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:
- Do your homework. Being over-prepared works wonders for your confidence. Know your content and be ready to answer tough questions.
- Believe in yourself. Find the courage to stand behind your convictions. Your opinions and expertise are valuable — share them!
- 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.