Raise your value by 50 percent

By Carmine Gallo via inc.com   Article

The 1 Skill Warren Buffett Says Will Raise Your Value by 50 Percent

“Imagine working on one skill in 2017 that–once you improve on it–will raise your value by 50 percent. The one skill is public speaking.

The dividends on the investment you make in sharpening your communication skills will pay off for the rest of your career. Don’t take my word for it. Listen to billionaire Warren Buffett’s advice to a class of business students at Columbia University back in 2009:

‘Right now I would pay $100,000 for ten percent of the future earnings of any of you, so if you’re interested, see me after class.’

After the laughter subsided, he turned serious.

‘Now, you can improve your value by 50 percent just by learning communication skills–public speaking. If that’s the case, see me after class and I’ll pay you $150,000.’

Buffett’s point is that mastering the art of public speaking is the single greatest skill to boost your career.

You might be saying, That’s great, but I have a fear of public speaking. It’s okay. Buffett was actually terrified, too.

Overcoming your fear

As a young stock advisor he took a Dale Carnegie public-speaking course to overcome his fear. In a little known fact, Buffett dropped out of the course on his first try because he was afraid he’d be asked to speak up. He worked up his courage a second time and today proudly displays his Dale Carnegie certificate in his office.

According to TED curator Chris Anderson, public speaking matters more than ever. In his book, TED Talks, Anderson writes: ‘As a leader–or as an advocate–public speaking is the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, sharing knowledge and insights, and promoting a shared dream.’

… today’s audiences want more than to sit through yet another boring presentation. They crave visually appealing slides. They want to be informed and inspired, enlightened and entertained, all in the same presentation. … mobile video has made it a lot easier to teach yourself by watching the world’s greatest entrepreneurs and business legends work their craft.”

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