In any field, cultivating public speaking skills is key. Being confident and comfortable public speaking is necessary in order to effectively communicate your ideas and get your messages across.
When public speaking, prepare for your presentation ahead of time by noting key talking points, but avoid memorizing your notes directly. Be aware of your body language and note the tone of your voice when speaking. Knowing your audience is key to ensuring your content resonates.
Keep in mind that you’re practicing public speaking every time you introduce yourself or address a group of people (at a staff meeting, for example).
– Dominique Becnel, The New Orleans 100