How Speech Therapy Can Train You to Become a Better Public Speaker


If you’ve ever wondered why companies pay top dollar for motivational speakers, it’s because these individuals inspire audiences, driving people to improve their performance. Public speaking skills can help anybody communicate important messages, in an office or corporate setting, in the academic sphere, or simply through everyday correspondence. By practicing public speaking, you can learn how to prepare a message for each type of audience you expect or hope to encounter. For example, a person might prepare a different speech for a fund-raising gala than they would for a parent-teacher conference. For anyone looking to improve their overall public speaking abilities, the right speech language therapist can help you to think on your feet, to absorb important information from the social environment in which you’re speaking, and to change up your communication patterns in order to best suit the occasion.

Public Speaker

Public Speaking, broken down into its most basic function, is the act of providing information to a group of people, the purpose of which is to either:

  • Inform,
  • Persuade,
  • Entertain, or
  • Inspire

If you want to become a top-paid executive, a professional motivational speaker, or you simply want to improve your overall communications skills, speech therapy from a leading speech pathologist can help. According to the language experts at Simone Friedman SLS in Toronto, 74% of people suffer from speech anxiety. Because it is among the most common phobias, speech anxiety can be conquered using a variety of communications exercises.

Planning Ahead Pays

When planning any kind of speech — even a quick pep talk to an athlete before a big game — you must be absolutely clear about what you want your audience to take away at the end.  It is therefore of vital importance that you identify your presentation’s purpose as the first step of your planning process.  Once the purpose is determined, the other steps, which include generating ideas around information, how to organize your points, and finally the delivery itself will all come more easily thanks to the extra time spent in the preparation stage.

Social Communication Groups Can Help

Social Communication goes beyond talking and words alone, and this is why speech language centres like Toronto’s Simone Friedman SLS emphasizes nonverbal behaviour (including eye gaze, facial expression, as well as gestures and body language) to emphasize what you want and how you feel, and to understand in turn what others want and feel. Successful communicators around the world know the unspoken rules of conversation, which include waiting and listening while someone else is speaking and then following up in turn with a comment or a question that relates back to what the speaker just talked about.

Embrace Adjustments

It is important to remember that when improving public speaking, making significant adjustments isn’t always an easy process. It may take time and the changes may feel uncomfortable for a while, but the results are always worth the effort.

To succeed as a speaker, you must push yourself to make constant adjustments — this is how improvement over time occurs. But you can’t expect to become a powerful public speaker after only one try or even after only a single speech therapy class. This is why Simone Friedman SLS offers packages that help burgeoning public speakers improve steadily, and with noticeable results. It will take time to change the habits that are holding you back, but by investing in flexible weekday or weekend sessions, you will start to notice results.

Jessica Sarah

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