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How to increase your impact in a meeting

Trying to come across as convincing and influential when you are feeling shy and nervous can be a very difficult task. You don't have to change your personality, though. There are some things you can think of and practice that will make it easier for you to speak up in a meeting or present yourself in front of a group (...the acronym BOSE can remind you of the fancy speakers).

Be prepared
If you know exactly what you are going to say, you will make a bigger impact. Be as precise and straight to the point as possible. Only give as much information as necessary. When you think of something to say during a meeting and it is not your turn yet, write it down. It will make it easier for you to stick to your point.
Be present
When we don't want to speak up, we don't want to be the center of attention. So we have the urge to hide. We can hide behind talking too fast, too softly, giving too much information and thereby diluting our opinion. If you are consciously present, your intervention or presentation will have a much bigger impact.
Ok with No
When we don't speak, we don't run the risk of somebody having a different opinion. When we do speak however, somebody might contradict us – that's ok! It is the fear of rejection that can sometimes hinder us to speak clearly. It is facing this fear that will help us to become confident speakers.
Sit or stand up straight
If we have a straight posture, we can use our voice to its full potential. With the power of our voice coming from our abdomen, we need to have the best possible position for the air to pass our vocal chords. This can only be achieved with an upright position. Also you will look more confident when you sit or stand up straight.
If you have prepared your point or speech well, you can emphasize the words you want your listeners to pay more attention to. You can go up or down with your voice on these words or make a small pause afterwards. This way those words will get more weight.

If you would like to work with me on finding strategies to feel more at ease in public speaking situations – send an e-mail to info@thevoicecoach.be. I offer one-on-one coaching sessions per Skype or in person (if you live in the Brussels area).

Sonja Nannan




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