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speaking with confidenceTalking to people can be nerve-racking. Often, we only consider giving large public speeches when we think about being nervous while talking. For many people, however, simply talking to new people can cause anxiety and fear. We want to be accepted and liked. We want to come across as knowledgeable and educated. These nerves can often take over, and we simply do not talk as much or do not approach new people, let alone give any sort of public speaking. Learning to work through our fears is important. Here are a few tips to consider that can give you the confidence to talk with new people or give that speech. 


Avoid Nervous Chatter

We all had the experience of chattering nervously sometimes. Instinctually, we want to fill any quiet time with talk. Fight the urge to fill every moment with chatter. Pauses are good, whether you are simply talking with someone or giving a speech. If you constantly fill a conversation with chatter, the other person may feel unable to talk, and the conversation could easily die out. Take a deep breath, relax, and try to let the conversation flow naturally. 


Visualize the Speech Ahead of Time

If you are about to give a speech, visualizing it ahead of time is a powerful tool. Visualize your speech going exactly how you want it to go. Practice saying your speech, and visualize the audience responding just the way you want them to respond as well as the outcome you desire afterward. When we can visualize events and experiences, we can manifest the energy and confidence needed to accomplish them. 


Avoid “Umms”

We all use fillers when we talk. However, sometimes the way we use these fillers can make us feel and look less confident. Removing fillers from our speech takes practice and is actually a lot more difficult than it seems. Take time to practice and be mindful of the way you speak. 


Learning to speak with confidence is something that can affect every area of life. When we can find confidence in our words, we can stand up for ourselves. We can say what is on our minds in a way that will make other people listen to us. Confidence is a powerful thing and something that we all need to work on at times. Here at The Guest House, we understand that having confidence can be tricky and is often clouded by underlying emotions and trauma. We are ready to help you develop your confidence and learn the skills and tools needed to help you accomplish the goals ahead of you. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more.