One of the essential points in rhetoric and speaking skills is to be confident while talking to people.
We may have a good speech, but the problem is that our performance is not perfect because we can’t show the audience how much confident we are in our public speaking.
To do so, we have to consider some techniques. The confidence and insurance are usually connected to someone’s unconsciousness, and it’s not related to one’s self-awareness. Therefore, we have to notice the things that affect the audience’s unconscious.
1- Extra movements
For example, if you are talking to someone and your skin is itchy, you don’t have to scratch it. You don’t have to move your leg all the time or look away. Try to have eye contact with the audience. Imagine I am talking to you, but my head is down, or I look away. What would you think? That I am not sure about what I am talking about? I might even be pretty confident, but my body language tells a different thing.
2- Loud voice
If you don’t talk loud enough, you don’t sound confident. My suggestion is to talk a little bit louder than the other party except when the party is speaking very loud himself. In this case, it’ right to have a pleasant loud voice.
3- Exact statistics
I’ve seen it in hiring interviews where I ask: “Do you read books?”
He says: “yes, once in a while.”
I ask again: “how much exactly?”
– A few.
– When was the last time you read a book?
– Six months ago.
– What was the name of the book?
– Mmm, it was about psychology or something.
– What was it about?
– Psychology, success, and these kinds of things.
– What was its name?
– I can’t remember, but its cover was white.
Sometimes I ask another question, and again I receive a wrong answer.
All these questions can have a delicate answer. For example:
– Do you read books?
– Yes, I try to read one book in two months.
– How is your English?
– I know nothing about it. /I have TOEFL.
4- Think about possible questions
You have to know what kind of question the audience will ask you. You need to prepare yourself and have some answers in your mind.
5- Sometimes you need to be exact
For example, I ask someone: “you will start your work here from tomorrow?”
He says: “I hope so,” or “I’ll do my best to be here.”
Some questions need an exact answer, but also they are hard situations. You have to say: “yes, of course, I will be here.”
A vague answer to these critical questions won’t end well. When the audience thinks you are not confident, you will lose your credibility.
6- Finish your sentence
Some people talk very slowly like they don’t have enough energy to speak. You have to practice rhetoric and learn public speaking skills if you want to pronounce your words and sentences correctly.
Saying the words entirely and correctly will make you confident.
If you attend these six tips, you will be confident enough to have an impact on the audience because they trust your words and respect you.