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Monday, 21 November 2016 02:05

Where can I learn great public speaking?

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Communication Works for those who work at itI would rate myself as an average speaker. I am just beginning by career in research and I feel that this is a great skill to invest in. Are there some good places where I can get much better?

What kind of professionals should I consult if the air does not come freely out of my noes when I speak?


You are likely going to hear it over and over again, agreeing with Bo Pooni, as I do, that Toastmasters is the best place for the average person to learn great public speaking skills. Whether you actually become a great public speaker is up to you.

I disagree with Bo Pooni in a few areas though. I know they prefaced their comments with “or if there isn’t one near you …”.

Practice, practice, practice … most definitely. However, practice does not make perfect. For one thing, perfection is impossible to achieve. Better to strive for excellence. Practicing the same thing over and over again without constructive feedback only makes you better at not being very good. Progressing in any skill is an incremental process.

I’m not a believer in emulating anyone else’s style. I learned long ago that each and every one of us has our unique style. It takes lots of practice and experience to determine what it is. I found that I was an entertainer. I like to tell stories. I almost always incorporate humour into what I say, but I do not consider myself a humourist.

I’m also against speaking to a mirror for practicing. I expand upon in the article linked below.

How much practicing in front of mirror is helpful for public speaking?

Here are some more answers relating to public speaking:

How important is public speaking in professional life?

How do I improve my extemporaneous speaking skills besides just practicing?

How can I become the best speaker

As for the second part of your question “What kind of professionals should I consult if the air does not come freely out of my noes when I speak?” In most cases the family doctor is the gatekeeper to the medical system. If they determine you have a problem, they may send you to an ear, nose and throat specialist.

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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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