Public speaking is an essential skill that can open doors to professional growth and personal development. It's a vital tool for effective communication and can significantly impact one's career.
For women, harnessing the power of public speaking can be particularly transformative, as it allows them to break through barriers and challenge stereotypes.
In this blog, we'll explore the importance of public speaking, why women should embrace it, and how public speaking training can help you become an amazing orator.
The Importance of Public Speaking
Public speaking is a critical skill in today's fast-paced world, where effective communication is a must. It not only helps you convey your ideas and thoughts clearly but also boosts your confidence and credibility.
According to me, Dan Sodergren, a public speaking expert and the author of "How to Become Amazing at Public Speaking," mastering this skill can open up a world of opportunities, both professionally and personally.
For women, public speaking can be an empowering tool to level the playing field, challenge stereotypes, and make their voices heard. It can help women establish themselves as leaders, experts, and influencers in their respective fields.
“If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.”
-Gerald R. Ford
The Fear of Public Speaking
To become a proficient public speaker, it's essential to invest in public speaking courses and training. These programs can help you overcome the fear of public speaking, which affects a significant number of people. As Jerry Seinfield joked:
“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 delivering the eulogy.”
If you have this fear. It may help you to know that you are not alone in your fear of public speaking. In many, it can cause a fight or flight response. In fact, forty percent of Americans suffer from glossophobia. I wonder how high it is for the UK? Maybe even higher?
What is glossophobia really? It is an anxiety disorder and a common fear – and it goes beyond just being nervous or worrying about being in front of an audience.
One way to defeat it is getting trained in techniques to overcome it. Which is why I called my book all about public speaking - Conquer The Room. It's that part where you need to conquer your fears too. Which is what we help you with on the public speaking course I am launching - name TBC - but maybe Unleashing Your Inner Voice.
Some key aspects of public speaking courses include understanding your audience, crafting compelling stories, and mastering non-verbal communication. By enrolling in a public speaking course, you can learn from experts like me, Dan Sodergren, and gain valuable insights into the art of oration. Have your say in shaping my course for the summer 2023 here.
How Women Can Benefit from Public Speaking
Women can significantly benefit from honing their public speaking skills, as it can help them:
1. Boost Confidence: Public speaking can help women overcome self-doubt and build self-esteem. As Michelle Obama, a powerful public speaker and former First Lady, says,
"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish."
2. Establish Credibility: Effective communication can help women establish themselves as experts in their fields, leading to increased visibility and recognition.
3. Inspire and Influence: Public speaking allows women to share their experiences, inspire others, and advocate for change. Oprah Winfrey, a legendary public speaker, has used her platform to empower women and promote social change. She is also in my book "How to Become Amazing at Public Speaking".
4. Advance Careers: Public speaking can open up new opportunities and help women climb the corporate ladder. It can also help them become better negotiators and decision-makers.
This comprehensive guide is designed to help you overcome your fears, hone your skills, and become a captivating speaker. With practical tips, exercises, and real-life examples, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to get better at public speaking.
Public speaking is a powerful tool that can help women break barriers and achieve professional success. By investing in public speaking courses and training, you can overcome your fears, develop effective communication skills, and become an influential speaker. Embrace the power of public speaking, and let your voice be heard. As I say,
"The future of work is about amplifying your voice, your inner voice and outer brand. And public speaking is one of the keys to unlocking that potential."
About the Author.
Ted X talker, keynote speaker, ex marketing agency owner, digital trainer, serial tech startup founder and now media spokesperson Dan Sodergren's main area of interest is the future of work, remote work, AI and data and tech startups helping the world become a better place to live and work. He is co-founder of www.YourFLOCK.co.uk - the employee feedback platform.
In his spare time, as well as being a dad, Dan is a digital marketing and technology expert for TV shows and the BBC. Occasionally donning the cape of consumer champion on shows like BBC WatchDog, the One Show and RipOffBritain and being a marketing tech specialist for SuperShoppers and RealFakeAndUnknown and BBC Breakfast.
He is also a host and guest on podcasts and webinars speaking as a tech futurist. As well as being a guest on countless radio shows. And a remote reporter / content creator for tech companies at tech events and shows.
References for the piece:
Jerry Seinfeld quote: https://www.instituteofpublicspeaking.com/top-20-public-speaking-quotes/
Public speaking fear: https://www.briantracy.com/blog/public-speaking/fear-of-public-speaking/
Michelle Obama quote: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/michelle_obama_672209
Oprah Winfrey: https://www.biography.com/media-figure/oprah-winfrey
The new research for the new public speaking course: https://forms.gle/dj2eEgZf3dtEABgb8