How to Sound Confident (Even if You're Not)
Give your great ideas the verbal boost they deserve with these six tips. Even if you have great ideas, nobody will listen to them if you sound like a wimp when you open your mouth. By contrast, even mediocre ideas seem profound when spoken with confidence.
Notes that six effective techniques for controlling nerves start with:
- Picturing your audience on your same level, hierarchically and psychology. Center yourself on the common qualities you share with the listeners. Believe yourself equal and you will be.
- Rehearsing every syllable of the presentation from start to finish. The more you practice, the less likely you will be to stumble and stammer, sounding less confident. A brief pause, however, sounds calm and confident rather than nervous.
- Voicing from your diaphragm and chest rather than your throat or nose. The deeper, smoother voice sounds more confident.
- Speaking at a slower rate than seems normal. This helps you to control the nervous tendency to speak quickly.
- Practicing the control of your verbal idiosyncrasies (filler sounds, words, and phrases), preferring a brief pause over the filler.
- Speaking in statements rather than questions. Statements show more confidence and knowledge.
Darin's note: a couple of other techniques that work for me are below.
- While rehearsing, plan pauses so that you don't run out of breath mid-speaking.
- Rehearse the presentation repeatedly, in front of the mirror and other people, but avoid memorizing the speech word for word. Memorization inhibits your ability to improvise.
- If possible, rehearse the speech in the exact room you will deliver it. This provides more confidence and the comfort of familiarity.
- A notecard or two can be helpful as long as you only glance at them briefly.
- If it is a PowerPoint, always look at the audience, rarely at the screen.
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Source is Inc.com
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