It’s Tannaz Hosseinpour and welcome to another episode of minutes on growth.
Ive been examining and studying leaders from all around the world in various fields for years, and I’ve noticed that the one trait they all have in common is confidence. Whether they’re on a stage giving a speech, or recording vlogs on their social media or you’re simply in their presence and watch them carry themselves in a room filled with people, you’ll notice that with every word they say, they exude a special type of confidence. In fact, this doesn’t only apply to educated and knowledgeable people. Have you ever been in a room where you’re extremely knowledgable in a field but someone with more confidence and less knowledge maybe even incorrect knowledge is doing most of the talking. I have. I mean there have been times when I’m absolutely confident that what they’re saying is a bunch of mumbo jumbo, but the way in which they carry and deliver themselves makes me actually doubt myself. I want to speak up and correct them, but I cant. Why? Because their public speaking skills are stronger than mine.
So how can we learn to speak up about the areas we have expertise and knowledge in? How can we build our public speaking skills? We know that the art of public speaking stems from having a high level of confidence, but how do we attain confidence? Is it a learned trait or does it come down to genetics? In my opinion, we’re all born confident. Over time, as a result of society comparing us with others on the basis of looks, success, money, fame, or traumatic childhood memories and past experiences, rejection and failure in our personal lives and careers, we may lose our confidence. But how can we regain it? We need confidence to be a good speaker, so how can we build up our confidence again?
One way to gain confidence is to force ourself to step outside of our comfort zone, to do things we normally shy away from. I have always been comfortable with live public speaking, but for some odd reason, whenever there was a camera involved, I would get nervous especially with social media. When I started my minutes on growth instagram page, I didn’t feel comfortable showing my face to strangers and I was hesitant to record videos, I felt more comfortable sharing my words through text, until one day a great friend of mine forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and to record something with her on a topic that was special to us both. While I was super nervous at first, having someone I trusted there helped me overcome my fear. Since then, I’ve recorded many videos and I’ve noticed that my creative mind has been much more active too. I’ve also been feeling much more confident with the message I want to put out there. It’s as if by stepping outside of my comfort zone, more opportunities magically started to emerge.
So today I urge you to think about your confidence levels – how can you enhance your skills – how can you step outside of our comfort zone – is there someone you can reach out to, to help you through it?
We’ve all been given a voice, a unique voice, and a special message to put out there so it’s important for us to confidently use it.
Thank you for listening and talk to you soon.
Love & Light, Tannaz Hosseinpour