Components to Building Confidence Content Have something worthwhile to say. Don’t base your speaking on assertions or emotional appeals. Organization Have some type of an outline that is easy for both you and your audience to follow. Don’t rely on the “spontaneity” of the moment. Guide your audience Notes Jot down your ideas in a brief and directed form. Do not just read your notes to the audience. 2 biggest problems to avoid when using note: Too many words on a note card Too many note cards Friendliness Be Congenial Express friendliness to get positive feedback Impression Having a good start is essential in building confidence. Prepare yourself by dressing and grooming appropriately. Dedication Practice, Practice, Practice Get used to hearing your own voice. Empathy Know how it feels to feel that way. Don’t assume that you are the only person with problemsother people face the same problems you do. Newness Apply some originality Make the speech your own. Take a different approach to the topic. Conviction Believe in what you say. Add your own personal dimension to the topic. Enthusiasm Get fired up to present your speech. Inspire your audience. Questions Which two or three of the planks are your strengths? Why? Which two or three of the planks are you weakest at? Why? How can you improve the ones you are weakest at?