Leadership Essentials: Public Speaking

Public speaking is the #1 feared activity which is why leadership is magnified through the lens of public speaking.  Great leadership is communicated with a superior ability to provide dynamic speeches in public that capture people’s imaginations.

The public speaking platform is essential for leadership and developing the ability to communicate effectively to large audiences is crucial for leadership excellence.

Great leaders such as JFK and MLK are instantly recognized by only a few letters because their ability to communicate in the public speaking forum transformed our world and culture. Their legacies have grown because new generations view their legendary speeches which speak volumes about them as individuals. Powerful speakers create a magical connection with their viewers that is simply captivating and is the basis of leadership.

The art of public speaking can be learned by any motivated individual who desires to make an impact with their leadership communication. A very skilful communicator creates a connection, motivation, inspiration, and action through their command of message and the relatability of their communication style.

Becoming a presidential type speaker takes time and deliberate practice is needed to develop the necessary skills. Some people have the natural gift of gab and are fearless in front of large crowds, but this is not typical of everyone.

Ronald Reagan, known as the “Great Communicator”, developed his speaking abilities first as an actor and then as a spokesperson for General Electric (GE) touring the country for over a decade. He developed his public speaking abilities that transformed him from an actor into the President of the United States of America. “Public speaking is a vital Leadership skill”.

Action Steps for Improving Leadership with Public Speaking

Learn to cultivate your personal story and practice communicating to audiences. Start small to gain confidence and then expand to keep challenging yourself after you become comfortable. The rule is, “if you are too comfortable, then you are not challenging yourself enough”.

I recommend initially videotaping yourself giving speeches which will allow you to be your first critic and reduce flaws before presenting to your first audience. Video feedback has been found to be one of the best ways to give and receive feedback. You won’t believe how you really look…

Secondly, joining a public speaking group such as Toastmasters.org or taking a Dale Carnegie public speaking class will increase your learning ability and simultaneously provide community support from like-minded people. Lastly, the cheaper way to develop your public speaking would be reading a book and I recommend “Stand and Deliver” – a small book that packs a large punch.

If your aim is to be a leader then public speaking is an essential skill you must develop for success.





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