Did you know that 73% of people fear public speaking? And not just an ordinary fear either, but a crippling phobia of it. For this reason, becoming a public speaker is an audacious goal. As such, it can produce many positive effects on you and your life.
And you don’t need to become a professional public speaker, either.
Simply taking it up as a hobby is enough to experience its numerous advantages. So if you’re looking for a recreational activity that will contribute to your self-improvement, this is it. You learn and develop so much from this craft.
But if you’re skeptical, let me share…
What I’ve Learned From Becoming a Public Speaker
I gave my first public speech in March 2017.
It was at a Hip Hop conference I was invested to perform at back in my rapping days. Due to my on-stage experience as an emcee, it was a natural transition into public speaking. However, public speaking had a much more profound effect on my development than being a rapper ever could.
Soon I began giving presentations everywhere:
- Schools and camps
- Businesses and organizations
- Special events
- Charities, etc
And something interesting happened the more I presented: I realized I had value to offer other people and the world at large. This realization was a big eye-opener because even though I had been actively improving myself for years, I never thought it would translate into motivating and inspiring others.
As a result, I developed a strong sense of inner confidence and self-worth.
Becoming a public speaker built my self-esteem. Moreover, it revealed to me that I am capable of so much more than I ever gave myself credit for. Now, what can you take away from my story and how can you use these insights in your own life?
Simply put: You can bring the best of yourself to the surface by challenging your beliefs about who you are and what you can do.
And this newly cultivated self-belief will translate into other factes of your life. You’ll feel more confident taking risks and trying new things. As a result, your self-improvement will be accelerated as you continue growing and developing as a person.
This process is indispensable. And public speaking can be the key to that kingdom.
The Benefits of Speaking in Public
Becoming a public speaker can have many powerful effects on your life, I speak from personal experience. So if you’re interested in learning a new skill that is fun, engaging, and can fast-track your self-improvement, this could be what you’ve been looking for.
It won’t be easy, but if you’re up for the challenge, it will definitely be worth it. Here are a few of the potential benefits to consider:
- Career opportunities
- Increased income
- Network with others
- Form meaning connections
- Share your story
- Improved confidence
- Viewed as an authority by peers
- You gain unique experiences
And this is just the beginning. By becoming a public speaker, the whole world opens up to you. New opportunities, people, and experiences flood into your life—all of which will contribute to your growth and development.
Public Speaking Accelerates Your Self-Improvement
Becoming a public speaker can fast-track your personal development journey. This notion applies to both your personal and professional growth. It’s a skill that requires courage to step on stage in front of large audiences and the tenacity to serve others with useful insights.
You can visit a Toastmasters club near you to learn and develop your public speaking skills.