Confidence is inextricably linked with conviction.
To boost general confidence there are a myriad of different techniques, which you can use. One is the ‘I like me because….’ method. For one minute every morning, stand in front of the mirror and say ‘I like me because …’ and follow it by as many different reasons why you like yourself. ‘I like me because I am blonde’, ‘I like me because I am good at my job’, ‘I like me because I’m a good Dad’, ‘I like me because I’m not too overweight’, ‘I like me because I have given up smoking’, ‘I like me because I can drive’. If you cannot think of anything else just make things up but keep going, saying as many things as you can in the minute. If you do this every morning, you will get better at it and it will improve your own self-confidence.
Another technique to use before a presentation is to say aloud the following statements before anyone arrives in the room:
‘I am poised, prepared, persuasive, positive and powerful.’
‘I feel composed, confident convincing, commanding and compelling.’
Write these two phrases on your first Cue Card.
Confidence is all a matter of self-belief. You need to believe in yourself and you will be more confident, and come across as confident. Do not over do it though. Do not talk down to your audience they will never forgive you!
Eleanor Roosevelt said, ‘No one can make you feel inferior unless you agree with it’.