Advantages of Public Speaking

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Most people are ignorant to distinguish the concept between talking and speaking. The key of speaking is to communicate with speech, in a more serious and formal manner. In contrast to talking, speaking only include one person communicating to a certain number of audience. Meanwhile it is a norm that everyone can talk with ease, a public speaker may feel all jittery before or/and during a speech delivery or pass out in a middle of the function. Some speakers tend to look down the aisle rather than looking straight into the audiences’ eyes and some might dress to kill. Despite thinking that one is not eligible to speak publicly, one should acknowledge that public speaking involves communicative skills, where one is empowered as it boosts one’s self-confidence, enables one to interact easily with people and it reflect one’s first impression in any occasion. The first advantage one can obtain from public speaking is that it improves one’s self-confidence. Most people are not aware that public speaking is a secret tool to boost self-confidence. Just like taking baby steps to something, once can improves one’s speaking skills by giving simple speeches in school to begin with or give an intriguing, informative talk at a senior’s activity center as this is a great way to gain self-confidence (Anonymous, n.d.). Besides that, one can gain more confidence to help unleash the fear in speaking publicly. Usually, speakers will get cold feet as soon as they are about to present before a crowd. The butterflies in the stomach can actually benefit a speaker if the speaker is able to control stage fright. “Nervousness is what keeps the adrenaline pumping, and even the most practised of speakers feel nervous. It’s how you deal with it that is important,” (Joseph, 2006 as cited in Sharmilla, 2006). Consequently, to enable a person to speak publicly more naturally, one may practice in front of a mirror or tape oneself speaking in order to reflect on the areas that need adjustments (Anonymous, n.d.). Furthermore, as self-confidence increases, the quality of speech conveyed increases. Hence, one should become more aware on some guidelines in speaking confidently to increase speech quality. Williams, (n.d., as cited in Sachan, 2011) suggests a speaker to do some homework if he knows that he will be speaking at an event, beforehand. Lastly, do not be reluctant to practice more because “practice makes perfect”. In addition, public speaking enables one to interact easily with people. How? One could develop conversational ability by connecting with people effectively. This assists the enhancement of two-ways communication. Anonymous (2008) states that public speaking teaches one ways to communicate ideas precisely and evaluate listeners’ response. Besides that, by learning to speak concisely, clearly and confidently, one is able one to send out meaningful messages. Anonymous (2008) proposes one to find an alternative to get the message out if one has something to spill as speaking in public provides the means to that end. Moreover, public speaking affects social life. For instance, socially introverted people are incredibly shy and have least self-confidence but as they learn to speak in public, they managed to be shy-free eventually. Mitchell (2009) says that she was a shy growing person, had a handful of good friends and was much more into horses than human beings but public speaking has changed her. Once you get a better understanding of social dynamics it becomes a lot easier to broaden your social circle.  “I was terrified of talking to anybody I didn’t know. But once I’d done a few speeches at Toastmasters, I realised that if I could talk to a group of people I didn’t know I could also talk to one person I didn’t know. The club atmosphere of Toastmasters also forced me to socialise” (Mitchell, 2009). Subsequently, public speaking improves career life due to ease of communication. “Those who can express their ideas and positions clearly...
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