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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.

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

Video: Three Levels of Communication Success

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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

Presentation Tips: Embrace the Space

Presentation Tips: Embrace the Space

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5 Tips for Gaining Attention and Mindshare in 2018

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Audience Engagement: Setting Them Up to Listen

Audience Engagement: Setting Them Up to Listen

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These 5 Words Can Make You More Persuasive

These 5 Words Can Make You More Persuasive

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Getting Your Delivery from “Negative” to “Positive”

Getting Your Delivery from “Negative” to “Positive”

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