are plenty to choose from in every country. Even if you are an experienced public speaker your skills can only get better by doing a course like this.