The more comfortable you are with what you have to say, the more confident you’re going to feel when you say it. Try writing it down beforehand, or saying it aloud into the mirror so you can practise and iron out any bits that don’t feel right. Give it a try!
Tell your own story
If you speak authentically and from the heart, people are more likely to be engaged with what you have to say. They’re listening to you because they want to hear what you think, not what someone else thinks. Be brave, be yourself and speak honestly. Sometimes it’s hard, but that’s usually when it’s most important.
Speak simply and clearly
Don’t overcomplicate things – say what you mean in a clear voice and keep things simple! Refer to what you wrote down and don’t ramble. The average human attention span is eight seconds, so choose your words carefully and make those words count!
Know your goal
Focus on what you are trying to achieve. Are you trying to get someone to buy something from you? Are you looking for support on a project? Are you trying to explain something complicated to a friend? Remind yourself what your goal is, and speak to that purpose.
Remember to listen
It takes just as much concentration to listen as it does to speak (maybe even more!) but it’s so, so important that you do. People are much more likely to listen to you when they feel listened to and respected.
These are just a few ideas to get you started, but as you put these tips into practice, you’ll notice that you aren’t even thinking about them anymore and that they’re all just coming naturally. Practice makes perfect, and remember: confidence is key!