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 key 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 from a recent new manager training program that can help you speak with more confidence as a new manager. The best thing you can do is practice them over and over again until you feel confident in what you’re saying while leaving ample room for spontaneity and audience participation.
That way you can stay centered and with a semblance of control.
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.
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.
Paint a compelling picture in words to help your audience grasp your meaning.
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.
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