With a New Year ahead of us, it’s time to buckle down on resolutions, and that means prioritizing. You may have your sights set on a committing to a new exercise regimen or carving out more family time. Honing your speaking skills might not top your list.
But consider this: In virtually every aspect of life, effective communication is the prerequisite to getting anything done. At work, the higher up the ranks you climb—or aspire to climb—the greater the likelihood you’ll need to speak to ever bigger groups of people. And just because that isn’t something you need to do every day doesn’t mean it matters less. In fact, for most ambitious professionals, it’s a skill that’s all the more worth developing in order to be ready when those occasions do arise.