A job-hunt is good reason to brush up on public speaking skills say The Bagg Group experts


You’ve heard it often – to be competitive in the job market you need to make sure your skills are up-to-date and finely tuned. 

And there’s no better time than during a job-hunt to brush up on your public speaking and presentation skills, advise the experts at The Bagg Group. 

Whether you’re looking for a full-time position, contract work or a part-time placement in the GTA, knowing how to communicate well helps you stand out from the crowd.

It may come as a surprise to learn that Forbes business magazine has reported that many experts are not great speakers, even though they know their subject inside out.

The same holds true of job candidates.  We’re all experts on our own job history, but we’re not all terrific at talking about it in a way that engages an audience – even an audience of just one.

Whenever we feel we’re under the spotlight, we can find ourselves tripping over our words or losing our thread of thought, according to researchers at the University of Manitoba. 

In their study on public speaking, they found that 80% of participants worry about showing signs of nervousness, like trembling hands.

Another 74% worry they’ll go blank, while 64% are terrified they’ll do something embarrassing and 59% worry they’ll say something foolish, or not make sense.

These are the same concerns that many have when they sit in front of an interviewer. But fortunately, you can put those fears to rest with just a bit of training.  It really doesn’t take much to learn to relax, and be a better communicator.

At The Bagg Group, we have helped thousands of candidates interview successfully to land positions with the best companies in the GTA.  Here are a few tips:

Check out Toastmaster’s or a public speaking workshop near you:  It’s time well spent to learn to be a stronger communicator — not only to get the job, but also to get noticed once you have it.  Plus, a course in public speaking is a chance to practice your pitch while having fun and socializing, all of which are important for any job seeker.

Role-play with a friend:  Give a friend a list of questions to ask you such as:  What interests you about this position?  Tell me about your experience in  … (whatever the job requires).  What are your goals?  Why are you the person for this job? What was a difficult work situation and how did you overcome it?

After you answer, have your friend repeat back what you said.  This way you can hear the points they remembered easily. Also, listen from the point of view of an interviewer – which answer interested you, and which one didn’t.

Keep perspective:  An interview is a conversation, not an interrogation.  Your audience simply wants to hear how you can help them meet their goal.  If you can show a fit, that’s great.  But stay relaxed because, in any event, the cliché “when one door shuts, another opens” is true.  After placing more than 58,000 people successfully over 40+ years, The Bagg Group recruiters can vouch for that.

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