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Improve public speaking

Improve Public Speaking


Improving public speaking skills is essential for personal and professional growth. Effective communication can help you convey your ideas clearly, persuade and influence others, and boost your confidence in various settings. Whether you're presenting at a meeting, speaking at a conference, or engaging in everyday conversations, honing your public speaking abilities can lead to greater success and opportunities.


  1. Toastmasters International - An organization that offers a supportive environment to practice public speaking and leadership skills.
  2. TED Talks - A platform featuring talks by expert speakers on a variety of subjects, providing inspiration and examples of effective public speaking.
  3. Public Speaking for Dummies - A comprehensive guide with tips and techniques for enhancing your public speaking skills.
  4. Coursera: Dynamic Public Speaking - An online course that covers the fundamentals of public speaking, including speech writing, delivery, and overcoming anxiety.
  5. The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie - A classic book offering timeless advice and strategies for becoming a more effective speaker.

Example SMART Goals

  1. Deliver a 10-minute presentation to my team at work without using notes within the next 2 months by practicing twice a week with feedback from a colleague.
  2. Reduce my public speaking anxiety by 50% as measured by self-assessment surveys, by attending weekly Toastmasters meetings and participating in speaking exercises over the next 3 months.
  3. Improve my vocal variety and projection by practicing vocal exercises for 15 minutes daily, aiming to see noticeable improvements in my delivery during a scheduled presentation in 6 weeks.
  4. Develop the ability to engage my audience by incorporating at least 3 storytelling techniques in my next public speech, scheduled for 3 months from now, by attending a storytelling workshop and practicing with peers.
  5. Increase my ability to handle impromptu speaking situations by participating in a minimum of 10 impromptu speaking sessions at local meetups or Toastmasters over the next 4 months.

Example Habits

  1. Record myself giving a short speech once a week to evaluate my performance and identify areas for improvement.
  2. Practice deep breathing exercises daily to manage anxiety and improve vocal control.
  3. Read one article or book chapter on public speaking techniques each week to continually enhance my knowledge and skills.
  4. Engage in regular conversations with new people to build confidence and improve spontaneous speaking abilities.
  5. Rehearse key presentations or speeches in front of a mirror or with a trusted friend to gain constructive feedback and refine my delivery.

Note this information is not a substitute for a professional advice and varies from person to person.