Among the top 10 most common phobias, a fear of public speaking remains the most common social one. Conversely, however, public speaking may be one of the best things you can do to improve your career as well as improve your own social skills – which in the end will also be a huge boon to your career. Here are 3 ways building your public speaking skills can help you in your career.
Improves Professionalism and Confidence
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons people fear public speaking is because it literally focuses all eyes on you. Having an entire roomful of eyes on you can be an incredibly vulnerable and awkward position to be in, which is why most people avoid it. But public speaking isn’t just standing up on a stage, it’s also about speaking up in a meeting. If you can overcome your fear of speaking on a stage, it will make you far more likely to speak up and be vocal in meetings and other groups. That can’t help but help your career.
Helps You Stand Out
Most people want to be noticed for the work that they do, but the people most likely to be noticed are those that actively draw attention to their work. This may seem shallow, vain or narcissistic, but it is not. You don’t have to over-exaggerate the work that you do or be constantly drawing attention to yourself, but giving a presentation is a great way to showcase the quality of your work for your entire company or team.
Builds Leadership Skills
Would you follow a leader that was afraid to speak in public? Probably not. And neither would almost anyone else, either. King George IV was a British Monarch that suffered from a terrible stammer. He recognized that if he wanted his nation to follow him as a leader, he needed to be able to speak confidently in public. The film The King’s Speech is a dramatization of his work with a speech therapist to overcome his stammer in order to be able to speak confidently in public. While you may never need to lead an entire nation, the truth is, if you want to be a leader, you will need to learn to speak confidently in public.