Practical Tips to Help You Speak Confidently in Public

February 21, 2019

The ongoing need for confidence is one thing that unites all speakers. Having the courage to speak in public is not so natural. It is a process that anyone can learn. Therefore, if you have not yet developed the confidence to speak in a large gathering, do not worry because you are on the right track . You will soon be there.

Courage does not happen, but you build it. Therefore, it is a gradual process where you take one step after another and experience by experience. The good news is that even if it is a step-by-step process, there are things you can do to hasten it.  

If you are disturbed by the current state of your confidence or want to move to the next level, do not worry because you have sampled the right article. Here are some ways you can employ to boost your confidence.

1. Deal with the past negative experiences

Clear any awkward situation that you may have had in the past because it can affect you the next you are giving your speech or presentation. Ensure you get help when necessary to discard your last memory about the shoddy presentation you had. Regardless of the intensity, the flashback can make you give up about public speaking or freeze in the middle of your speech.  

2. Build on the positive past experiences

Drawing from the last experience has proved to be excellent even when you are in a different setting with a diverse audience, and the topic of your speech does not match what you presented last. It gives you a motivation that if you did it then, you could still do it again. Believing in yourself is an essential aspect of boosting your confidence.

3. Do not compare yourself to experts-learn what you can do best and carry on.

Even though we have role models, comparing yourself to one can be a destructive approach in the confidence-building process.

The truth is there will always be people around you who are better than you. However, it is not a reason to give up or feel low. Find your best approach and carry on. Do not spend a lot of your time benchmarking trying to be like others. Use that time to evaluate yourself and know your strengths and weaknesses to improve.

4. Complement yourself with words

Words are powerful in shaping our future. Talking critically about yourself can be a hindrance in boosting your confidence. The best way is to back yourself with words. Even if you are not where you want to be, tearing yourself will not help. On the contrary, it will break you more and eventually lose moral about public speaking.  

Remember to practice because you can never get to a new level except you devote to practicing. You get confidence when you know you can do something. Be intentional about creating time to practice in whatever manner that will add value to public speaking. You can get a friendly audience and speak on some topics of interest. Believe in yourself that you can and follow these tips to boost your confidence. Good luck!

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