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Actually Enjoy Public Speaking? Top 7 Careers for Crowd Pleasers
Fear of public speaking ranks among Americans' top terrors, some surveys say, surpassing fear of flying, terrorism, and often even death itself. Amazing, right? So you’ve got a seriously handy career skill if you love the limelight or the rush of making speeches in front of hundreds or even thousands of people. Ready to put your public speaking prowess to work? Check out these crowd-pleasing careers.
1. SpokespersonYou’ll get plenty of time in front of cameras and crowds as a spokesperson or press secretary. Whether you’re working for a politician, an organization or a celebrity, you make sure public announcements are delivered in the most appropriate fashion possible. Your goal? Maximize positive coverage. Average salary: $31,000 – $95,000
2. ProfessorEnjoy the privilege of public speaking on a daily basis as a college professor. However, beware that this might be one of the tougher gigs on the list. Not only do you write and produce most of your own material, you work for a tricky audience: your words must engage even the sleepiest college freshman. Average salary: $30,000 – $129,000
4. News AnchorYou deliver the news to hundreds, thousands or even millions of viewers. In this center-stage job, you’re responsible for accurate, appropriate and concise delivery on every broadcast. Plus, you’re expected to keep your cool—and sometimes even improvise—when reporting on breaking news. No pressure, right? Average salary: $28,000 – $146,000
5. PoliticianFrom your first campaign speech to your last address on legislation, your job as a politician is full of connecting with crowds. In fact, public speaking is an essential skill in this role: a good speech can make or break a political career. What’s more, your turns of persuasive phrase can be vital for bringing about the change you want to see in the world. Average salary: Highly varied Annie Favreau works for Inside Jobs, a career exploration site that helps people discover a career they’ll love and build strong, successful futures. Join the conversation @InsideJobs!
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