5 Tips to Speak with Confidence as a New Manager – Even If You Don’t Feel It

A rapt audience shows the presenter can Speak with Confidence as a New Manager

Do You Know How to Speak with Confidence as a New Manager?
Part of becoming an effective new manager is acquiring the ability to speak in front of your team and other stakeholders with confidence and conviction. It’s all about showing that you have the knowledge, skills and capability to lead others in those highly visible moments of truth.

How to Start to Build Confidence
But what if you, like most of us, are uneasy (if not downright nervous) at the thought of addressing a group of peers or, worse, senior leaders or important customers? If you want to speak with confidence as a new manager, our advice is that you need to get over it.

Five Tips to Speak with Confidence as a New Manager – Even If You Don’t Feel It
Here are five tips that can help you speak with more confidence as a new manager.

#1.  Know Your Material and Message Thoroughly
As much as you may try to get a sense of who your audience will be and what they hope to hear from you, you can’t read their minds nor can you always address each individual concern. Make sure you are clear on the message YOU want to convey and have the facts to back it up.

That way you can stay centered and with a semblance of control.

#2.  Start Strong
The way you start and the way you finish are what matter most…for your nerves and for the audience’s impression of you. Be so familiar with your opening and your closing that you can recite it in your sleep. Make sure it has impact and succinctly expresses what you want your listeners to key in on.

Some experts recommend that you build a “rhythm” with a series of simple questions to focus the audience or with simple repetitive statements rather than long, complex, hard-to-follow phrases.

#3.  Read Your Audience…To a Degree
Don’t be cowed by deadpan faces. Some people just look that way regardless of what they are thinking about you and what you are saying. Instead, keep an eye out for when you might need to change your pace, move to a different spot in the room or highlight an especially important point.

And don’t forget the impact of a well-positioned pause…it can draw your audience’s attention as they wait for you to fill the unexpected silence.

#4.  Add Some Color
The best speakers know how to add relevant color to their message. This can be in the form of a story that illustrates a key point.  Also use examples that better help the audience relate to what you are trying to say.

Paint a compelling picture in words to help your audience grasp your meaning.

#5.  Finish with a Simple Summary
Help your audience remember your message with a bottom-line recap. Most people struggle with remembering the details of what they recently heard…not to mention the main points. Before you launch into Q&A, summarize your talk in a way that ties back to your opening statements.

A strong close gives your presentation a structure that makes sense to you and to your listeners.

The Bottom Line
Enhance your image as an effective new manager by learning how to present like one when it matters most. As nervous as you may feel at first, with practice it will get easier and easier.  Over time, you will adopt the techniques that allow you to speak with confidence…even if you don’t feel it.

Leading a virtual team?  No problem…download The Top 8 Virtual Presentation Skills for Creating Compelling Content

Comments are closed.

We contacted LSA to help us with customized management development. LSA worked with me to identify a solution that would meet our exact needs. We decided to start at the top and ran the program for our executive team. It was such a great success that we hope to roll it out companywide. We look forward to a long-term partnership with LSA Global and their team of experts.

Barry L. Byrd, SPHR
Human Resources Manager

We consider LSA our true business partner in the areas of Learning and Organizational Development. From Strategic Planning to Presentation Skills and Management Training, they continue to provide excellent value and extremely high quality solutions – not just one time events. I recommend them to anyone looking to drive true business results.

Michelle A. Mitchell
Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources

Here’s a token of my appreciation for ALL your efforts. I’m offering my most sincere appreciation, and it extends to all the folks who made our customized management development programs possible.

Susan Anderson
Workforce Planning Bureau

LSA is an instrumental training outsourcing partner in helping us to build management capacity and strategically invest in our people. Their flexibility, depth, and breadth of expertise allows us to deliver top quality solutions that are directly tied to key business plans. Their ability to custom design, deliver, and evaluate our Management Curriculum has been excellent. They are true business partners and a pleasure to work with.

Margaret M. Mader
Vice President, Human Resources

Hyperion

I have worked with LSA Global at previous companies and welcomed the opportunity to bring them in to support my new organization. We worked closely with LSA to design a solution for our Client Partner Teams and Management Training on both coasts. LSA designed a customized solution for our business and organizational culture. LSA is a quality organization, one that I’d recommend to any company looking for a first class training and consulting partner that makes an impact.

Laurie Torres
Chief People Officer

We recently contacted LSA Global to assist us with a unique training request. We gave LSA a very short deadline and LSA custom designed a training program to meet our exact requirements within the limited time allotted to them. We found their facilitator to be well versed in the subject matter and very credible; the design provided practical and valuable information to our team of managers. I highly recommend LSA Global, particularly in the area of management training.

Julaine K. Souza
Senior Vice President

In my years working with LSA, it seems like I’ve had a personal consultant at my fingertips to help me identify just the right solution to satisfy our needs. The entire LSA team has become a trusted friend of Actel — assuring we provide state-of-the-art learning to meet our complex, high-tech business and people needs.

Linda Mitchell
Training Manager

I had been working with LSA for many years with my prior company. Currently, I’m with a company who hadn’t done much basic management skills training. After identifying and presenting a program recently, our managers are excited and talking in the halls about the great experience. LSA saves us time in delivering the right training for our needs.

Phyllis Moracco
HR Director

I highly recommend LSA Global to anyone who is looking to improve individual or organizational effectiveness through their top quality programs and broad range of expertise.

Greg Pappas
VP of Human Resources

For our go to training outsourcing partner, LSA provides exactly what we want. As always, they deliver outstanding work!

Elizabeth Siebert
Director, Organizational Excellence & Development

Intuit

The LSA Global team was very receptive and flexible to our needs every step of the way. Their staff and facilitator demonstrated attention to detail, responsiveness, and professional courtesy. The participants were thrilled with the outcome and rated the communication skills workshop and the facilitator as ‘Excellent’. I’d highly recommend working with the LSA Global team to meet your professional development needs.

John Mastrorilli
FRDP Leader

Intuit

VNUS Medical has been very pleased with the effective management development programs that LSA Global has delivered for us over the last four years. The programs have been universally facilitated by experienced and best in class instructors. The knowledge gained by our management team has been put into practice very quickly. VNUS is very happy to be working in partnership with LSA because they consistently deliver excellent programs that receive exceptional feedback from our management team.

Cindee Van Vleck
Director Human Resources

LSA has become the gold standard in team building and management training at Genomic Health! I have a hard time finding facilitators that come close to their level of customization, expertise and experience.

Emily Couey
Director of Human Resources

I consistently look to LSA Global when I need custom programs put together for my client groups. I can always count on LSA to do a thorough needs analysis and to put together spectacular programs that are well received. Their management development and performance management expertise and professionalism make them one of my top-rated learning and development partners.

Stephanie Webb
HR Program Manager

Rambus

We consider LSA Global our outsourced learning and development partner. We worked closely with LSA to customize a management development program to meet our growing business needs. I would highly recommend LSA to any company wanting to deliver quality learning solutions.

Terri Wright-Scheer
Vice President Human Resources

Evaluate your Performance

Toolkits

Toolkits

Download key published insights and tools from industry experts highlighting best practices in the areas of talent, strategy and culture.

More

Health Checks

Health Checks

Want to know how you stack up against leading organizations?  Receive a complimentary benchmarking analysis courtesy of an LSA Expert.

More

Whitepapers

Whitepapers

Get up to speed on timely solutions critical to your business. Published by LSA Experts based upon client feedback and key industry trends.

More

Methodology

Methodologies

First we identify the key metrics you want to improve. Then we assemble a dedicated team of elite experts who have successfully solved similar problems with similar clients.

More

Blogs

Stay up to do date with the latest information on how we help high growth companies align their culture and talent with strategy.

More

Case Studies

Client Case Studies

Real world consulting and training approaches from LSA projects, providing insights on how your company can outperform the competition.

More