Why Public Speaking is Linked to Being Successful

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By Richard Bradley, Editor in Chief, Worth Magazine

Worth magazine’s Power 100, an annual list of the 100 most powerful people in global finance, features men and women from around the globe who work in a range of professions from banking to hedge funds to politics and punditry. Some of them exercise power through their investing, others through regulatory authority, others by the power of persuasion. But they all have one thing in common: They use public speaking to amass, solidify and extend their power, and then get things done. If you really listen to how they do it, you can glean several principles to help you do the same.

1) If someone hands you a microphone, don’t be surprised.

Consider Marianne Lake, the CFO of JP Morgan Chase and #53 on the Worth Power 100. Known for her rigorous preparation and remarkable command of data, Lake has joined JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon on the bank’s earnings calls for years—and has been so authoritative on those calls that, this year, Dimon essentially announced he would be turning this hugely important microphone over to Lake. It’s hard to imagine a greater or more public vote of confidence from the boss.

2) Practice your public speaking skills in one medium, then transfer them to another. Anthony Scaramucci, the founder of SkyBridge Capital and #91 on Worth’s list, excels at extending his professional brand. Scaramucci created SALT-Las Vegas, the biggest conference in the hedge fund world, and every year he takes to the stage as master of ceremonies, introducing guests and interviewing high-level financiers like John Paulson and Dan Loeb. I’ve been to SALT several times, and I’ve noticed that Scaramucci was actually quite good at the task—especially for someone who’s not a professional interviewer. Originally from Long Island, Scaramucci is funny, casual, self-deprecating and instantly likeable.

So it made perfect sense when Scaramucci revived the iconic financial talk show Wall Street Week with himself as host. He’d prepped for the job at his own conference and was ready to try out his public speaking skills on TV.

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