Often as managers we’re required to facilitate meetings, present ideas or talk to our team as a group - situations which can be quite daunting and require us to demonstrate good communication skills.
The key to coping with these situations successfully is confidence – not just in the content of what you’re saying but also in your ability to say it! One tip is to shut down that negative voice in your head and replace it with someone much more motivational (asking yourself endlessly “Oh my god what if I forget what to say ....” is a sure fire way to make it happen) – so have a word with yourself and make it a positive one! Think thoughts to fire yourself up not shoot yourself down – repeating phrases like “this will be great” or “I’m really excited to tell everyone about this” are confidence building. Choose one that works for you and find a quiet place to concentrate on your breathing and repeat your positive mantra – my personal favourite is a 2-minute silent repetition of ‘everything is going to be awesome’ whilst channelling my inner Wonder Woman (google ‘Power Pose’ to find out more about confidence building postures and their positive effects). In time, gathering your thoughts and adopting an
optimistic outlook will become a supportive routine for potentially stressful situations, giving you focus, clarity and confidence.
Want to improve your ability to communicate? Why not talk to ted about our Presentation Skills courses where you’ll get individual feedback on how you can polish your presenting.