Summary of “5 Ways to Project Confidence in Front of an Audience”

Whether you’re presenting on an analyst call or speaking to your entire organization in a town hall meeting, you’re being judged on your confidence and competence, not just your content, and the way you appear and how you sound matters.
A study on CEOs giving IPO road-show presentations found that even hardened financial advisors judge a leader’s “Competence and trustworthiness” within as little as 30-seconds.
“In the military, it all starts with how you’re dressed the first time you meet a subordinate. Always dress a little better than everyone else and you’ll look confident.” You’ll note that he said a little better.
James Citrin, a leading CEO recruiter, once advised job candidates to dress 25% “More formal” than the prevailing dress code at the company.
In his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Nobel prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman writes, “If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do.”
You gain credibility and respect when you’re able to articulate complex ideas in simple language.
Before an important presentation, consider gathering a few people to watch a dress rehearsal, even if it’s in your office or even your living room, rather than practicing alone in a mirror.
One tip is what body language experts call “Open posture.” Having two hands, palms facing up, above the waist would be considered open.

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