Think you don't need public speaking skills?
Along with the results of its 21st annual Jobs Report Survey of 9,290 IT professionals, Computerworld published this article entitled "Nine Nontechie Skills that Hiring Managers Wish You Had."
#3 is "an aptitude for public speaking."
It's getting harder and harder to find a job that doesn't require competency in communication and public speaking skills.
What are you doing to improve your skills?
Here are some ideas for formal and informal workplace speaking opportunities:
1. Offer to share the responsibility for facilitating team meetings - and learn how to do it right
2. If it's not appropriate for you to lead a meeting, prepare something to share or a question to ask each time to get experience speaking up
3. Offer to be the one who gives the next report for your team
4. Ask to take the lead on a group project
4. Practice your professional introduction (aka "elevator speech") - that is, practice talking about what you do for a living in 30 seconds or less
5. Institute a joke-of-the-month at your regular staff meeting, then practice your joke-telling skills
5. Next time there's a new employee at your workplace, offer to introduce her/him around the office
6. Join the office book club or volunteer group
7. Share your expertise on a topic at a "lunch and learn" session
Also, see this post on public speaking practice for the self-employed.
What else can you do to get public speaking experience in your job?