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The Importance of Public Speaking Skills

The King and I“If people cannot articulate their ideas in written and oral form,” says Stephen Cox, chair and associate professor of the Department of Organizational Communication at Murray State University in Kentucky, “then those people fail to exist in our social world; they’re invisible. The way you are known and come to know others is through communication.”

Despite the fact that we communicate every day of our lives, people still find doing so in front of a group — or even an authority figure — quite daunting (if not terrifying). This is why participating in a speech club or public speaking group such as Toastmasters is so important.
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Researching for Your Speech Is a Must!

research your speechO.K. This may go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway. Before you speak to an audience, you need to research your topic — even if you know it like the back of your hand.

Why is researching important?

Quick! Cover the back of your hand.

Now describe it in detail without looking. No peeking!

So, how did you do?

Not very well I’d venture to guess.

This illustrates my point. You need to research your topic, even if you know it well, so that the details are fresh in your mind. Public speaking does not only rely on your power of discussion or your skill in speaking clearly. You have to face the crowd with the feeling of certainty and confidence in our ability to deliver.
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The 5 Ws and an H of Public Speaking

questionsIn any presentation, there are basic pieces of information that an audience expects to receive from the presenter. You are the problem solver presenting a solution that will benefit your audience.

Even if you are just blessing the newlyweds at your best friend’s wedding, you still have questions that must be answered. These questions are the classic five Ws and an H: who, what, when, where, why and how. Read on to better understand what I mean.

Who?

Who is your target audience? What would they like to know about your topic? Do they have any preconceived notions about your material? What are their concerns? Are you addressing the “who” you targeted in your research?

When you address the “who” of your message, you are better able to relate with your audience. They will feel like you are speaking directly to them. They will give you their attention because they feel like their needs are being addressed.
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Public Speaking Training

public speakingAre you a natural-born good speaker?

Unless you just took to the stage like a fish to water, you are more likely to be among the majority of the population that takes to public speaking more like a newborn calf — wobbly at first, but gaining ability through experience.

You don’t need to be born with the gift of eloquence in order to be good at public speaking. Like a lot of skills, public speaking can be learned. And, luckily enough, there are plenty of training opportunities available to you. Here are just a few:
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