I used to spend my days in the corporate world and one thing that always seemed to happen was people “above” me, making mega bucks more than me, often made less-than-intelligent decisions. At least it seemed that way. When I’d question – in an effort to understand – or offer an alternative, they would often chide me or make me feel small. Now that I am a business owner, I know that many were very good decisions. I also know that I was right quite often to question their decisions.
So how do you get the respect you know you deserve – how do you get the top dogs to listen to you? Confidence when speaking is a must and a key skill that many bosses note as a requirement for promotion. There are a plethora of audio, video and ebook downloads that can help you with speaking techniques. This comes in handy whether you are in front of hundreds of people in an auditorium or presenting an idea to your boss.
If you decide it’s time to move on, these speaking skills will also serve you well during an interview. When you know you are presenting yourself well, others sense your confidence. And if moving on means starting your own business, you’ll be networking, attending meetings and seminars, talking to prospects and maybe even potential partners. It will be imperative to be able to articulate properly, concisely and with assertiveness. When you can do that, you’ll enter into any conversation or presentation with new-found confidence.
Hone your speaking skills and continue to learn new ones. Have knowledge others don’t. Few people have the skills to display a level of confidence. Many of us have been in the situation of not receiving the respect or courtesy we’d like. A lack of self-confidence often invites that treatment. Good speaking skills give you the confidence to speak up, even when not asked for an opinion. And that confidence will make a world of difference to your career – no matter where you choose to go.
This is a guest post by Cindy Hartman, owner of Hartman Inventory Systems LLC, a home inventory business turnkey package to help others start their own business and a member of the International Mastermind Group, having completed the 12-week Secret Abundance Files and several advanced courses.