Updated: Apr 19
Your communication skills is what makes you stand out from your peers and competitors. You need to speak with confidence for advancing in your career.
Have you ever wondered what makes a speaker intriguing to the audience? One of the most important characteristics that make a speaker an amazing speaker is "confidence". If you want to accelerate your career growth, you need to acquire proficiency on how to speak with confidence, especially when feeling nervous or intimidated.
Most of the best public speakers and high performing professionals excel in communication skills and speak with great confidence. They understand that if they sound nervous or appear timid or unprepared while they speak, their entire speech may feel inauthentic and unconvincing. They would not be able to create the desired impact on the audience.
Brilliant Tips for Speaking with Confidence
If you wish to be an influential speaker or professional, you need to speak with a confident tone and unfathomable belief in yourself. To ensure your message reaches and creates a long-lasting impression on your audience, you must say it with confidence without showing any sign of anxiety or intimidation.
Here are five highly effective communication skills related tips to help you speak with confidence, poise and impact. Be it a formal public speaking event or work conversation, you will be able to convey your thoughts with clarity by following these tips for speaking with confidence.
1. Always have a clear and firm viewpoint:
People who lack to create confidence often tend to be concerned about what others think about them. Instead, they should focus on the impact they can make on others. That slight change in perspective can be very empowering. The lesser the ambiguity in your mind, the more effectively you will convey your thoughts with a firm voice.
2. Carry a confident body language:
Have you ever thought about what kind of vibe you bring the moment you walk into a room? What’s your body language saying? Acting confident is incredibly important to speak with confidence. Be aware of the signals your body language is exuding. Always have correct postures, whether you are standing, sitting or walking. You may follow some of the tips mentioned in my blog 20 powerful ways to boost self-confidence at the workplace to create confidence.
3. Do homework and be prepared:
Know the stuff you are going to speak about. Knowledge and insights about the topic create confidence when you have to say something about the respective topic. Always ensure that you are well prepared with proper homework whenever you begin any important conversation, interview, speech or meeting.
4. Visualise it ahead of time:
Convince your brain of your capacity for top performance, by visualising the perfect scenario with flawless speech or conversation. The visualisation exercise contributes heavily to that success as it boosts the probability that things will go well. It is highly recommended to be practised if you feel anxious and nervous before speaking.
5. Speak slowly and allow silences:
Speaking too quickly or in a low tone of voice makes you appear less than confident. It is better to speak slowly and clearly to avoid fumbling with verbal nonsense. Take ample time to complete your sentences and even allow silence for a while, you may come up with better word choices and it will make you seem more confident.
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Smita D Jain is a Certified Life Coach, Executive Coach and NLP Practitioner. Smita’s ‘Empower Yourself’ Executive Performance Enhancement Coaching Programs enable mid-career professionals and senior leaders to speak with confidence and communicate with impact so that they emerge as leaders sooner than envisaged.
Prior to her journey as a coach, Smita had extensive experience of 14 years as a corporate and business strategy professional with Fortune 500 companies. She is also a speaker at various public forums, a published writer, and an Amazon bestselling author.
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