When we hear the phrase â€œpublic speaking,â€ most of us imagine a stage and a large audience.
But public speaking takes place on a much smaller scale every day. Some examples include interacting with clients and coworkers, talking to people who provide services for you, and more.
In fact, any time you are talking with more than one close friend, you are in effect practicing your public speaking skills.
Taking a course in public speaking is a great way to improve your ability to think on your feet and improve your self-confidence in all areas of your life. Having formal instructions is often beneficial if you have a fear of speaking in public. Chances are this is related to presentation skills, and not a lack of knowledge.
The other key is to practice. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will become. Begin with small groups. You may find it easier to talk when seated rather than standing. Gradually stretch the boundaries of your comfort zone.
The confidence you develop through public speaking will not only be an asset in your personal and professional lives, overcoming this hurdle will give you the incentive to continue your self-growth in other areas as well.