Top Thought Leaders Advise on Public Speaking And to have Confidence in Conversation
Nobody enjoys feeling anxious, especially when it comes to speaking in front of a crowd. Building up your confidence when speaking to people can seem like a daunting task, but with some tips and tricks, you can be more confident and articulate the next time you have an important conversation. We sat down with public speaker Mo Kumarsi to pick his brain on how to become confident when speaking to people.
Who is Mo Kumarsi?
Mo Kumarsi is the current CEO and co-founder along with co-founder Adam the “Bitdragon” Russell of Rev3al, one of the largest blockchain security companies in the sector. Throughout the years, Mo grew from being a nobody who couldn’t even look people in the eyes, to a prolific public speaker, wowing crowds around the world.
He has generated over a billion in sales revenue for companies he has the opportunity to be a part of and has won an array of sales and speaking awards.
Identifying Your Fears and Working Towards Overcoming Them
Mo believes the first step to becoming more confident is identifying what exactly makes you feel uncomfortable. Whether it is public speaking or a simple conversation with a stranger, it is essential that you recognize and acknowledge your fears before attempting to address them.
List out the aspects that make you feel uneasy and think about why they cause such an effect; are they based on past experiences? Once these apprehensions are identified, try to work towards overcoming them one step at a time.
Exploring Different Techniques for Improving Confidence
There are several techniques that can help you become more comfortable when speaking to new people:
- Visualizing yourself succeeding: – Imagine you have already completed the speech and are enjoying the feelings you would have after such a stellar presentation. The feeling of excitement and renewed confidence that comes from speaking in front of a cheering audience that is grateful for the information that enriched, educated, and may have changed their lives forever.
- Practicing: Take some time each day—even if just for five minutes—to practice speaking confidently even if just aloud in front of a mirror in your room. Practicing allows you to identify areas where improvement is needed and also builds up your self-assurance over time through repetition.
- Setting boundaries: It’s important to remember that nobody else has any right over your own comfort level or self-esteem; set clear boundaries regarding how much others may pressure or overpower you while talking so that they know where they stand as soon as possible. Don’t be afraid to respectfully decline requests from others if asking would make you uncomfortable; true respect comes from both sides respecting each other’s feelings and choices.
- When you speak on stage, make eye contact with one person at a time and speak to them one-on-one. By looking into their eyes, engage them in a conversation. Focus your attention on someone in a different area of the audience every few minutes. By doing this, you won’t become overwhelmed by the number of people and will feel confident that this is just a conversation and not a presentation.
Staying Positive in Social Situations
Remind yourself of the objectives whenever going into a social situation; whether it’s interviewing for a job or having small talk with acquaintances during an event, staying positive allows those around us to stay positive too, creating an atmosphere of mutual confidence rather than anxiety and awkwardness.
Once everybody feels at ease during any kind of conversation, take interest in whatever topics are brought up while making sure not to interrupt others while they speak. Remember God gave you two ears and one mouth so you can listen twice as much as you talk. This way everybody involved feels respected which helps build lasting relationships built upon mutual understanding rather than superficial connections made due to pretense alone.
Building up confidence is often thought of as an insurmountable obstacle but starting small can lead to great successes later on – learning how to carry conversations better than before using any combination of the methods discussed above should help anyone tackle conversations with more poise and assurance than ever before!