Why Is Public Speaking Important for Your Career? 7 Reasons Speaking Skills Will Come in Handy

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Apr 11, 2019

Apr 11, 2019 • by Rebecca Smith

Glossophobia or fear of public speaking is the most common phobia in the United States and 13th in the world overall. Unfortunately, public speaking is one of the most useful skills out there.

Part of this could be owing to a self-fulfilling prophecy. Public speaking may be such a coveted skill because so many people are afraid of it.

Regardless, knowing how to give a speech has a lot of upsides. What are these upsides, though? Why is public speaking important?

We'll talk more about this in the paragraphs below.

1. Shows Knowledge

If you want to be a part of anything, you need to show that you're qualified for the job. Public speaking is one way to do this.

Think about podcasts, podcasts on any topic. People listen to podcasts because the hosts have something to talk about. They seem knowledgeable about the topic, even if the podcast is not educational, and they're able to talk about it in a way that makes sense.

This seems to be working because now almost 50% of Americans have listened to a podcast at one time or another.

One of the best favors you can do for yourself when preparing a speech is to research the topic. You may already know a lot about it, but it never hurts to prepare.

2. It's a Great Way to Learn

On the subject of research, you may be surprised where it leads you. There's a popular slang term on the internet about 'falling down the rabbit hole.'

An obvious reference to Alice in Wonderland, this is when somebody looks up something online, whether out of necessity or just personal interest and becomes fascinated by it and related topics. Suddenly, it's a few hours later and what started out as a search for how the shrimping business works has led to an article on the science behind allergies.

While it's never a good idea to let yourself get too distracted, being interested in something is the best way to learn it. The more we learn about our interests, the more qualified we are to study and teach about it. This may lead to our dream job someday. 

3. Gain Confidence

You may have heard the phrase 'fake it until you make it.' In some cases, this is great advice.

The logic behind it is simple--everybody has to start somewhere. In his young life, and even early into his professional career, Babe Ruth played catcher, shortstop, third base, and even pitcher before gaining renown as a heavy hitter.

Albert Einstein earned his doctorate and started to gain renown as a physicist while working at a patent office because he couldn't find a teaching job.

Do something enough, and you'll become good at it. If you want some advice right now on how to become a better speaker, this guide can help.

4. Social Skills

Believe it or not, knowledge can lead to social skills. More knowledge leads to more potential conversation topics.

Keep in mind, nobody at a party wants to listen to lectures. It might be better to let the other person start the conversation so you don't come off as a know-it-all.

Plus, the more you know about your interests, the more likely you are to meet people who share them and make friends. All friendships come from shared interests.

5. Makes You Stand Out

Why is public speaking important in an office setting? It's important because it makes you stand out, in a good way.

Those in charge of any kind of business are always looking for people who do their jobs well and those who don't. Being able to skillfully speak in front of an audience shows signs of leadership.

After all, a big part of being in charge is knowing how to motivate people. Giving the impression that you trust yourself and your coworkers to do well may boost their confidence.

That's a good way to earn a raise or a promotion.

6. Power

One thing acting has in common with politics is that the most eloquent and convincing person gets the biggest role. You may not have any interest in acting or politics, and that's okay because this principle also applies to some degree in most other places.

Wherever you are, expression grants power. You may be working for a small-time IT company, but your speeches can still sway important decisions. You may convince your bosses and colleagues to invest in one type of computer rather than another or that Sacramento is a better place for a second office than Portland.

Even on a smaller scale, the possibilities are endless.

7. Learn to Defend

A lot of people fear public speaking out of a desire to not be argued with and ridiculed. An objection is nothing to be feared.

This gives you an opportunity to defend your ideas and opinions, which can be just as important as public speaking. If you want to convince anybody that you're right about something, you'll have to be able to counter any criticism leveled your way. After all, not every audience is going to be blindly accepting.

Why is Public Speaking Important: A Review

Why is public speaking important? It's important for many reasons. 

It allows you to learn more and show what you've learned. It helps you learn social skills and can make you stand out in a crowd.

Public speaking builds your confidence, and with confidence and social skills can come power. With power comes the responsibility of defending your opinions, and the more you do that, the better you'll get.

Of course, a skill means nothing if you don't get to use it, so feel free to visit our site if you want to search for jobs or need career advice. We can even give you a few pointers on how to get hired.