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Confident Public Speaking

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: William Tobin

Founder & Owner of: Lib-Orator

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Books, Business, Education, Entrepreneur and Successful Living Writer


A one-minute pep-talk is all it takes…

You have a moment before you are required to deliver your presentation/speech. A moment which is normally devoted to panicking, double checking notes, more panicking, then maybe more note checking and a quick once over to make sure you haven’t got food down you. Sound familiar?

What if you cast aside that old ritual and used that golden minute to re-wire your brain so you could deliver your professional value without being dogged by nerves.

Here are my five ‘pre-game’ rituals I use to take myself out of the chaos and into a focused mindset.

1) Tell yourself who You are, what your purpose is and who you are intending to engage with.

“I am Will, I am here today to discuss Data Intelligence and I am going to engage with the business analysts in the room.”

That simple phrase is enough to keep your mind focused on the important aspects of your talk. You want the audience to be clear on who you are and what you stand for as a person (to build rapport and trust), be clear on what subject you will be addressing as you want everything you discuss to be pertinent to the subject. Finally, always keep in my mind who you are wanting to target in the room. Repeating these things a couple of times in your head reminds you how to impact the room.

 2) Remind yourself why you are about to talk.

Again; another simple mental nudge. But this serves to make you internally answer any self-doubt, with a little re-assurance. Tell yourself that you are here because “my opinion, expertise, and knowledge is valued”. I find that answering my own doubts or self-limiting beliefs is rather freeing but also makes me more determined to deliver the best. You are in front of people because your knowledge is valued, so you owe it to them and to yourself to give as much value and knowledge. People want to leave your talk confident that their trust in you isn’t misplaced.

3) Smile.

This is simple psychology. Smile at some people in the room before you go on stage/start talking. They will think you are a warm and friendly character and will be mentally primed for your arrival onto the stage. More importantly, smiling releases a bundle of feel good chemicals in your system and boosts your confidence. This boost is a great way to begin your piece as people see you instantly as confident and bright eyed.

4) Strike a few power poses (If no one is watching).

There is a great TED Talk from Harvard Psychologist Amy Cuddy in which she explains the psychology and benefit of doing power poses. While you can’t always do a superman pose on the side of a stage (It looks weird trust me), you can strike a couple poses in the bathroom or around the corner when no one is watching. This is another great way to prime your brain with confident projections and increases your physical and mental preparedness.

5) Get excited about the Q&A or refreshments…

This one is a completely personal tip. Be excited about actually getting to know people after the presentations. You have just spent time and energy on stage appealing to them. Be excited that there is an opportunity to chase up your work and hopefully get some interesting leads. Ask if there is anything else they would want you to add next time. Talk to them about their involvement in the business you both share in. Be a genuine people person and walk on stage thinking about how great it is going to be once you are able to get amongst the audience. You don’t have to eat the refreshments, but you should maximize the time you have with your fellow business people in a relaxed setting.

There you have it. My five tips for instantly boosting your confidence. I hope you make the most of them and they help you on your way to being a great public speaker.


Article Credits: William Tobin

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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20 Comments
  1. Will Tobin
    williwash 6 months ago

    Reblogged this on WilliWash.

  2. Will Tobin
    Lesley Diana 6 months ago

    My biggest fear in one post. Thanks for the tips! i loved it! I’m just now starting out so if theres any tips you can give on writing i would be super grateful 🙂

    still working on my blog but its – Lesleydiana.com

    • Will Tobin Author
      Will 6 months ago

      Thank you for reading! It’s always a buzz to know people enjoy our material.
      The only tips I can give you are the ones I struggle most with. Let your posts and material reflect your humour, nuances and individuality. Secondly, always proofread before publishing! 😂

      • Will Tobin
        Lesley Diana 6 months ago

        Ah proofreading ,the least fun part of writing 😂 very true! I’ll keep that in mind 🙂

  3. Will Tobin
    The Mystique Reader 6 months ago

    Helpful post.

  4. Will Tobin
    Chris Omoruyi 8 months ago

    Thank you.

  5. Will Tobin
    GiltsandGlamz 8 months ago

    Thank you for this, since I’m really trying to work this these days, perfect timing 👌

    • Will Tobin Author
      Will 8 months ago

      Keep up the hard work! We’re always pushing out new articles to keep you guys on the top of your game!

  6. Will Tobin
    Kani's view 10 months ago

    Amazing post! I hope it helps someone, if not me! I fainted the last time i went up on stage! 😋

    • Will Tobin Author
      Will 10 months ago

      Thank you Kani. Hopefully with some more posts like this, fainting will be in the past! 👌🏼

  7. Will Tobin
    healthylife322 10 months ago

    Wow lovely

  8. Will Tobin Author
    Will 10 months ago

    *Upcoming talks. Go smash it!

  9. Will Tobin
    tanyaG 10 months ago

    Thanks for sharing. Very helpful as I gear up to do some speaking.

    • Will Tobin Author
      Will 10 months ago

      Thank you for reading and all the best with your upc

  10. Will Tobin
    Broken Crayons 10 months ago

    You state your thoughts clear and your writing adds the rhythm. 🙂

    • Will Tobin Author
      Will 10 months ago

      Thank you so much for your feedback. This is my first contribution to Millionaires Digest. I’ll be honest, I am still refining my writing style and your feedback is much appreciated.

      • Will Tobin
        Broken Crayons 10 months ago

        My pleasure!
        I’ve just been to your blog site. Your blog is amazing and very much well-recognized! I enjoyed reading your posts. I’ll be back for more

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