Sept 2011 – BASW Public Speaking Guidance

Many people are worried about public speaking. Others think that all that’s needed is confidence, but this can lead to problems. There are definite skills that help with public speaking. The good news is that they can be learnt. This guide aims to highlight the key things that you can do to improve your public speaking, or if you have not done it before to come across as competent the first time and then develop. Do not be put off by this guide, it can take years to make a really good public speaker and you will not achieve anywhere near excellence at the beginning. The guide is designed to point out some of the pitfalls and help you deal with them and to give you ideas for improving on a continual basis. Public speaking covers a whole range of activities, from giving a “thank you” at an event, through to giving an hours lecture at a conference and lots of things in between. The things in between could include giving a talk about BASW to students, or facilitating a session that is part “talk” and part interactive workshop. It is impossible to cover all eventualities and it is anticipated that you will want to pick up aspects of this guide that seem appropriate. We all vary in our experience and confidence, so again please use the tips as you think fit, however even if you feel confident and experienced there is always room for improvement and there is the danger of getting complacent.

Published : 12th September 2011*

Rights : British Association of Social Workers

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