5 Ways To Be A More Confident Communicator
Warren Buffet said being a great communicator can increase your value by more than 50%. Confident communication is truly the key to career success. That’s the secret and now you know it! The best part is you’re at the right place to learn all about this skill at Soulcast Media!
The more confident you are at communicating your ideas, successes, and needs, the more you will be seen as a leader within your organization.
The good news is this is a skill that can be learned and improved, as long as you invest in yourself. (And why wouldn’t you?)
Now becoming a more confident communicator doesn’t necessarily just mean being a good public speaker. Yes, that is very important. But, the way you communicate with your peers, your seniors, and your juniors is just as important. It’s interpersonal communications.
So how do you become an overall more confident communicator? We’ve put together 5 strategies we believe will help you be a more confident communicator.
Be sure to check out our premier communications program to meet and work with our Founder, Jessica Chen in the Soulcast Media Membership (click below).
1. Non-Verbal Communication
One of the best ways you can become more confident in your communication is by mastering non-verbal communication.
Think about how confidence is portrayed by actors in movies. Most likely, the person that is supposed to have the most confidence is standing up straight, looks directly at the person with whom they are speaking with, and uses their hands intentionally to make a point.
In our e-course, Mastering Non-Verbal Communications, you will learn exactly how to master non-verbal communication. This course will teach you how to command attention and establish your presence without speaking at all.
Before you speak, also consider the following:
Posture – How you stand or sit will make a big difference in how you are perceived. If you aren’t standing tall, your confidence will automatically diminish. Stand or sit up straight. If you are on a video call, consider sitting at the edge of your seat. Don’t slouch or let your shoulders roll forward.
Eye Contact – Have you ever chatted with someone who refused to make eye contact with you? It’s a little unsettling, isn’t it? Make sure you are making eye contact with your audience. When you give good eye contact, you are showcasing confident body language, and your communication confidence will grow.
Hand Gestures – How are you using gestures when you speak? Oftentimes, if you aren’t confident about what you are saying you will cross your arms or keep your hands to your sides. You’ll appear more confident if you use confident gestures. This means keeping your body open, no crossing your arms or making fists. When you use confident gestures, your confidence will grow.
Non-verbal communication is just one skill you can learn to help become a more confident communicator. When your body is confident your mind will follow suit.
2. Effective Speaking
It’s important to use effective communication when you are speaking. Is your message being received the way you intend? Be mindful of these areas:
Clear – You aren’t using too many words, or “beating around the bush”. You are direct and to the point.
Examples – This means you are using examples to back up your ideas or your directions. You don’t leave your audience guessing or being speculative.
Logical – Your communication makes logical sense. What you are communicating is coherent. It makes sense to anyone listening.
Concise – When you are communicating effectively, you don’t need extra words, filler words, or images.
Distributed – When communicating, make sure your message is distributed in a timely manner so everyone is in the loop. This is even more important when emailing, or recording a video.
Practicing effective communication skills will help you become a more confident communicator. When you know your message is clear, you will be more confident as you deliver it.
💡We recommend the e-course “Speaking Confidently And Effectively” to help you learn how to speak more effectively.
Listening is an important skill to learn if you want to be a more confident communicator. The reason for this is if you aren’t able to listen and understand what someone is telling you, then you won’t be able to appropriately reply.
There are several ways you can practice boosting your listening skills:
- Don’t interrupt – As you listen to the person speaking, wait for a pause before you interject. Don’t interrupt them mid-sentence or before they are finished. If you interrupt, you’re showing you weren’t actually listening, and you were simply waiting to get your words in. Confident communicators are able to wait their turn to speak.
- Ask clarifying questions – Being able to ask a question based on what the speaker was talking about shows you’re listening. Asking a clarifying question shows you’re putting thought into your question.
- Visualize what the speaker is saying – If the speaker is telling a story, visualize it in your head. This will help you remember what they are saying and also empathize with them.
- Limit distractions – Put your phone away! If you want to show that you are confident in communicating, don’t be a rude audience member. Showcase your executive presence by giving the person speaking your undivided attention.
An important part of listening is being able to empathize with the speaker. This is part of emotional intelligence or EQ. Emotional intelligence: the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships with empathy. What does that have to do with powerful communication?
The more emotionally intelligent you become, the more powerful you will be at communicating.
If you are a powerful communicator you are a confident communicator. So practicing your listening skills.
4. Take Courses + Practice
You can practice being a more confident communicator right now if you really wanted to start. Here are several e-courses you can take that will help you gain communication confidence!
- The Art Of Communication – This course will challenge you to execute your speaking and interpersonal communications at your highest level. You will learn effective communication strategies so you can speak with confidence and impact.
- Developing Your Emotional Intelligence – This course will help you identify any triggers that can prevent you from speaking with confidence. It will also help you become more self-aware and help build those important connections at work.
- Communicating With Confidence – This course will help you hone your communication skills in order to deal with difficult people, influence others, confidently speak in public at a moment’s notice, and much more.
- Powerful Presentation Strategies – This course will elevate your next presentation. You will learn how to engage your audience and make an impact with your ideas. Your confidence will grow after implementing these strategies.
The more you invest in practicing confident communications, the better you will be.
5. Believe In Yourself
You have to believe in yourself and trust that you can be a better speaker at work. You also have to believe in your innate talent. You were hired because you have the skill or expertise that your company needed. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.
In our e-course, Speaking Up At Work, you will learn how to make sure your best ideas are heard by the right people in your organization. Being able to share your ideas shows you believe in yourself and your capabilities.
A few ways to boost your self-confidence are:
Remove mental barriers – Mental barriers are negative thoughts that stem from experiences we’ve had. Mental barriers can prevent you from believing in yourself. Identify those mental barriers can take the power away from them.
Change your perspective – Remember, you’re the one in control of how much you can improve and achieve. Instead of focusing on what you can’t control, focus on what you can. Every step forward, no matter how small will boost your confidence.
Learn from mistakes – Mistakes are bound to happen, in fact, everyone makes them. The key is to learn from them instead of letting them drag you down and ruin your self-confidence.
Face your fears – Facing your fears, whether it be public speaking or giving your professional opinion during a meeting can help boost your confidence. The more you do it the less scary it becomes.
The key to becoming a more confident communicator is practicing skills and strategies that will set you up for success. As your confidence grows, so will your communication. Be sure to take one of our e-courses listed above to start!
Do you want to learn how to become a more confident communicator? Join our private communications group where you can work with our Soulcast Media team on your communications every month!
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