12 Benefits of Public Speaking for Professional & Personal Life

Public Speaking . 7 Min. Read . By: Devon Brown

Sometimes when someone shows an interest in public speaking, it’s because they have a message inside them that yearns to come out.

They imagine themselves in front of hundreds or thousands of people, positively impacting lives and giving others the knowledge they with they’d had years earlier.

Others have zero desire to be on stage in front of thousands. Instead, they just want to be able to stand in front of their business colleagues and sound competent at the annual company meeting.

Here’s the neat thing…

Whether your initial interest in public speaking came because of a desire to change the world, or just a desire to not freeze when your mouth opens, you’re still likely to reap the unintended benefits.

Unintended benefits?

Yup!

Most people get into public speaking for a specific reason (like the ones I shared above). But once they actually start speaking regularly (and get comfortable and proficient at it), they end up benefiting from other rewards as well.

Here are a few of my favorite personal and professional benefits of public speaking.

1: Financial Compensation

No, I’m not just talking about becoming a professional speaker and getting paid thousands of dollars to speak on stage (although that’s definitely cool too).

What I’m talking about is the fact that those who can confidently and captivatingly get their message across, are often paid MORE than their peers. Warren Buffet, the famous billionaire, said that the ability to speak well in public is one of the biggest advantages you can have.

The bottom line is that one of the biggest (and most obvious) benefits of getting good at public speaking is a lager bank account.

2: A Huge Confidence Boost

Sure, when you make a mistake or a speech falls flat, it can be a bit rough, but when your speech goes even better than expected, the confidence boost is out of this world!  

The really neat thing is that the confidence spills over into other areas of your life as well. For example, when I got really confident on stage, my confidence in my dating life went up too.

Why?

Because when you feel good/confident about yourself in one area, that energy radiates through you and affects other areas (it’s just the nature of confidence).  This is especially true when public speaking is the origin of that confidence because the external praise you get from others serves as validation of your ego. 

Confidence is one of the BIGGEST life benefits of getting good at speaking in public.

3: Learning to Overcome Failure

This goes hand in hand with the previous benefit. A lot of people don’t handle failure well and don’t know that failure is key to success. In reality, if you’re pursuing something worthwhile, you will fail (that’s just how life works). The more you overcome failure, the less it has an effect on you in the future.

Public speaking doesn’t always go according to plan. You might have a crowd that you don’t resonate with, you might mess up your speech, or any number of things can happen.

But if you’re committed to fighting through it (or getting back on stage again even after you’ve bombed), then public speaking becomes the PERFECT environment for learning how to deal with (or should I say, overcome) failure. And that is a skill that will benefit you in every aspect of your life.

4: Learn How to Research Properly


Researching things isn’t a skill that the average person worries too much about after grade school. With public speaking, you’re often required to research your topic heavily before you present your content. 

As a professional event emcee, I have to research my audience, or the niche they’re in, so as to better connect with them. As a keynote speaker, I have to often tailor my material to a particular audience (which is impossible without first researching them).

As you continue to do this for each speech, you’ll get better at it. This translates well into your professional life, and it can benefit your personal life by helping you become better at understanding the world around you.

As a professional event emcee, I have to research my audience, or the niche they’re in, so as to better connect with them. As a keynote speaker, I have to often tailor my material to a particular audience (which is impossible without first researching them).

As you continue to do this for each speech, you’ll get better at it. This translates well into your professional life, and it can benefit your personal life by helping you become better at understanding the world around you.

5. Defeat Your Fears

Most people are absolutely horrified by the thought of public speaking. You probably are too if you’re reading this. Here’s the thing. When you’re afraid of something, and you do it anyway, you overcome that fear, and it no longer has control over you.

By fearing public speaking, and still going out there and doing your best, you learn that it’s not as bad as you thought it was. You’ll start looking at other fears that way and trying things that otherwise would have left you frozen.

6: Learn How to Empathize with Others

If you lack a general sense of empathy, public speaking will change that very quickly.

When you craft a speech, you can’t craft it for yourself. That won’t resonate with the audience. You have to consider their lives, feelings, and how they’ll respond to the points you’re making. This is especially true when your speech includes pointing out uncomfortable truths.

To do that effectively, you have to empathize. If you do that enough, you'll get good at it.

7: Become a Better Leader

Being a leader is a goal of many. Few people want to be followers. Well, when you’re a public speaker, you’re essentially leading the entire audience. You’re guiding them through the conversation. Pair this with developing empathy and showing courage even when you mess up, and you’ll quickly bolster your leadership skills in ways that will improve your entire life.

Speech is powerspeech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

8: Become More Visible Professionally

This won’t necessarily impact your personal life that much. At least, not directly. However, it will make you far more visible in your professional life.

If you become a great public speaker, you not only have more to say on your resume, but you can also gain the attention of people with a lot to offer.

9: Become a Better Writer

See. I told you some of these benefits were “unintended”. 

I mean, honestly, how many people say to themselves “I can’t way to be a great public speaker so that I can be a better writer!” – HA!

Hopefully, you’re not just winging your public speeches. That’s a good way to embarrass yourself and achieve very little. Ideally, you write your speech and practice it. You feel how it sounds and then you re-write it and practice it some more.

The byproduct (benefit): You , and you learn how to write in a way that reads/presents well.

See. I told you some of these benefits were “unintended”. 

I mean, honestly, how many people say to themselves “I can’t way to be a great public speaker so that I can be a better writer!” – HA!

Hopefully, you’re not just winging your public speeches. That’s a good way to embarrass yourself and achieve very little. Ideally, you write your speech and practice it. You feel how it sounds and then you re-write it and practice it some more.

The byproduct (benefit): You , and you learn how to write in a way that reads/presents well.

10: Learn to Think Critically

Critical thinking, simply defined, is the ability to effectively analyze information and form a judgement.  To think critically, you must be aware of your own biases and assumptions when encountering information, and apply consistent standards when evaluating sources.

When crafting a speech or presentation, have to think critically about what the response will be to each point, and if those points will garner the response you want. This quickly helps you build your critical thinking skills, and that’s a trait that will also help you in every other aspect of life.

11: Change the World

When you’re speaking in public (this includes video), every word you say has the chance of completely changing someone’s perspective on the relevant topic.  This is true whether you’re speaking to 5 people, or 5,000.

You can, very realistically, change lives with public speaking. A lot of power comes with that ability, though. With that, you have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders.

12: Make New Connections

As the old saying goes: “It’s not WHAT you know, but WHO you know.” Or, even better, it’s about WHO knows you.

Public speaking is a critical component of networking and deal making. And you can never underestimate the life-changing benefits of meeting someone new. Whether they become a cherished friend, or they’re a CEO who offers you a priceless partnership, being able to foster new connections is essential to growth and success.

Being able to foster new connections is essential to growth and success.

Well, that’s about it for this article. 😊

I hope that after reading these 12 benefits of public speaking, you are inspired to embrace the public speaking even more. Just one of these benefits could be the key that unlocks a new level of success and happiness in your life. 

And to think, it all happened because you had the courage to become a better public speaker.

Oh yeah, one more thing… you can take the first step towards unlocking your potential by enrolling the internet’s most effective public speaking course. See you on the inside!

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Devon Brown (“Duh-Von” not “Dev-in”) is a speaker, author, entrepreneur, former hip-hop dancer, and World's #1 Event Emcee. Once described as a sort-of ‘MC Hammer meets Tony Robbins’; his style is 50% education, 50% entertainment, and 100% must-experience. Be sure to connect with Devon on social media.

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