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Monday, 03 April 2017 01:23

Can I practice public speaking at home?

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Communication Works for those who work at itI’m not going to jump in with a resounding ‘Yes’ as others have. I’m going with a solid ‘it depends!’

If you are practicing alone, in front of a mirror, a captive cat or any other nonsentient creature, you are not public speaking. You are merely speaking out loud.

I have found that many beginning speakers have challenges with actually speaking out loud. They’re not used to projecting their voice or expressing their beliefs, orally, to a live or potential audience. There is good value in just speaking out loud. I often practice in my truck while commuting to work.

So yes, you can practice at home. Rehearsing can help you get more comfortable with your content. There is an old saying that goes ‘practice makes perfect.’ Unfortunately, it isn’t true! Repeating the same mistakes over and over again merely makes you better at making mistakes.

The secret to developing effective public speaking skills is to receive constructive feedback. You then incorporate the suggestions into your rehearsal for improvement.

As already mentioned, I would also suggest checking out a local Toastmasters club. If there isn’t one available, there are now virtual, on-line clubs that negate the geographical obstacles.

The Toastmasters program is based on the provision of constructive feedback. Public speaking is speaking to … the public. A Toastmasters club provides you with a receptive audience. This is great preparation for going out and speaking to the public.

Thanks for your question.

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Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANEI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 20+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic. He is a long-time member of Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters and is the driving force behind its long-term success. 

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