Category Archives: Presentation Skills

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.

At The Latimer Group, our individual Coaching services are highly customized and designed to help you achieve your specific goals. Typical engagements focus on developing skill sets in Leadership Communications, Public Speaking, and Executive-Level Business Presentations. To learn more, e-mail us at info@TheLatimerGroup.com

Presentation Tips: Choosing Your Focus

We spend a lot of our time with clients working on message development. We focus on delivery as well, but good delivery is almost irrelevant if you have not first worked out what the message will be. In other words: What you say is really more important than how you say it. When building a… Continue Reading

Feedback No One EVER Gives at Work

Feedback No One EVER Gives at Work

“Wow, that meeting was great. I wish it was a lot longer.” “When she explains things everything seems more complicated. It’s great.” “He never gets to the point. I love listening to him.” “It’s always hard to understand his main message, which is why I love his presentations.” “Her slide decks look like a passage… Continue Reading

Can Great Public Speaking Be Learned?

Can Great Public Speaking Be Learned?

The short answer is, “Yes, absolutely.” The slightly longer answer is, “Yes, but you have to work hard at it.” We recently had an individual at a client company participate in one of our presentation skills workshops. When I saw his name on the roster the week before the class, I recognized it immediately. I… Continue Reading

Video: Three Levels of Communication Success

When we coach our clients on improving their persuasive communication skills, we don’t look at it as a matter of being “good” or “bad” at communicating. Obviously, not everyone communicates at the same level. For some, it comes very easily and naturally. For others, not so much. And for others, becoming more persuasive may be… Continue Reading

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

Presentation Tips: Embrace the Space

Presentation Tips: Embrace the Space

“Music is the space between the notes.” ~Claude DeBussy In many workshops, we see two parallel fears come up over and over. People fear silence when they’re speaking. Silence makes them uncomfortable. Therefore, they often fill the silence with more sound — extra words and non-words (we call them “verbal pauses’). And at the same… 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

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