Public Speaking: The What,Why, and How?

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I'm sure you have had your spotlight moment where you got called out by your teacher in school to explain some concept to your peers or even tell a bunch of people something, whether nervous or not, you just had to do it.

In this article, I will be explaining the what, why, and how of Public speaking while sharing some simple and useful tips.

What is Public Speaking?

Public Speaking is the process of performing a speech to a live audience. It can be formal, face-to-face (one person), or a group of listeners.

Why should I get involved in Public Speaking?

  • It helps you build self-confidence over-time

  • Just like writing, you are able to help people understand concepts from your own perspective.

  • It's a great way to tell or show the world your pattern and what you are passionate about.

  • It broadens your knowledge about that topic due to your research and teaching others how it is done helps it stick faster to your memory.

  • A way to challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone.

  • Public speaking provides opportunities to network and travel to other countries ( most conferences I've speakers free admission and even travel assistance).

  • It helps in career advancement because you build valuable skills like critical thinking skills, leadership abilities, poise, and professional qualities. These skills are valuable to the job market.

How do I get started?

First, I want you to debunk the thought that you must be an expert, a senior developer, or at the peak of your career to start speaking at events (it's not true). I gave my first talk 5 months into coding. Everyone has an idea they want to share, you just have to believe in yourself and start applying.

Here are some tips to get you started:

You can follow them on Twitter and turn on notifications or subscribe to their mailing list to be notified of conferences announcing their call for proposals enabling you to submit a proposal fast enough.

  • Reaching out to local meetup organizers to speak at small meetups

  • Be sure about what exactly you want to talk about so you can draft your proposal to fit this (Yeah I know, writing proposals can be hectic and tiring). Here is a friendly resource to help you with this.

  • Believe in yourself enough to start and keep trying. I actually can't stress enough on this, don't feel intimidated or bad when your proposal gets rejected. Keep pushing because you are in for all the benefits.

  • Be vocal about what you are passionate about in a strategic manner especially on social media because you never know who is watching. Some couple of times, I have been reached out to for events to be a speaker because of the post, network, or engagement on my social media.

These are the tips I have for you to get started. Fell free to drop tips you may have or share this post if it was useful to you. I hope you consider public speaking if you have not already started.

Thanks for reading :)

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Comments (2)

Victoria Lo's photo

I'm so new to public speaking but I want to be better at it. I'll check these resources :) Thanks so much Ruth!

Ruth Ikegah's photo

I'm sure you will do amazing. You've got so much content.