If you ask most people, they'll probably say they don't like public speaking. They may

even admit to being afraid of it, since fear of public speaking is a very common fear. Or they may just be shy or introverted. For those reasons, many people avoid public speaking if they can. If you're one of those people who avoid public speaking, you're missing out. Over the years, public speaking has played a major role in education, government, and business. Words have the power to inform, persuade, educate, and even entertain. And the spoken word can be even more powerful than the written word in the hands of the right speaker.

Some benefits to public speaking include:

• Improves confidence

• Better research skills

• Stronger deductive skills

• Ability to advocate for causes

• And more