14 excellent reasons to let go of fear of public speaking
By: Susan Dugdale | Last modified: 09-17-2022
Tell me more!
I'm so glad you asked.
The benefits of public speaking are many.
So if you're one of the hordes of anxious "yet-to-be-convinced-I'd-rather-spend-time-at-the-dentist-getting-my-teeth-drilled-without-pain-relief" people, for your own sake, please read carefully.
There are 14 excellent reasons below to get rid of public speaking fear and get some public speaking skills.
To put it bluntly, you'll be able to do more for yourself, and for others, if you can speak up competently and confidently.
When you learn to feel comfortable speaking publicly you will find you have:
If the 'old you' suffered from doubt and anxiety, you'll find it gradually replaced by a new self image.
You'll see yourself standing tall, talking easily and communicating well in public settings.
You will feel empowered in your professional life as well as your personal life.
If you let others do your talking for you in the past or found it hard to express what you wanted to say, that will fade. Not only will you be able to fluently speak your mind but you'll find yourself doing it for others too.
Developing public speaking skills also develops leadership skills!
In other words, you'll no longer let real problems go saying "they don't matter" when what you really mean is you lack the confidence to state your case clearly in front of others.
Preparing an effective speech involves:
You'll have become conscious of timing: when to pause and how long for.
You'll know about vocal variety: how and when to change the volume, speech rate, pitch and tone of your voice.
Your articulation will be clearer.
As you become more confident you'll know: how to use body language well, the most effective ways to use props or visual aids and how to meaningfully tell a story.
All of these are vital skills the best public speakers use to enhance their speeches.
Because you'll know what to say, how to say it, why and when. (So important in today's world.)
You've become a change agent: a powerful conduit for spreading hope and encouragement.
You'll know the effect of the words you choose to express your message and you'll also know they need to be different for different audiences to hear or receive them the way you want them to.
As well as having a flexible vocabulary, you'll no longer "um" and "ah" or use any of the fillers we commonly hear in everyday conversation indicating that the speaker may be unsure about what they're saying, or anxious about saying anything at all.
Minus public speaking fear you will aim higher whereas before you may have settled for much less.
If you want to become a thought leader, a professional speaker, join the business world or to climb the corporate ladder you can.
Learning to speak well in public is a great way to increase your chances of professional success.
You will know your words are powerful. You will be more careful about what you say, and how you say it, in your everyday life as well as when you make public speeches.
When called upon to say a few words to a group of people at a moment's notice your heart will not pound with fear.
Instead you will take a deep breath. You'll graciously accept the great opportunity being given to you, speak fluently and deliver a good speech.
Putting yourself forward makes it easier for you to meet others. You'll find people want to talk to you: your spirit of "can-do" is attractive, energizing. You will draw people to you.
When you're seen competently and successfully speaking in public you become a powerful role model for people younger than yourself. Your example is inspiring.
People who can communicate well are always wanted in any profession. It's a common part of numerous jobs.
There you have it: 14 compelling personal benefits! The importance of public speaking as an essential skill for living fully can not be overstated.
It truly is worth "feeling the fear and doing it anyway". Try it.
If you teach oral communication skills, public speaking classes or a public speaking course the list could be useful for motivating your students.
It would make a good introduction to a course. You could offer it along the lines of:
"This is what you'll achieve: the gifts you'll give yourselves, when you swap public speaking anxiety for public speaking confidence".
"Benefits of Public Speaking" by Lisa Schreiber and Morgan Hartranft, Millersville University, USA, LibreTexts, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND.
"Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking, Why is Public Speaking Important" produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing through the eLearning Support Initiative.