Talk Your Way to the Top - Careers That Will Put the Money Where Your Mouth Is

Mimes need not apply

Do you have the "gift of gab" and want to put your money where your mouth is, somewhat literally? Using your voice to help you career-wise is perfect for those who love to talk and do it well. There are specific careers that are well-suited for folks who thrive on inter-personal communication done the old-fashioned way, you know, before texting was the norm. No more keeping quiet on the job front when you can talk your way to the top.

Advertising Sales Representative

Communication is key wirthconsulting.org

If you are a big talker with genuine charisma and trustworthiness, ad sales may be your calling. Being a rep will put you in front of lots of potential clients, or at least on the phone with them. You will need to not only know the ins and outs of what you are selling, but how to convince people to buy into your marketing.

As Monster notes, "A key to their (ad sales reps') success? Developing solid relationships with their clients, which, of course, means having lots of conversations."

Career Builder adds, "Even after a sale, staying upbeat is a huge part of the job, so non-talkers need not apply."

Customer Service

Being able to speak with customers is a valuable skillvceplus.com

If you are not only the chit-chatty type but also enjoy solving problems and helping others, customer service would serve you well. As per Monster, "Customer service reps are constantly fielding questions and concerns from customers, either over the phone or face-to-face. Customer service reps are expected to have all the answers and be able to communicate clearly."

You will need plenty of patience when customers call in with a gripe, but if you can put your top-notch talking skills to task, both parties will wind up satisfied in the end.

Teacher/Professor

Effective communication is an essential part of teaching dreamstop.com

Teachers and professors talk nearly all day long. Communicating with students clearly and impactfully is a must in order for the lessons to be well-presented and powerful. Monster notes, "Teachers must have the stamina to talk throughout the day, often repeating the same material to different classes of students."

As Career Builder points out, "No matter what age you teach, your speaking skills are crucial to being a successful mentor and inspiring your students. Teachers are some of the best communicators around." Have you thanked a teacher lately?

Lawyer

Persuasive talker? this could be the career for you! sciencenews.org

A quiet lawyer in the courtroom is not the one you'd want to represent you. As Business Insider explains, "The ability to communicate well is crucial to any lawyer's success. They need to be able to talk with clients, argue motions, meet with judges, and question witnesses during the course of a trial. Many also have to present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in criminal or civil litigation — and how they do so, verbally, can determine the outcome of a case."

There is a load of preliminary work, back and forth communication, following up, and following through. Attention to detail is of the essence along with confidence and compassion that must come through when speaking.

Public Relations

Being the face of a brand or campaign takes A+ communication mediabistro.com

In PR, you are representing someone else, so not only will you need to come forth as well-versed and outgoing, but you will need to leave a lasting impression. A positive one.

According to Career Builder, "Most public relations executives need to spend a great deal of time communicating their clients' messages to media. Pitching journalists is a large part of the job, which is perfect for talkers."

Monster adds, "They're constantly meeting with people and making phone calls." If you consider yourself a "Chatty Cathy" or "Chad," then public relations can be fulfilling. Talk up your clients… and talk some more!

Be heard on the job front. Mimes need not apply.

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