Some people think that public speaking is just about going onstage, standing behind a podium, holding a microphone, and delivering a prepared speech. Indeed, these are parts and forms of public speaking, but there is more to these. Whenever you talk with your friends, speak with your teacher, present in front of the class, have an interview, or report to your boss, you are speaking in public. There is no such thing as private speaking.
This is why it is important to have public speaking skills, especially the formal one. Learning how to communicate with your friends is good. But learning how to talk even with unfamiliar people is better. One can be so good when talking to his/her friends, yet becomes tongue-tied when he talks in front of strangers.
The ability to effectively talk to anyone is indeed beneficial. Below are some of the other reasons why having public speaking skills is important.
1. In the classroom, public speaking skills are needed in recitation, reporting, and other forms of class presentation.
2. Public speaking skills are needed in communicating; thus, public speaking improves your interpersonal relationship with your friends, family, and others.
3. You need to be a good speaker to pass a college, organization, or job interview.
4. Public speaking skills improve social skills.
5. A good public speaker is a good communicator, and effective communication is vital in every aspect of your life.
6. Public speaking increases self-confidence. A person with self-confidence is emotionally capable enough to face life’s challenges.
7. Public speaking skills are needed to motivate, inspire, and persuade others.
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