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Project Confidence

Making Your Voice Sound Confident

A significant challenge confronting young business professionals or people stepping into a new role is the ability to project confidence when speaking in front of clients, colleagues and senior managers. Contrary to what you might assume, feeling confident doesn’t guarantee you’ll project confidence. Bad communication habits can sabotage your image. That can be frustrating for everyone involved, resulting in failure and missed opportunities.

You don’t project confidence if your voice is too small or quiet. There’s nothing wrong with quietness—there’s a time and place for that—but not when you have the floor. You have to know how it feels to engage your voice fully, giving it the clarity and impact we associate with strength and confidence. You don’t have to be loud, but you do have to fill the room and inhabit the space with a sense of ease and generosity.

You don’t project confidence if your voice is flat and monotone. Trying to appear calm, cool and relaxed robs you of the energy needed for expressive and compelling delivery. A confident voice is animated and dynamic. Learn to speak in a way that has you firing on all cylinders, right out of the gate. Performance pressure and nervousness tend to constrain your delivery, so make a conscious effort to counteract that inclination.

You don’t project confidence if you mumble. Speaking too fast, not opening your mouth and allowing the ends of phrases to trail off distort your pronunciation and make you difficult to understand. Your listeners get the sense you don’t really want them to hear what you’re saying or that you’re indifferent. Confident communicators aren’t afraid to commit, delivering their message in a way that guarantees clarity. Learn to slow down, speak distinctly and make every word count.

You don’t project confidence if you use up-speak, ending statements in a way that drifts upward and sounds like a question. It makes you seem uncertain. Also, up-speak is characteristic of adolescents and teenagers, so it suggests youthfulness. Youthful uncertainty does nothing to reinforce your credibility. A confident speaker sounds definite. Their statements are inflected downward in a way that anchors the message. It might feel overly strong at first, but that’s probably just because you’re not used to it.

Everyone deserves a chance—hopefully more than one—to show what she or he can do. So when it’s your turn to step into the spotlight, you want to make the most of that opportunity. You want to project confidence. While you can’t control how your audience responds to you, you do control what you put out there. So make sure your listeners see who you really are, not some version of you that’s distorted by bad habits undermining your professional image.





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My Voice Trails Off



Projecting confidence requires commitment. Jay outlines strategies to ensure you’re fully engaged and having maximum impact.




Events




 

Free SpeechMaster Class

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 13
7:00 – 9 :00 PM
Location: 434 Queen St East, Toronto, ON

Guest Instructor:
Richard Stewart, VoicePower
Topic: Leadership Presence – Being a Silent Influence

The February master class is currently booked to capacity. Please contact Voice & Speech if you'd like to be placed on the waiting list. Registration for the March master class begins Friday, February 15th.




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Overcoming Stage Fright

If you struggle to project confidence in business presentations or public speaking, this innovative audio program delivers a multi-pronged approach for managing nervousness and overcoming stage fright.








Tip

Nail the opening. Your ability to hit the ground running in the first thirty seconds will do wonders for projecting a confident image. So invest plenty of time on this section.  Come up with a compelling idea. Script it, so it’s clear and flows well. Then rehearse it until you can do it in your sleep. You’ll look good, sound good, feel good and make a great first impression.

 



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