If you are an accounting student so you can spend your career sitting alone at your desk avoiding face-to-face communication with anyone, it’s time to break out of your shell and make the most of your future accounting career! Confidence in public speaking is crucial to a successful accounting career. In an article in The New York Times, certified public accountant and co-founder of the American Institute of Certified Tax Coaches Dominique Molina said, “When I was studying for my C.P.A., I was sure that I’d be safe. But life isn’t predictable. I ended up in a career that depends on public speaking.”1
When you finally land the job you have been working hard for, do not end up blindsided by your fear of public speaking. Confidence in public speaking is a skill that will continue to be important as long as you have to communicate with others. Lucky for you, Grantham understands the value of public speaking and is here to help.
Here are three reasons why public speaking will make you a better accountant:
1. Soft Skills Are the New Hard Skills
Soft skills, or non-technical skills, are essential for accounting, according to a report from The Institute of Internal Auditors and Robert Half. “Soft skills are the new hard skills,” the report states.
Public speaking is considered a soft skill, but is important to accounting because accountants should know how to present information in a way that is compelling. Being a good presenter is more than the ability to stand in front of a group and read a PowerPoint presentation. As an accountant, you should be able to speak naturally and comfortably in meetings, presentations or other events.
As important as it is to develop your math skills, it is important to develop your soft skills.
Soft skills can help you sell yourself to employers or potential clients. By developing these skills, you can flourish within your company and, more importantly, in your accounting career.
2. Confidence in Public Speaking Means Confidence in Your Career
Developed public speaking and communication skills go hand-in-hand with a successful accounting career.
Author Keith Ferrazzi stated in his international best-seller Never Eat Alone that “Success in any field, but especially in business, is about working with people, not against them.”2 While the drive for success may come from within, the ability to communicate and share with others is what makes your career successful.
In a 2014 Internal Audit Capabilities and Needs Survey conducted by Protiviti, it is noted that “deeper, more meaningful collaboration can help internal auditors address nearly every item on their lengthy priority lists. By developing and sustaining deep and constructive partnerships throughout the business, internal auditors can ensure that their expertise is applied in advance of strategic decisions — that is to say, with sufficient proactivity.”
This is why the “sitting alone at your desk avoiding face-to-face communication” scenario will not work as an accountant. To do your job to your best ability, you must depend on communicating and collaborating with others.
3. You Will Be Able to Move up the Ranks
More than 30 percent of CFOs found poor interpersonal skills as the main reason employees are not able to advance within their organizations.3 Excelling in the technical aspects of accounting is great, but without soft skills, including confidence in public speaking, you may be lacking what it takes to confidently move forward in your career.
Just as a Robert Half article stated, “There is no such thing as ‘just-in-time networking.’”4
Building a network does not happen overnight. Confidence in public speaking can allow you to naturally develop your ability to build relationships within your company. Your soft skills are bound to be noticed by your coworkers and employers as you build relationships and gain the trust of your employers with ease. This is important if you want to get the most out of your accounting degree and move beyond an entry-level position to take on the higher positions you know you can handle.
Develop Your Public Speaking Skills at Grantham
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