The One Easy Tip To Boost Confidence When Speaking In Public

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Our confidence plays an important role in ability to achieve success. It affects the way we speak and act and it is especially important during public speaking. Luckily, confidence can be built and strengthened easily, and all it takes to start boosting it is just this one easy tip – don’t say sorry! Watch this video as Tom will be elaborating this simple yet effective tip to you! Please comment below on what topics you want us to talk about in future videos! We are more than happy to take requests! 🙂

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Hello, everyone. Welcome to another video blog from Swoosh English. I’m Tom, and I wanted to talk to you today about a very important part of speaking, especially in a foreign language. Speaking in a foreign language is more difficult than speaking your native one, of course, and speaking a foreign language in public is even more difficult. So, I have a great tip for you today that will help you to be more confident.

The one tip is this: Don’t say sorry!

So, what do I mean by “Don’t say sorry”? I mean, don’t tell your audience that you are nervous, stressed, or can’t speak English.

I’ll give you a specific example. All of you P5 and P6 students will do your secondary school interviews in the Hong Kong school district. It’s a speaking test for 11 and 12 year olds, and if they pass the test, they will get into a good school. So, it’s very stressful.

Many students come into the interview room, and say sorry to the interviewer. They say things like, “I’m sorry, I don’t speak English very well,” or “I’m sorry, I didn’t prepare for the test.” In many Asian cultures, apologizing is a sign of being respectful, but it’s not appropriate for the interview.

So, why shouldn’t people say sorry? Because you are telling the interviewer that you are not confident and that you don’t study correctly. Why should an interviewer think you did well if you don’t think you did well? It’s always a good idea to be confident, even if you don’t feel that way. If you are confident, the interviewer will respect you more and think that you will make a good student at your new school.

Ok, so that’s something to think about when doing a speaking presentation in any language, and in any situation. And maybe it’s something to think about in how you live your life. What do people think about a person who say sorry all the time?
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