(This is Part 12 in the Communicator’s University series. Read Part 11 here.)
I have a friend whom I call “the Nerve Whisperer.” At times, when I’m nervous before I speak, I send her a text message and she writes back things like, “You’re not nervous! You’re a stallion…about to break out of the gate!” Fun horse-themed stuff, and it works!
Why Confidence Matters
It actually makes a difference what we think and hear and believe before we speak publicly.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on public communication, and I hope you’re able to apply a few things. I’m taking a hiatus from Communicator’s University for a while, but before I do I want to address the all-important theme of confidence. If we’re confident when we speak we’ll do well even if we miss on a few other things.
Three Things for Speaking Success
How? You can guess some of secrets, right? Self-talk, the encouragement from your own Nerve Whisperer, and so on. So, do that. But also do this. Know, for certain, three things:
Have those three things locked down, and your confidence is already in the safe zone.
A Superior Communicator
But I have one more vital thing to say, and you can take this to the bank. If you’re a person of faith you have a decisive advantage when it comes to your public communication, because you have a power beyond your own human limitations. You need to pray, believe, and abandon yourself to God Himself. Just Google “Bible verses about confidence”, or “strength”, or “encouragement” and you’ll be reminded how much God is for you. Depend on Him, and you’re on your way. You’ll do well. Go out there and own the room. You’re not nervous….
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.