My advice about learning to speak in public with disability

By Quang Nguyen, 5 September 2016 , Comments

I am from south west Sydney and I am passionate about technology and computers.

I was born with cerebral palsy and I am skilled at using technology as a means of daily communication.

I came to Australia when I was four-years-old. It was difficult being a child with disability in a new country.

I had to use a walking frame, then a wheelchair and then a scooter. I had to access public transport in order to work, study and play sport.

I currently attend toastmasters and do public speaking. I have observed others present, presented myself and won table topics.

If you would like to do public speaking in the future here are some tips.

Public speaking is about:

  • Increased self-confidence
  • Powerful speech making skills
  • The ability to speak well
  • Leadership development
  • Career advancement through the development of these skills

Can you think of opportunities when you can get up and speak to others? Are there times when you can talk to other people and teach them something, read them something or share information you know something about?

It is all about learning and the more you practice, the better you get at something.

It’s about gaining more skills and building confidence in front of others.

Everyone has their own set of skills; we are all different so we can all learn from each other.

Think of some times when you could have got up and talked to other people but you let the opportunity go by?

What stopped you from speaking up and how could you overcome this?

Would confidence help you? Would training to improve you skills help? Would practice help?

The first step is to get up and give it a try like I did!

  • Quang Nguyen is a Northcott customer and disability activist who served as a NSW Government Living Life My Way champion from 2013-2016. He has also been recognised for his community service and received two Australia Day Australian of the Year award honours.

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