Skills Spotlight: Public Speaking and 16 Related Jobs

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For some, the thought of speaking in front of a large group of people is enough to cause hyperventilating, sweating and hives. For you, it's simply a pleasure. Masterfully articulating yourself and commanding the presence in a room are skills you've had a while or have recently refined, and there are plenty of opportunities for you to have your voice heard.

No worries if you're not a professional public speaker -- these roles capitalize on public speaking and presentation skills, giving you the perfect chance to speak up and move up in your career. Continue reading to learn about the important qualities many public speakers need to be successful, and the roles that can complement your unique voice.Important qualities for public speakers
The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes what skills workers need to perform their jobs exceptionally. For workers in public speaking roles and the following related positions, here are the skills you'll need:
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Decision-making skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Instructional skills
  • Speaking skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Memorization skills
  • Listening skills
To apply those skills, consider any of these 16 jobs that those talented in public speaking can thrive in:

1. Fundraisers* organize events and campaigns to raise money and other donations for an organization. They may design promotional materials and increase awareness of an organization's work, goals and financial needs.

2. Purchasing managers, buyers and purchasing agents buy products for organizations to use or resell. They evaluate suppliers, negotiate contracts and review product quality.

3. Training and development specialists help plan, conduct and administer programs that train employees and improve their skills and knowledge.

4. Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.

5. Curators oversee collections of artwork and historic items, and may conduct public service activities for an institution.

6. High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.

7. Actors express ideas and portray characters in theater, film, television and other performing arts media. They also work at theme parks or other live events. They interpret a writer's script to entertain or inform an audience.

8. Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer's script to entertain or inform an audience.

9. Umpires, referees and other sports officials preside over competitive athletic or sporting events to help maintain standards of play. They detect infractions and decide penalties according to the rules of the game.

10. Arbitrators, mediators and conciliators help resolve conflicts outside of the court system by facilitating negotiation and dialogue between disputing parties.

11. Judges and hearing officers apply the law by overseeing the legal process in courts. They also conduct pretrial hearings, resolve administrative disputes and facilitate negotiations between opposing parties and issue legal decisions.

12. Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.

13. Elementary, middle and high school principals are responsible for managing all school operations. They manage daily school activities, coordinate curricula and oversee teachers and other school staff to provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.

14. Announcers present music, news and sports and may provide commentary or interview guests about these topics or other important events. Some act as masters of ceremonies (emcees) or disc jockeys (DJs) at weddings, parties or clubs.

15. Reporters, correspondents and broadcast news analysts inform the public about news and events happening internationally, nationally and locally. They report the news for newspapers, magazines, websites, television and radio.

16. Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget and supervise construction projects from development to completion.

*All job titles and descriptions are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.
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