An accomplished professional, Joann Baney has a track record in both education and business. She is an associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the owner and vice president of Professional Development Company. In the latter position, Joann Baney provides communications training to senior executives.
There is no denying that public speaking is important in business settings; it helps individuals persuade audiences and is a valuable tool for motivating people. However, both of these things are important outside of the business world, as well.
For example, experienced public speakers are often more confident around other people in a variety of situations. This confidence comes into play in all aspects of their lives, whether it’s trying to sell a product to someone or just selling their own skills at a job interview. Similarly, confident individuals can easily inspire their peers, customers, or coworkers to work together toward a single purpose.
Beyond that, public speaking is one of the most effective ways of sharing information. At some point, nearly every person will find themselves in a situation where they must share information with a large group of people. Strong presentation techniques keep an audience’s attention and help speakers better convey ideas. Further, strong public speaking skills help a presenter appear more knowledgeable about their topic.