Julian Nampeewo has been to four interviews this year. Unfortunately, she has not been offered a job.
“You have a problem with expressing yourself,” a member of the last interviewer panel she attended told Nampeewo. “Perfect the art of expression and you will get a job, anywhere.”
The aice has been immeasurable.
She acquired CDs and bought books that would help perfect public speaking, perhaps the most important skill for the career minded people. She has also attended public speaking workshops in a bid to aance her career.
She has also enrolled at Public Speaking Uganda, a public speaking training institute, which opened doors in Kampala recently with the aim of training professionals across the board on how to present speeches devoid of anxiety and fear.
Denis Akankunda Bwesigye, the founder said he introduced the service in order to build the communication skills of Ugandan professionals through a therapeutic process of gradual exposure to practicing public speaking because most public speakers get overwhelmed by anxiety and fear which hamper them from delivering their messages.
“A good communicator must be dynamic and confident virtually in any speaking situations whatever the challenge be it formal presentations, group discussions, business and sales meetings, sales and job interviews,” he said.
He mentioned members of parliament, lawyers, university lecturers, consultants, researchers, politicians, bankers, non-profit personnel, government officers, as some of the victims who need the training.
“There are many professionals struggling with glossophobia yet they have nowhere to receive training yet it is a common practice in outside countries,” he said.
Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking or of speaking in general.
Public speaking, which is also sometimes termed oratory or oration, is the process of performing a presentation focused around an individual directly speaking to a live audience in a structured, deliberate manner in order to inform, influence, or entertain them.
It is commonly understood as the formal, face-to-face talking of a single person to a group of listeners. It is closely allied to “presenting”, although the latter is more often associated with commercial activity. Most of the time, public speaking is to persuade the audience.
In Uganda, majority of people who stand up to speak in public, have challenges with presenting good speeches because of lack of specialized training in the area.
According to Mr Bwesigye, most Ugandans fall short of confidence of speaking in public because of the traditional and cultural norms which bar people from making mistakes that would sharpen them in future.
The school which opened doors on Wednesday is based at Emin Pasha Hotel in Kampala and conducts classes on Wednesday and Friday evenings. The expectations of the 20 initial trainees drawn from NGOs, government and the private sector, indeed exposed the gap in this area
Why public speaking is good for career
Makes you more visible and more memorable in your organisation.
A person that is willing to step forward and speak will have a more recognised voice.
Public speaking is leadership and organisations promote people with leadership qualities.
In standing up and speaking in a way that is powerful, you’re speaking in a way that will change peoples minds about something.
Public speaking helps you gain greater clarity of message .
If you hone your skills and become a very inspiring speaker, that involves figuring out clearly what you want to say.
Public speaking helps you connect with people if you do it with empathy!
People “buy” people. As an inspiring speaker you will learn how to be passionate in the right moments.