It's estimated that as much as 75% of the population struggles with a fear of public speaking, becoming the number one fear across the globe. But to excel in a complex world that moves very fast, you must be a decent, good, or great public speaker. Having the fortitude to address people and do it well is a rare skill and a career enhancer. Whether you are driving your startup business or a graduate student, whether you are happy at your job or seeking, honing the ability to connect and communicate with large audiences is an essential ingredient of success. Here are five compelling reasons why you need to grab the mic in 2019.
Reason #1 - You Overcome a Big Fear
75 % of people struggle with public speaking. Only 8% seek the necessary help to alleviate this rampant fear.
Reason #2 - Boosts Your Confidence
Conquering glossophobia (fear of public speaking) instantly boosts self-esteem. Your presentations will naturally become easier and more productive.
Reason #3 - Improves Your Brand
A great public speaker attracts new clients and friends with each word. Your website clicks increase. Your name is now memorable.
Reason #4 - Your Promotions Come Easier
Fear of public speaking decreases opportunities for promotion by 15%. Don’t expect to be named the next manager or director if you can’t communicate your company’s vision with conviction.
Reason #5 - You’re An Expert
Speaking to a crowd often shows that you’re an expert in what you do and you’ve been given a chance to share what you know. Everyone loves listening to an expert.
Public speaking is one of the most influential skills you can refine, giving you a confidence enhancing many parts of your life. I challenge you to take the next step in your oratorical journey and join the local Toastmasters, hire a speaking coach or give speeches in the shower. The benefits are guaranteed to improve your long-term business, career and relationship success.
Damien Jones is a political strategist, inspirational speaker, and public speaking coach who deploys faith, politics, and civic engagement as tools to empower everyday people.