7 Ways to Use Your Public Speaking Skills ...

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I took two public speaking classes in high school, and my teacher emphasized the various ways to use your public speaking skills.

To this day, I still keep that in mind, and look for ways to tie in what she taught me.

In fact, I use them more than I thought I would!

Public speaking is all about communication and as humans, we spend a lot of our time communicating.

Here are a few ways to use your public speaking skills that I think are brilliant for improving communication.

1. Interviews

Whether it’s a job or college interview, there are a few ways to use your public speaking skills to your advantage.

In public speaking, it’s all about playing with the audience.

It shouldn’t be a rehearsed script that you spit out.2

And using that same mantra for interviews will help you be in the moment.

It should be a pinch-ouch type of reaction that is authentic, so don’t run off into your prepared answer.2

Instead, make eye contact and remain confident as you talk to get the interviewer on your side.

2. Talks

If you have a passion and want to create awareness, then why not talk about it?

I spoke about eating disorders during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week at my school last year.

I prepared my speech the same way I would for a presentation.

Start with a strong opening that connects you to the audience before guiding them to the points you want to address.2

Whatever topic it may be, you can follow that mental outline to help get your points across.

3. Forensics

For public speaking lovers, you should check out Forensics!

I did Forensics for three years and loved every minute of it.2

There are different categories all based around public speaking.

I did Original Oratory in which I read an except from a text of my choosing.

I enjoyed it because it allowed me to use my voice to bring a story to life.

It taught me to play with words such as quickly reading the word “racing” or engulfing the word “swallow” so that it sounded like I swallowed the word.2

Neat, right?

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