Me Speak, You Speak

Me Speak, You Speak
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Me Speak, You Speak
By Beth Beutler

1     You may say, "No way! I would never want to do public speaking for a living!" However, you may be surprised at how many positions require at least a basic knowledge of speaking in front of people.
2     Public speaking is not limited to just careers where you get up in front of a large audience. Certainly, there are several vocations that require that, including politics, entertainment, and leadership of large businesses (such as chief executive officers and presidents.) But did you know that many other jobs require public speaking as well?
3     If you decide to become a teacher, you will speak regularly. It may be in front of a small class sometimes, but you will still speak. Coaches speak to teams, clergy speak to congregations, and salespeople speak to buyers in small or large groups. Lawyers present arguments to juries, customer service representatives talk to individual customers, and tour guides speak to sightseers.
4     You may have to make a presentation about a product. Or, you may need to teach someone how to use something you are selling. You may work with children and teach them how to read and write. You may become a foreman over several people working in manufacturing or repair, and need to speak to the group at times. Even if you end up sitting behind a computer and talking on the phone a lot, that is a form of public speaking.

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