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In this short tip, I want to share with you five different ways that you can start to develop your confidence, and really kick your public speaking skills, your presentation skills into a new level. Now, how can you start to develop confidence when you are someone who is potential nervous and really afraid of getting up in front of an audience?
Your audience wants you to do well
Firstly, I want you to remember this. Your audience wants you to succeed. I challenge you with this question. When did you last sit through a speech or presentation and go and see a speaker and you want to see them fail? The reason I ask this is because, as an audience member, you want to see the speaker do well. So flip this around and realise that when you’re standing in front of an audience, your audience members want to see you do a good job as well. So use that, harness it to use that positive energy to help yourself develop that bit of confidence.
Also, visualise yourself giving the presentation successfully. Just that inner working of picturing yourself up in front of your audience, doing a great job, getting a great reception and achieving the outcome you want goes a long, long way to helping you develop your confidence.
Get ready and get setup early
You can then also get to the room early. This will help you just get comfortable and get familiar with the environment will help you build that little bit of confidence.
Meet and Greet
Meeting and greeting the audience does exactly the same thing. Starts to build up allies and helps you recognise that people want you to do a wonderful job, so use this all coming together.
Importantly and finally, get experience. Experience is how you’re going to get better. Recognise that the first time you give a speech or you deliver a presentation, it might not go perfectly. It’ll go okay, but it might not go as well as you maybe would like it to. The only way that’s going to happen is when you get experience.
One of the things I teach through the Speak to Influence Programme is really about getting lots of practise, which is why through the whole precept to that course there is plenty of exercise, plenty of practical exercise, because it’s important that you get experience.
So there’s five very simple ways that you can start to develop your confidence, build your confidence so that you overcome any fears and any nervousness you have around public speaking. If you want more help, why don’t you check out the blog at the Public Speaking Skills Academy? There you’ll find heaps of quick tips and articles that you can read that will help you develop your confidence and develop your skills.