Fitness has, from an evolutionary view, been described on our survivability. Surely improving our physicality makes us harder to kill, as Wichita Falls strength coach, Mark Rippetoe, often states. This goes as well to some of our social skills as well. Take note of the craft of public speaking. It is incredibly important. What good is our potential and our ability if we cannot articulate ourselves to show what we’re worth? Having something worth saying while also having great delivery is the most effective way of getting our point across, and improving public speaking is the way to do it.
Why work on your public speaking fitness?
Public speaking is like poetry. It allows us to express ourselves, to put life into what our relationships, goals, career, interests, and life’s journey means to us. The word “passion” works well here. To express the humanity into the various aspects of our lives makes us more relatable.
To quote the famous poet Walt Whitman:
We don’t read and write poetry because its cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are all noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
To hear the eloquent crescendo of a speech, building tension, drama, suspense, even fear! That, is true poetry. In a world full of big brains and small hearts, the poetry of public speaking gives everyone single one of us the power to penetrate the hearts of others. It gives us the ability to move them, to cause a tremor into their spirit. To incite them to feel! Compassion, empathy, curiosity, fascination, shame, that is the poetry of public speaking
Increases your self value
Public speaking is an opportunity to diversity your skill-set. There is a great confidence that develops in us as we establish actual experience. Your endeavor to improve public speaking can take several paths that can improve your self-value, even if its already in a good place. Start making YouTube videos of yourself, speaking on subjects that interest you. See how you sound and leave it open for others to critique you. You and I have to put ourselves out there to improve!
Join a Toastmasters club and reap the benefits of a community of like-minded individuals trying to improve their public speaking as well. The power of tribe is incredible. And as you work on your ability to organize and articulate a speech, to be able to research and work from instant feedback from an audience, you gain momentum that comes from a rising skill. Diversifying your strengths is empowering.
Don’t have time?
This goes for any venture and understandably people don’t have time for things. To take on this journey may mean ending another, or scrimping time from other things. At the end of the day, I’d like to share a comparison. The excuse of “I don’t have time” is the adult equivalent to “The dog ate my homework”. Too grandiose? Lets look at this carefully. The excuse of the dog ate my homework basically means that “I don’t care”. It shows a lack of caring for the task at hand. Which is fine. There are only a certain number of things that we can be good at or work to getting great at. However, it is a disservice to others to make up some hoopla about not having the time to do the task, feigning actual interest.
The World is getting Smaller
In a world more connected than it has ever been, the ability to communicate effectively, across a variety of platforms is needed now more than ever. Whether it be YouTube, social media, podcasts, what have you, public speaking is needed by more people than ever before.
Again to quote Whitman:
Oh me! Oh life! Of the questions of these reoccurring; of the endless trains of the faithless. Of cities filled with the foolish; What good amid these, oh me, oh life? Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and that you many contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and that you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?