As skilled as you might be in some aspects of your life, you would be at a disadvantage if you cannot communicate with confidence, authority, and credibility to get what you want from an interpersonal encounter.
Here are 8 tips on how to communicate with confidence and assertiveness.
My Boss often tells me “always believe that you are the best”. Do you always think that you will flub at public speaking because you feel you are not competent enough? It is important to note that negative thoughts, automatically create negative emotions (fear of speaking) and negative emotions always feel bad and yield a negative result. Therefore, you should be positive.
State your opinions with conviction.
You should understand that confidence means you are convinced yourself about what you are speaking. To be a confident speaker you must believe in your words. If you do not believe in your words, it will be difficult to convince others and you would feel nervous.
Make eye contact.
Eye contact will help others to listen to you carefully. If you look down at the floor, you won’t look confident, and if you’re looking around while you talk, people may think that you’re distracted or looking for something better to do.
It’s good to be aware of what you know. It’s equally important to acknowledge what you don’t know. If you are not aware of something, it’s better to acknowledge that you do not know them rather than beating around the bush. No person on this planet knows everything, so don’t feel ashamed for not knowing something.
Maximize your spoken fluency.
Fluency is a signal behavior that your audience uses, right or wrong, as a measure of your confidence, preparedness, and even competence. To, communicate better you have to articulate better, your grammar and sentence formation also have to fall in place. Read a lot as reading not only makes you verbose but also improves your knowledge.
Don’t be intimidated by an audience who appear to be more qualified.
Don’t be intimidated by an audience that seems more qualified than you are. Remember that you would have not been asked to speak unless those who selected you felt that you had a worthwhile message to deliver.
Identify unique role model (s)
Watch videos of confident speakers and learn the trends. Note their body language, pace, volume, and anything that your mind tells you is important.
Fake it until you become real.
Have you ever heard of faking it until you make it? Did you know that your mind conceives of action and then your body executes that action? Tell yourself that you are confident, imagine yourself in the best way you wish to be, and act it until you master it.
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