Ask any serious public speaker and you’ll get the same answer. It’s a critical skill and invaluable for building your business. There’s practically no better way to build credibility and generate new leads for your business.
If you aren’t comfortable as a public speaker, then step one is tovisit a local Toastmasters club. I have been in Toastmasters for years and can’t say enough about how valuable, and fun, Toastmasters is.
If you are either a professional speaker, or aspire to be one, then you need to network with the people that can help you develop your professional speaking skills and network.
I strongly recommend an organization called the Speakers Co-op. This organization is perfect for anyone who wants to generate referrals, sales, or charge fees for speaking engagements. The networking and training at this level is extremely valuable.