How to become a confident communicator

Written on: 30 May 2019

Written by: Bethany Lowdon

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[employers]

Confidence when communicating doesn’t come naturally to everyone. With these simple steps you should be able to increase your confidence when communicating with others.

  1. Practice

When it comes to confidence, practice and experience makes all the difference. Sometimes the only way you can become more confident is through experience. For example, with public speaking, the more time you do it, the more comfortable you’ll be.

  1. Leave your comfort zone

In order to progress, you need to push yourself to leave your comfort zone. To begin, this can be a scary task, but it is the best way to grow confidence. Something that once felt so out of your comfort zone can become second nature with a little push.

  1. Be prepared

If you are properly prepared, you’ll be more confident as you understand what you are communicating. Being prepared means you’ll be less nervous, in turn being able to showcase your knowledge and expertise effectively.

  1. Fake it

Sometimes in order to feel confident you can fake it! Presenting yourself as confident, giving eye contact, good posture, smiling and avoiding filler words can make you appear more confident even if you’re feeling nervous. This will assure other participants, making others feel comfortable too.

  1. Believe in yourself

Believing in yourself can make all the difference. Becoming more self-assured will boost your overall confidence. Confidence comes hand-in-hand in believing in your own skills, knowledge and ability. This will be evident to others when communicating even in day-to-day life.

  1. Be brief

Don’t over complicate what you are trying to communicate. Stick to the point and avoid rambling, this will help you stay focused on the subject and avoid over complication on topics.

  1. Gain clarity

Understand what your objectives are and what is expected of you. This will make it easier for you to communicate clearly and meet your expected and desired requirements.

  1. Ask questions

Asking questions will engage your audience, making sure your peers understand the topic and are paying full attention. Encouraging discussion on particular topics can also increase knowledge and ideas around the subject. This will also allow you to learn from others and make you feel more comfortable and confident when communicating on different topics.

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