4 Hidden Benefits of Public Speaking
There are many hidden benefits to learning to speak in public and you may be surprised at how relevant they are. Taking that first step into the public speaking arena can seem daunting but this is a skill that could potentially have a huge impact on the rest of your life. So why would you want to learn how to speak in public?
This post highlights the hidden benefits of public speaking and as such, the reasons why everybody should take some time to develop good public speaking skills.
1) Overcoming Fear & Anxiety
Many people have a phobia of public speaking. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld once said:
According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.
In the post overcoming the fear of public speaking I outline how having a positive mental attitude will go a long way in public speaking. I suggested that the best way to overcome any fear is to simply speak more often.
Practise helps you to improve, day by day.
Essentially making great presentations is all about delivering with confidence, and regular public speaking is quite the confidence booster. So what are you waiting for?
2) Creating New Relationships
Public speaking events and engagements are great places to meet other people who share similar interests.
Toastmasters is just one of a multiple of groups and societies offering the opportunity to reach out and develop relationships with like minded people. I highly recommend you check it out. You can find a local Toastmasters club here. Additional speaking opportunities and events can be found at Meetup.com
3) Building Leadership Qualities
By developing your public speaking skills, you are also developing your leadership skills at the same time. One of the most important skills for leaders to develop is public speaking, which is why executives spend millions every year going to public speaking workshops or hiring public speaking coaches.
As noted by Forbes, the ability of the professional to present well contributes to him or her being seen as an authority. Essentially, if you want people to follow you, you have to communicate effectively and clearly what your followers should do.
4) Developing Critical Thinking Skills
Another hidden benefit of public speaking is an increased ability to think critically. Problem solving is definitely one of critical thinking skills you will engage in when delivering a speech. The research part of speech preparation in particular requires detailed thinking and investigation.
For example, when preparing for a persuasive speech, you’ll have to think through real problems and provide possible solutions to those problems. You’ll also have to think about the positive and negative consequences of your solutions and then communicate your ideas to others. In the speech delivery phase you will often have to think on your feet, especially if an audience member poses a difficult question. These skills will help you not only in the context of public speaking, but throughout many areas of your life.
What Do You Think?
There are many hidden benefits when you learn how to speak effectively in public, both in the workplace and in your personal life. Developing public speaking is a great way to overcome fears, meet new people, build leadership qualities and critical thinking skills.
Can you think of any other secondary benefits that result from effective public speaking? Please let us know by adding a comment below.