On Monday, I posted about how we can develop more confidence. Today’s blog is all about how we project it while speaking.
Projecting confidence while speaking or on stage is possible the most important thing that a speaker can do. It makes you more interesting, more believable and more genuine. It really is the silver bullet for being persuasive and being taken seriously. If it’s that important, however, why do many people miss their opportunity? For my money its because they haven’t worked through enough of the steps outlined in Monday’s post, but if you have, and you’ve built real confidence, here my top five ways to project it on stage:
Take The Stage With Energy
By stage, I mean the front of the room or whatever the speaking area is supposed to be. Attacking the stage with energy shows a willingness to accept the challenge and will be seen as confidence. It’s also a great way to start if you’re not entirely there yet, as the motion will create the emotion. One word of caution, however, use appropriate energy. Rushing the front of the room to deliver a eulogy won’t be taken nearly the way taking the stage to introduce a new product will. Use your best judgment about what the appropriate level of energy is for the situation.
Step Up To Speak
When most people are given the microphone or an opportunity to address a group, their first instinct is usually to back away. That’s because public speaking isn’t a normal act and we all approach it with a certain amount of trepidation. To project confidence, take a step toward your audience when your turn comes. This is a subtle way to show how confident you are in your ability to command the room.
Look Them In The Eye
Don’t fall into the belief that just because you aren’t looking down, that you’re making eye contact. As you make your points, take the time to actually look your audience member in the eye. One of the lessons that my mentor gave me was “talk to one speak to all.” This means to single individual people out of your audience and talk to them while you are speaking, but do it in a way that everyone can hear you. It takes a lot of confidence to look people in the eye when you talk and everyone will feel it.
Talk to one, speak to all