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How to Become a Confident Speaker

Posted in Business Careers by Cristina on 12 Apr 2016

We are all aware of the fact that good communication today is one of the crucial things not only in business but also in our everyday life. Whether you are making a presentation in front of a large audience or just trying to explain your position to your co-worker, you need to speak confidently.

Here are 5 basic steps and tips on how to become a confident speaker:

1. BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE

Start with building your self-esteem and confidence. It is important not only for speaking, but for becoming a successful person in general. You should praise yourself every day even for small accomplishments. You don't need to be flawless (people are not perfect, as we very well know), but you can definitely find something to praise yourself for. The more often you do it, the more confident you will become.

2. BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAY

If you want other people to believe your words and take you seriously, you have to believe in what you say. So if you are telling the audience that your company is the market leader and the best company you have worked for, you must mean it! Otherwise, the audience won't believe it, either.

3. MAKE EYE CONTACT

This part is always essential. Whether you are talking to your friend or a large audience, make eye contact. It's more complicated with a group of people listening to you, but you can choose a few people and make eye contact with them. You will look much more confident this way than if you keep looking at your shoes or hands.

4. WATCH YOUR BODY LANGUAGE

Our gestures, posture, and facial expressions can give away a lot of information about us. You should keep your face and body relaxed, make sure you don't fidget. Avoid slouching and don't walk around too much. Your posture has to express confidence.

5. PLAN AND PRACTICE

If the speech I am going to make is important, I usually write down some bullet points, which serve as a plan. So even if I get more nervous than I should, I can always look at them and remember what I have to say. Also, you should practice your speech as many times as you can. You can do it in front of your friend or a co-worker. I usually just do it at home in front of a mirror. This way I don't only hear myself but I can also see myself and my body movements.

So, think positively, speak confidently and try to cope with your nerves. If you follow these easy steps, you are bound to make a success of it!

Cristina