Confidence is consistently ranked highly when it comes to traits that will lead to success. That’s because a sense of confidence will inspire those around you even more than it inspires you yourself. You want to inspire goodwill and to sound as though you know what you’re talking about, especially in business ventures (although it’s equally important in your home life). Unfortunately, we’re not all born with the gift of effortless self-confidence – and that’s okay! Let’s take a look at some tips to help you sound confident even when you’re not.
Don’t Be Intimidated
Don’t psych yourself out by thinking that someone is “better” than you. Even if you’re talking a crowd of more experienced individuals, you’re still their equal. Accept that you might not have the same knowledge as your partner – but at the same time, you will have strengths that they do not. You’re both equal in the conversation – and if you’re talking to a crowd, then you’re all equal in the conversation. Be respectful, but not apologetic. This takes us handily to the next tip.
It’s Your Time, Too
It’s easy to throw yourself off if you start thinking that you’re taking up someone’s time. Don’t value their time over your own! You’re spending your time talking with them, too. Whether it’s a presentation or a conversation, everyone involved is spending the same amount of time – and no one’s time is more important than anyone else’s.
In fact, speak very slowly. It might seem unnatural to you, but people tend to speak faster when they’re nervous. By making a conscious effort to speak slowly and clearly, you’ll help avoid situations where your audience isn’t able to easily understand you.
You can always improve your ability to speak confidently! Don’t give up, even if it’s hard at first.