They say that public speaking is the biggest fear that people have.
As in, people are more afraid of speaking in public than they are of dying. That’s nuts!
Well as lawyers, talking comes with the territory. We talk to judges, we talk to juries, and we talk to clients on a regular basis. But speaking with clients and speaking publicly in front of a crowd are completely different worlds. Many lawyers I speak with tell me that they’re interested in taking up speaking engagements on the side, either at CLE presentations, local seminars, or at conferences.
I’m a huge believer in the transformative benefits of engaging in public speaking, and in this video I share three of those benefits.
Here are some of the benefits of participating in public speaking engagements as a lawyer.
- Position yourself as a thought leader
If you’re presenting, lecturing, speaking, or educating others on any particular topic, you will be seen an authority figure in that space. When you step up on that stage or in front of that crowd of attendees, you will be talking about something you know and are familiar with, like your practice area or some specialized skill. For example, if you are consistently presenting on the future of the legal industry and the role of technology, then you will be seen as a legal technology evangelist. Speaking engagements allow you to position yourself as a thought leader because those who speak about a certain subject are assumed to have knowledge of what they’re talking about (at least you would hope so!). Thus, if you are continuously participating in speaking engagements that allow you to showcase your knowledge and expertise, you will gain attention as an expert and thought leader in that space.
- Build your connections
As a speaker, you will be speaking in front of key decision makers, whether you’re speaking at a conference or at your local chamber of commerce. You just never know who is in the audience listening to you and who will be an important person to know. Furthermore, audience members love reaching out and connecting with the speakers. If you’re that speaker, you will be in a position to connect with many of your audience member.
- Gain more confidence
There’s something empowering about being able to influence people with your words. Knowing that your words can improve your listeners’ lives, teach them something knew, or change the course of their entire lives is an amazing feeling. When you become a public speaker, you get to experience that each time you pick up a microphone. Total confidence booster, am I right? Not only does public speaking make you a more confident person, it’ll most certainly make you a more confident attorney and leader in your community.
If you’re more visually inclined, be sure to check out the video at the top.