Public Speaking Levels

Public SpeakingPublic speaking scares many people but it’s a skill that every one can learn and master.

Here are the three levels of public speaking that we’ve noticed in our years of experience in delivering speeches and running our public speaking program.

Level One
“Level one” speakers avoid public speaking at every opportunity and are terrified if forced to give a speech. They’re very nervous, stumble over their words and can’t wait to escape back into the safety of the audience.

Level Two
The “level twos” are more confident and can stand in front of an audience without collapsing. They can deliver a reasonable speech but are word-orientated, concentrating on what they want to say rather on the audience.

Level Three
“Level threes” make it look easy. They’re confident, engage the audience and usually leave a lasting positive impression.

How do you rate yourself?

If you’re a level one or level two speaker you can vastly improve your skills and become a level three speaker. Here’s how you can do this:

1. Practice
Take every opportunity to speak in public. Everytime you do you gain that valuable combination of experience and confidence.

2. Join a Speaking Club
We recommend Toastmasters which is a speaking organisation with many clubs throughout the world. There are many clubs here in Melbourne that you can join. They are very encouraging and supportive and allow you to develop into a competent speaker at the pace you are comfortable with.

3. Professional Training
Enrol into a public speaking course and/or get 1 on 1 coaching. We offer both in our Stand and Deliver program, so you may wish to check our approach.

Oh, by the way, if you consider yourself a level three speaker then become even better. :)

You can never stop learning if you want to become an outstanding speaker.


  1. I don’t know if these stages are typical for most speakers or unique to my own personality and temperament. The main thing I have learned is this: when I begin to feel panic or despair, that’s normal. At least for me. And it has nothing whatsoever to do with how I will ultimately perform.

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