Communication skills are vital no matter what you do with your days, but they are especially important in the world of business. The higher you rise on the corporate ladder, the more occasions will arise on which you will be expected to speak in public. Presentations, prize-givings, sales pitches, even leading meetings all require a certain level of skill and confidence in public speaking.
Many people, even successful businesspeople, are nervous and anxious about the prospect of speaking in public. This is only natural, given that the fear of speaking in public is consistently ranked extremely highly whenever people are asked about their greatest fears.
This anxiety can cause you to avoid occasions where you would need to speak in front of a crowd, even though you have the knowledge and experience to exceed the best speech or presentation that any of your colleagues could give. This reluctance can lead to you being afraid to put yourself forward and have your abilities recognised. you may even turn down a promotion or promising new job if you fear there will be a requirement to speak in public.
However, a fear of public speaking does not have to hold you down and prevent you from realising your potential.
The biggest myth about public speaking is that it is something that either comes naturally or does not. Speaking in public is a skill like any other, and must be practised and trained for it to develop. Business development training will often include a section on public speaking and presentation skills, and there are a variety of business development coaching services available that focus particularly on these skills.
By participating in business development coaching that will help you to improve your public speaking skills you will learn how to give effective presentations. In many cases, the knowledge that you have prepared and received coaching will do wonders to relieve your anxiety on its own.
The benefits of becoming comfortable with speaking in public and giving presentations are varied and impressive. The fact that many people are nervous about speaking in public means that your abilities will definitely be noticed, especially if you feel confident enough to volunteer. By giving presentations and speeches, both your superiors, colleagues and clients will notice you and your knowledge, skills and abilities in a whole new way. You may even open up whole new career paths to yourself that you would never have considered before. Your new communication skills will allow you to effectively and persuasively put forward your point of view and you will no longer sit quietly in meetings, dreading the possibility that you might be called upon to speak.