“Skillful conversationalists can explore disagreements and make points in ways that feel constructive and positive rather than combative or corrective.” — Gretchen Rubin
Having self-confidence in your conversational skills will help you when negotiating with a client, and you’ll appear more authoritative when speaking in public or before a large group in a boardroom. Unfortunately, most of us don’t feel confident 100% of the time when we’re speaking with a client or a group of people. And even when we do feel confident, it doesn’t always show through in ways that enable us to succeed.
During the course of a conversation, there are several techniques you can use to make your words sound more authoritative, and consequently make yourself sound more knowledgeable. Consider the following seven suggestions:
1) Speak more slowly — We tend to speak faster when we’re nervous. And then there is a percentage of us who are naturally fast talkers. Regardless of your motivations, conscious or subconscious, speaking too quickly indicates a lack of authority or a lack of confidence. You’re also more likely to make mistakes in your enunciation when you speak too quickly as you have less time to think through your words. Make an effort to focus on speaking more slowly when conversing. Not to the point where your words become drawn out and sound unnatural, but just to give your overall pace a comfortable rhythm. Your conversation partner will have more time to digest the words you’re speaking, and you’ll be less likely to make any critical errors that compromise your speaking integrity.
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