Talk is cheap, according to an old English proverb, but proven wrong in everyday life. Too few, public speaking comes naturally. The ease to speak in front of large audiences and the ability to choose the right words at the right time seems as though they were born with the talent. Some benefit by taking courses through their high schools and universities, while others may spend thousands on a few hours of lessons in order to develop their ability, according to Lucas (18).
As a result, most Americans rank their number one fear as being the fear of public speaking.
Public speaking creates a feeling of empowerment, as one is able to communicate information to all audiences, along with the ability to influence people’s attitudes and behavior and to allow one to achieve a position of leadership. Public speaking is essential to success in nearly every walk of life. The fact of searching for a job will be less stressful if an applicant has good oral communication skills, listening ability, and enthusiasm.
In the workforce it is vital to have speaking skills to deliver oral reports or presentations, responding to questions, or while training new employees.
While public speaking is public centered many things needs to be taken into consideration when writing a speech for a crowd. Thus, a speech only has meaning if the people whom the speech is directed at listen and understand. With this, a speech breaks down into parts, such as, a speaker, a message, a channel, an audience, context, noise and audience feedback.
Subject and language used to express the ideas in messages depends on the experience of the speaker. Every speech is individual and unique to the speaker. For instance, a traveler visiting Nigeria, viewing the effects and results of lack of food becomes motivated to carry a message about food donations and wastefulness.
Public speaking boost my confidence among people and it is going to be beneficiary for me for rest of my life. As a finance major, I have to present my presentation during my educational period as well as my profession life. It was a good way to start and keep learning more and more as I go along. I figured public speaking skills are common to promotion in most careers. We want to find a good job after we finish learning at school. Some companies require their employee have to have experience, high education level, and we need to have a strong persuasive ability.
Therefore, it is important to study public speaking because we can improve the persuasive ability. In this class, we will study how to organize a speech before we talk. For example, we have a meeting to introduce about a new product. We will think the first part of speech we say about the name of product and reason why we choose this name; the second part is introducing information about the new product. We need to talk about the advantage of this product and the successful ability about profits.
One moment in particular stood out the most. It was summer of the last year. I was asked to be a fill in supervisor for couple of week. I was so excited without knowing what else this job come with. On second or third day I was asked to announced over head even though I was scared, but I managed to do it. Later on that week, I got orders from my boss that I have to bring all the employees to the podium and tell them new policy. Once I heard what I had to do, my heart practically stopped and I imagined what it would be like to speak in front of 50 to 70 people. I saw myself slowly approaching the podium appearing nervous and unconfident, once I started to speak I saw myself stuttering to the point where I appeared foolish.
My speech impairment for the moment prevented me from reciting my whole speech. My nightmare ended with me running off from podium filled with embarrassment. In an effort to overcome my nightmare, I rushed home and started working on my speech. Within one to two hours I had completed my speech and started working hard rehearsing the pledge. After reciting the speech and the pledge multiple times, I was confident that I was prepared enough to do well the following days.
After taking this public speaking class, I feel much comfortable now. I even started paying more attention to all those people who speak for living in order to learn something new that I don’t know or I still need to work on. I even look closely to my follow class mates when they speak front of the class. Public speaking did change my life especially my confidence not only front of the people but in my personal life too.