Quick: ☎️ What’s your first reaction when your phone rings? Do you love it or loathe it?
Thanks again to Talk About Talk listeners for suggesting last week’s ?podcast topic: Communication Media: Phone or Email? Many many listeners have told me since that this is a very important and useful topic. ?
Thanks as well to HR expert Tamara Finlay for sharing her advice and insights. There’s a lot more to this than just the generational-divide! I hope you too are thinking more carefully before you hit SEND!!! ?
? This Week: CONFIDENCE
Specifically, we are focusing on “Communicating with Confidence.” Confidence comes from the Latin fidere, meaning “to trust,” as in trusting oneself.
We’ve got some help for you in this newsletter!
- body language that exudes confidence
- confidence mantras
- 5 ways to develop your confidence
You can skim this short email or click the links to learn more.
Let’s do this…
?BODY LANGUAGE That Exudes CONFIDENCE
Next time you’re in an important meeting or giving a presentation, do a body language scan and focus on three things:
- Start by taking up lots of space. Be open. Sit or stand up straight.
- Uncross your legs and unfold your arms.
- Breathe (and importantly – do not hold your breath!)
- Don’t hide your hands. Keep them in plain view on the table, or if you’re standing, outside of your pockets.
- Don’t fidget.
- Face the person who’s talking. Look them directly in the eye.
- Nod in agreement and mirror the person with whom you are conversing.
- Smile – not just with your lips. Make direct eye contact and smile with your eyes.
For centuries, Hindus and Buddhists have used mantras (repeated words or sounds) to help them focus in meditation. The idea of repeating a statement verbally and in our minds to focus our thoughts makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? It’s like formalizing self-talk.
We can use mantras for different purposes. They can be general life-guiding principles, or they can be focused on some specific purpose.
Internalizing a mantra when you’re preparing for a big event or presentation can certainly help you focus and calm your nerves.
My Dad always had a sign on his desk that said “Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way.” I’m guessing that mantra served to inspire him, as well as anyone who came into his office!
I have two mantras:
Either way it’s a win.”
(thank you again, Sandy Jobin-Bevans)
only the things I don’t do.”
Do YOU have a mantra?
Here are a few prompts to get you thinking:
Once you have your mantra, it helps to internalize it by going “multi-media:” say it in your mind; say it out loud; print it and read it. You can post your mantra:
- on your screen-saver
- at the top of your to-do list
- on your bulletin board
- in your wallet
- on the sidewalk!
✋ 5 Ways to Develop Your CONFIDENCE
1. Practice & prepare
2. Adopt a mantra
3. Borrow some confidence
4. Get a pep talk
5. Act confident
Dr. Andrea Wojnicki
Chief Talker & Communication Coach
3 Most Recent ?Podcast Episodes:
- COMMUNICATION MEDIA: Phone or Email – with HR expert Tamara Finlay
- TALKING YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH – with Nicole German, founder, The Maddie Project
- TALKING MONEY – with Kelly Harper
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