How can we speak up and be confident? I used to be terrified to speak in front of people. I was afraid of forgetting things that I wanted to say, looking like I didn’t know what I was talking about, being incorrect, and more. I’m still sometimes nervous before I speak, but I’ve learned over time that if I prepare myself with tools, I am much less nervous and I have reminders to help calm me down. There are so many fears that like to come in and prevent our authentic self from being seen. In ancient times, this was in place for a reason, it was an instinct for survival when coming out from the group might mean danger. Now, we still want to fight or flee when it comes to speaking our truth and coming out from the group, when that’s no longer the necessary response. It’s become an ingrained, subconscious habit. So how do we break this habitual response? Here are several helpful tips that can assist you in speaking more confidently.
Now that you have some tools in your toolbelt, it’s time to get out there and practice. Perfection is the enemy of progress! Keep your focus on progress not perfection and each time you speak up or in front of people give yourself a compliment, note what went well, and celebrate after. You will learn something each time you do it!
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