A public speaking toolkit for introverts

June 25, 2018 | Writing

Throughout our early education, few of us are actually taught or encouraged to practice public speaking skills. For those who are naturally more introverted, this means it is relatively easy to sidestep any early opportunities and go for years without ever having to speak in public.

As we grow older, a fear of exposure and failure can easily take hold and even cause speech anxiety. However, public speaking is a skill that is strengthened through practice, so if you want to be better at it, you need to do more speaking.

There are lots of similarities between the skill sets for delivering training and mastering public speaking, including thorough planning and good subject knowledge. Unfortunately, the mind can become a powerful block. The introverted thinker, known for their ordered thoughts and perfectionist ideals, can easily sabotage themselves into thinking it is something they just can’t do and that public speaking is an ‘off-limits’ activity, says self-described introvert Kay Heald of Toastmasters International, writing for TrainingZone.

She says the terms “introversion” and “extroversion” are often misused to distinguish between shy and more outgoing personalities. More accurately, the Jungian and Myers-Briggs definitions define introversion and extroversion as existing on an energy spectrum to help describe the different and complicated ways that people respond to the world.

Heald has much more to say about the subject, including the five components of a public speaking toolkit. Click here to read her article.

Mike Consol teaches public speaking, PowerPoint presentation skills and business writing to companies and business professionals. Contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 925-449-1040.