The Power of Public Speaking

Posted by Brooke Wagner on Oct 19, 2022 12:50:33 PM


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Almost everyone has struggled with communication skills, and it’s not a skill that comes naturally to most. Once you learn public speaking skills, you can be more confident in your interviews. There are steps to improve your public speaking, which will be used in your interview, and how it can be executed appropriately.


Public Speaking helps you become confident in anything from talking in a class to presenting. It teaches you how to speak correctly and communicate well. Interviews are like public speaking; you must stay on your heels and come up with a statement on the spot to answer questions you didn’t know your interviewer would ask. Here are some steps to help with this!


Speak Powerfully


In an interview, you don’t want to speak softly or not have the interviewer believe you are confident in knowing what you say. Speaking powerful helps you get your point across. This will help you in an interview because you will understand exactly what to say.


When speaking in a presentation or interview, you want to be assertive and intelligent. Public speaking helps you practice this. It can be nerve-wracking, but if you speak intelligently, it will help you further. If you have a good stage presence, it will go a long way in interviews.


Master Your Nonverbal Behavior


Have you ever slouched or were too nervous about making eye contact? That shows you haven’t mastered your nonverbal behavior. You can improve on this by looking at others talking and paying attention to their nonverbal signals. See how it makes you feel. Do you feel more inclined to listen if they give you eye contact? Practicing public speaking is the best way to do this. It can communicate your emotions and perspective to show the audience that you know what you’re talking about and have the audience's attention.


In interviews, nonverbal signals are key. They show that you have an optimistic notion and are ready for whatever they say. Using hand gestures and body language to the best of your ability will convey your message in a particular type of way to the person you are speaking to. Public Speaking helps with your nonverbal signals because it keeps you practicing these skills and improves you. You can also have others critique you to ensure you’re doing your best. Interviewers will see that your signals of eye contact and the right gestures are signs of a good hire and that you’re interested in the job.


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Improves Communication


What do you need communication skills for? Pretty much everything. You communicate daily. Whether it be in class, with your friends, or with family. Communication is everything. Communication in public speaking is constructive when talking clearly and concisely. Public speaking can make people feel nervous and stutter their words. Practicing speaking in front of others will help you improve communication. When public speaking, make sure you don’t use filler words and just pause and think about what you are going to say.


Interviews, just like public speaking, are nerve-wracking. You go into an interview scared of what’s going to happen.  Focus on communicating your ideas so you can talk calmly and arrange your ideas rationally. You want the employer to see you as intelligent with good communication skills. Start by pausing for a second if you are stumped on a question, and gather your thoughts before continuing. Public speaking helps you improve your communication skills for an interview.


Importance of Quick Improvising


Have you ever been talking to someone or presenting and you are asked something that you don’t know how to answer? This happens all the time in interviews. Interviewers are trying to catch you off guard and make you come up with something off the top of your head, which is fine! Quick improvising helps express who you are and connects with others. Public speaking makes you improvise all the time. Sometimes in a presentation, you have to be able to think off the top of your head, leading you to make decisions quickly. This happens in group projects as well. You need to devise a fast solution to get an objective done.


The interviewing process is full of thinking on your feet. You don’t know the questions you will be asked, but improvising teaches you to stay calm in a fast and emotional situation where you must think and feel simultaneously.



Follow-Up Questions


In any interview, there will be questions. Either from the interviewer or to you. Once you master how to answer questions, it will be easier in an interview. Public speaking makes you stay on your toes, and during a presentation, when the audience asks questions, you have to be able to answer the questions they are giving you. It helps you practice responding to inquiries; in an interview, that’s all you will be asked! Being prepared helps. If you research the company and come up with interview questions that they might ask, it help further your process when you are in the interview.


It boosts your confidence when you have to respond to a potential employer during the process. If you practice when public speaking, it will be much easier to do so in an interview, and you will feel way more prepared!





Now that you understand how you can shine in your interview using public speaking, there’s nothing you can’t do.


These points will help you further your interview skills to become an excellent candidate for any job you want to apply for. Habits like these will advance your career and help you anywhere in life. It’s skills needed to know and learn to prosper as a successful individual. Learning how to speak powerfully, master your nonverbal behavior, improve communication, use quick improvising, and learn how to do follow-up questions that get you wherever you want to go. Remember, you got this!


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