Confidence does play a big part in effective public speaking and that is why I have posted on this many times in the past. Being thoroughly prepared and well practiced contribute greatly to developing self confidence to being able to present confidently.
Further to these 2 areas, are 3 factors that support confidence in yourself and in your ability to deliver your speech effectively;-
1. Appearance. When you are dressed for the occasion you feel better about yourself. And this is the same in public speaking. Usually if you are smartly dressed and neatly groomed you will be appropriately dressed. You, not only feel better and your audience will appreciate you more. This contributes to your sense of well-being and confidence.
2. Well rested. Tiredness can make cowards of us all. It takes away our resolve and reduces our energy levels. We can come across ill prepared and not caring when too tired. So getting enough sleep and being relaxed increases our courage and helps us to be calm. We appear more in control and confident to our audience.
3. Fitness. When we are fit and healthy we generally feel better about ourselves and look better also. It also helps us to handle stressful situations. The better we feel about ourselves and the easier we can handle stress the more we can speak with ease and confidence to groups of people.
These factors do not replace preparation and practice in developing self confidence but will help in improving how we feel about ourselves and make it easier to speak up with confidence in public speaking or presenting.
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