- August 18, 2020
- Posted by: mealone
- Category: Leadership
Firstly, public speaking is the process of communicating information to an audience. And it is usually done before a large audience, like in school, the workplace and even in our personal lives. Even though, the benefits of knowing how to communicate to an audience include sharpening critical thinking and verbal/non-verbal communication skills.
Let’s Define Public Speaking
Remember a time that you had to stand in front of a bunch of people and tell them something. That is, is public speaking, and it involves communicating information before a large audience. However what makes public speaking different than, say, just talking to a crowd of people, is in the way information is conveyed. And in public speaking, the information is purposeful and meant to inform, influence or entertain a group of listeners.
We have five elements of public speaking, and it basically boils down to who is saying what to whom using what medium with what effect. And in other words, who is the source of the message, what is the message itself, whom is the audience, and while the medium is the actual delivery method and ending in the effect. Also think of the effect as the speaker’s intent for the speech.
Let’s not forget that public speaking dates back centuries, yet still remains one of the most important skills we can acquire in modern times.
Importance of Public Speaking
We have some very good reasons why you need to know how to do it. And actually, there are so many reasons why everyone should learn how to speak in a public forum. Let’s examine a few:
- Firstly every time you speak in public, it increases your self-confidence
- Secondly as we become comfortable speaking, we become more comfortable around people
- Thirdly we can reach a large audience in a shorter time than having individual conversations
- Fourthly it’s a great way to show how much you know about a subject
- Finally you can build a fan base of followers