Part 2: For You Personally
In Part 1 of this series of articles I asked you, “Are you scared of public speaking?”
And likely, many of you nodded your head in agreement.
If you haven’t had a chance to read that article, no worries, you can keep reading this one.
However, please feel free to read Part 1 of 2 of the Benefits of Public Speaking for Independent Consultants: For You Professionally by following this link.
As mentioned last week, I shared that I too feel extreme anxiety when I have to speak in front of a crowd.
It doesn’t matter if I’m speaking up in
– a meeting with my colleagues and peers,
– front of a small group from my corporate client; or
– front of a crowd of a 1000 people.
I am nervous!
Heart pounding, dry-mouthed and tight chest nervous.
But because I wanted to grow my career and become an independent consultant I knew I would have to buck up.
And when you understand the advantages, the upper hand, which public speaking earns you, you’ll want to move past your fear too.
To help me do just that, I made a massive list over 20 years ago of all the benefits I would gain for myself, both professionally and personally.
As well as professional benefits, you can gain a great deal personally from public speaking.
So, in this article, part 2, I am sharing my top 4 personal benefits.
Your Personal Benefits of Public Speaking
Benefit 7: Develop Your Courage
Courage isn’t about the lack of fear.
Courage is the ability to take action, even when you are afraid.
F.E.A.R. stands for False Evidence Appearing Real.
And when you stand up and speak publicly, be it in front of a small group or on a stage, you are practising courage.
You are becoming a more courageous person, which is a process over time.
And as you gain more courage you will earn rewards for yourself, your family, and your community.
Courage will serve you by supporting you in being ready to speak for yourself and in a leadership role for a group.
Benefit 8: Build Your Confidence
When you speak publicly, you will want to prepare and communicate effectively.
In the process, you will also strive to present yourself and your information at a higher level of quality.
As a result, you will also become more conscious of your potential, realising you can and can ‘be more’.
And the more you practice, the more confident you will become. Even if you have to act confident when you are not, you will be building your confidence in the process.
As mentioned, I still feel anxious when I get on a stage to speak.
But I am confident about the material I am sharing, and that goes a long way to making the entire experience enjoyable.
Because I enjoy the experience of public speaking, I am willing to do it again, actually looking forward it.
And now that I look forward to public speaking I have a very different image of myself, a positive self-image, which continues to help me build my confidence.
Benefit 9: Learn to Persuade
As a public speaker, you’re sharing ideas and speaking to your audience, inviting them to join you on a journey.
To help you provide a compelling story to join you on the journey, you will need to learn how to persuade.
You will practice various persuading methods and tools.
With the practice of sharing, inspiring and helping your audience, your audience will want to join you.
And you will become an agent for change, making a difference.
Benefit 10: Be Accountable
As your career progresses you may be looking for ways to ‘give back’.
When you speak publicly, you are automatically a role model to your audience.
As a result, you become more conscious or responsible for the effect you have on others.
You will come to understand how your words can help shape others, impacting them.
You have power and with power comes responsibility and accountability.
And so you will also be more careful about what you say and how you say it.
Personally, I enjoy accountability, and I believe it’s a required attribute of successful leaders.
A leader that can carry the load of accountability is an exceptional role model and can lead more effectively.
As an independent consultant, you are often in situations where you need to speak up, speak in front, and be confident in doing so.
You are also, often, in a leadership role in your craft as a consultant, without any official authority to do so. Courage, confident, persuasive, and accountable are all attributes you need support you professionally.
And of course, it also helps with any of your personal needs, be it with your family, friends, or volunteering.
There you have it! Part 1 and part 2, together, gives you 10 benefits of public speaking.
I hope I meet you in a speaker’s lounge and on the stage shortly.
You may just be surprised how much public speaking improves all aspects of your life.
Thanks for reading!
Founder and President
Stand & Deliver Inc.