the act of meeting new people in a business or social context.
Summary of the Benefits of Public Speaking
The previous segments in this chapter explained how public speaking can enrich personal life, professional life, and the outside world. Still not convinced? 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:
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.
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.
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.
IMPROVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
When you write a speech, you have to think carefully about the best organizational framework, persuasivestrategy, 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.