u Are you afraid to speak in front of a group? u Do you avoid situations where you might have to speak in public? u Do you sometimes have something you want to say, but are too shy to speak? If you answered yes to any of the above, you should try to improve your speaking skills. Speaking in public is a skill that anyone can learn, and just like any skill, it’s some- thing you get better at with practice. Being a confident speaker will help you succeed in school, in your career, and in your personal life. Being able to express yourself in front of a group is a skill that will be an asset throughout your life! “Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Making Presentations