Psychology Series Part II: Public Speaking

Public speaking is the most common phobia, a lot of very influential speakers fear it. However, while public speaking is the most feared thing, there are many great benefits for those who face it. Today I will be talking about those benefits in part two of the Psychology Series

Public speaking builds confidence. To speak in front of a large, or not so large audience, you need to muster some confidence in yourself, which results in a gradual gain in confidence. By speaking to a crowd you prove to yourself that you can do anything as long as you have some courage and confidence.

This new self-confidence carries over into other aspects of your life. The best thing is that public speaking can just be speaking to a group of your peers. One example of this is voicing your ideas in the workplace or classroom. As you build your confidence you can soon do a more formal speech in front of an audience.

Speaking also helps you organize your ideas more effectively which creates a glow of confidence that others see.

Public speaking improves communication. Misinterpretations in conversations often occur because of a lack of the organization of ideas. If you cannot properly organize what you are going to say before you say it, you’re probably going to say it wrong.

Speaking in public helps you with this. When you give a speech you have to write it first, which allows you to properly organize your ideas. An example of this is making an outline. Outlines provide a simple way to organize ideas so you can easily and effectively get your ideas to your audience.

Effectively writing and organizing a speech builds skills you can use daily. If you can put together words in a speech to form a great idea, you will be able to do the same in your daily life.

This allows you to clearly say what you want to without confusing your audience.

Public speaking improves leadership skills. To be a leader and take a stand for something, you need to be able to communicate with your followers. By speaking to any group or people you improve your posture and persuasiveness. To be a leader you must be persuasive. Public speaking may also require you to be persuasive.

Speaking to an audience requires you to fulfill their wants and needs, not your own. This helps you stand out as selfless to a crowd, making people want to listen to you more. Along with the fact that satisfying your audience makes them want to listen to you more.

Next time you’re given the chance to give a speech, or just to speak out, take it! Thanks for reading, see you next week!

Check out Part I and Part III!

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