The Power of Speech


Summary of the Benefits of

Public Speaking

If you worry that public speaking has nothing to offer you, or simply isn't worth the stress, then check out this brief review of the benefits of public speaking:

Personal Satisfaction

OVERCOME FEARS

Many people have a phobia of public speaking. Jerry Seinfeld put it this way: "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. "Even though public speaking can be scary, it is possible to succeed in spite of these fears--with preparation and practice.

BOOST SELF-ESTEEM

Public speaking is quite the self-esteem booster. Overcoming the fears and insecurities that accompany public speaking is empowering. Furthermore, connecting with audiences can be a great reminder that you have valuable insights and opinions to share with the world.

SHARE YOUR VIEWS WITH OTHERS

It can be very satisfying to share something that matters to you with people outside your usual social circle.

Critical Thinking

IMPROVE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

The process of writing a speech will exercise and strengthen your critical thinking skills, from the research to the actual speech-drafting.

ANALYZE COMMUNICATION HABITS

Preparing a speech will force you to reevaluate the way you communicate and re-examine your speaking habits.

Personal Development

IMPROVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS

When you write a speech, you have to think carefully about the best organizational framework, persuasive strategy, and language to communicate your message to the audience. This type of thinking can help you improve your communication skills in other areas of your life.

MAKE NEW SOCIAL CONNECTIONS

Public speaking engagements are great places to meet other people who share your interests.

Career Advancement

IMPRESS YOUR BOSS

Success in public speaking indicates creativity, critical thinking skills, leadership abilities, poise, and professionalism--qualities which are very valuable for the job market.

GAIN PUBLICITY

Public speaking is a great way to bring your message to a wider audience.

EXPAND YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

Public speaking can bring like-minded professionals together to share ideas. These engagements are great networking opportunities!

PERSONALIZE YOUR PROFESSIONAL REPUTATION

If you establish a good reputation as a public speaker, you will be set apart from the sea of faceless resumes and cover letters, when you apply for speaking engagements.

Influence the World Around You

FIND THE RIGHT WORDS TO INSPIRE CHANGE

Public speaking has a long history as a catalyst for nonviolent activism and political change. It is a powerful way to unite people under a common cause and motivate them to take action.

Source: Boundless. “Summary of the Benefits of Public Speaking.” Boundless Communications Boundless, 27 Feb. 2017.