What Fear of Public Speaking?
Know your strengths and weaknesses in communication. In preparation for my speech, I practiced privately for several hours in the bathroom in front of a mirror and timed each presentation. You will gain confidence over time as you speak to greater numbers of groups. I truly enjoy sharing my career with others, especially from a practitioner/consultant viewpoint. There is no substitute for life experiences!
As I left my session at the NSFA National Conference, several people said I should be the keynote speaker next year. These comments made me feel good, as I thought of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." This quote is much easier to process when you are confident, fearless and passionate about your message to your audience.
Whether you join Toastmasters or not, public speaking is important to your career success. Seek opportunities to speak and feel your confidence grow after each speech. It is the greatest feeling in the world!
F. Duke Haddad, EdD, CFRE, is currently associate director of development, director of capital campaigns and director of corporate development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, he is also president of Duke Haddad and Associates, LLC, and freelance instructor for Nonprofit Web Advisor.
He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the past 13 years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis on education administration, master’s degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also done post graduate work at the University of Louisville.