9 Places to Learn Public Speaking Skills for Free
Larry Kim

This is a really solid resource list to get tips and background on public speaking, but the only way to become an excellent — or even proficient — public speaker is pair these resources with practice. Otherwise, it’s like trying to become a great skier by watching instructional videos on YouTube.

It’s hard to get speaking experience for free, but not impossible: Preparing and delivering toasts at weddings or parties, participating in a book group, visiting a Toastmasters club (newcomers are welcome for free), offering to teach a skill at a library or park, or reading a poem at an open mic are all excellent ways to get public speaking experience without paying a thing. They require effort, but worth it because public speaking is indeed a “highly sought after skill.”