A talent management professional gives a presentation to a room of conference attendees.In today’s competitive market for healthcare workers, it is not enough for talent management professionals to stick to traditional recruiting methods. This is the era of recruitment marketing and employer branding, and HR professionals need to rise to the challenge, taking on tasks that have often been more closely associated with marketing teams. As a result, it’s critical that talent management professionals develop and hone their public speaking skills – even if it seems a little scary at first.

3 Ways Public Speaking Helps Talent Management Professionals Grow Their Careers

For many, the two scariest words in the dictionary are “public” and “speaking.” In fact, even the prospect of public speaking can raise anxiety levels in humans to the point where a physiological response occurs. According to Psychology Today, when this happens, the body reacts as if it is preparing for battle resulting in a hyperarousal that can feel crippling.

While public speaking can be scary — indeed, terrifying at times — it can also be a powerful tool for advancing your career and growing as a professional, as well as an individual.

Just consider these three examples of how public speaking can help a talent management professional like yourself grow professionally:

  • Honing and Optimizing Communication Skills: As a talent management professional, you already do quite a bit of talking. You interact with a wide variety of job seekers, from orthopedic surgeons to CRNAs, and you speak with many internal stake holders, from hiring managers to senior leaders. With all this professional chitchat, you might be wondering how public speaking could possibly help you further improve your already solid communication skills. What public speaking does that your day-to-day communication doesn’t do is put you outside your comfort zone. While you’re normally in control of the conversation in situations such as hiring interviews, being on stage in front of colleagues and peers can give you a different perspective of the way in which you present your thoughts and ideas. Exposing yourself to this type of experience can then help you refine your skills and become an even better communicator.
  • Greater Company Exposure and Advancement Opportunities: The Management Study Guide, an online management skills learning portal, tells an anecdote in their article on the “Role of Effective Public Speaking in Career Growth” about why this skill is so important for professionals today – and it has a lot to do with company culture. The stars of the story are two employees: one, a producer of exemplary work but introverted, and the other competent but outgoing. While the former employee’s work was no doubt better and more consistent than the latter employee’s, the individual who was more outgoing better fit into, and added value to, their company’s culture. By attending company events, volunteering to man booths at conferences, and never shying away from presentations, this employee was more visible to their managers and, as a result, was exposed to opportunities they would have otherwise missed.
  • Build Your Personal Brand and Gain Industry Recognition: In today’s constrained talent markets, a talent manager’s industry exposure and reputation can mean the difference between engaging top, passive candidates or having your InMail ignored. By securing public speaking opportunities and presenting compelling and engaging content, a talent manager can gain industry recognition and, by virtue, bolster their personal brand. This can help them increase their sourcing reach and, by extension, can help raise the profile of their organization as a destination for top talent.

Where to Find Public Speaking Opportunities

Once you have recognized the benefits of public speaking and committed to improving your skills, you’ll be itching to find an opportunity to jump in.

The best place to start is within your organization. Speaking up at meetings, while a small gesture, can be a big step in the right direction – especially for those who suffer from a fear of public speaking.

When you’re ready to take the next step, consider creating your own opportunities for presentations. For example, as a talent manager, new-hire orientations, regulatory compliance updates, and quarterly meetings with senior leadership are all natural opportunities for you to present and test your public speaking skills.

Once you’ve started feeling comfortable speaking and presenting to your colleagues, it’s time to look into industry events, such as conferences, webinars, and the like.

For example, if you’re already a HealthcareSource Client, you could be a peer presenter at our annual Talent Symposium event. Peer presenters even receive a complimentary pass to the conference. To learn more and to submit your speaking proposal, click the button below.

About Salvatore Trifilio

Salvatore Trifilio is a content marketer and former journalist who has written extensively on talent management and technology. Recently, Sal has focused almost exclusively on topics around recruitment marketing, talent acquisition, and employer branding for a wide range of industries and verticals. When he isn’t hammering away at his keyboard, Sal enjoys brewing beer and watching baseball.