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How to Show Confidence and Conviction When Speaking

How to Show Confidence and Conviction When Speaking

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group

Next month, on International Women’s Day, I’ll be speaking at a Women’s Leadership Breakfast for the United Way of Greater Hartford. In anticipation of that day, I think of the women leaders I’ve worked with and their power to inspire. As unique as they all are, hailing from all corners of the globe, and spanning a wide range of industries, they share two key qualities essential to powerful communication: confidence and conviction.

How do we demonstrate confidence in ourselves and conviction in our words? It doesn’t always come naturally. It takes courage to find your voice, speak up, and speak out. Here are some techniques to empower you:

  1. Do your homework. Being over-prepared works wonders for your confidence. Know your content and be ready to answer tough questions.
  2. Believe in yourself. Find the courage to stand behind your convictions. Your opinions and expertise are valuable — share them!
  3. Portray confidence. Stand tall, project your voice and speak deliberately. By demonstrating confidence, your audience will sit up and listen.

All three elements are inter-related — your preparation will bolster your conviction, your conviction portrays confidence and passion, and your confidence will engage the audience. Whether you’re presenting in front of a large group, leading a round-table discussion, or meeting one-on-one, confidence in yourself and conviction in your words will help you deliver more effective and persuasive messages.

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What’s Your Story? How to Include Storytelling in Your Presentations

What’s Your Story? How to Include Storytelling in Your Presentations

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group Have you ever been captivated by a story? So immersed that you felt like you were actually there? On a recent road trip with my middle school sons, I happened upon a story on the radio that captured us all. The… Continue Reading

How to Inspire Like Oprah When Speaking

How to Inspire Like Oprah When Speaking

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. In a room filled with arguably some of the best actors, presenters and speakers in the world, Oprah Winfrey delivered an incredibly moving acceptance speech. She spoke with passion and emotion that transported every member of the audience – both those present… Continue Reading

Audience Engagement: Setting Them Up to Listen

Audience Engagement: Setting Them Up to Listen

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. I was recently speaking with friends about how to capture attention in a professional environment. Among the group were a couple of doctors who teach in academic settings and a curriculum coach from an inner-city public school. When we discussed audience engagement,… Continue Reading

How (and Why) to Define Your Organizational “Fingerprints”

How (and Why) to Define Your Organizational “Fingerprints”

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. What do people say about you after you leave the room? That’s the question we posed in a two-day personal branding workshop we taught recently. Everyone has a personal brand, whether they acknowledge it or not. At The Latimer Group we describe… Continue Reading

Listening with Patience and Humility

Listening with Patience and Humility

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. Have you seen the short celebrity interviews at the end of the New York Times Magazine on Sundays? Ana Marie Cox is wrapping up her tenure as the Talk columnist and she spoke about the essence of conducting a good interview: “You… Continue Reading

Reduce Speaking Stress with this Mark Twain Quote

Reduce Speaking Stress with this Mark Twain Quote

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. Have you ever been stressed as you prepare for a meeting, and wondered if you’d be able to remember the details? Worried about an important presentation and panicked about forgetting what you had to say? Often in our workshops, people are really… Continue Reading

Ten Years of iPhone, and One Call We’d Like to Make

Ten Years of iPhone, and One Call We’d Like to Make

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. With the much anticipated introduction of the newest iPhone last week, there’s been a lot of reflection on how our lives have changed in the 10 years since Apple introduced the first iPhone. I still recall the moment I realized how much… Continue Reading

Overflowing Inbox? Strategies to Manage Email

Overflowing Inbox? Strategies to Manage Email

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. It’s officially the end of summer; post-Labor Day, post-vacation re-entry for many of us. Have you taken time off this summer and returned to an overwhelming backlog of email? Did you find yourself checking your email remotely? Or were you able to… Continue Reading

Presentation Tips: “Everyone Hears Uniquely…”

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. Recently I was collaborating with a colleague to create an audio exercise for a workshop on storytelling. We selected outstanding clips of stories to share in class as examples to help people generate their own ideas and learn what makes a compelling… Continue Reading

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