5 Ways to Be a Confident Speaker Even if You’re Delivering A Presentation for the First Time

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Delivering your presentation can be nerve-wracking especially if you’re stepping on the stage for the first time.

However, confidence is a skill that can be developed with practice and the right mindset.

Here are 5 ways to help you become a confident speaker.

This also works even when delivering a presentation for the first time.

​1. Understand Your Presentation Well

Confidence comes from preparation.

The best way to prepare is to form a deep understanding of your presentation.

Take the time to thoroughly research and rehearse your presentation.

Knowing your material inside out not only boosts your credibility but also provides a safety net.

The safety net allows you to navigate unexpected questions or situations easily.

2. Rehearse Delivering Your Presentation

Rehearse your presentation multiple times before the actual delivery.

Practice in front of a mirror, record yourself, or present to a trusted friend or family member.

Repetition not only enhances your familiarity with the presentation but also helps refine your delivery.

Rehearsals make you more comfortable and confident on stage.

Rehearsing is not just spending time practicing your public speaking skills.

You need to make sure you’re doing it right.

3. Focus on Breathing and Relaxation Techniques

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Nervousness often manifests physically, affecting your voice and body language.

Practice deep-breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to calm your nerves.

Prioritise controlled breathing during your presentation to maintain a steady voice.

All of these will help you give an impression you’re composed and confident.

4. Do Visualisation

Visualise yourself succeeding in your presentation.

Imagine the audience responding positively.

Envision yourself confidently delivering key points.

Feel the sense of accomplishment at the end.

Positive visualisation can help shift your mindset which reinforces a belief in your ability to excel.

5. Engage with Your Audience


Establish a connection with your audience by making eye contact and smiling.

Engage them with relatable anecdotes or ask questions to create a sense of interaction.

Connecting with your audience not only fosters a supportive atmosphere.

But also redirects your focus from self-doubt to a shared connection.

You can confidently step onto the stage, even if it’s your first time.

Embrace the learning process, and with each presentation, watch your confidence as a speaker grow.

Constantly practicing these 5 ways will help you become a confident speaker even without any previous experience speaking in front of people.

By the way, if you want to start developing your speaking confidence and effective communication skills, here are 3 ways we can help:

Express to Impress – A best-selling effective speaking book where you’ll learn speaking techniques that you can use to speak confidently at work, training or any other speaking occasion. Written based on 13 years of real-world experience.

Effective Speaking Survival Guide – A 6-step online video training. Discover how to go from average to being able to speak confidently by learning how to turn your smartphone into your personal coach.

Contagious Communicator – A comprehensive online training with over 102 video lessons. Designed to help you master the 8 core foundations of effective speaking and learn techniques to conquer your fear of speaking in front of a group or crowd.

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