When it comes to interacting with others, especially public speaking, talking confidently will make others trust us and see us as smarter people. So this can be one of the keys to success, especially at the professional level.
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How to acquire this insurance? What can we do to awaken the trust of others? Here we present a series of fundamental aspects that will help you. It is obviously important to train to acquire more skills .
(1) Express your opinions with conviction
Before speaking, it will be important to make sure we believe in what we say. It will be fundamental not to be arrogant in expressing an idea. Rather, he should be someone who believes deeply in what he says and tends to make others share his ideas. We must not show an attitude of need for approval or validation, but of conviction.
(2) Do not forget eye contact
The eye contact is, first of all, a sign of good education to others. It will also allow others to listen to what we say more carefully. Let them immerse themselves more in our speech.
We will be able to express our message more clearly and increase our confidence. Looking to the ground, the ceiling, or to someone in particular will make us less sure of what others will perceive .
This does not mean that we must focus our attention on one person. Indeed, it could make the person feel uncomfortable and cause us to distract ourselves. U do good practice can be to alternate between several people every two or three seconds, still looking at the eyes of each.
We should not worry if we notice that some of these people are confused or worried. This could indeed reduce our confidence. It will be desirable, if we speak in front of a large number of people , to focus only on one group of people in the audience .
(3) Recognize your own worth
Beyond the signs of trust in others, speaking with confidence comes from a deep love for ourselves. It will be essential to know our virtues and to be aware of them. We must, however, be careful on this point because vanity and arrogance will work against us.
An adequate practice can be to congratulate us on a daily basis. This will increase our confidence. Self-confidence can be passed on to our discourse, and will be quickly perceived by others. To do this, we must focus on the things we do well or love about ourselves. And give them more importance than our weaknesses.
(4) Visualize your success
As you write, plan and practice your speech, visualize your success and imagine yourself speaking in a confident voice to an audience that listens to you carefully. Think of the audience who applauds you. Avoid imagining possible difficulties and focus on what might go wrong.
This does not mean that you are not aware of any unforeseen events. That you must not take steps to avoid them. However, you should not worry too much about this because it will be against your personal confidence and ability to speak confidently.
(5) Plan your speech appropriately
One of the most important keys when speaking in public will be to plan what we want to say. Therefore, have a good script. That we will have
It will also be important to interact with the audience and pay attention to body language. The others will see us as someone more animated and motivated with what we say, instead of perceiving us as boring and with a monotonous voice.
It will also be important to know where we are going to talk. Planning for any unforeseen events and relying on support for the environment will increase our confidence and the good reception of our speech. You must not also forget to arrive early at the rendezvous so that panic does not cause us more stress.
(6) Know your audience
Finally, knowing who we are going to talk to can help us in developing our speech and speaking with confidence. It will be important to know where these people come from. What is their average age and level of general knowledge on the subject ? We can then adapt our speech so that our message is better perceived.