Talk for Success - How Public Speaking Can Help You Thrive Professionally
for Success - How Public Speaking Can Help You Thrive Professionally"
By Millie Calesky, Inspirational Speaker, Business & Life
(Originally appeared in The Door Opener – June 2004)
at the successful business owners, leaders, and professionals
in your community. What is one skill that most have in common?
They’ve mastered the art of speaking in public. They
know how to stand confidently before an audience and convey
their thoughts in a way that’s clear, interesting
this information age, speech is one of the most important
means of self-expression. Good communication is essential
for success. The more effectively you present your thoughts
and the more people you can deliver them to, the greater
your professional opportunities.
speaking will boost your visibility
Chambers of Commerce, professional organizations, clubs,
and adult education programs all need presenters. By speaking
in public, you will increase your visibility. As you present
more talks, groups will start to seek you out. Speaking
is a great way to build your network and to market yourself.
It’s also an effective opportunity to spread the word
about causes that are important to you. For example, I often
take a minute of each talk to promote Toastmasters International
-- a not-for-profit public speaking club. Speaker Darren
LaCroix takes time to emphasize the importance of early
screening for prostate cancer. Speaking is an act of giving.
The more you do it, the more you will be rewarded.
speaking can boost your confidence.
Confidence is a faith in yourself and your ability. The
more challenges you’re willing to face, the more self-assured
you’ll feel. Public speaking is a stretch for most
people. There is risk involved. Each time you rise to the
occasion and speak before people, you’ll feel stronger
and more willing to do it again. This will spill over into
other areas of your life. You’ll see yourself as more
capable and be more open to trying new things.
fear of speaking in public.
Given that there are so many advantages to speaking in public,
why do so many shy away from it? For some, the fear of public
speaking is greater than that of death. The main cause of
their terror is stage fright -- an apprehension of slipping
up in front of others.
this dread is the subject of books and courses. The bottom
line is that the only way to shake the jitters that public
speaking brings is to actually do it. As is the case with
acquiring any new skill, the only way to master it is to
get started and then practice, practice, practice. The best
environment to learn in is one that supportive and where
you can safely take your first baby steps.
think that, before they can speak in public, they must first
understand the source of their resistance or get to a point
where they don’t feel frightened. The good news is
that you don’t have to shed your fear before you get
started. Being afraid can actually help you be more effective.
Professionals know that fear evaporates quickly once you
begin to talk. The adrenaline surge that speaking stimulates
can actually provide a useful energy boost as you move through
There are several organizations that can help you get started
speaking in public. Courses are offered at local colleges.
Dale Carnegie (www.dale-carnegie.com)
offers a range of classes and workshops designed to help
you plan and deliver speeches.
You can also attend local meetings of Toastmasters International,
a not-for-profit organization that helps its members develop
their communication and leadership skills. Meetings offer
a variety of speaking opportunities in a safe and supportive
environment. There are many Toastmasters chapters in Connecticut.
Check out the Toastmasters website (www.Toastmasters.org)
for a list of meetings in your area.
Calesky is a business and life coach who empowers entrepreneurs,
small business owners and professionals to reach beyond
their limiting beliefs and achieve more than they ever thought
possible. As a motivational speaker, Millie audiences on
topics including power networking, confidence boosting and
She offers a free introductory coaching consultation and
may be contacted at (413) 655-2555 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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