The role of Public Speaking

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Public speaking can be a nerve-wracking, complex process. However, one important aspect should never be forgotten: good speakers are made, not born. Even the most polished public speakers today, whether politicians, motivational speakers, spokespersons, etc., had to learn and apply the basics of public speaking.

Mastering public speaking builds confidence and creates a sense of satisfaction. In a way, the ability to be a good speaker allows you a greater sense of personal control. Participation in public speaking gives you the ability to influence events around you. For example, participation in public affairs requires the ability to speak well. to be successful in PTA meetings, organizational or committee meetings at work, organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, and other public forums requires a speaker who can effectively express himself/herself with direct, organized ideas.

Public speaking can help advance your career. According to a study by AT&T and Stanford University, people who enjoy giving speeches earn more than those who don't.

As you advance in your chosen career, the opportunities for public speaking only increase.

There are three basic types of speeches given. The first is the informative speech. Its purpose is to promote understanding of ideas, facts, or other information. This is a very common type of speech and is considered by many to be the most important because of its very frequency. Another type is the persuasive speech. The persuasive speakers attempt to influence attitudes and behaviors of others. A salesperson is a common example of this type of speaking. The final type is called the special occasion speech. Its purose is usually, but not always, to entertain. this type of speech is used to lend distinction to important events (such as an after dinner speech, awards banquet, etc.)

Since public speakers can influence others,