Research says people are more scared of public speaking than of skydiving. And yet, with the right tools and practice, a speaker can persuade, convince and convert any audience.

In this pathway, learn how to be clear, concise and compelling, whether you are speaking at a job interview, a conference or a client meeting. Structure your thoughts, tailor your message to your audience, match your non-verbal cues to your words and you should be able to woo your listeners. Ignore the nerves. Remember, the worst speech you give is better than the speech you never give.

Thrive Skills are an essential set of cognitive, social and behavioral skills to enable our learners to continuously succeed, at every stage of their career.

A confident speaker is one who has the power to move people with their words, body language and communication skills. Confident Public-Speaking is a must-have Thrive Skill for professionals who are in client-centric or customer-facing job roles. Speeches, presentations or meetings run by people who talk with confidence lead to better outcomes.

Building confidence in public-speaking adds value to a professional’s career, making them stand firm, confident and sure of themselves in front of a crowd. Public speaking can be daunting for many. However, it’s essential to talk with confidence as it can help build connections, empathize with an audience and do well in job interviews.

Examples of Confident Public-Speaking are delivering a client pitch followed by a successful Q&A, making a speech in front of a large audience and landing one’s dream job after a productive conversation with an interviewer. If a professional has the confidence while speaking, they can open doors to better opportunities.

To be a confident speaker, one can practice, practice and practice some more. Another way is to ask for feedback from trusted acquaintances like family, friends and colleagues. Improving communication skills, especially speaking and listening, will enable any individual to become confident at public speaking.

Harappa programs that focus on Being Resilient as a Thrive Skill are the Women’s Leadership Program and Powerful Presence Program.

Other Thrive Skills under COMMUNICATE are Audience Connect, Presentation Flair, Cultural Fluence, Meaningful Synthesis and Personal Brand-Building.

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