Whenever someone is confronted with a situation in which he or she is insecure – facing someone who is admired, performing in front of an audience, or simply talking to others – he or she is exposed to a fair amount of stress. Confident people can usually handle such situations without batting an eye, while the rest of us are likely to meltdown and try to run away from the situation.
For most people facing such low self-esteem, these situations are an opportunity to make a fool of themselves. It’s a very embarrassing prospect.
If you are one of the millions of people who would like to stop fidgeting in front of others, wriggling out of these situations and being so insecure during presentations, here are some Tips To Increase Your Self Esteem And Confidence.
1. Competence is confidence
Some organizations, like Toastmasters, help those who are afraid to speak in public by emphasizing this credo – and it really works. One secret to self-confidence and self-esteem is trusting yourself to do what you can. This can only be done with a lot of practice and learning. Every time you practice a particular skill, you increase your confidence in your ability to perform in front of others.
Before a big presentation, prepare yourself. Try to know everything about the topic before you go in front of the audience. If you have practised a lot before the presentation, you will be able to knock the audience’s socks off. Practising in front of people you trust will give you feedback on how to improve your performance.
2. Believe in yourself
One of the reasons why people lack confidence is because they are already convinced that they will fail even before anything happens. Never underestimate the power of the mind. If you believe you will fail, you will! A better exercise would be to believe that you can succeed. Focus your mind on success and you will probably have it!
3. Accept criticism, good or bad
Most people are bad at accepting criticism. Don’t take criticism personally, but use every comment and suggestion to help you improve. However, you must also be prepared to accept criticism that was never meant for your benefit.
4. Stay calm at all costs
Panic never helped anyone. If you suddenly find yourself in a situation where you don’t know what to do or what is going to happen, keep calm. If you don’t know the answer, say so calmly. If you don’t know what to do, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to admit it. However, remain cool and calm.