April 16, 2009

Public Speaking

Filed under: Personal Branding — Robert John Ed @ 6:16 pm

Speaking itself isn’t much of a problem for me, public speaking is a little more difficult.  I’m “hosting” the first MILISA case competition tonight and as such have to give a formal address.  It’s completely understandable how people fret over this.  It’s definitely not a fun thing to do, but it’s an honor nonetheless.

The ability to speak in front of audiences, to describe the ideas and actions and inform is very important.  Regardless if it’s a formal event or merely speaking over a cup of coffee, the ability to communicate effectively is paramount to a great deal of jobs.  Perfect practice makes perfect, so when opportunities arise in which you can develop this skill, you should jump on them.  Even if it is a little disconcerting initially.  The highest positions within companies, government or other areas are highly contingent on networking with extremely diversified personas and often on addressing large groups of people in many settings.  These skills translate into leadership in the long term.  Not everyone wants to be a leader of that magnitude, but everyone should be able to stand up and say something at their relatives wedding or another important event.  For those of you out there looking for practice, Toastmasters is a good start.



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