5 Tips for Introprenuers to Speaking More Confidently
As entrepreneurs we are often tasked with presenting our idea or product to the masses. It’s not always easy as many people have stage fright when it comes to speaking. In fact speaking is listed as the number 1 fear of Americans. Even extroverts find that they aren’t nearly as extroverted when it comes to speaking in front of an audience. Well regardless of whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, these tips will help you speak with confidence.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert or an extrovert. If you don’t practice your craft, it will show. Practice at least an hour a day on the message you want to convey. Practice it in front of a camera and record yourself. Pay attention to your hand gestures and the way you enunciate words. Practice in front of people who you know will provide you honest feedback. The more you practice, the more confidence you will have in your ability to speak.
When you speak in front of an audience, make sure to make eye contact. You don’t have to try and make eye contact with the entire room, but do make eye contact with different individuals in the crowd. For example, look at one person as you speak an idea or sentence. When you start on the second sentence or thought, move to another person. This gives the appearance of you speaking with them as opposed to speaking at them.
A lot of times we tend to speak quickly when we are nervous. We feel that nervous energy and just want to blab everything out. Slow down, take a deep breath. Speaking slowly gives the appearance we know what we are talking about (and you should!). It makes us look confident and gives us a different aura.
A lot of times we have so much anxiety about going on stage that we forget to breathe. Take 15 minutes to perform this exercise and notice the difference. It will push oxygen throughout your body and help you relax.
1. Inhale slowly through your nose and fill your lungs. Hold that breath for 3 seconds.
2. Exhale slowly through your lips while you breathe back out all the air you just took in.
3. Relax your body as you’re performing this exercise and just concentrate on your breathing.
Nervousness comes from thinking how we can do something different or how we could do better. Truth is you put in the work, you practiced, and now you’re ready. There is no more preparation that can be done. Give it your all and own it! You’ve done the hard part already, so have fun and deliver the message. Remember, you have a message to share that will impact the people who are present. Own it!
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