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How important is public speaking in professional life?

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My short answer is that being skilled in public speaking is the difference between a professional that has lots of ideas, that nobody gets to hear about and a professional that becomes a thought leader who is sought after to hear what they have to say.

A big part of being a professional is being able to share your ideas with others and persuade them to take action, based on your suggestions. It doesn’t matter what your profession is, they share common characteristics. One of the basic tenets of being a professional is giving back to the profession by adding to its body of knowledge or sharing one’s experience with others.

Sharing ideas can be done in written form but it is oratory i.e. public speaking that appeals and persuades the masses. The same thing applies to politicians at any level of government. When they are running for office they may send us some written material but it is there public speaking that gets them elected … or perhaps not!

In my early adult years, I was a professional Registered Nurse. I got involved with my local professional organization. It was easy to get elected, likely anybody else was too fearful to run for office. What was limiting to me was my fear of public speaking. While I had the desire to be a leader, my leadership skills were rudimentary at that time. My lack of public speaking skills limited my advancement in the organization and in time put limitations on how I was able to perform the role that I did have.

In summary, you can lead a professional life without ever having to speak in public. Countless numbers do. However, being able to speak in public as a professional has a high likelihood of increasing opportunities, the ability to create change and a deep sense of personal satisfaction.

Thanks for your question.

Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 27+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the personal/professional self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic.

His writing style can be described as being conversational. As an author Rae strives to have a one-to-one conversation with each of his readers, very much like having your own personal self-development coach. Rae is known for having a wry sense of humour that features in his publications.


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