As is the case with many skills, public speaking aptitude can affect more than just your ability to speak to groups of people. Improving your public speaking skills can raise your self-worth and confidence. It also improved communication skills in general … something that can help you when you meet new people in Long Beach, are interviewing for a new job, or just hanging out with friends and family.
In 1943, psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed “A Theory of Human Motivation”. In that paper, he discussed a hierarchy of needs that we as humans have. Realizing your self-worth ranked the highest. And this is where public speaking can help.
When you give a good presentation, your personal satisfaction increases your sense of self-worth. You become more confident, especially when the audience responds positively. However, despite the benefits, public speaking remains one of the most feared activities for many people.
In fact, there was once a student who dropped a course five times simply because he hated speaking in front of the class. However, that course was important enough that he did some self-study on building up confidence. This inspired him to give public speaking a try and he was successful. In fact, he came to enjoy speaking so much that he volunteered to give more speeches.
Improving your public speaking skills can improve your overall communications skills. Building an effective presentation takes research, conceptualization, and organization. By exercising these skills for a speech, you build up your communication “muscles” in general and become better able to express yourself in all situations.
Many people find that improving public speaking skills also opens them up more to other people. They make more friends and have a better time at parties and gatherings.
Speaking skills can help you advance in your career, as well. Confidence “on the stage” can put you in a more significant role as you talk with people of high standing. You can do better at interviews, get better jobs and move up the ladder in your current organization.
Public speaking can also satisfy your sense of achievement when the audience accepts you warmly. This reflects your level of communication skills and ability. All these contribute to your self-esteem.
Long Beach has many opportunities to improve your public speaking skills. Here are some resources you can look into.
- Toastmasters – There are numerous Toastmasters clubs in the greater Long Beach area. Click here for a map of locations.
- Meetup.com – Several meetups in Long Beach can help you improve your public speaking skills. Many of the Toastmasters clubs listed on the map above maintain MeetUp groups. But there are others, as well.
- Public speaking tutors – you can hire a private tutor to help you with your public speaking. You can find a list of those in Long Beach here.
- Long Beach City College – You can improve your public speaking, leadership and more by taking courses from the Department of Communication Studies and Sign Language at LB City College.
- Self-study courses – There are plenty of books and online courses that can help you hone your speaking skills. Here are a few recommendations:
Speaking 101 – online video course from PublicSpeakingSuperPowers.com
Magic of Public Speaking: A Complete System to Become a World Class Speaker by Andrii Sedniev
The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie
No Sweat Public Speaking! by Fred E. Miller
The 7 Principles of Public Speaking: Proven Methods from a PR Professional by Richard Zeoli
Would you like more information about public speaking? Visit PublicSpeakingSuperPowers.com for tips, advice and plenty of videos about all the “powers” you can employ in your speaking endeavors.
NOTE: Are you a Long Beach based speaker? Contact me to have an interview with you published in this column.