3 ways to increase your confidence
It can be intimidating to speak in front of large groups of people, even if this is something that you have to do regularly. Each audience is unique and each speech is different, even when the same topic is covered. One of the keys to getting the most across is to be confident in your presentation. A concept which can be easier said than done. Below are 3 tips that will boost your confidence and help you to magnify your presence whenever you are speaking in front of a group.
1. Prepare and Practice
Good preparation is essential to having an impact and making a solid presentation. Once all the research has been done and the speech prepared practicing on your own, or with a few trusted colleagues, will ensure that any rough areas are smoothed over and that there is nothing missing. It will also help you to speak more naturally on stage.
Find the parts of your presentation that you are passionate about and emphasize them. When you are personally connected to what you are saying you increase your ability to draw people in. It is also important to know what your audience’s expectations are. Connecting with the people that you are presenting to will make their response favourable, in turn boosting your confidence. Use eye contact and smile often to have more of an impact, as long as it’s a genuine smile.
3. Confident Body Image
Being properly groomed for any presentation is very important. You will feel better about yourself and those that you are speaking to will appreciate your professionalism. Practice awareness of your body language, as this will help you be more in command of the situation.
Now that you are adequately prepared, emotionally connected and know who you are presenting to, the only thing left to do is relax and be genuine. Take a few deep breaths and focus. Be aware of your strengths and use them to your advantage. This will ensure that you do the best you can each and every time you speak to a group.
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