Life, confidence and public speaking coach Natalie King, also well known on the public speaking circuit as a Distinguished Toastmaster with Toastmasters International, loves seeing how her clients have made progress and how they are growing as a person. Natalie is also able to inspire, motivate and encourage them to keep going. She believes it is the most wonderful thing in the world to be part of someone’s journey.
Natalie’s latest blog on the benefits of public speaking is something that most people wish they could accomplish, but are too afraid to. Check out her 8 reasons for why you should rise to the challenge and begin learning this skill today…
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.Maya angelou
The last thing that you want is for people to forget you as soon as they walk out the room, especially if you are trying to either grow your business, or sell a product or service.
Whether you are at a networking event or giving a presentation, you want people to remember you. Bear in mind that business people see many presentations through the course of a month – they might even attend 2 or 3 network events per week. The chances are high that you will just be a face in the crowd.
Any form of public speaking is nerve racking, especially if you are not confident. You might need to do a 60 second pitch, give a 10 minute presentation or even 30 minutes. The challenge is to make you and what you say memorable.
Confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you are better than everyone, it’s walking in not having to compare yourself to anyone at all.
How do you stand out with confidence? Keep reading….
Public speaking is one of the most common fears in the world, more than the fear of dying. People would rather be in the coffin than give the eulogy and this has nothing to do with grief and mourning, it boils down to fear itself.
Did you know that public speaking can be a fun skill to learn and that you can present and speak in public with confidence? Every time you speak in public, it increases your self-confidence.
The quickest way to acquire self-confidence is to do exactly what you are afraid to do.
The benefits can be used for your personal as well as your professional life. Public speaking is not just for the professional.
Top 8 Benefits
1. Building new skills
Being able to communicate can be an asset; especially within the work environment when you might need to have a meeting with an employee/employer. You might even be part of a sales team, needing to talk to customers about what you offer. Maybe you want to ask for a raise or promotion, or go to interviews for a new job. Do you want to be able to get your kids to complete their homework? Or articulate how you are feeling to your partner/family? Having the skill to speak persuasively can benefit both your professional life and your personal life.
This is something as a business owner or part of a company, will stand you in good stead. You can add this skill to your CV. When you get up to speak at events you will appear confident and this will give you credibility with your audience.
Now this is a big one for professionals, as one of the best ways to build your business and to build relationships is via networking. Think back on different networking events you have been to; who stood out the most for you? Those who spoke with confidence, or those who were timid and shy? If you have not done any networking before and this is something that you would like to start to do, imagine how it would be if you could walk into the room with confidence and present your 60-second pitch with confidence? Think of the impression you would make on the others in the room. Being able to talk to others with confidence will enable you to walk away from that meeting having spoken to a few people with their cards and started the relationship process. You might even be asked to give the 10 minute slot at some point. Some networking groups even have space for guest speakers, wouldn’t you like to be invited as a guest speaker to talk about what it is that you do?
4. Finding work
Are you wanting a promotion, more diversity or a new challenge in your job? Public speaking can provide you with the skills to look for work, or even be offered work from those who you are networking with. There is no harm in advancing yourself and taking on new challenges.
5. Developing courage
Courage is what is needed to gain the skills for public speaking. The side effect of learning to build courage is that you will continue to build courage in other areas of your life and keep learning new skills. Being able to say yes to new opportunities instead of letting fear get in your way and saying no. Imagine what your life could potentially look like! What goals and dreams you could be fulfilling.
6. Building confidence
Often, as children we are full of confidence and through a variety of negative experiences that we have growing up, we lose our confidence. You can gain that confidence back – confidence is a skill we can learn. If as a child you never had confidence, not to worry, you too can build your confidence up and be the confident person you have always dreamt of being. When you have confidence with public speaking you will find that you are more confident in other areas of your life. The more you appear confident the more you will feel confident
Being able to either engage with your audience or engage on a 1-2-1 basis is a skill worth having. When you are at a function, be it social or business, being able to engage with anyone in the room can really benefit you. There is nothing worse than being at a function and you are too scared or shy to approach and talk to different people. When giving a presentation, to be able to ask questions of your audience can help you to keep your audience engaged with what you are saying. Asking questions and engaging with your audience is a great way to draw them back into the room if you are finding that you are losing connection with them.
8. Persuasion and storytelling
Having the skill to persuade a person to get them to embrace a new idea or to try your products can be beneficial to your business. Persuading your audience through storytelling is a way that you can guide them in a direction that you want them to go. Storytelling can also be used as a way to connect with your audience. You do this by telling a story of an experience you have had – a story about you. This tool can be used as a way to gain common ground and a way to build credibility and build relationships.
Now that you have a basic idea of the benefits of public speaking, don’t you agree that the brief moment of discomfort and fear is worth breaking though?
If you’d like to perfect your networking skills, Natalie has created a free guide to networking:
5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of A Networking Event
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