How has speech helped you in real life?

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It might just be an extracurricular, but speech can alter your life. How has it influenced yours? And I don't mean like you had to miss a birthday party because of a tourney. Any real changes and impacts.

Examples: because of speech people constantly remark how great my diction is AND how I make more eye contact than the average person (slightly unsettling to nervous people, BUT it gives me an air of control and power mwa ha HA)..and this is in regular conversation with friends and not in professional settings. It's good to know that when I am using slang on speakerphone my friends will hear ever syllable.