Category: Other Public Speaking Situations
Become a Student of the Process
The next thing we recommend when it comes to public speaking related to education is that you become a student of the process. In addition to shifting into that intrinsic gear and focusing on the long term benefits of public speaking, it’s also worthwhile to become an expert at the process altogether. There are a lot of steps, and the more of them you implement, the more success you’ll have overall.
As a student you are uniquely positioned to have the time and the learning mindset to go through each phase in detail and master it. People already working in a career are notoriously short on time. If you are lucky enough to be a student at this time in your life, take advantage of it by learning all you can!
Be Especially Supportive of Others
Next, we recommend that you be especially supportive of others. As a student you are surrounded by other people in a similar learning phase of life. The challenges they’re facing are similar to your own, including those associated with public speaking. Be supportive of them, and encourage them to do the same for you.
Being a great audience in class is one way to help others. As we all know, acts of social cruelty and “bullying” are not uncommon in schools. This can lead to a lack of self-confidence which can in turn lead to public speaking anxiety.
If you want to succeed, help others succeed. It will make you stronger. Listen attentively. This may sound strange, but try to smile while they speak. Studies show that this helps the speaker.
Compliment others when they are finished. You’ll actually become a better speaker yourself when you learn what it takes to be a great audience.
Get Experience Wherever You Can
Finally, we recommend that you get experience wherever you can. As a student you’ll probably have more opportunities to speak in class than in any other setting, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to find alternatives. Look out into your community for the chance to get up in front of a group.
Look for community groups, poetry readings, school plays, places of worship and local public speaking groups. Practice with family and friends, and of course use our practice area here at Pspeak.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to incorporate public speaking into your education. Spend as much time as you can mastering this skill NOW!