Nowadays on the internet, you can find articles upon articles offering you tips to improve your public speaking, but very few on why people should bother with it in the first place.
My first few years of debate showed me the importance of speaking efficiently – that is – with adequate speed, but also adequate clarity. Over the years, I also learned how to connect with the judge, my intended audience. Sometimes all I have to do is pull away from the fluff that I’ve trying to pass off as words and say it like it is, loud and clear.
Public speaking makes you a better arguer. The fact of the matter is that even if you had the most valid points, you’d never be able to convince anyone if you couldn’t convey your argument properly. This skill comes hand in hand with acquirable traits that are overall, considered important for success and beyond, beginning with maturity, and ending with self confidence. Continue reading