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Got Shaky Knees?

April 10, 2013

Daily Read – Got Shaky Knees?

No matter how great your ideas are, if you seem unsure of yourself, nobody will listen. By contrast, even mediocre ideas seem profound when spoken with confidence. Lose the shaky knees and project confidence (even when you’re not) by following these simple rules:

  1. Imagine yourself as your audience’s equal. Find and focus on the commonalities with your audience.
  2. Mentally rehearse each sentence. Take a moment to imagine what you’re about say aloud. That pause makes you seem thoughtful and wise
  3. Speak from your chest not your throat or nose. And you’ll sound (and feel) more confident.
  4. Speak 20 percent slower than seems natural, allowing your audience to hang on every word.
  5. Eliminate your verbal ticks. “Uhhh….,” “you know…,” “I mean…, etc. It’s better to pause silently mid-sentence.
  6. Never articulate a statement as a question. Make a statement to reflect your knowledge, ask a question when you have a question.

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