13 Nov Can Public Speaking Engagements Be Detrimental to Your Image?
If you are wondering if public speaking is a good idea to help promote your project or if it is a waste of time, then keep reading!
Public speaking can have its advantages and disadvantages. It depends on the person and what they are trying to accomplish. Experienced or a novice, the following are things to take into consideration in evaluating a speaking offer like:
- The audience size
Most people are not invited to speak at massive stadiums. Usually, the crowd is under a few hundred so determine if the size of the audience will work to your advantage. Also be aware of the audience demographics. Is it too young or too old for your message?
- The possibility of tough questions or comments
If your speaking engagement includes a Q&A session, be prepared for tough questions or negative feedback from an audience member. If you are not spontaneous and ready with a quick rebuttal, think twice about taking the speaking engagement.
- Speaking and presentation skills must be effective
If you have never done public speaking before, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should pass on an offer. But, you should be sure you can articulate and express your message without looking nervous or uncomfortable. You can be nervous, just don’t show it! Most speakers will tell you they get a little nervous before speaking to a group. If you look less than confident, the audience will perceive you as not well-versed on the topic.
If you are hesitant about speaking to an audience, try doing a panel discussion where you are not the only person in the spotlight and the questions and discussion are distributed among the entire panel. Start out small and master that before moving to the big time. Check out my website for more tips!