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Public speaking is a critical, but often underdeveloped, skill among higher education professionals. Your ability to convey ideas with confidence and clarity is essential for articulating the importance of your research, getting buy-in for your projects and obtaining funding from sponsors.

Many people are afraid of public speaking. They think that effective public speakers are “naturals” who were born with strong oratory skills. Luckily, it is practice and not genetics that will make you a better public speaker. With practice and a few tips, you can improve your skills in a relatively short amount of time. This article will discuss five tips to becoming a better public speaker.

WAIT Method

WAIT stands for Why Am I Talking ? Before you jump right into making Powerpoint slides or writing a speech, take some time to think about why you’re speaking and what you want the audience to remember. That is, begin with the end in mind (habit number two from Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ). For example, pick three things you want people to take away from your presentation and then work backward. A clear understanding of your end goal will keep your thoughts cohesive as you prepare. More details can be found on Loren Ekroth’s webpage .

10/20/30 Rule

Introduced by the entrepreneur, author and speaker Guy Kawasaki, the general idea behind the 10/20/30 rule is that your Powerpoint presentations for most talks should:

  • Have only 10 slides
  • Last no more than 20 minutes
  • Use 30 point font or greater so the audience can actually read your slides.

Keep in mind that these guidelines were created with the business community in mind and may not always apply to academic situations (e.g., dissertation defenses). However, it’s worth noting that our attention spans are short. There’s nothing worse than listening to a talk that goes on and on, or seeing slides that you can’t read.

Content Over Medium

The content of your presentation is far more important than fancy slides without substance. Powerpoint is a wonderful tool; however, it isn’t a requirement for effective presentations. Let’s repeat. Powerpoint isn’t a requirement for effective presentations.

Sometimes speaking without Powerpoint slides is even more effective and engaging. This may be especially true if you’re sharing aspects about your life (e.g., how you landed in higher education) or giving a motivational speech.

Unfortunately, Powerpoint is often used as a script instead of the visual aid tool it was designed to be. Using the analogy of a music concert, you are the lead singer and Powerpoint is your backup singers -- there to support you, but not the main focus. You are the show.

If you choose to use Powerpoint slides, avoid common Powerpoint mistakes like reading every slide and presenting crowded tables. Your audience will thank you.

Control the Controllables

The marketing and management consultant Somers White once said, “90 percent of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform.” Reduce your public speaking anxiety by following these steps:

  • Organize your thoughts. This blueprint for a presentation by Eleni Kelakos is a good guide.
  • Decide which format is best (Powerpoint, no slides and/or paper handouts).
  • Practice by yourself and refine.
  • Practice in front of others and refine.
  • Time yourself. Staying within allotted time limits is crucial.
  • Decide what you’re going to wear. Be comfortable, but look professional.

If possible, practice in the room where you’ll be speaking. Test the equipment to make sure it works. If using your own laptop, remember to bring your charger and adapters. This is especially true for Mac users. Also ask about:

  • Wireless clickers
  • Laser pointers
  • Internet connections
  • Sound system
  • Microphones

Speaking of microphones, please use one if you’ll be in a large room. As we present, our voices get tired. Tiredness makes it hard to project our voices to the back of the room. If people can’t hear you, then you’ve missed an important opportunity and wasted everyone’s time, including yours. Lastly, if you have interactive exercises or surveys that require writing, be sure to bring pens.

Body Language and Other Distractions

A few years ago, I attended a job talk. The candidate -- we'll call him John -- had great training and an interesting program of research. Unfortunately, all I remember about John’s talk is that he spoke too fast, fidgeted a lot and rambled during the Q and A. He didn’t seem prepared, and he didn’t get the job. The selected candidate was probably a better fit overall for the department. However, I still wonder if John’s poor public speaking skills were a factor in the final decision.

Keep these things in mind when you’re giving presentations:

  • Make good eye contact and scan the room. Force yourself to look to the left, center and right portions of the room.
  • Eliminate filler words like um and ah . Take a pause instead.
  • Reduce excessive hand movements, including taking your hands in and out of pockets.
  • Try not to sway or rock in place.

Finally, it’s okay to move around the stage and interact with the audience. If you do so, use a wireless microphone so the audience can hear you.

For more information on public speaking, check out Toastmasters International , a nonprofit organization focused on public speaking and leadership development. If you own a smartphone, this article, Fearless Public Speaking: 6 Apps to Help You Prepare for Presentations (pages 46 and 47), may also be helpful.

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10 Tips for Improving Your Public Speaking Skills

Few are immune to the fear of public speaking. Marjorie North offers 10 tips for speakers to calm the nerves and deliverable memorable orations.

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Snakes? Fine. Flying? No problem. Public speaking? Yikes! Just thinking about public speaking — routinely described as one of the greatest (and most common) fears — can make your palms sweat. But there are many ways to tackle this anxiety and learn to deliver a memorable speech.

In part one of this series,  Mastering the Basics of Communication , I shared strategies to improve how you communicate. In part two, How to Communicate More Effectively in the Workplace , I examined how to apply these techniques as you interact with colleagues and supervisors in the workplace. For the third and final part of this series, I’m providing you with public speaking tips that will help reduce your anxiety, dispel myths, and improve your performance.

Here Are My 10 Tips for Public Speaking:

1. nervousness is normal. practice and prepare.

All people feel some physiological reactions like pounding hearts and trembling hands. Do not associate these feelings with the sense that you will perform poorly or make a fool of yourself. Some nerves are good. The adrenaline rush that makes you sweat also makes you more alert and ready to give your best performance.

The best way to overcome anxiety is to prepare, prepare, and prepare some more. Take the time to go over your notes several times. Once you have become comfortable with the material, practice — a lot. Videotape yourself, or get a friend to critique your performance.

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2. Know Your Audience. Your Speech Is About Them, Not You.

Before you begin to craft your message, consider who the message is intended for. Learn as much about your listeners as you can. This will help you determine your choice of words, level of information, organization pattern, and motivational statement.

3. Organize Your Material in the Most Effective Manner to Attain Your Purpose.

Create the framework for your speech. Write down the topic, general purpose, specific purpose, central idea, and main points. Make sure to grab the audience’s attention in the first 30 seconds.

4. Watch for Feedback and Adapt to It.

Keep the focus on the audience. Gauge their reactions, adjust your message, and stay flexible. Delivering a canned speech will guarantee that you lose the attention of or confuse even the most devoted listeners.

5. Let Your Personality Come Through.

Be yourself, don’t become a talking head — in any type of communication. You will establish better credibility if your personality shines through, and your audience will trust what you have to say if they can see you as a real person.

6. Use Humor, Tell Stories, and Use Effective Language.

Inject a funny anecdote in your presentation, and you will certainly grab your audience’s attention. Audiences generally like a personal touch in a speech. A story can provide that.

7. Don’t Read Unless You Have to. Work from an Outline.

Reading from a script or slide fractures the interpersonal connection. By maintaining eye contact with the audience, you keep the focus on yourself and your message. A brief outline can serve to jog your memory and keep you on task.

8. Use Your Voice and Hands Effectively. Omit Nervous Gestures.

Nonverbal communication carries most of the message. Good delivery does not call attention to itself, but instead conveys the speaker’s ideas clearly and without distraction.

9. Grab Attention at the Beginning, and Close with a Dynamic End.

Do you enjoy hearing a speech start with “Today I’m going to talk to you about X”? Most people don’t. Instead, use a startling statistic, an interesting anecdote, or concise quotation. Conclude your speech with a summary and a strong statement that your audience is sure to remember.

10. Use Audiovisual Aids Wisely.

Too many can break the direct connection to the audience, so use them sparingly. They should enhance or clarify your content, or capture and maintain your audience’s attention.

Practice Does Not Make Perfect

Good communication is never perfect, and nobody expects you to be perfect. However, putting in the requisite time to prepare will help you deliver a better speech. You may not be able to shake your nerves entirely, but you can learn to minimize them.

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North is a consultant for political candidates, physicians, and lawyers, and runs a private practice specializing in public speaking, and executive communication skills. Previously, she was the clinical director in the department of speech and language pathology and audiology at Northeastern University.

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How to answer "What is your experience with public speaking and presenting?" (with sample answers)

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Why Employers Ask This

Employers often ask about public speaking and presenting skills because these are important for a variety of roles. For instance, if you're interviewing for a sales or marketing job, you may be required to give presentations to clients or pitch ideas to a team. Public speaking skills are also important for leadership roles since leaders need to communicate effectively with their teams.

So, employers ask this to assess your communication skills, confidence level, and the ability to articulate your ideas effectively. They want to know if you can represent the company professionally in front of various audiences and handle challenging situations like giving presentations to large groups or addressing stakeholders.

How to Answer the Question

Start by talking about your experience. List any relevant public speaking or presenting experience, including any presentations, speeches, or workshops you've given. Discuss the number of people that were present during the event, who the audience was, and what the purpose of the presentation was.

You can also mention any initiatives you undertook to improve your public speaking and presenting skills, such as attending a public speaking course or analyzing videos of other experienced speakers. This shows that you're proactive and interested in personal development.

It's also important to talk about the outcomes of these experiences. If the presentation resulted in increased sales or enthusiastic feedback, mention it.

Remember to highlight the skills you gained from your public speaking and presenting experience. Employers want to hear about the skills that make you an exceptional candidate. For example, you could say, "I developed strong analytical skills while creating the content for my presentation, and my communication skills were put to the test when I had to present to the C-suite leadership team."

Finally, don't forget to exhibit confidence in your answer, speak clearly and concisely. Employers want to see a candidate who can represent the company professionally and capably in front of various audiences.

Sample answers

Good answer:.

I have a lot of experience with public speaking and presenting. In my last job, I regularly gave presentations to clients and at industry conferences. I was even asked to lead a workshop on presentation skills for new hires in my department. I always prepare thoroughly, practice beforehand, and use visual aids like slides to enhance my presentations. I've also received positive feedback from colleagues and clients on my clear communication skills and engaging delivery.

This answer is good because it gives specific examples of the candidate's experience and skills, and shows that they have a track record of success in public speaking. They also mention concrete strategies they use to prepare and deliver effective presentations.

Bad answer:

Um, I don't really have much experience with public speaking. I mean, I've had to give a few presentations in school, but I don't really like talking in front of people. It makes me pretty nervous.

This answer is bad because it doesn't inspire confidence in the candidate's ability to perform a key aspect of the job. They admit to being nervous and not having much experience, which suggests that they may struggle in this area.

I have experience with public speaking in a variety of contexts. In my previous job, I gave presentations to internal teams and external stakeholders on a regular basis. I also volunteered as a mentor for a local youth organization, where I led workshops on public speaking for teens. In addition, I've taken courses on presentation skills and public speaking to continuously improve my abilities. I'm always looking for chances to build my expertise and confidence in this area.

This answer is good because it demonstrates a diverse range of experience that the candidate has sought out, rather than simply relying on past job requirements. They also express a willingness to keep improving and learning, which is a positive trait in any candidate.

Public speaking? No, I've never really done that before. I prefer to work behind the scenes and let someone else handle that kind of stuff.

This answer is bad because the candidate outright rejects the idea of public speaking and presenting as something they're willing or able to do. It also suggests that they may not be as proactive or engaged in their work as an employer would like to see.

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Public speaking is a highly important and useful skill that carries multiple advantages for personal life and professional career. Public speaking skills are required for specialists of various kinds. In this regard, mastering public speaking is going to serve as great enforcement for anyone. The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate different situations where public speaking skills play an important role to show the reasons why public speaking is considered an effective skill.

First of all, the knowledge of theoretical and practical sides of public speaking provides one with multiple benefits such as understanding the ways people think and process the information, communicating thoughtfully and with higher efficiency, using the critical thinking, knowing how to organise and prepare presentations, researching the unfamiliar audiences and using appropriate communication strategies (Coopman, Lull 2014, p. 12). It is a well-known fact that most people experience certain difficulties in adjusting to a new society. For example, in a situation when a person starts working at a new place, they would feel the need to fit into the group of new co-workers, find a common language and establish friendly atmosphere at the workplace.

Public speaking skills provide a person with an ability to evaluate the audience, analyse their needs, learn their potentials, and successfully build contact with them. Proper application of public speaking knowledge will allow the new member of a group to move through the stage of getting to know the colleagues and feel comfortable talking with new people in unfamiliar situations (Coopman & Lull 2014, p. 12). In this case, public speaking skills will allow avoiding the discomfort at the workplace, which may lead to disruption of the work process and create problems for the whole company.

The most obvious situation where public speaking skills are always very useful is an actual performance in front of a group of people such as a public address, presentation of a new project at work, or a motivational speech. In such situations, the speaker can represent a group of fellows or the ideas important for many people. Due to this, a successful performance and efficient delivery of information are highly valuable and important (Keith & Lundberg 2013, p. 4). When one person is chosen to speak on behalf of many, it creates a certain pressure and responsibility for the speaker. In the case of the successful performance of one, the whole group will benefit. The good public speaker has to be able to present the information, keep the audience interested in the delivered ideas, and defend the point of view in case of criticism or counter argumentation.

The skills of public speaking provide one with courage, confidence, and the ability to fluently express themselves. One more situation that demonstrates the importance of public speaking skills is a casual conversation with a stranger. People are social creatures, interpersonal relationships of different kinds are highly important for us. Starting and maintaining friendships, being close to family members, having romantic relationships makes our lives easier and fuller. A skillful speaker will be able to represent themselves in the best and most appropriate way. This can be quite a challenging occupation. Performing in front of just one person is another variation of public speaking (Goldwasser 2006, p. 42). Successful personal representation in any situation, will it be a first date or a job interview, is extremely meaningful for anyone. This is why the development of public speaking skills is considered highly beneficial.

To conclude, almost every day, people face situations where speaking in front of an audience is required. The size of the audience may vary from one to hundreds or thousands of people, but the importance of professional and efficient delivery of information is always high. Knowledge of theoretical and practical sides of public speaking will enable the speaker to feel confident and comfortable and to present themselves and the necessary information in the best ways.

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Goldwasser, I. 2006, Interactive Communication: A Guide to Effective Communication. Pearson Education Australia, Sydney.

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Planning Your Speech

Being confident in your speech making and your public speaking means that you should fully prepare for your speech! Here are some tips to write a great speech!

1. Determine the purpose of your speech.  Whether it is a persuasive essay, argumentative essay, or just an informative one you need to know why you are giving the speech. Generally you may be told what kind of speech to write for your assignment, but if you have a choice on what type of speech you need to give it's important to know what you want to tell your audience. 

2. Identify your audience.  This may depend on your assignment but you need to know your audience to know what type of the information you are giving to them. Are you giving a speech to people who don't have any knowledge on the subject? Experts in the field? Or are you just speaking in front of your professor and fellow classmates? Understanding your audience helps you determine the scope of the detail in your speech and how you can keep the audience captivated. 

3. Create your claim (or thesis).  Just like writing a paper, your speech needs a thesis. Your claim is the main idea for your speech, and you will spend your speech providing evidence that supports your claim. 

4. Collect your evidence.  You need to support your claim with evidence. Evidence may include: surveys, statistics, anecdotal evidence, or even your own experience. 

5. Start determining how you will organize your speech.  Just like an essay, a speech has a similar structure. Your introduction, body, supporting evidence, and conclusion. It's helpful to write down your speech in a similar way you would write an essay. 

Giving Your Speech

Glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, is very common. Below are some speech-giving tips that can help reduce your anxiety!

1. Talk to someone if you are feeling stressed.  Talk to a counselor, your professor, or just a friend. It's always helpful to talk about your worries and get support from people around. 

2. Know what you're talking about.  You will be more comfortable reciting your speech when you have some knowledge on the subject. While you are researching and preparing your speech, get some preliminary background information so you feel more confident with the subject. This also helps if you get any surprise questions from your audience!

3. Practice.  Practice, practice, practice. In the mirror, in front of some friends, in front of your classmates. Be comfortable with the words, the structure of your speech, and knowing the order in which you will present your main ideas. 

4. Organize your materials.  Disorganization the day of your speech can worsen your anxiety! Prepare the night before by setting out all of your demonstrative items (poster, powerpoint, pictures), make sure any notecards are in order, and set aside your clothes if you are dressing up for your speech. It's also important to make sure the technology in the room you are presenting in has everything you need (check with your professor)!

5. Study other speeches.  You don't need to study the great orators of the world to learn how to improve your speeches. TED Talks, interviews from people you look up to, and even watching YouTube videos can help improve your public speaking skills. 

6. Don't rely on Powerpoints/posters.  Items like Powerpoints and posters that you use for your speech are meant to support you and not be something that you read off of the entire time. If you can do without visual aids or if they are not required for your speech, you may decide not to use any at all. Try to have as little text as possible on them--you won't be able to read off of them and your audience will not be distracted reading the slides. 

7. Focus on your message.  Don't get caught up in little details, your stories, or any jokes you may have in your speech. Focus on your claim so your message is understood by your audience. 

8. Don't apologize.  Everyone makes a mistake. Technical difficulties can happen to every one. Don't let minor issues such as forgetting a part of your speech or getting a little mixed up derail your presentation. Your audience may not even notice the small mistake. If you feel like you need to make an apology, make a small one and continue on. You've got this!

9. Look around the room.  You should always give your audience your full attention. It might be a small classroom of a few students or a massive auditorium but your audience is very important. Focus on different parts of the room that you can spend a few seconds on during the speech. If you can't decide where to look, focus on a specific person. 

10. Be yourself.  You can reduce your anxiety by just being yourself. Involved your personality in how you present information; use your pitch and create a style that's meaningful and allows the audience to relate to you. And don't forget to smile!

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The purpose of this autobiographical statement is to outline my interest in the field of social work and why this is without a doubt my chosen career field. I was raised on a farm in rural Colorado. My mother was a Human Services Caseworker for the first half of her career and a Juvenile Parole Officer for the remainder of her career. She retired after 35 years of service. My father was a computer programmer. I also have a twin sister.

My grandparents and great parents lived nearby and cared for my sister and I while our parents worked.

Growing up on a farm, I was exposed to the continual life and death process through the many animals that we raised. It helped me develop a deep connection to land and animals. There is a compassion that is developed when you care for animals and know that you are responsible for their livelihood. I was surrounded by a sense of community and knew the value of hard work. Strong work ethics and Christian values were the foundation of my upbringing.

Although I was raised in a rural area, my parents drove us to school in a nearby city to attend a program that offered dual language education. I was in a bilingual (Spanish/English) immersion program from kindergarten through sixth grade. It was a school of need for monolingual Spanish speaking children and a school of choice for English speaking children. This school program emphasized acceptance, education and inclusion of many different cultures and belief systems. There was a pervasive theme of acceptance that was ingrained in the students due to the language and cultural differences among the students in this school. I developed friendships with children from various cultures, backgrounds and socioeconomic levels.

By the end of sixth grade I was fluently bilingual and biliterate and have continued language classes from that point forward. While attending high school, I simultaneously attended a local community college and earned my veterinary medicine technician assistant certification before I graduated from high school. I worked in the veterinary field while pursuing my Associates Degree to pursue my social work career. The veterinary experience helped me develop an understanding of how animals can become an important part of a support system to people, especially people with special needs.

I have a very close relationships with my parents, sibling and extended family members. I came to understand the importance of a strong support system and how so many people are challenged with not having this support. My definition of family became very broad. It did not just encompass my nuclear and extended family members, but my neighbors, community, and in essence all of God’s children. Due to my mother’s role in the criminal justice and social work systems, my sister and I had the opportunity to volunteer in many different settings with a variety of populations that included but were not limited to people in the criminal justice system, abused children, homeless people, hospice patients and victims of violence.

Through these volunteer opportunities and work through my church, I was able to identify challenges and strengths in a variety of individuals and identify how to broker services from various support programs. I also learned that it was imperative that individuals be empowered to participate in all processes that affect their lives and not just the recipient of services. I am trained in Motivational Interviewing, which has significantly impacted the way I communicate with people as well as my view of empowering people. Some of the principles of this doctrine involve expressing empathy, supporting self-efficacy/autonomy of the client and rolling with resistance.

I started college immediately following high school. During my first two summers of college, I went from Colorado to New York by myself to work at Camp Ramapo, which is a camp that serves children affected by social, emotional and learning challenges as well as children on the autism spectrum. This is where I found my passion for social work and specifically for working with this population. The position required extensive training in learning to work with children with special challenges, violent tendencies and behavioral issues.

I was a camp counselor the first year and was promoted to a supervisory position the second year. The supportive relationships that our team developed with these children were key to their success. It was also at this camp, where I met my current husband from England. Camp Ramapo is the only camp of its kind in the world, therefore, people come from all over the world apply to work at this camp. I met people from Israel, Europe, Africa and the United States. These have been long lasting friendships and have expanded my knowledge of various cultures. The job was emotionally and mentally challenging as it required the staff to live and work with the children. It was also physically challenging as it required the counselors to swim the entire length of a lake each morning and continually perform practice rescue techniques. This unique experience is where I found my true calling for Social Work as I watched these incredible children reach their potentials and grow as individuals.

Upon returning to my studies in Colorado, I immediately became employed at Foothills Gateway, while attending college. Foothills is an agency that serves individuals challenged with intellectual and emotional disabilities including those affected by autism spectrum disorder. It is an adult pre-vocational employment program. I was one of the youngest employees and was able to learn a tremendous amount from the staff who had worked in this program for their entire careers. I was part of developing individualized functional and behavioral assessments. I was also a part of continually strategizing to address group work dynamics and build positive relationships between the individuals. As part of my employment preparation, I participated in extensive training involving medication management, behavior modification programming, functional communication and resource networking. My philosophy is to embrace the differences possessed by these individuals and to celebrate their special contributions to this world.

I have worked with individuals from a variety of backgrounds with significant challenges as evidenced by my work in a portion of the Foothills Gateway Program which involved working with sex offenders. Working with juveniles who have committed sex offences as well as adult sex offenders is a unique challenge especially when these individuals have developmental and intellectual disabilities. This is an area where I have been able to apply the social work principal of social justice, as this is a population that are vulnerable to abuse and oppression due to their intellectual challenges. I am devoted to educating people about this population and creating situations where they can enjoy community activities and access resources. My role was not limited to teaching the individuals but also to educating the community at large about the acceptance of these individuals as contributing members of our society. These individuals perceive the world through a different lens. It is my passion to assure that these individuals are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. I plan to accomplish this through community outreach and education focusing on acceptance and inclusion.

Micah 6:8 states, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8, ESV). This scripture applies to the practice of social work in many ways. This is such a great reminder that everyone is put on this earth by God. No matter who you are or what challenges you might face, you were put here by God for a reason. Therefore, we must not judge anyone who is walking this earth and show grace to all people who cross our paths.

In total there are twelve main social work roles and in the following paragraph I will be addressing ten of these roles as well as explaining how each role relates directly to me. The social work roles include public speaker, advocate, empowerer, counselor, facilitator, educator, enabler, mediator, initiator, and broker. Through my experience as well as my life outlook, I can see myself in all of them. However, the most prominent roles include speaker, advocate, educator, enabler, initiator, and broker.

I have taken numerous public speaking courses and love public speaking engagements in front of large groups. I plan to use my love of public speaking to inform people about available resources and to unite people. I think the role of public speaking and advocate go hand in hand. There are many great resources available to clients, however, depending on the need and area, there are also many deficits. Through my role as a public speaker, I can advocate for changes in the system. As an educator, I would use my communication skills and bilingual skills to educate clients, professionals and community organizations about the benefits of working collaboratively to develop resource networks among agencies and in communities. Next, I see myself in an enabler position, using the definition of a person who makes something possible. I feel very strongly about empowering individuals to speak up and advocate for themselves if they are able. By supporting clients, we can help them articulate their needs and become solution focused vs becoming system dependent. Being a positive enabler is about helping clients advocate for themselves and their needs. It is also about respecting their autonomy.

Finally, I see myself as an initiator and a broker. I chose initiator because I am respectfully assertive and not afraid to speak up. As an initiator, I plan to be the spark that causes a positive chain reaction. I consider it my duty to speak up regarding social injustice. For example, I once had to speak out against a co-worker once I discovered they were perpetrating abuse against another employee. I also chose broker because I intend to collaborate and partner with my clients to access available resources to assure that their needs are met. This means taking a comprehensive approach to assure that the mental health, educational, physical, emotional and spiritual needs are being addressed. A challenge will be assuring that people who need resources are aware of them and able to access them.

Finally, I will be discussing the six social work values. The core social work values include service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. As I was familiarizing myself with the true meaning of each value, I came to recognize that all of them are very similar to my own. As a child of a social worker, I began to develop a worldview that contained these values at an early age. I have always wanted to contribute to society by being of service to people and I started this at an early age by volunteering at various organizations. Social work is not just a job to me, but a way of life. When I worked at Camp Ramapo, I developed an understanding of social justice. I have strived to challenge the system regarding the disabled population. Regardless of a person’s past choices or current abilities, everyone deserves a fair opportunity in life. I plan to help people who need support in achieving their full potential.

Regarding dignity and worth, I believe most individuals want the same thing: to feel valued, to learn and to experience success. That is what we as social workers are charged with, to help people achieve their goals and to feel valued. However, it is imperative that we work with people in a respectful and inclusive manner. Never making a person feel demeaned because they need assistance. It is our job to strengthen individuals and communities and this can be accomplished through relationships. Human relationships are imperative to field of social work. Our world rises and falls based on relationships; whether between individuals, communities or entire countries.

As social workers it is essential that we help clients build strong social networks and circles of support. By building healthy professional relationships with clients, we are role modeling how to support each other while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries. Next, I will address integrity. Integrity is at the forefront of everything I do: sports, school, work, and life in general. To me it is the very foundation of a social work career. By modeling integrity, you are setting an example for all people. For me, the ten commandments are the definition of and guide to integrity.

Finally, competence. The technology of the world changes rapidly. It is our responsibility as social workers to stay abreast of the latest research and continually advance our skills. After earning my BSW, I plan to pursue an MSW and LCSW. We owe it to the people we serve to not only help them set goals but to set and achieve goals for our career development. To continually define ourselves not just as teachers, but as learners. In conclusion, social work is my passion and my calling. I love to help people and will work diligently to help individuals overcome barriers in order to achieve success. I have been extremely blessed to find my passion early in life. I have an amazing support system and know the importance of creating a work/life balance.

My life goal is to help those who God has placed in my path. I truly believe that I have the skills, patience and perseverance to rise to the challenges of this profession and to make a meaningful contribution to the field of Social Work.

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