Whenever it comes to new surroundings or people, do you really feel shy? It is quite imperative to get over your shyness at some point in your life and speak confidently. If you are able to achieve this, you will not only be able to share your ideas but will also be able to communicate without much of discomfort with anyone or everyone. Here are a few tips which can help you to speak confidently:
Tip 1: Practice
Practice is what makes the man perfect. The science behind it is that as you practice, the words get you into a subconscious mode and when you actually have to speak, it would flow naturally. To add expression so that what you speak sounds natural practice using a mirror.
Tip 2: Audience/ Listener
Knowing about the people you are addressing would make a lot of difference. This would help you to connect with them better. Even if in the beginning you are slightly hesitant, that hesitation would go away, as knowing them would help you to get comfortable, giving you all the confidence that you need to speak.
Tip 3: Being up to the point and using simple words
Avoid using heavy vocabulary and just keep it simple. Whatever that you want to say could be communicated best if you use simple words
Tip 4: Be mentally prepared
Before going ahead with what you have to say, despite all the practice you do, it is important that you be quite for at least 30-90 seconds to mentally prepare yourself.
Tip 5: Know or imagine the situation before actually being there and talking
If you know the place, be there and rehearse. If that is not an option than imagine the entire situation in your head. As and when you are imagining, you would notice certain points or events that you wouldn’t have been able to anticipate before. This would ensure that you would be ready for ever thing that would come your way. Knowing that you have anticipated almost every thing would help boost your confidence and would reflect when you would speak.
Tip 6: Volume
Ensure that you are audible while you are talking. As in case the other person is not able to hear you, he would ask you to speak again. This could shake your confidence.
Tip 6: Pace and pause consistency
Maintain and average pace, not too fast, not too slow. Pause according to what you want to communicate across. If the average pace is not good enough, tune your pace with that of the listener(s).
Tip 7: Vocal Variation
Have a friendly tone with lots of vocal expression. This would ensure listener’s interest is intact in what you are saying.
Tip 8: Think before you talk
If you are required to speak something on the spot for which you couldn’t practice, ensure that you have an average pace and think before you talk. While saying a sentence, ensure that you structuring your thoughts then say the next one.
Tip 9: Reactions
Look out for the reactions of the listener. The reactions would help you gain confidence about your thoughts being communicated and understood well at the same time. The fact that you are heard and comprehended would encourage you to speak better.
Tip 10: Don’t be embarrassed by your faults
It important to let go of any mistake that you did while speaking, continue speaking. Don’t get nervous. Get to the next thought and focus your thoughts away from that.