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Speak Your Way to a Better Job

Bernadette Rogers, of San Jose State University, “is quick to extol the virtues of stepping up to the podium and presenting to groups.” Standing out among similar candidates can make all the difference when attempting to advance in your career. Public speaking is a useful way to differentiate yourself and gain recognition. Speaking and presenting keeps you engaged in the community and reaffirms your leadership potential. Not only does it allow you to reach a network far beyond your individual institution, it also paints you as a “thought leader.” Rogers notes that "Public speaking can be incredibly useful in all fields, but particularly in higher education,…It has the ability to set you apart from others in your field. Even if other professionals have the same knowledge as you, you are the one demonstrating that knowledge to the audience." Public speaking is also a way to bring your resume to life; the presentations you give can be like “pre-interviews” that let you showcase your abilities. Even if you are not actively seeking a job, public speaking is a great way to continue to grow your skills and gain confidence in your profession.

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