Practice Makes Perfect – The Value of Public Speaking Training for Leaders

June 14, 2012
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One of the most important skills that all leaders must possess is the ability to communicate ideas well through powerful public speaking. However, far too many potential leaders hide behind emails or written communications and fail to learn the skills needed to effectively deliver messages in person. The ability to verbalize ideas and speak clearly on topics from an expert perspective is what makes leaders stand out from among peers. Without this practice, you may be shortchanging yourself and your career in a big way.

Learn why public speaking training can add value to your career growth, and help you become the leader you were meant to be.

The rule of thumb with any new business skill is that the more you practice it, the better you become. While public speaking may not come naturally to all, it can be accomplished by training and practice. Over time, it is simple to get over nervousness and lack of confidence that all developing leaders experience at the beginning.

As a leader, you are probably faced with the task of being able to relate to people in many different functional departments within your company. This means you must develop your interpersonal skills in many forms, from written to public speeches. Anytime a new company update takes place, subordinates look to you to be the great communicator for the organization. It’s difficult to do this without practice in a safer environment.

Public speaking training, which is generally accomplished through business speaking and communication coursework, can give you the advantage in terms of your verbal abilities. There are several formats in which you can learn public speaking. These include online learning, classroom learning, and workshops. Decide what format works best for your schedule and learning style, and then enroll.

Make the most of your public speaking classes by completing all the exercises, participating and gathering feedback from other students, and perfecting your speaking skills through practice. Develop mock presentations and work through them. In a relatively short period of time, you will be a more effective public speaker who has confidence and the ability to deliver any message.

Get a jump start on your public speaking prowess by enrolling in Dale Carnegie’s Effective Communications and Human Relations Skills for Success today!

This post is brought to you by the good folks at Dale Carnegie Training of Central & Southern New Jersey. We would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter @CarnegieJersey.

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