5. Speak slowly
A tell-tale sign that someone is nervous is if they speak too fast. Some people are naturally fast talkers and so may not be nervous at all, but they will be perceived as being nervous by people listening, which means it is to your advantage to slow yourself down. Not only will you seem to be nervous, but if you speak too fast you’re likely to trip up on your words, which will probably result in another blow to your confidence. Instead of trying to reach the end of your point as fast as possible, focus on slowing yourself down, give your words more weight which will produce a better rhythm to your speech. There’s another side of the coin that’s important to consider, if you speak too fast your audience won’t have time to digest everything you are saying and the meaning will most likely be lost on them.
6. Lower your vocal range
We mentioned earlier about a certain famous actor with a voice like rich mahogany. But it’s not just James Earl Jones who speaks with a deep voice (okay, admittedly this is his natural voice but it doesn’t matter because the man was the voice of Mufasa from The Lion King), many other public speakers will usually give a speech in a lower vocal range. Generally speaking a voice in a lower range has more authority. But make sure you don’t force it, as this can sound unnatural.
7. Check your posture
Want to give off a confident vibe? Stand up straight. Not only is standing up straight great for your health – nice work healthy posture, but it is also a great way to present yourself as a confident individual. Body language is just as important during a conversation as are your choice of words. If you stand up straight with your shoulders back and your head held high your confidence will precede you. There’s another excellent addition to having the correct posture. Your body is now perfectly aligned and as a result freed up, allowing you to speak clearly and confidently. Being hunched over not only impedes your vibe, it also impedes your diaphragm. An important thing to remember is: correcting your posture will take a lot of work, the key to achieving a healthy posture is to discipline yourself and practice.
The main message you should take away from this blog post is this: the best way to improve your confidence when speaking in English is to practice. Practice as often as you can. If you mix some of the tips mentioned above into your practice routine, you’re bound to notice a stark improvement in how confident you feel and how confident you seem when speaking in English. Keep checking Work.com.mm for more useful career tips and general advice and all the latest job listings from the top employers in Myanmar.
8. Fake it ’till you make it!
There’s a saying in English, “Fake it ’till you make it.” It means to pretend to be good at something, and pretend to feel confident. As you continue and build your skill, your fake confidence will be replaced by real confidence.
When you get a chance to speak to people in English, take it! Stand up straight and tall. Jump into the conversation and speak as if you’re completely fluent.