Tips For Confident Communication
Communicating with others through public speaking is one of the greatest fears for many people. Some people dread public speaking more than spiders, flying or even death!
If you have ever wondered why sometimes you don’t seem to be heard by others then this article could be for you.
Confident communication is more than just words, it takes into account your body language as well.
When great communicators speak, everybody listens – so what’s inside the mind of a Successful Communicator?
Knowledge and conviction matter
Of course, you need to have good knowledge of the subject you are talking about, but what matters is not only what you say, but how you say it.
The first step is to believe in what you say. You should be fully convinced of the idea – only then will the tone of your voice hold conviction. Once you have this conviction in your voice, and what you say is useful for the people listening and helps them or gives them some credible information, you will generate appreciation of what you have said. This will certainly boost your self-confidence!
See others as equals
Many people suffer from fearing catastrophes that never happen and even carrying a strong imaginary impression of other people in their minds.
When you do this you can create an unfair comparison between your own personality and the imaginary personality of your audience. Thinking this way breeds apprehension about meeting and talking to other people. It lowers your confidence and can lead you to fear what it will be like to meet and talk to these “perfect” people. In real life nobody is perfect and you know this. We all have our own faults and weaknesses. It’s important for you to remember that no human being is perfect. This will give you greater confidence to go out and face people.
Ideally you need to be in your best mood and able to display a pleasant demeanour when you go out and meet people. However, this is not always possible and it might happen that you are not fully prepared to communicate, or you are tense about some other matter. However, a confident communicator develops an ability to keep control of his emotions and this quality helps the communicator to keep control of the situation. You may still not be in a good mood but you can make sure that you keep indecisiveness at bay. Indecision will fritter away your focus and energy and you will fail to make an impact. If you decide to communicate, be yourself, have faith in yourself and go ahead.
Your gesture, postures and eye contact probably speak louder than your words. Body language cuts across all barriers to communication such as language, time, place, knowledge and so on. Your body language starts getting interpreted unconsciously by everyone around you. People start forming impressions of you the moment they catch sight of you, reinforced when you make eye contact, and body language certainly makes a large contribution to the impression you make.
Confident communication, including words and gestures, is something that you do not perfect in a day. You must grab every opportunity to communicate. Try to check your communication skills, your strong points and the mistakes you make along with the overall effect on the other person. Try to learn from your experiences and there is no reason why you can’t make it. Get going. Good luck!