Start small and be critical of your network. building your network will be the most important part of becoming a public speaker so you will need to nourish it frequently. I would suggest writing out your goals and make sure that they are SMART goals. If you already have a job, ask your supervisor if you can lead the next meeting. Invest in your own future, there are multiple seminars and training programs that can help develop your speaking skills, but you will need to invest in them. If you are in school, volunteer often to present on anything you can. Know your audience ahead of time when going into a speaking engagement.
What a great question! In my current career, I often speak in front of groups of all sizes, large and small!
I’ve found it helpful to seek opportunities to practice speaking in front of others, whether it’s two people or 500! Use every chance you can to give a short presentation, a toast, introduce someone on a stage, etc. This can help boost your confidence by speaking in front of others as well as help you continue to improve your presence as a speaker.
I also think it can help to take local training opportunities, like improv, stand-up comedy workshops, or sit in on a local Toastmasters session or join a chapter near you. Find out more about resources and organizations which can help you improve your skills.
Take time to watch videos of speakers, like TED Talks or other helpful online resources to gain new ideas and take note of what you want to improve or learn more about.
Every group situation you’re in, family gatherings, parties, meetings, classes, etc. is an opportunity to practice speaking in front of others. Take advantage of those situations and have fun with it!
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In order to work on professional speaking, there are groups you can join to help you with the skills such as "Toastmasters".
Another resource that definitely helped me is Dale Carenegie courses. They offer many courses, so you'll want to speak with a representative there to map out a course for yourself. I personally gained not only confidence in public speaking, but also built my network significantly. You can find them online at Dalecarnegie
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