The best investment you make you “can’t beat,” Warren Buffett remarks. The only investment you can make often enough is to “invest in yourself”, he says. In early adulthood, Buffett had to beat his fear of public speaking, which he was terrified of doing. He would feel physically ill when taking the podium to speak. He took a course at Dale Carnegie school that changed his life, the very same Dale Carnegie of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” In Buffett’s biography, he remarks that nobody could “believe what I was like if I had to give a talk. I would throw up,” as he said in his biography, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business Of Life.
He later got over his fear of public speaking as he married his wife, Susan Thompson. He got over it a lot because later on he was selling stocks in Omaha at 21. Being able to communicate better leads to exercising your talents appropriately. Whatever you want to learn more of, do it in your youth, not your old age. Never stop learning is the success rule for Warren Buffett. Many people can work on their public speaking skills in the same class Buffett took.
Learning as much as you can really does help, and making a speech personal is the only way to win people over. Telling people about yourself helps forge a bond between you. Carnegie’s approach to public speaking and topics was to write a list of topics you are willing to talk about because you have experience in the field. Carnegie taught Buffett that a good speech must not be typed up. Remembering what you wrote keeps you from speaking naturally. Also, showing enthusiasm for your topic will show others that you have interest in what you are talking about.