Ways To Build Confidence in Public Speaking

Ways To Build Confidence in Public Speaking

Contrary to what you would believe, our “speech” often reflects our weakest expressions.  Even if you are anxious or lack confidence, you can learn to hide the expression in your eyes with practice.  But sooner or later it is bound to come in your speech.  A stutter here, a few blank filler words in there, and you’re exposed!

You will not only learn to be a confident verbal communicator but also emerge as a dynamic speaker.  We don’t mean to overwhelm you with grand advice here but give you deceptively simple tricks you can apply to any speaking occasion: in a public forum, with coworkers at work, at church, everywhere.

An estimated 75% of adults suffer from a fear of public speaking.  When stress hormones are released we can behave differently – often, our minds go blank, it becomes harder to control our voices, we can move clearly, etc.

  Even professional public speakers have to deal with nerves but they have coping techniques.  In this article, we discuss ways to speak with confidence in public.

Confidence is the most important thing to be seen and looked after by the SSB crew.  Because the engine has to be firm to pull the train.  Our GTO assignments and personal interviews scan your confidence level.  Speaking confidently is a problem for many candidates that gets them down.  But it can be brought up to the required level.  There is always a solution to a problem.  So to solve this problem, we are here with some common remedies which require smart and dedicated efforts to equalize your confidence level.

positive mental image

  Imagine delivering your presentation confidently and successfully as this will reinforce your confidence.  Imagine actually being there and using all your senses to create the imagery.  If you find that your visualizations are negative, challenge these scenarios by drawing on past experiences of successful communication.  Replace negative imagery with more realistic imagery.

Reading newspapers aloud –

The basic problem faced by candidates in SSB is that they find it difficult to speak English fluently in SSB, especially in interviews and GTO tasks. Reading newspapers aloud at home will further improve your English speaking skills and help you to speak efficiently in SSB.

Participate in lecture or debate competitions –

The best way to assure yourself of public speaking is to participate in debate, discussion and lecture competitions.  Doing well in these competitions requires prior preparation and a confident approach with a controlled mind and it will remove your hesitation in speaking in public.  It is always said that “Great orators always rule”, for example, PM Narendra Modi, Hitler and many others.

Speaking in front of the mirror –

 The easiest way to increase your speaking skills and confidence in front of a group of people is to speak in front of the mirror, look at yourself in the mirror.  It can be done at home and requires minimal resources.  But dedicated efforts are needed to get the expected results.  Make eye contact with your image in the mirror and talk to yourself.

Talking in social groups –

 Talking in social groups will make you confident in putting your thoughts and ideas in front of a group of people.  Another virtue of this is that it will improve your listening skills and your way of responding confidently to it in your group.  Social groups teach you how to repeatedly put your thoughts into words and how to respond and respond positively to the arguments of others.

Practicing speaking in front of friends-

Your friends can be a source of practice to increase your confidence.  Talking in front of them will make you feel comfortable and they can easily point out the problems you are having in your speech.  They will provide you the best platform to increase your confidence level in public speaking.

Right Gestures You must have the right style of giving the speech.  You have to keep their interest till the end so that they listen to you carefully.  Try to end and begin the speech properly.  The first impression is the best impression.  Also, avoid ending abruptly.  Your gestures should be natural and effective.  Avoid acting like a clown on stage.  Your errors can be detected by giving your speech in front of your parents and asking them to note down your mistakes.  Next time you try to improve your speech.  This will lead to continuous improvement.

Confidence is required to lead a life like a leader and it matters a lot when it comes to becoming an armed forces officer.  The first way the officer interacts with the team is to speak effectively and confidently and this is analyzed in depth in the SSB.  This is the first step to building confidence, once you have conquered shyness, you can speak your thoughts without any hesitation in front of the crowd staring at you.

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