What is a PUBLIC SPEAKING? How important to have public speaking skills for teachers?



My greetings!

Majority of people and some of their profession more or less requires skills of good public speaker. Public speaking skills, by its engagement per se, foster to enhance critical thinking, personal and civic skills (Jaffe, 2012). Analyzing the concept of public speaking, which has an impact on personality formation, my second post is dedicated to this influential phenomenon in society and what skills are imporatant in this sense.

First of all, it would be essential to define the understanding about public speaking. Verderber and Verderberv (2011) identified public speaking, as “a sustained formal presentation by a speaker to an audience, is simply one form of human communication” (p.2). Any form of presentation in front any audience is public speaking; but they are specific features of every audience,as listeners’ main age group, their possible interests etc.

Secondly, it would be useful to highlight the reasons explaining the personal need of public speaking skills for successful career development. Many researchers such as Payne and Carlin et al. (as cited in Yu-Chih, 2008) devoted to explore this topic in the broader context. They argued that public speaking skills could increase the social role and self-confidence of a person by devoting more authority in his/her standpoints.  As well as Verderber and Verderberv (2011) pointed out that major benefit that public speaker gain from presentations – is a development of ability to convey complex ideas into understandable concepts. Therefore, it is obvious to see reasonable advantages from developing public speaking skills. In this context, Yu-Chih categorized three main beneficial areas (personal or social, academic and career benefits) from the advanced skills of presentation. Teacher profession challenge all three beneficial areas.

Finally, answering to the main question how it is important to have public speaking skills for teachers? I would answer that it is crucial for every socially active and perspective person to be a good public speaker. Especially for teachers, having a potential of excellent info-presenter and being a pattern of self-confident person and democratic in ideas, is more than preferable.

Some questions for “thoughts”: What do you think about the necessity of having good public speaking skills for every profession in general, and for teachers in particular?

P.S If you have time, watch inspiring commencement speech of Ophra Winfrey for graduates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSz4djCNSXA


Jaffe, C. (2012). Public speaking: Concepts and skills for a diverse society. Cengage Learning.Verderber, R., Verderber, K., & Sellnow, D. (2011). The challenge of effective speaking. Cengage Learning.

Yu-Chih, S. (2008). The Toastmasters Approach An Innovative Way to Teach Public Speaking to EFL Learners in Taiwan. RELC Journal39(1), 113-130.

3 thoughts on “What is a PUBLIC SPEAKING? How important to have public speaking skills for teachers?

  1. Thank you for tHis interesting idea.
    I also believe that public speaking is an important skill all professionals including teachers should definitely have.
    There were some cases when I personally had to deliver reports or speeches in front of a big audience and if it never bothered me before I found out that the whole thing about public speaking might not only be the fear of audience but the responsibility of your position. By this I mean that if you hold a position where the cost of a mistake is too high then you will definitely worry if your delivery is an important report. That’s why we need to be always prepared well before taking the floor and giving a speech. Overall, the idea of public speaking for teachers is also very relevant as it is tiresome and not interesting at all to be listening to a teacher who does not know how to properly deliver the lesson.

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  2. Didara, I do support your idea about the importance of the public speaking skill of teachers. In comments I would like to share my personal experience on this skill. During my study at the secondary school and first years of Bachelor degree I thought that speaking is my “natural talent” and I am “gifted speaker” who can assure anyone. Unfortunately, because of the absence of a practice I lost my “talent” by the end of study. The big failure I had in the practicum during my study in the Professional Development Programme (NUGSE-2014). I received a feedback both from the observer of my lesson and students that I am uncertain speaker and it feels that I am nervous.
    This sad story has happy continuation (not happy end – as you noted, this skill can be lost and acquired as well). Now I am working with my speaking skills and believe that it is valuable not only in teacher’s profession, but also in any aspects of life.

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  3. Public speaking skills are important for many professions, and I think they are crucial for teachers as well. Effective communication skills are really important to teachers in their delivery of pedagogy, classroom management and interaction with the class. How effective we are as teachers has a great deal to do with how we communicate. We communicate ideas, information and expectations in a variety of ways – through speaking, through gestures and body language, for example. Moreover, speaking well is only part of effective teaching. How you say something can be more important than what you actually say. Some experts say that in a verbal exchange, the words we use are only seven percent effective, while the tone of our voice is forty-three percent effective and non-verbal cues are fifty percent effective. Regardless of the percentages, the point is an important one: teaching is about more than simply saying the right words – it is about using your entire person to promote learning. Being aware of your motions, gestures and location in a classroom allows you to establish a presence. Hence, my reply is: it is vital for teachers to have a good public speaking skills.


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