When considering training for public speaking, there are a few important things you want to think about before you do anything else.
The first question is, exactly why are you even thinking about training for public speaking?
If you’re like most people, you probably want training for public speaking for one of the following reasons:
- You want to conquer fear of public speaking or stage fright.
- Your job or career now demands that you speak in front of groups and you need to get your skills up to speed quickly.
- You are a business person and you’ve discovered that public speaking is the best way to promote your product or service.
When you’re considering training for public speaking, the clearer you are about exactly what you hope to achieve, the better you’ll be able to find training that will deliver what you need.
Otherwise you may waste a lot of time and money, and still not get the training for public speaking you were hoping for.
If you have unlimited time, and all you want to do is get more comfortable with speaking in front of groups of people, then you might simply look into your local club chapter of Toastmasters where you’ll be given plenty of opportunities to get up and speak, and they’ll make sure to wean you off of your “ums” and “uhs” when you speak.
But if you don’t have unlimited time and you want to master public speaking and presentation skills as quickly as possible, then you’ll need to look beyond Toastmasters. In this case, you’ll be better off looking for more comprehensive training for public speaking.
For example, if your job or career is demanding you to be able to speak and make presentations to groups of prospects, train or present to employees in groups, or even speak before the board of directors, you’re going to need to get up to speed very quickly.
And if you’re in business for yourself, your schedule is probably already full so you don’t have any time to waste!
In that case, you might consider an adult night school class – but the downside is that the quality of these classes vary widely, and there is the problem of time; yes they’re at night, but they typically run one class a week and it takes a long time to complete the series of classes.
So what options are you left with?
- A comprehensive home study course.
- A private training live workshop.
- Individual, one-on-one coaching.
A home study course is great because you can study at your own pace and on your own schedule. Plus, you can jump right into the sections that interest you most and cover the rest later.
I think private training live workshops are truly terrific, and so is one-on-one coaching (but the coaching option will probably cost you more).