Whether a mid-level manager for a large corporation with twenty employees, a small business owner with five employees, or the CEO of a multinational corporation, public speaking skills can be instrumental in helping you to effectively convey your message to the team, the media, or your clients. It can also be important as you try to build your career, expand, or make presentations to potential clients or investors. But, it is also a skill that is often overlooked by business owners and managers alike, as they often don’t consider staff meetings or presentations to fall into the realm of public speaking.

The most effective managers are ones who can properly communicate to their team a message. And they can do it in person before the group. Many of us have had that awkward manager who would get in front of the team, make a speech that didn’t seem to have a point, then sheepishly walk away. This manager, who could be great at what he or she does otherwise, and who should by all rights have a long career at the company, can be hamstrung by that ineffectiveness. If you have trouble in those situations with 20 or 30 employees, then how can you lead more? At Randal McCoy Insurance, an opportunity is given to all agents and managers to attend Dale Carnegie to improve their speaking and interaction skills.  If you can’t speak to your team effectively, how will you speak to a group of new reports or people outside of the organization?

And what’s worse is that many managers don’t know they have a deficiency in this area. After that awkward, meaningless, tangential “speech,” the manager walks away thinking a strong message was presented and received by the team. So if you are in a position of leadership, over 5 or 5,000 employees, it is important to always self-reflect on your communication and public speaking skills. Because speaking to a group is not the same as one-on-one or two-on-one.

There are a number of public speaking self-help guides, courses, and seminars to help you to build your skills when speaking to a group. And for a manager, this training and self-reflection can be vital to your success today and your career growth tomorrow.

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