Great project managers are great communicators. And we are often required to inform, persuade, inspire, and lead others. Let's look at how public speaking may be hurting your career and twelve ways to become a better speaker.
So, what is public speaking (also called oratory)? It is the process or act of performing a speech to a live audience.
When does this occur for project managers? Every time you lead a meeting. When you train others. Presentations to senior management. Board meetings.
There are also opportunities to advance your career outside of your day-to-day projects. I regularly speak at PMI Chapter meetings and project management symposiums (which earns me PMI Professional Development Units).
How do you feel about public speaking? According to the Washington Post, public speaking is one of our top fears (followed closely by bugs, snakes, and other animals).
Here's the good news. You can learn to be a better speaker. Yes, it takes practice, but you can improve your confidence and your skills. Consequently, you will boost your career opportunities. Here's how.
“Fully 85 percent of your success as a leader will be determined by your ability to communicate effectively with others.” -Brian Tracy
Where can you improve your public speaking skills? In what ways? Identify an area or two that you will work on. Look through this list of 12 ways to improve your public speaking, and work on a few at a time.
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