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Speaking with confidence comes by mastering these 5 powerful techniques

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Speaking with confidence comes by mastering these 5 powerful techniques

Last Updated on July 17, 2021 by MyGh.Online

It has taken me years of practice to learn
how, especially as one of the younger people in the room, to present myself
well.

The first time I was asked to give a client presentation, you could barely hear what I was saying.

Between the stuttering, and the shakiness in my voice, and the constant dancing around what I was really trying to say, it was clear no one in the room was impressed. It
has taken me years of practice to learn how, especially as one of the younger
people in the room, to present myself well.

1. Replace “um” with stronger filler words

In
the moment, it’s hard not to say “uh, um,” while you try to gather your thoughts.

Great speakers rarely ever use the distracting sound.

But if you listen close, it’s not that they avoid pauses all together. They instead replace “uh, um” with stronger filler words.  When you need to gather your thoughts, use words such as “Now; You See; However,” etc. The
sentence, “Um, I was thinking…” suddenly sounds much more definitive and
powerful when slightly adjusted to “You see, I was thinking…”.It
sounds intentional, and intention instills confidence.

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2. Know the power of silence

The
best speakers know the power of silence.

They
are unafraid of letting the room wait for a moment. These speakers can sit
calmly for a breath or two in total silence and feel comfortable — and actually
use it to their advantage.  Unintentional
silence can be seen as a mistake, or a sign of uncertainty.

Intentional
silence, however, is seen as dramatic and even more important.

Instead
of seeing moments of silence as issues for concern, turn them to work for you
by making your next statement that much more poignant. Use silence to lean into
your points and your audience will hear you much more clearly.

3. Do not make things complicated

The
quickest way to know whether or not someone knows what they’re talking about is
to pay attention to how many industry-specific words they use.  If their vocabulary is a fashion show of
insider adjectives, chances are they are speaking more from a place of theory
and less from a place of experience.

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Great
speakers and people who carry themselves well know how to get to the point.

They
don’t dance around it.

They
don’t throw around handfuls of buzzwords.

They
say what needs to be said and leave it at that.

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If
you use language that leaves your audience confused, you aren’t impressing
them. You are frustrating them. Keep it simple.

4. Don’t curse

Unless
you’ve built a reputation or a persona around your “edgy” delivery, nine times
out of 10 it’s best to leave the sailor’s mouth at home.

When
it comes to leading a room, it is in your best interest to keep the energy and
the flow as positive as possible.

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Unless
you know your audience very well, you never know where a misplaced word could
lead.

Don’t
add in an extra variable that doesn’t need to be there.

This
doesn’t mean you have to keep your language G rated. Say what you need to say,
in the way it needs to be said.

5. Tell a story

I
have watched so many rooms turn the corner after a well told story.

Stories
are how we relate to each other. Stories are what ignite our imagination and
turn a thought into a feeling, an idea into reality.

Whether
you are explaining a data point, or hinting at the outcomes of a campaign,
whatever the case may be, be descriptive.

Use
sensory words — touch, taste, smell, a feeling, a sound.

Bring
what you are talking about to life, and let the people in the room be part of
it.

A
presentation, or a speech, or even a single sentence with an added element of
story becomes an experience.

Author: NICOLAS COLE, www.theladders.com

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